Quotation by Benjamin Disraeli

It was not reason that besieged Troy; it was not reason that sent forth the Saracen from the desert to conquer the world; that inspired the crusades; that instituted the monastic orders; it was not reason that produced the Jesuits; above all, it was not reason that created the French Revolution. Man is only great when he acts from the passions; never irresistible but when he appeals to the imagination.
Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881), British statesman, author. Sidonia, in Coningsby, bk. 4, ch. 13 (1844).
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