William F. Buckley (1925-2008)

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

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

“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.”

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

“You cultivate the essential virtues: high purpose, intelligence, decency, humility, fear of the Lord, and the passion for freedom.”

“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.”

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

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

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

“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.”

“I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth.”

“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.”
“The academic community has in it the biggest concentration of alarmists, cranks and extremists this side of the giggle house.”

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

“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.”

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

“Conservatives should be adamant about the need for the reappearance of Judeo-Christianity in the public square.”

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