Another Famous Riposte

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William Gladstone was described by his rival Benjamin Disraeli as an “unprincipled maniac”. Gladstone said “Dizzy” was a destroyer of principles.
The rivalry between these British Prime Ministers was renowned. Here’s a famous verbal duel:

(At a social gathering, Gladstone to Benjamin Disraeli):

“I predict, Sir, that you will die either by hanging or of some vile disease”.

Disraeli’s reply:

“That all depends, sir, upon whether I embrace your principles or your mistress.”
Posted by Kurma on 6/8/07; 9:54:47 AM

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