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William F. Buckley, Jr. quotes

All adventure is now reactionary.

The more complicated and powerful the job, the more rudimentary the preparation for it.

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.

Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.

I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said.

Back in the thirties we were told we must collectivize the nation because the people were so poor. Now we are told we must collectivize the nation because the people are so rich.

Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could.

There is an inverse relationship between reliance on the state and self-reliance.

A Conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling 'Stop!'

I get satisfaction of three kinds. One is creating something, one is being paid for it and one is the feeling that I haven't just been sitting on my ass all afternoon.

Liberals, it has been said, are generous with other peoples' money, except when it comes to questions of national survival when they prefer to be generous with other people's freedom and security.

The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.

Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.

I would like to electrocute everyone who uses the word 'fair' in connection with income tax policies.

Truth is a demure lady, much too ladylike to knock you on your head and drag you to her cave. She is there, but people must want her, and seek her out.

It is not a sign of arrogance for the king to rule. That is what he is there for.

One must bear in mind that the expansion of federal activity is a form of eating for politicians.

I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would affront your intelligence.

I profoundly believe it takes a lot of practice to become a moral slob.

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