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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1319
AUTHOR: Benjamin Disraeli (1804–81)
QUOTATION: At present the peace of the world has been preserved, not by statesmen, but by capitalists.
ATTRIBUTION: BENJAMIN DISRAELI, letter to Mrs. Sarah Brydges Willyams, October 17, 1863.—W. F. Monypenny and George E. Buckle, The Life of Benjamin Disraeli, vol. 4, p. 339 (1916).

He foresaw the possibility of a European war, “on the pretext of restoring Poland.” The Rothschilds had made large loans to Italy and Russia, and “are naturally very nervous.”—Disraeli, letter to Mrs. Brydges Willyams of July 21, 1863. Following the words above, he wrote, “For the last three months it has been a struggle between the secret societies and the European millionaires. Rothschild hitherto has won” (p. 339).