Selected Quotes about Conservatives

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

It is well known that the most radical revolutionary will become a conservative on the day after the revolution. -- Hannah Arendt

The Democrats seem to be basically nicer people, but they have demonstrated time and again that they have the management skills of celery. They're the kind of people who'd stop to help you change a flat, but would somehow manage to set your car on fire. I would be reluctant to entrust them with a Cuisinart, let alone the economy. The Republicans, on the other hand, would know how to fix your tire, but they wouldn't bother to stop because they'd want to be on time for Ugly Pants Night at the country club. -- Dave Barry

Conservative: a statesman who is enamoured of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others. -- Ambrose Bierce

I'm conservative, but I'm not a nut about it. -- George H. W. Bush

All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change. -- G. K. Chesterton

The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected. -- G. K. Chesterton

Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains. -- Winston Churchill

A conservative government is an organized hypocrisy. -- Benjamin Disraeli

I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad. I seek to preserve property and to respect order, and I equally decry the appeal to the passions of the many or the prejudices of the few. -- Benjamin Disraeli

A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy. -- Benjamin Disraeli

Conservatism discards Prescription, shrinks from Principle, disavows Progress; having rejected all respect for antiquity, it offers no redress for the present, and makes no preparation for the future. -- Benjamin Disraeli

The only truly new ideas [the right] has come up with in the last twenty years are (1) supply side economics, which is a way of redistributing the wealth upward toward those who already have more than they know what to do with, and (2) creationism, which is a parallel idea for redistributing ignorance out from its fundamentalist strongholds to those who know more than they need to. -- Barbara Ehrenreich

Men are conservatives when they are least vigorous, or when they are most luxurious. They are conservatives after dinner. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Conservatism is more candid to behold another's worth; reform more disposed to maintain and increase its own -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Conservatism is more candid to behold another's worth; reform more disposed to maintain and increase its own -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reform is affirmative, conservatism negative; conservatism goes for comfort, reform for truth. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The two parties which divide the state, the party of Conservatism and that of Innovation, are very old, and have disputed the possession of the world ever since it was made. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are reformers in spring and summer; in autumn and winter, we stand by the old; reformers in the morning, conservers at night. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world. -- Paulo Freire

I never dared to be radical when young For fear it would make me conservative when old. -- Robert Frost

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. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

Liberalism is trust of the people, tempered by prudence; conservatism, distrust of people, tempered by fear. -- William Gladstone

A conservative is a man who is too cowardly to fight and too fat to run. -- Elbert Hubbard

There are two kinds of fools: one says, "This is old, therefore it is good"; the other says, "This is new, therefore it is better." -- William Ralph Inge

When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. -- Martin Luther King Jr.

A liberal is a conservative who's been arrested. A conservative is a liberal who's been mugged. -- Wendy Kaminer

What is conservativism? Is it not the adherence to the old and tried against the new and untried? -- Abraham Lincoln

Most liberals never lost sight of the potential for evil in big government. They have consistently opposed government power in matters of personal and political belief. Liberals are not unconcerned with economic liberty, but they have come to believe that the common good requires that social justice be given a higher priority than absolute economic freedom. Conservatives areand always have beenon the other side of both questions. They are much more prone than liberals to limiting personal and political liberties, but they place the freedom of an individual to do as he pleases in the economic realm at the top of their concerns. Social justice has held a lower priority for conservatives, from the days of Alexander Hamilton when they favored strong government as a means of protecting their economic privileges to the days of Ronald Reagan when they see government as an instrument of social justice and therefore a threat to their economic position. -- Robert S. McElvaine

Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers. -- Mignon McLaughlin

Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives. -- John Stuart Mill

Conservatives usually prefer twin beds, which may contribute to the fact that Canada has more Liberals. -- Peter C. Newman

The Democrats are the party of government activism, the party that says government can make you richer, smarter, taller, and get the chickweed out of your lawn. Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work, and then get elected and prove it. -- P. J. O'Rourke

Democrats (I think to myself) are liberals who believe the people are basically good, but that they need government help to organize their lives. They believe in freedom so fervently that they think it should be compulsory. They believe that the poor and ignorant are victims of an unfair system and that their circumstances can be improved if we give them help. Republicans (I think to myself) are conservatives who think it would be best if we faced the fact that people are no damned good. They think that if we admit that we have selfish, acquisitive natures and then set out to get all we can for ourselves by working hard for it, that things will be better for everyone. They are not insensitive to the poor, but tend to think the poor are impoverished because they won't work. They think there would be fewer of them to feel sorry for if the government did not encourage the proliferation of the least fit among us with welfare programs. -- Andy Rooney

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The true conservative is the man who has a real concern for injustices and takes thought against the day of reckoning. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead. -- Leo C. Rosten

Liberals feel unworthy of their possessions. Conservatives feel they deserve everything they've stolen. -- Mort Sahl

American liberals and conservatives share much of the same political heritage. Originally the term Liberal referred to the political and economic ideal of liberating individuals from unrepresentative and arbitrary governments. Early liberalism set in motion patterns for the rule of law that would guarantee individual rights, representation in law making, access to the courts, and protection of private property. Both conservatives and liberals are Liberal in this sense. But whereas American conservatives of various stripes have continued to place primary emphasis on individual freedom, the autonomy of private institutions, and limits to government in the economic area, American liberals have more frequently appealed to government to advance the liberation of individuals from economic, racial, and political disadvantages in society as a whole. -- James W. Skillen

The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them. -- Mark Twain

The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them. -- Mark Twain

We are different from previous generations of conservatives. We are no longer working to preserve the status quo. We are radicals, working to overturn the present power structure of this country. -- Paul Weyrich

A conservative is a man who believes that nothing should be done for the first time. -- Alfred E. Wiggam

A conservative is a man who believes that nothing should be done for the first time. -- Alfred E. Wiggam

It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea. -- Robert Anton Wilson

It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea. -- Robert Anton Wilson

A conservative is a man who sits and thinks, mostly sits. -- Woodrow Wilson

A conservative is a man who sits and thinks, mostly sits. -- Woodrow Wilson

A conservative is someone who makes no changes and consults his grandmother when in doubt. -- Woodrow Wilson

By 'radical,' I understand one who goes too far; by 'conservative,' one who does not go far enough; by 'reactionary,' one who won't go at all. -- Woodrow Wilson

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