Trollope considered himself to be a conservative liberal, and used his characters to expound his political beliefs.
Let the toryism of the Tory be ever so strong it is his destiny to carry out the purposes of his opponents.
'In politics one should always look forward,' he said, as he held up to the light the glass of old port which he was about to sip; 'in real life it is better to look back, if one has anything to look back at.'
There are certain things of which opposition members of Parliament complain loudly; and there are certain other things as to which they are silent. The line between these things is well known.
'And it is so comfortable to have theories that one is not bound to carry out,' said Phineas.
No reform, no innovation ... stinks so foully in the nostrils of an English Tory politician as to be absolutely irreconcilable to him. When taken in the refreshing waters of office any such pill can be swallowed.
Make all men equal today, and God has so created them that they shall be all unequal tomorrow.
In speaking, grand words come so easily, while thoughts, even little thoughts, flow so slowly!
To practical Englishmen most of these international congresses seem to arrive at nothing ... Men will not be talked out of the convictions of their lives.
A man to be useful in Parliament, must be able to confine himself and conform himself, to be satisfied with doing a little bit of a little thing at a time.
I consider myself to be an advanced, but still a conservative Liberal
A man who entertains in his mind any political doctrine, except as a means of improving the condition of his fellows, I regard as a political intriguer, a charlatan, and a conjuror.
The fault which people find with him is this, that he is not practical. He won't take the world as he finds it. If he can mend it, well and good; we all ought to do something to mend it; but while we are mending it we must live in it.
The hatreds which sound so real when you read the mere words, which look so true when you see their scornful attitudes, on which for the time you are inclined to pin your faith so implicitly, amount to nothing.
As years have rolled on, the strong have swallowed the weak, one strong man having eaten up half-a-dozen weak men ... The strong squire becomes a baronet and a lord, till he lords it a little too much, and a Manchester warehouseman buys him out. The strength of the country probably lies in the fact that the change is ever being made, but is never made suddenly.
Britons who take a delight in politics ... should not be desirous of peeping behind the scenes. No beholder at any theatre should do so.
There are many rocks which a young speaker in Parliament should avoid, but no rock which requires such careful avoiding as the rock of eloquence.
The first necessity for good speaking is a large audience.
A man destined to sit conspicuously on our Treasury bench, or on a seat opposite, should ask the Gods for a thick skin as a first gift.
It is liberty to growl about the iron fleet, or the ballot, or the taxes, or the peers, or the bishops, or anything else, except the House of Commons. That's the British Constitution.
I have hardly as yet met two Englishmen who were agreed as to the political power of the Sovereign.