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Benjamin Disraeli (Character)
from "Disraeli: Portrait of a Romantic" (1978)

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Disraeli (1929)
Lord Charles Deeford: I do not discuss politics with women.
Benjamin Disraeli: I do.

Benjamin Disraeli: War is never a solution. It's an aggravation.

Benjamin Disraeli: A man who never makes jokes is a standing joke to the world.

Benjamin Disraeli: Behold! Winter hand in hand with spring. Innocence with...
Lord Charles Deeford: [interrupts] Guile?
Benjamin Disraeli: Experience. Same thing.

Benjamin Disraeli: I tell you, a ferment is at work all over the world. Titanic forces are unchained in America, forces you have no conception of. The spirit of nationality is aroused in France, in Italy, in Germany! New wine has been poured into old bottles, and an explosion must follow sooner or later. I shall not live to see it, but I hear the seething of the yeast.

Lady Mary Beaconsfield: She thinks you're the greatest man in the world, and she's right.
Benjamin Disraeli: Quite right!

Benjamin Disraeli: I cannot break faith with the nation.


Mrs Brown (1997)
Lord Stanley: [the Prince of Wales has just had a rather cryptic conversation with Disraeli] What did he want?
Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: To know when he'll be king.

Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: [Inside a horse-drawn carriage traveling across a huge Highland landscape] Yesterday, Gladstone talked for three hours on the Irish Church Bill... I am as guilty as the rest of underestimating his reforming zeal. Tory days may be numbered, but I fancy there yet remains one last hope of deliverance. Wheresoever the blame lies, we must now close ranks and defend Mrs Brown's England. As for my interminable journey to the land of Calvin, oatcakes and sulphur...
[arrives at Balmoral]
Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: no Prime Minister made greater sacrifice than attempting to run the country six hundred miles north of civilization.

Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: [stridently to Parliament] This nation is fortunate insomuch as it is not governed by force, but by a chain of traditions that have been cherished from generation to generation. Because in them, in our traditions, are embodied all the laws that have enabled us to create the greatest empire of modern time!
[cheering]
Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: And even though we have amassed great capital, and even though we have established an industry with no parallel in the world. Yet all these mighty creations are as nothing compared to the invisible customs which shape our lives.
[cheering]
Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: To those honorable gentlemen of the opposition that seek to destroy the essential elements of this country I say, let them remember England cannot begin again!
[raucous cheering]

John Brown: Do you hunt?
Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: Mmm, occasionally.
John Brown: Daresay we could have you taught.
Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: To shoot, perhaps, but not to kill.
John Brown: If you hunt, you hunt to kill.
Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: Well, then, I'll do my best.

Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: [catching his breath after climbing a knoll] Princes and lords are but the breath of kings. An honest man is the noblest work of God.

John Brown: I promised to protect her - from people like you.
Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: [chuckling] For once in my life, I'm not the issue.
John Brown: She'll never understand it.
Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: Oh, in time she will.
John Brown: She'll think I've betrayed her.
Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: But others will know that you acted for the greater good.


"Disraeli: Portrait of a Romantic: The Great Game 1858-1872 (#1.3)" (1978)
Benjamin Disraeli: One should treat a cigar like a mistress. Put it away before one gets sick of it.

Benjamin Disraeli: [Speaking of Bismarck] Look out for that man. He means what he says.

Benjamin Disraeli: [On his political success] I've climbed to the top of the greasy pole.


"Disraeli: Portrait of a Romantic: Mary Anne (#1.2)" (1978)
Benjamin Disraeli: ...I am never more serious than when I'm joking.

Benjamin Disraeli: I may commit many follies, but I never intend to marry for love, which I'm sure is a guarantee of unhappiness.


Suez (1938)
Benjamin Disraeli: [to the House of Commons] By all means support this policy; by all means rally round the Prime Minister; by all means follow cheerfully and unquestioningly his leadership. All of you... who are as anxious as he to see England reduced to the standing of a third-rate power!

[His party appears to be losing the election]
Benjamin Disraeli: Yes, I'm afraid you're right. Apparently the present government have temporarily averted the danger of England taking over the leadership of the world, huh?


The Prime Minister (1941)
Benjamin 'Dizzy' Disraeli, aka Lord Beaconsfield- Disraeli: In an autocracy, the leader is the people. Europe is at the mercy of the most ruthless band of autocrats the world has yet seen. I know these dictators, these men of blood and iron, they have one weakness; they are always in a hurry. Their god is power, and its kingdom is on this Earth. They are men without humility and without hearts. The virtues we hold dear they call weaknesses, and what we love they despise. They hold themselves a race apart, divinely ordained to rule the world to the exclusion of all others. That is a form of madness that must eventually destroy the world or be destroyed, it cannot be appeased by soft words or good neighbourliness. All civilised methods of approach to international agreement are signs of weakness to these men. They recognise one argument, and one argument alone - FORCE!


"Disraeli: Portrait of a Romantic: The Chief 1872-1881 (#1.4)" (1978)
Benjamin Disraeli: One thing I have learned from Russia - you gain nothing from them by conciliation and concession.


The Mudlark (1950)
Disraeli: Such proposals as slum clearance, public housing, educational facilities for the poor, are all wise and worthy measures and consequently will be opposed vigorously. The British are a proud and independent people, ma'am, and will not yield to improvement without a stout struggle.


"Disraeli: Portrait of a Romantic: Dizzy (#1.1)" (1978)
Benjamin Disraeli: There are days when I feel I could guide the destinies of nations.