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William F. Buckley Quotes

The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.

— William F. Buckley

We are so concerned to flatter the majority that we lose sight of how very often it is necessary, in order to preserve freedom for the minority, let alone for the individual, to face that majority down.

— William F. Buckley

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
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H.L. Mencken Quotes

H. L. Mencken (1880 –1956) was an American satirist, essayist, journalist and magazine editor.

Mencken commented literature, politics, music and pseudo-experts. He was skeptical of populism, organized religion, economic theories, and very critical of creationism, Christian fundamentalism, and anti-intellectualism. Mencken’s books are still very popular. He is best known for his multi-volume study “The American Language”.

 H.L. Mencken Quotes

Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything I hold in veneration – courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and above all, love of the truth.

— H. L. Mencken

Judge: a law student who marks his own papers.

— H. L. Mencken

The average man doesn’t want to be free. He wants to be safe.

— H. L. Mencken

Men in the mass never brook the destructive discussion of their fundamental beliefs, and that impatience is naturally most evident in those societies in which men in the mass are most influential. Democracy and free speech are not facets of one gem; democracy and free speech are eternal enemies.

— H. L. Mencken, Introduction to The Antichrist

As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

— H. L. Mencken, “Bayard vs. Lionheart” – Baltimore Evening Sun, 26 July, 1920

If a politician can hold his job by lying, he will hold it by lying; if lying peters out, he will try to hold it by embracing new truths.

— H. L. Mencken

The objection to Puritans is not that they try to make us think as they do, but that they try to make us do as they think.

— H. L. Mencken

Alone among the animals, man has the capacity to invent imaginary worlds, and is always making himself unhappy by trying to move into them.

— H. L. Mencken

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.

— H. L. Mencken

All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man: its one permanent object is to oppress him and cripple him.

— H. L. Mencken, Smart Set (December 1919)

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.

— H. L. Mencken

Do not overestimate the decency of the human race.

— H. L. Mencken

Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.

— H. L. Mencken

Love is like war; easy to begin but very hard to stop.

— H. L. Mencken

All government, of course, is against liberty.

— H. L. Mencken

Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.

— H. L. Mencken

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule- and both commonly succeed, and are right.

— H. L. Mencken

Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping, and unintelligent.

— H. L. Mencken

I can’t imagine a genuinely intelligent boy getting much out of college, even out of a good college, save it be a cynical habit of mind.

— H. L. Mencken

I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind – that its modest and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more than overcome by the damage it has done to clear and honest thinking.

— H. L. Mencken

Any man who inflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood.

— H. L. Mencken

The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office.

— H. L. Mencken

I have little belief in human progress. The human race is incurably idiotic. It will never be happy.

— H. L. Mencken

The theory seems to be that as long as a man is a failure he is one of God’s children, but that as soon as he succeeds he is taken over by the Devil.

— H. L. Mencken

A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.

— H. L. Mencken

Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.

— H. L. Mencken

Alone among the animals, man has the capacity to invent imaginary worlds, and is always making himself unhappy by trying to move into them.

— H. L. Mencken

We must respect the other fellow’s religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.

— H. L. Mencken

What is the professor’s function? To pass on to numskulls a body of so-called knowledge that is fragmentary, unimportant, and largely untrue.

— H. L. Mencken

There is something even more valuable to civilization than wisdom, and that is character.

— H. L. Mencken

The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.

— H. L. Mencken

People constantly speak of ‘the government’ doing this or that, as they might speak of God doing it. But the government is really nothing but a group of men, and usually they are very inferior men.

— H. L. Mencken

Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in their readiness to doubt.

— H. L. Mencken

I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave.

— H. L. Mencken

It doesn’t take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause.

— H. L. Mencken

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos.

— H. L. Mencken, Smart Set (December 1919)

There is only one justification for having sinned, and that is to be glad of it.

— H. L. Mencken

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.

— H. L. Mencken

Good government is that which delivers the citizen from the risk of being done out of his life and property too arbitrarily and violently.

— H. L. Mencken
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Edmund Burke Quotes

Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797) was an Irish author, statesman, political theorist, philosopher and orator. He served in the British House of Commons for many years.

Burke is known for supporting American Revolutionaries, and arguing against the French Revolution, which made him the leading figure of the “Old Whigs” – the conservative fraction of his party. Charles James Fox led the “New Whigs” – the pro-French Revolution fraction. Burke is considered the founder of modern conservatism. In 1790, he published his best know work “Reflections on the Revolution in France”.

Edmund Burke Quotes

Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.

— Edmund Burke

Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none.

— Edmund Burke, Speech on the Bill for the Relief of Protestant Dissenters

Those who have been once intoxicated with power, and have derived any kind of emolument from it, even though but for one year, can never willingly abandon it.

— Edmund Burke

The true danger is, when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts.

— Edmund Burke, Letter to Sheriffs (II 249).

All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.

— Edmund Burke

It is not, what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice, tells me I ought to do.

— Edmund Burke

The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.

— Edmund Burke

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.

— Edmund Burke, Speech on the Middlesex Elections (1771)

It is a general popular error to imagine the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.

— Edmund Burke

One that confounds good and evil is an enemy to the good.

— Edmund Burke, On the Impeachment of Warren Hastings

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.

— Edmund Burke

A nation without means of reform is without means of survival.

— Edmund Burke

The most important of all revolutions, which may be dated from that day, I mean a revolution in sentiments, manners, and moral opinions.

— Edmund Burke, Reflections on the French Revolution

Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises; for never intending to go beyond promises, it costs nothing.

— Edmund Burke

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

— Edmund Burke, Thoughts on the Cause of Present Discontents

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.

— Edmund Burke

The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.

— Edmund Burke, Letter to Thomas Mercer

A law against property is a law against industry.

— Edmund Burke
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If Virtue & Knowledge are diffus’d among the People, they will never be enslav’d. This will be their great Security.

— Samuel Adams, Letter to James Warren (12 February, 1779)