\”Though I sit down now, the time will come when you will hear me.\” – Benjamin Disraeli
Benjamin Disraeli would be heard.
An author and prime minister of the United Kingdom in the 19th century, his first speech in the House of Commons was not received well. Yet he ended firmly with: \”though I sit down now, the time will come when you will hear me.\”
May we all have the humble confidence to stay firm and unyielding in discouragement. Let\’s continue on with our unique, beautiful vision of how we can serve, and be heard.
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) served in the British government for over three decades, twice as prime minister. He was instrumental in the creation of the modern Conservative Party. He is known also for his political rivalry with William Gladstone, and his friendship with Queen Victoria. Disraeli wrote a number of novels, including Sybil and Vivian Grey, and served two terms as Rector of the University at Glasgow University.
Disraeli was of Jewish heritage, but was baptized at the age of twelve and remained Anglican throughout his life. Disraeli married Mary Anne Wyndham Lewis, who was a wealthy widow twelve years his senior. This allowed him to work solely on his political career. They had a very successful marriage; in later years, Disraeli would tease his wife about marrying her for her money, to which she\’d reply, \”But if you had to do it again, you\’d do it for love.\”