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35 William F. Buckley Quotes To Help Your Political Studies

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Buckley is a prominent conservative figure.

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One of the prominent figures in the conservative political scene, William F. Buckley Jr. brought conservative views and ideas to conventional politics.

Born in New York on 24 November 1925, into a rich family, William F. Buckley Jr was able to get high-quality education from a young age. He enlisted in the US Military, after which he enrolled at Yale University and then worked for the Central Intelligence Agency.

In 1955, he established the 'National Review', a magazine based on conservative thoughts. He also served as a host for the extremely popular political show 'The Firing Line' which conducted political discussions. 'The Firing Line' aired between 1966 to 1999, all of the episodes hosted by William F. Buckley Jr, making it the longest show hosted by a single host in American television history.

Along with this, William F. Buckley Jr was also an avid writer, having written over 50 books, including the popular, 'Up From Liberalism' and 'God And Man At Yale'.

Let's take a look at the influence set by William F. Buckley Jr throughout his life with these fascinating William F. Buckley Jr quotes, and once done, you can try our Vaclav Havel quotes and Conservative quotes for more.

Famous William F Buckley Jr Quotes

William F Buckley has worked for the CIA.

Let's take a look at William F. Buckley Jr's idea of politics with these intelligent quotes. These are the most important William F. Buckley Jr quotes.

1. "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 peoples' freedom and security."

-William F. Buckley Jr.

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

-William F. Buckley Jr.

3. "I will not cede more power to the state."

-William F. Buckley Jr.

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

-William F. Buckley Jr.

5. "Though liberals do a great deal of talking about hearing other points of view, it sometimes shocks them to learn that there are other points of view."

-William F. Buckley Jr.

6. "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."

-William F. Buckley Jr.

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

-William F. Buckley Jr.

8. "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."

-William F. Buckley Jr.

9. "The superstition that the hounds of truth will rout the vermin of error seems, like a fragment of Victorian lace, quaint, but too brittle to be lifted out of the showcase."

-William F. Buckley Jr.

10. "The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry."

-William F. Buckley Jr.

Quotes From William F Buckley Jr's Books

William F Buckley was the host of 'The Firing Line' for more than 1500 episodes.

Here are some notable William F. Buckley Jr quotes from the various books written by William F. Buckley Jr. Do you recognize any of these William F. Buckley Jr quotes?

11. "We find that in the absence of demonstrable truth, the best we can do is to exercise the greatest diligence, humility, insight, intelligence, and industry in trying to arrive at the nearest values to truth."

-William F. Buckley Jr, 'The God And Man At Yale'.

12. "I do not, in short, myself believe it is in the least bit undignified to confess to having been critically influenced in one's thinking by a teacher, or a faculty, or a book."

-William F. Buckley Jr, 'Up From Liberalism'.

13. "Democracy can itself be as tyrannical as a dictatorship, since it is the extent, not the source, of government power that impinges on freedom."

-William F. Buckley Jr, 'The God And Man At Yale'.

14. "The danger comes when a distrust of doctrinaire social systems eases over into a dissolute disregard for principle."

-William F. Buckley Jr, 'Up From Liberalism'.

15. "I believe that the duel between Christianity and atheism is the most important in the world."

-William F. Buckley Jr, 'The God And Man At Yale'.

Important Quotes By William F Buckley Jr

Quotes to leave you in thoughts by William F Buckley Jr.

16. "The socialized state is to justice, order, and freedom what the Marquis de Sade is to love."

-William F. Buckley Jr.

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

-William F. Buckley Jr.

18. "You know, I’ve spent my entire lifetime separating the Right from the kooks."

-William F. Buckley Jr.

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

-William F. Buckley Jr.

20. "A second marked characteristic of the Liberal in debate with the conservative is the tacit premise that debate is ridiculous."

-William F. Buckley Jr.

21. "It had all the earmarks of a CIA operation; the bomb killed everybody in the room except the intended target!"

-William F. Buckley Jr.

22. "I mean to live my life 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."

-William F. Buckley Jr.

23. "Decent people should ignore politics, if only they could be confident that politics would ignore them."

-William F. Buckley Jr.

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

-William F. Buckley Jr.

25. "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."

-William F. Buckley Jr.

Quotes By William F Buckley Jr To Ponder Over

These William F. Buckley Jr quotes will keep you thinking about your role in the world.

26. "Nobody who's ever been to Gulag is a pacifist."

-William F. Buckley Jr.

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

-William F. Buckley Jr.

28. "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."

-William F. Buckley Jr.

29. "It seems to me that the idea traditionally defended of endeavoring to maintain existing ethnic balances simply doesn’t work anymore."

-William F. Buckley Jr.

30. "All that is good is not embodied in the law; and all that is evil is not proscribed by the law. A well-disciplined society needs few laws, but it needs strong mores."

-William F. Buckley Jr.

31. "Some of my instincts are reprehensible."

-William F. Buckley Jr.

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

-William F. Buckley Jr.

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

-William F. Buckley Jr.

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

-William F. Buckley Jr.

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

-William F. Buckley Jr.

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