William F Buckley Quotes (17 quotations)

1. [Norman Mailer] decocts matters of the first philosophical magnitude from an examination of his own ordure, and I am not talking about his books. - William F Buckley

2. All adventure is now reactionary. - William F Buckley

3. He invented the news magazine. He invested [it] with an interpretation Tell what happened, tell it well, tell it concisely, but with attention to the belletristic imperative. - William F Buckley

4. I profoundly believe it takes a lot of practice to become a moral slob. - William F Buckley

5. I would like to electrocute everyone who uses the word "fair" in connection with income tax policies. - William F Buckley

6. I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would affront your intelligence. - William F Buckley

7. I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University. - William F Buckley

8. Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive. - William F Buckley

9. Knee-jerk liberals and all the certified saints of sanctified humanism are quick to condemn this great and much-maligned Transylvanian statesman. - William F Buckley

10. Life can't be all bad when for ten dollars you can buy all the Beethoven sonatas and listen to them for ten years. - William F Buckley

11. Relate it to what should happen; fuse it into the long morality play that began, really, in the Garden of Eden. - William F Buckley

12. The Beatles are not merely awful. They are so unbelievably horrible, so appallingly unmusical, so dogmatically insensitive to the magic of the art, that they qualify as crowned heads of antimusic. - William F Buckley

13. The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry. - William F Buckley

14. The majority of the senior class of Vassar does not desire my company and I must confess, having read specimens of their thought and sentiments, that I do not desire the company of the majority of the senior class of Vassar. - William F Buckley

15. Though one should be prepared to vomit rather frequently and disport with pink elephants and assorted grotesqueries while trying often unsuccessfully to make one's way to the toilet. - William F Buckley

16. To buy very good wine nowadays requires only money. To serve it to your guests is a sign of fatigue. - William F Buckley

17. We love your adherence to democratic principles. - William F Buckley

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