An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





When a nation's young men are conservative, its funeral bell is already rung.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Conservative. A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from a Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


All great peoples are conservative.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


There are no black conservatives. Oh, there are neoconservatives with black skin, but they lack any claim to blackness other than the biological. They have forgotten their roots.


Stephen Carter


A conservative is a fellow who thinks a rich man should have a square deal.


Frank Dane


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. Their very conservatism is secondhand, and they don't know what they are conserving.


Robertson Davies (1913-1995, Canadian novelist, journalist)


All conservatives are such from personal defects. They have been effeminated by position or nature, born halt and blind, through luxury of their parents, and can only, like invalids, act on the defensive.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Men are conservatives when they are least vigorous, or when they are most luxurious. They are conservatives after dinner, or before taking their rest; when they are sick or aged. In the morning, or when their intellect or their conscience has been aroused, when they hear music, or when they read poetry, they are radicals.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Some fellows get credit for being conservative when they are only stupid.


Kin Hubbard (1868-1930, American humorist, journalist)


I do not know which makes a man more conservative -- to know nothing but the present, or nothing but the past.


John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946, British economist)


The appeal of the New Right is simply that it seems to promise that nothing will change in the domestic realm. People are terrified of change there, because it's the last humanizing force left in society, and they think, correctly, that it must be retained.


Gerda Lerner (1920-, American educator, author)


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


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


Almost always tradition is nothing but a record and a machine-made imitation of the habits that our ancestors created. The average conservative is a slave to the most incidental and trivial part of his forefathers glory -- to the archaic formula which happened to express their genius or the eighteenth-century contrivance by which for a time it was served.


Walter Lippmann (1889-1974, American journalist)


All reactionaries are paper tigers.


Zedong Mao (1893-1976, Founder of the People's Republic of China)


Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.


John Stuart Mill (1806-1873, British philosopher, economist)


A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs, who has never learned to walk.


Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945, American President (32nd))


The values to which the conservative appeals are inevitably caricatured by the individuals designated to put them into practice.


Harold Rosenberg (1906-1978, American art critic, author)


We hear the haunting presentiment of a dutiful middle age in the current reluctance of young people to select any option except the one they feel will impinge upon them the least.


Gail Sheehy (1937-, American journalist, author)


A little reflection will enable any person to detect in himself that setness in trifles which is the result of the unwatched instinct of self-will and to establish over himself a jealous guardianship.


Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896, American novelist, antislavery campaigner)


The word "conservative" is used by the BBC as a portmanteau word of abuse for anyone whose views differ from the insufferable, smug, sanctimonious, naive, guilt-ridden, wet, pink orthodoxy of that sunset home of the third-rate minds of that third-rate decade, the nineteen-sixties.


Norman Tebbit (1931-, British statesman)


That man's the true Conservative who lops the moldered branch away.


Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892, British poet)


Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world -- and never will.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


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 (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


A conservative sees a man drowning 50 feet from shore, throws him a 25 foot long rope, and tells him to swim to it. A liberal throws him a rope 50 feet long, then drops his end and goes off to perform another good deed.


Author Unknown


To be conservative requires no brains whatsoever. Cabbages, cows and conifers are conservatives, and are so stupid they don't even know it. All that is basically required is acceptance of what exists.


Colin Welch


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