The values to which the conservative appeals are inevitably caricatured by the individuals designated to put them into practice.
Author: Harold Rosenberg (1906-1978)
Profession: 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.
Author: Gail Sheehy (1937)
Profession: 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.
Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)
Profession: 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.
Author: Norman Tebbit (1931)
Profession: British Statesman
That man's the true Conservative who lops the moldered branch away.
Author: Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)
Profession: British Poet
Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world -- and never will.
The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them.
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.
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: Source 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.
Author: Colin Welch
All reactionaries are paper tigers.
Author: Mao Zedong (1893-1976)
Profession: Founder of Chinese Communist State