William F. Buckley, Jr. Quotes


"The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry."

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

"Government can't do anything for you except in proportion as it can do something to you."

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

"Though liberals do a great deal of talking about hearing other points of view, it sometimes shocks them to learn that there are other points of view."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state, not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me. I will then use my power, as I see fit. 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. That is a program of sorts, is it not? It is certainly program enough to keep conservatives busy, and liberals at bay. And the nation free."

 

Compiled by Thomas George
editor@Wisdom-of-the-Wise.com