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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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Benjamin, Earl of Beaconsfield Disraeli. (1804–1881) (continued)
      It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
          Speech, Jan. 24, 1860.
      Posterity is a most limited assembly. Those gentlemen who reach posterity are not much more numerous than the planets.
          Speech, June 3, 1862.
      The characteristic of the present age is craving credulity.
          Speech at Oxford Diocesan Conference, Nov. 25, 1864.
      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.
      Ignorance never settles a question.
          Speech, House of Commons, May 14, 1866.
      Individualities may form communities, but it is institutions alone that can create a nation.
          Speech at Manchester, 1866.
      However gradual may be the growth of confidence, that of credit requires still more time to arrive at maturity.
          Speech, Nov. 9, 1867.
      The secret of success is constancy to purpose.
          Speech, June 24, 1870.
      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.
      Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man.
          Speech to the Conservatives of Manchester, April 3, 1872.
      A university should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.
          Speech, House of Commons, March 8, 1873.
      A sophisticated rhetorician, inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity and gifted with an egotistical