Quotation by Benjamin Disraeli

Yes, I am a Jew, and when the ancestors of the right honourable gentleman were brutal
savages in an unknown island, mine were priests in the temple of Solomon.
Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881), British statesman, author. Quoted in The Fine Art of Political Wit, ch. 4, Leon Harris (1964).

Disraeli's attributed reply to a taunt by Irish political leader Daniel O'Connell bears resemblance to the reputed retort to a senator of German extraction by Senator Judah P. Benjamin of Louisiana: "The gentleman will please remember that when his half-civilized ancestors were hunting the wild boar in the forests of Silesia, mine were the princes of the earth."
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