William F. Buckley, Jr.

William F. Buckley, Jr.

William Frank Buckley Jr. (November 24, 1925 – February 27, 2008) was an American conservative author and commentator. He founded National Review magazine in 1955, which had a major impact in stimulating the conservative movement, and hosted 1,429 episodes of the television show Firing Line (1966–1999) where he became known for his transatlantic accent and wide vocabulary.

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I would like to electrocute everyone who uses the word "fair" in connection with income tax policies.

I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said.

I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would affront your intelligence.

A Conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling 'Stop!'

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.

All adventure is now reactionary.

The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.

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.

There is an inverse relationship between reliance on the state and self-reliance.

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.

Scientists are people who build the Brooklyn Bridge and then buy it.

Idealism is fine but as it approaches reality the costs become prohibitive.

Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.

Life can't be all bad when for ten dollars you can buy all the Beethoven sonatas and listen to them for ten years.

It seems to me that the idea traditionally defended of endeavoring to maintain existing ethnic balances simply doesn't work any more.

We love your adherence to democratic principles.

It had all the earmarks of a CIA operation, the bomb killed everybody in the room except the intended target!

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.

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.

To buy very good wine nowadays requires only money. To serve it to your guests is a sign of fatigue.

The more complicated and powerful the job the more rudimentary the preparation for it.

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.

Some of my instincts are reprehensible.

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.

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.

It is not a sign of arrogance for the king to rule. That is what he is there for.

One must bear in mind that the expansion of federal activity is a form of eating for politicians.

I profoundly believe it takes a lot of practice to become a moral slob.