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Isaac Disraeli
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

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

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 14 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

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

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 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

Such do not always understand the authors whose names adorn their barren pages, and which are taken, too, from the third or the thirtieth hand. Those who trust to such false quoters will often learn how contrary this transmission is to the sense and application of the original. Every transplantation has altered the fruit of the tree; every new channel, the quality of the stream in its remove from the spring-head.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

Solitude is the nurse of enthusiasm, enthusiasm is the true part of genius.

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

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

A learned historian declared to me of a contemporary, that the latter had appropriated his researches; he might, indeed, and he had a right to refer to the same originals; but if his predecessor had opened the sources for him, gratitude is not a silent virtue.

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 14 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

Miscellanists are the most popular writers among every people; for it is they who form a communication between the learned and the unlearned, and, as it were, throw a bridge between those two great divisions of the public.

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 15 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

There is an art of reading, an art of thinking, and an art of writing.

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

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

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

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 14 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

One may quote till one compiles.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

This is one of the results of that adventurous spirit which is now stalking forth and raging for its own innovations. We have not only rejected AUTHORITY, but have also cast away EXPERIENCE; and often the unburthened vessel is driving to all points of the compass, and the passengers no longer know whither they are going. The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by QUOTATION.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

To bend and prostrate oneself to express sentiments of respect, appears to be a natural motion.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

Candour is the brightest gem of criticism.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

Great collections of books are subject to certain accidents besides the damp, the worms, and the rats; one not less common is that of the borrowers, not to say a word of the purloiners

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 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 14 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

It does not at first appear that an astronomer rapt in abstraction, while he gazes on a star, must feel more exquisite delight than a farmer who is conducting his team.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

The Self-Educated are marked by stubborn peculiarities.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

Proverbs were bright shafts in the Greek and Latin quivers.

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 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

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 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 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 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

Fortune has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius.

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 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

Quotations, like much better things, has its abuses.

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

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 13 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

A poet is a painter of the soul.

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 great work always leaves us in a state of musing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

It is fortunate that Literature is in no ways injured by the follies of Collectors, since though they preserve the worthless, they necessarily defend the good.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Isaac Disraeli

The golden hour of invention must terminate like other hours, and when the man of genius returns to the cares, the duties, the vexations, and the amusements of life, his companions behold him as one of themselves - the creature of habits and infirmities.

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.