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Isaac Disraeli
By Anonym 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

But, indeed, we prefer books to pounds; and we love manuscripts better than florins; and we prefer small pamphlets to war horses.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

Whenever we would prepare the mind by a forcible appeal, an opening quotation is a symphony preluding on the chords whose tones we are about to harmonize.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

The Self-Educated are marked by stubborn peculiarities.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

Enthusiasm is that secret and harmonious spirit which hovers over the production of genius.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

One may quote till one compiles.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

Bayle, when writing on "Comets," discovered this; for having collected many things applicable to his work, as they stood quoted in some modern writers, when he came to compare them with their originals, he was surprised to find that they were nothing for his purpose! the originals conveyed a quite contrary sense to that of the pretended quoters, who often, from innocent blundering, and sometimes from purposed deception, had falsified their quotations. This is an useful story for second-hand authorities!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

Literary friendship is a sympathy not of manners, but of feelings.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

Proverbs were bright shafts in the Greek and Latin quivers.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

If the golden gate of preferment is not usually opened to men of real merit, persons of no worth have entered it in a most extraordinary manner.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

A great work always leaves us in a state of musing.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

The most noble criticism is that in which the critic is not the antagonist so much as the rival of the author.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

The poet and the painter are only truly great by the mutual influences of their studies, and the jealousy of glory has only produced an idle contest.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

All this is labour which never meets the eye.... But too open and generous a revelation of the chapter and the page of the original quoted, has often proved detrimental to the legitimate honours of the quoter. They are unfairly appropriated by the next comer; the quoter is never quoted, but the authority he has afforded is produced by his successor with the air of an original research.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

The great man who thinks greatly of himself, is not diminishing that greatness in heaping fuel on his fire.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

A work, however, should be judged by its design and its execution, and not by any preconceived notion of what it ought to be according to the critic, rather than the author.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

The delights of reading impart the vivacity of youth even to old age.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

After the golden age of Latinity, we gradually slide into the silver, and at length precipitately descend into the iron.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

Self-love is a principle of action; but among no class of human beings has nature so profusely distributed this principle of life and action as through the whole sensitive family of genius.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

Golden volumes! richest treasures, Objects of delicious pleasures! You my eyes rejoicing please, You my hand in rapture seize! Brilliant wits and musing sages, Lights who beam'd through many ages! Left to your conscious leaves their story, And dared to trust you with their glory; And now their hope of fame achiev'd, Dear volumes! you have not deceived!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

There is such a thing as literary fashion, and prose and verse have been regulated by the same caprice that cuts our coats and cocks our hats.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

A nickname a man may chance to wear out; but a system of calumnity, pursued by a faction, may descend even to posterity. This principal has taken full effect on this state favorite.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

A well-read writer, with good taste, is one who has the command of the wit of other men; he searches where knowledge is to be found; and though he may not himself excel in invention, his ingenuity may compose one of those agreeable books, the deliciƦ of literature, that will out-last the fading meteors of his day.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

The Plagiarism of orators is the art, or an ingenious and easy mode, which some adroitly employ to change, or disguise, all sorts of speeches of their own composition, or that of other authors, for their pleasure, or their utility; in such a manner that it becomes impossible even for the author himself to recognise his own work, his own genius, and his own style, so skilfully shall the whole be disguised.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

Fortune has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

An excessive indulgence in the pleasures of social life constitutes the great interests of a luxuriant and opulent age.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

Time the great destroyer of other men's happiness, only enlarges the patrimony of literature to its possessor.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

A poet is a painter of the soul.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

Happy the man when he has not the defects of his qualities.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

Candour is the brightest gem of criticism.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

Theories of genius are the peculiar constructions of our own philosophical times; ages of genius had passed away, and they left no other record than their works; no preconcerted theory described the workings of the imagination to be without imagination, nor did they venture to teach how to invent invention.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

It is generally supposed that where there is no QUOTATION, there will be found most originality; and as people like to lay out their money according to their notions, our writers usually furnish their pages rapidly with the productions of their own soil: they run up a quickset hedge, or plant a poplar, and get trees and hedges of this fashion much faster than the former landlords procured their timber. The greater part of our writers, in consequence, have become so original, that no one cares to imitate them; and those who never quote, in return are never quoted!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

The art of meditation may be exercised at all hours, and in all places, and men of genius, in their walks, at table, and amidst assemblies, turning the eye of the the mind upwards, can form an artificial solitude; retired amidst a crowd, calm amidst distraction, and wise amidst folly.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

The act of contemplation then creates the thing created.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

The art of quotation requires more delicacy in the practice than those conceive who can see nothing more in a quotation than an extract. Whenever the mind of a writer is saturated with the full inspiration of a great author, a quotation gives completeness to the whole; it seals his feelings with undisputed authority.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

The poet must be alike polished by an intercourse with the world as with the studies of taste; one to whom labour is negligence, refinement a science, and art a nature.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

After all, it is style alone by which posterity will judge of a great work, for an author can have nothing truly his own but his style.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

A circle may be small, yet it may be as mathematically beautiful and perfect as a large one.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

Philosophy becomes poetry, and science imagination, in the enthusiasm of genius.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

The art of quotation requires more delicacy in the practice than those conceive who can see nothing more in a quotation than an extract.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

Style! style! why, all writers will tell you that it is the very thing which can least of all be changed. A man's style is nearly as much a part of him as his physiognomy, his figure, the throbbing of this pulse,--in short, as any part of his being is at least subjected to the action of the will.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

To think, and to feel, constitute the two grand divisions of men of genius-the men of reasoning and the men of imagination.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

The greater part of our writers have become so original, that no one cares to imitate them: and those who never quote in return are seldom quoted.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

Quotation, like much better things, has its abuses. One may quote till one compiles. The ancient lawyers used to quote at the bar till they had stagnated their own cause.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

Beware of the man of one book. [Lat., Home unius libri, or, cave ab homine unius libri.]

By Anonym 15 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

The negroes are lovers of ludicrous actions, and hence all their ceremonies seem farcical.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

Quotations, like much better things, has its abuses.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

The ancients, who in these matters were not perhaps such blockheads as some may conceive, considered poetical quotation as one of the requisite ornaments of oratory.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

Education, however indispensable in a cultivated age, produces nothing on the side of genius. When education ends, genius often begins.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

It is a wretched taste to be gratified with mediocrity when the excellent lies before us.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

Centuries have not worm-eaten the solidity of this ancient furniture of the mind.