Liberal or conservative?

by Richard on August 28, 2005

A few quotes about Liberals and Conservatives. It’s just a bit of fun.

“Conservative: a statesman who is enamoured of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.” — Ambrose Bierce

“Liberals feel unworthy of their possessions. Conservatives feel they deserve everything they’ve stolen.” — Mort Sahl

“A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy.” — Benjamin Disraeli

“A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.” — Robert Frost

“You know what they say: if God had been a Liberal, we wouldn’t have had the ten commandments. We’d have had the ten suggestions.” — Christopher Bigsby & Malcolm Bradbury

“The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected.” — G. K. Chesterton

“A liberal is a conservative who’s been arrested. A conservative is a liberal who’s been mugged.” — Wendy Kaminer

“The Democrats are the party of government activism, the party that says government can make you richer, smarter, taller, and get the chickweed out of your lawn. Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work, and then get elected and prove it.” — P. J. O’Rourke

“The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” — John Kenneth Galbraith

“Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.” — John Stuart Mill

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

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John 08.28.05 at 8:22 pm

A libertarian is a conservative who’s been busted.

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DH 08.29.05 at 9:16 pm

Here is my own: “Better for a Conservative to recognize the mistakes and “try” to do somethng about it than for a liberal to continue to make and not learn from the mistakes from the past.”

and Amen to this:

“You know what they say: if God had been a Liberal, we wouldn’t have had the ten commandments. We’d have had the ten suggestions.” — Christopher Bigsby & Malcolm Bradbury

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John 08.30.05 at 1:13 am

A couple of my favorites:

“Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.” — P.J. O’Roarke

“Politicians are the same all over — the promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.” — Nikita Kruschev

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Sky Dog 02.08.10 at 1:10 am

With capitol letters, the Disraeli quote is incorrect. Without capitol letters, the quote is taken out of context.

Disraeli was a Conservative.

From Wikipedia, “Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, KG, PC, FRS, (21 December 1804 – 19 April 1881) was a British Prime Minister, parliamentarian, Conservative statesman and literary figure. He served in government for three decades, twice as Prime Minister. A teenage convert to Anglicanism, he was nonetheless the country’s first and thus far only Prime Minister of Jewish heritage.[1] He played an instrumental role in the creation of the modern Conservative Party after the Corn Laws schism of 1846.”

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Larry V 09.18.11 at 4:35 am

“Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.” — John Stuart Mill

To which I would respond:

“Not all liberals are mattoids, but all mattoids are liberal” - The Spotlight newspaper.

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