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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1631
AUTHOR: Benjamin Disraeli (1804–81)
QUOTATION: “I was told,” continued Egremont, “that an impassable gulf divided the Rich from the Poor; I was told that the Privileged and the People formed Two Nations, governed by different laws, influenced by different manners, with no thoughts or sympathies in common; with an innate inability of mutual comprehension.”
ATTRIBUTION: BENJAMIN DISRAELI, Sybil, or, The Two Nations, ed. Thom Braun, book 4, chapter 8, p. 299 (1980). First published in 1845.