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Conservatives quotes and quotations

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

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

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

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

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Ann Richards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Conservatism makes no poetry, breathes no prayer, has no invention; it is all memory. Reform has no gratitude, no prudence, no husbandry.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guns have little or nothing to do with juvenile violence. The causes of youth violence are working parents who put their kids into daycare, the teaching of evolution in the schools, and working mothers who take birth control pills.
Tom DeLay

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

A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy.
Benjamin Disraeli

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

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

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

It may be true that the government that governs best governs least. Unfortunately, the same is also true of the government that governs worst.
Jane Auer

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

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