Quotes of Conservatism

“ What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried? ”

- Abraham Lincoln

“ 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. ”

- Gilbert K. Chesterton

“ If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals — if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories… ”

- Ronald Reagan

“ Liberals tend to put the onus of your success on society and conservatives on you and your family. ”

- Dennis Prager

“ A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distin-quished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others. ”

- Ambrose Bierce

“ Conservatism is the blind and fear-filled worship of dead radicals. ”

- Mark Twain

“ 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

“ A man who has both feet planted firmly in the air can be safely called a liberal as opposed to the conservative, who has both feet firmly planted in his mouth. ”

- Jacques Barzun

“ Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ”

- William E. Gladstone

“ What is conservatism? It is not adherence to the old and tried, but against the new and untried. ”

- Abraham Lincoln

“ There is danger in reckless change; but greater danger in blind conservatism. ”

- Henry George

“ 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. ”

- Walter Lippmann

“ Success breeds conservatism, and that means a love affair with the status quo and an aversion to change. ”

- Frank Popoff

“ We have among us a class of mammon worshippers, whose one test of conservatism or radicalism is the attitude one takes with respect to accumulated wealth. Whatever tends to preserve the wealth of the wealthy is called conservatism, and whatever favors anything else, no matter what is called socialism. ”

- Richard T. Ely

“ He has shaken up a diocese founded by Episcopalians of innate conservatism. They accept as a truism that whereas Presbyterians, Methodists, Roman Catholics, Mormons and atheists came with the Gold Rush, they themselves waited for the Pullmans. ”

- Lawrence Davies

“ To be conservative.....is to prefer the familiar to the unknown, to prefer the tried to the untried, fact to mystery, the actual to the possible, the limited to the unbounded, the near to the distant, the sufficient to the superabundant, the convenient to the perfect, present laughter to utopian bliss. ”

- Michael Oakeshott

“ We are reformers in spring and summer; in autumn and winter we stand by the old; reformers in the morning, conservers at night. Reform is affirmative, conservatism negative; conservatism goes for comfort, reform for truth. ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ Language is a field of battle, the media is the artillery, and vocabulary is the ammunition. The NWO has taken the field by storm, and is proceeding with coordinated attacks on several fronts, using all the latest high-tech vocabulary ammunition. They've laid a bed of land mines that cripple us when we try to stand on them: 'liberalism', conservatism', prosperity', 'democracy'. ”

- Richard Moore

“ This socialism will develop in all its phases until it reaches its own extremes and absurdities. Then once again a cry of denial will break from the titanic chest of the revolutionary minority and again a mortal struggle will begin, in which socialism will play the role of contemporary conservatism and will be overwhelmed in the subsequent revolution, as yet unknown to us. ”

- Alexander Herzen

“ The world is burdened with young fogies. Old men with ossified minds are easily dealt with. But men who look young, act young and everlastingly harp on the fact that they are young, but who nevertheless think and act with a degree of caution that would be excessive in their grandfathers, are the curse of the world… ”

- Robertson Davies
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