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

Author: Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

Profession: 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.

Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"

All great peoples are conservative.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: 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.

Author: Stephen Carter

Profession:

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

Author: Frank Dane

Profession:

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.

Author: Robertson Davies (1913)

Profession: 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.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: 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.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

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

Author: Kin Hubbard (1868-1930)

Profession: American Humorist, Journalist

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

Author: John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)

Profession: 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.

Author: Gerda Lerner (1920)

Profession: American Educator, Author

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

Author: Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Profession: Sixteenth President of the USA

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.

Author: Walter Lippmann (1889-1974)

Profession: American Journalist

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

Author: John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

Profession: British Philosopher, Economist

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

Author: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)

Profession: Thirty-second President of the USA