Quotes Suitable for Framing: Benjamin Disraeli

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That dense population in extreme distress inhabited an island where there was an established church which was not their church; and a territorial aristocracy, the richest of whom lived in distant capitals. Thus they had a starving population, an absentee aristocracy, and an alien Church, and, in addition, the weakest executive in the world. That was the Irish question.

Benjamin Disraeli, February 16, 1844

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2 Comments

  1. Disraeli should have said this. Still, he has plenty of immortals. Such as this dig at his less-talented rival:

    “The difference between a misfortune and a calamity is this: If Gladstone fell into the Thames, it would be a misfortune. But if someone dragged him out again, that would be a calamity.”

  2. I always rather liked his taunt of the Liberals of the Manchester School of Free Trade: “They proclaim ‘peace and plenty,’ amid a starving people and a world in arms.”

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