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Ultraliberalism today translates into a whimpering isolationism in foreign policy, a mulish obstructionism in domestic policy, and a pusillanimous pussyfooting on the critical issue of law and order.

Author: Spiro T. Agnew (1918-1996)

Profession: American Vice President

There are two kinds of liberalism. A liberalism which is always, subterraneously authoritative and paternalistic, on the side of one's good conscience. And then there is a liberalism which is more ethical than political; one would have to find another name for this. Something like a profound suspension of judgment.

Author: Roland Barthes (1915-1980)

Profession: French Semiologist

If God had been a liberal, we wouldn't have had the Ten Commandments -- we'd have the Ten Suggestions.

Author: Malcolm Bradbury (1932)

Profession: British Author

The liberals can understand everything but people who don't understand them.

Author: Lenny Bruce (1925-1966)

Profession: American Comedian

As with most liberal sexual ideas, what makes the world a better place for men invariably makes it a duller and more dangerous place for women.

Author: Julie Burchill

Profession: British Journalist, Writer

A liberal is man who will give away everything he doesn't own.

Author: Frank Dane

Profession:

My objection to Liberalism is this -- that it is the introduction into the practical business of life of the highest kind -- namely, politics -- of philosophical ideas instead of political principles.

Author: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

Cosmopolitan critics, men who are the friends of every country save their own.

Author: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

The label of liberalism is hardly a sentence to public ignominy: otherwise Bruce Springsteen would still be rehabilitating used Cadillacs in Asbury Park and Jane Fonda, for all we know, would be just another overweight housewife.

Author: Barbara Ehrenreich (1941)

Profession: American Author, Columnist

A liberal man is too broad-minded to take his own side in a quarrel.

Author: Robert Frost (1875-1963)

Profession: American Poet

Liberalism -- it is well to recall this today -- is the supreme form of generosity; it is the right which the majority concedes to minorities and hence it is the noblest cry that has ever resounded in this planet. It announces the determination to share existence with the enemy; more than that, with an enemy which is weak.

Author: Jose Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955)

Profession: Spanish Essayist, Philosopher

A liberal is a man who is willing to spend somebody else's money.

Author: Carter Glass (1858-1946)

Profession: American Senator, Representative, Newspaper Publisher

Liberalism, austere in political trifles, has learned ever more artfully to unite a constant protest against the government with a constant submission to it.

Author: Alexander Herzen (1812-1870)

Profession: Russian Journalist, Political Thinker

Liberalism, above all, means emancipation -- emancipation from one's fears, his inadequacies, from prejudice, from discrimination... from poverty.

Author: Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978)

Profession: American Democratic Politician, Vice President

I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate.

Author: Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)

Profession: American Black Leader, Nobel Prize Winner, 1964