John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.
(continued) Benjamin, Earl of Beaconsfield Disraeli. (18041881) 6352
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
Speech, Jan. 24, 1860. 6353
Posterity is a most limited assembly. Those gentlemen who reach posterity are not much more numerous than the planets.
Speech, June 3, 1862. 6354
The characteristic of the present age is craving credulity.
Speech at Oxford Diocesan Conference, Nov. 25, 1864. 6355
What is the question now placed before society with the glib assurance which to me is most astonishing? That question is this: Is man an ape or an angel? I, my lord, I am on the side of the angels. I repudiate with indignation and abhorrence those new fangled theories.
Speech at Oxford Diocesan Conference, Nov. 25, 1864. 6356
Ignorance never settles a question.
Speech, House of Commons, May 14, 1866. 6357
Individualities may form communities, but it is institutions alone that can create a nation.
Speech at Manchester, 1866. 6358
However gradual may be the growth of confidence, that of credit requires still more time to arrive at maturity.
Speech, Nov. 9, 1867. 6359
The secret of success is constancy to purpose.
Speech, June 24, 1870. 6360
The author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children.
Speech, Nov. 19, 1870. 6361
Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man.
Speech to the Conservatives of Manchester, April 3, 1872. 6362
A university should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.
Speech, House of Commons, March 8, 1873. 6363
A sophisticated rhetorician, inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity and gifted with an egotistical