Quotes About Conservatives

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The Christian Right is neither.


Conservatives define themselves in terms of what they oppose.
A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits.
Conservative: One who admires radicals a century after they're dead.


A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead.
When a nation's young men are conservatives, its funeral bell is already rung.


A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who refuses to walk forward.
Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.
A conservative is a man who believes that nothing should be done for the first time.
Their very conservatism is secondhand, and they don't know what they are conserving.
I never dared to be radical when young for fear it would make me conservative when old.
The conservatives nearly always tolerate the demagogue while he is destroying liberals.


The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.

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Conservatism is the policy of make no change and consult your grandmother when in doubt.
What is conservatism? Is it not the adherence to the old and tried against the new and untried?
A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.
Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.

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A conservative is a man who will not look at the new moon out of respect for that ancient institution the old one.
Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamoured of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.


Conservative, n.  A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.


There are only two great currents in the history of mankind: the baseness which makes conservatives and the envy which makes revolutionaries.

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Thinking about profound social change, conservatives always expect disaster, while revolutionaries confidently anticipate utopia. Both are wrong.

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Success makes men rigid and they tend to exalt stability over all the other virtues; tired of the effort of willing they become fanatics about conservatism.


The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
I'm noticing a trend in which conservatives judge people by their actions whereas liberals judge people by their presumed secret thoughts. Am I imagining that trend? Could be confirmation bias.

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A liberal is a person who believes that water can be made to run uphill. A conservative is someone who believes everybody should pay for his water. I'm somewhere in between: I believe water should be free, but that water flows downhill.


The True conservative seeks to protect the system of private property and free enterprise by correcting such injustices and inequalities as arise from it. The most serious threat to our institutions comes from those who refuse to face the need for change. Liberalism becomes the protection for the far-sighted conservative.
But our democracy might work a bit better if we recognized that all of us possess values that are worthy of respect: if liberals at least acknowledged that the recreational hunter feels the same way about his gun as they feel about their library books, and if conservatives recognized that most women feel as protective of their right to reproductive freedom as evangelicals do of their right to worship.

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