William F. Buckley Jr.

(William Frank Buckley Jr.)

William F. Buckley Jr.
William F. Buckley Jr.
  • Born: November 24, 1925
  • Died: February 27, 2008
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Journalist









Quote Topics Cited
... the trouble is, once you give in to a Voting Bloc, you become an addict. Just about every politician in New York is a political junkie. Lobbying & Special Interests
All socialists are either dumb or romantic. Liberals & Conservatives
Christianity is the hallmark of civilization. Religion & God
Conservatism is the politics of reality. Liberals & Conservatives
Conservatism, except when it is expressed as pure idealism, takes into account reality, and the reality of the situation is that missions abroad to effect regime change in countries without a bill of rights or democratic tradition are terribly arduous. This isn't to say that the war is wrong, or that history will judge it to be wrong. But it is absolutely to say that conservatism implies a certain submission to reality; and this war has an unrealistic frank and is being conscripted by events. War & Peace
Daniel Patrick Moynihan [is] easily the most original thinker in the Senate. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Don't hang out with the conservatives. They're boring. Hang out with the liberals. They're more interesting. Liberals & Conservatives
Freedom breeds inequality.
George W. Bush is conservative but he is not a conservative. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
He will antagonize you. To that extent he is steady. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
History is the polemics of the victor.. History
I mean to live my life as 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. Voters, Voting & Elections
I would rather be governed by the first 2,000 people in the Boston phone book than the faculty of Harvard University. Miscellaneous
Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive. Miscellaneous
If there was a public function without Koch, it meant only that he was at the other public function, going on simultaneously. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Lust is an appetite that needs to be regulated. Taxes
Regan’s greatness as a rhetorician was in his delivery not in the content of what he said as with Churchill and Roosevelt. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Support the most conservative candidate who is electable Liberals & Conservatives
The closest we can come to free trade is illuminating the barriers to free trade. Foreign Trade
The great majority of negroes in the South who do not vote, do not care to vote and would not know for what to vote if they could. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The Nation’s most conspicuous vulgarian Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The office of the President is so staggeringly complicated that nobody can ... be a good President. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The progressive feature of the income tax is the most dangerous element of democracy. Taxes
There is only one question to ask a presidential candidate that makes any sense. It is: What do you propose to do about the rate of illegitimate births? Families, Children & Parenting
To compare us to the Soviet union is like comparing the person who pushes an old lady towards an oncoming bus and the person who pushes the old lady away from the oncoming bus. They both push old ladies around. States. Nations & Nationhood
Too many people are voting. Voters, Voting & Elections
Uncle Cornpone Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
War is the second worst activity of mankind, the worst being acquiescence in slavery. War & Peace ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
When you want to attack your opponent’s position, first you have to attack it rationally. Oratory, Discussion & Debate ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Why do we want dumb votes? Voters, Voting & Elections
A Conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling 'Stop!' History
All adventure is now reactionary.
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.
Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could.
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.
I profoundly believe it takes a lot of practice to become a moral slob.
I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said.
I would like to electrocute everyone who uses the word 'fair' in connection with income tax policies.
I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would affront your intelligence.
I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University. Government
It had all the earmarks of a CIA operation; the bomb killed everybody in the room except the intended target!
It is not a sign of arrogance for the king to rule. That is what he is there for.
It seems to me that the idea traditionally defended of endeavoring to maintain existing ethnic balances simply doesn't work any more. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.
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. Freedom & Liberty ;Money, Coins & Minting
Life can't be all bad when for ten dollars you can buy all the Beethoven sonatas and listen to them for ten years. Life
One can't doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed - different plans have to be made. And the kernel here is the acknowledgement of defeat.
One must bear in mind that the expansion of federal activity is a form of eating for politicians.
Scientists are people who build the Brooklyn Bridge and then buy it.
Some of my instincts are reprehensible.
The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry. Government
The majority of the senior class of Vassar does not desire my company and I must confess, having read specimens of their thought and sentiments, that I do not desire the company of the majority of the senior class of Vassar.
The more complicated and powerful the job, the more rudimentary the preparation for it.
There is an inverse relationship between reliance on the state and self-reliance. Independence
To buy very good wine nowadays requires only money. To serve it to your guests is a sign of fatigue. Money, Coins & Minting
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. Truth
We love your adherence to democratic principles. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex