It has been said that after meeting with the great British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone,you left feeling he was the smartest person in the world,but after meeting with his rival Benjamin Disraeli,you left thinking you were the smartest person.
The story has often been repeated of a young woman who had dined with both Gladstone and Disraeli. She is said to have compared the two men this way. "When I dined with Mr. Gladstone, I felt as though he was the smartest man in England. But when I dined with Mr. Disraeli, I felt as though I was the smartest woman in England."
The point being made is that Disraeli spoke but Gladstone was a good listener to the woman.