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A collection of quotes by William F. Buckley, Jr on politics, hypocrisy, liberals, drugs, laws, writing, rights, democracy, humor, freedom and conservative.

33 Thought-Provoking William F. Buckley, Jr Quotes

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Born On: November 24, 1925

Died On: February 27, 2008

Died At Age: 82

William F. Buckley, Jr. was an influential American writer, commentator and a political activist. He is known as a conservative author and commentator. After serving the U.S army for a couple of years he became one of the honor guards to the U.S President Franklin Roosevelt. He also joined the ‘Skull and Bones Society’ to become a star debater. He made his writing debut with ‘God and Man at Yale’ which reflected his spiritual roots and his ideas on free market. This got him hired by the ‘Central Intelligence Agency’ where he served for a short period. He also worked as an associate editor at ‘The American Mercury Magazine’ which encouraged him to start the conservative journal ‘National Review’. He was a big hit as a syndicated columnist as his columns were printed in more than 300 newspapers. His thoughts, writings in magazines and columns boosted his reputation as a political writer and he wrote about 40 books on contemporary politics. He even tried his hand at writing spy novels and was well appreciated. We have curated his quotes from his writings and life. Go through the compilation of these quotations and thoughts by William F. Buckley, Jr that reflect his great intellect of politics. 
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I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said.

William F. Buckley, Jr.

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

William F. Buckley, Jr.

I would rather be governed by the first 2000 people in the Manhattan phone book than the entire faculty of Harvard.

William F. Buckley, Jr.

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

William F. Buckley, Jr.

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

William F. Buckley, Jr.

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

William F. Buckley, Jr.

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.

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

William F. Buckley, Jr.

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.

The academic community has in it the biggest concentration of alarmists, cranks and extremists this side of the giggle house.

William F. Buckley, Jr.

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

William F. Buckley, Jr.

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.

Industry is the enemy of melancholy

William F. Buckley, Jr.

I had much more fun criticizing than praising.

William F. Buckley, Jr.

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

William F. Buckley, Jr.

The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.

William F. Buckley, Jr.

Conservatives should be adamant about the need for the reappearance of Judeo-Christianity in the public square.

William F. Buckley, Jr.

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

William F. Buckley, Jr.

What would happen if the Communists occupied the Sahara? Answer: Nothing—for 50 years. Then there would be a shortage of sand.

William F. Buckley, Jr.

I find it easier to believe in God than to believe Hamlet was deduced from the molecular structure of a mutton chop.

William F. Buckley, Jr.

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

William F. Buckley, Jr.

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.

[D]emocracy 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

William F. Buckley, Jr.

Human progress is achieved by taking exact measurements.

William F. Buckley, Jr.

The loneliness of flight is not entirely overwhelmed by cabin movies, the drinks, the Gemtlichkeit of shoulder-to-shoulder life.

William F. Buckley, Jr.

I would sooner be governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than by the two thousand members of the faculty of Harvard.

William F. Buckley, Jr.

For people who like that sort of thing, that's the sort of thing they like.

William F. Buckley, Jr.

Liberals don’t care what you do so long as it’s compulsory.

William F. Buckley, Jr.

Pentagon ought to win the Nobel Peace Prize every year, because the U.S. military is the world’s foremost guarantor of peace

William F. Buckley, Jr.

Conservatism aims to maintain in working order the loyalties of the community to perceived truths and also to those truths which in their judgment have earned universal recognition.

William F. Buckley, Jr.

How can one deduce the cause of "Hamlet" or "Saint Matthew's Passion"? What is the cause of inspiration?

William F. Buckley, Jr.

National Review will support the rightwardmost viable candidate.

William F. Buckley, Jr.

A conservative is someone who stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.

William F. Buckley, Jr.