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William F. Buckley, Jr. Quotes

May you find comfort and joy in these encouraging quotes by William F. Buckley, Jr..

All adventure is now reactionary.
- William F. Buckley, Jr.

It seems to me that the idea traditionally defended
of endeavoring to maintain existing ethnic balances
simply doesn't work any more.
- William F. Buckley, Jr.

To buy very good wine nowadays requires only money.
To serve it to your guests is a sign of fatigue.
- 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 electrocute everyone who uses the word
"fair" in connection with income tax policies.
- William F. Buckley, Jr.

There is an inverse relationship between reliance on
the state and self-reliance.
- William F. Buckley, Jr.

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.

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A Conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling 'Stop!'
- William F. Buckley, Jr.

Some of my instincts are reprehensible.
- William F. Buckley, Jr.

I profoundly believe it takes a lot of practice to become a moral slob.
- William F. Buckley, Jr.

The more complicated and powerful the job,
the more rudimentary the preparation for it.
- William F. Buckley, Jr.

We love your adherence to democratic principles.
- William F. Buckley, Jr.

It had all the earmarks of a CIA operation;
the bomb killed everybody in the room except the intended target!
- William F. Buckley, Jr.

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.

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

Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality,
the costs become prohibitive.
- William F. Buckley, Jr.

I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would
affront your intelligence.
- William F. Buckley, Jr.

The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.
- William F. Buckley, Jr.

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.
- 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 won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that
you really believe what you just said.
- William F. Buckley, Jr.

Scientists are people who build the Brooklyn Bridge and then buy it.
- William F. Buckley, Jr.

It is not a sign of arrogance for the king to rule.
That is what he is there for.
- 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 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.
- William F. Buckley, Jr.

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.
- 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 people's freedom and security.
- William F. Buckley, Jr.

Choose what lies in the shadows to be a matter
for discovery and adventure, rather than fear.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Life is an adventure.
I can only wonder what treasure
awaits at the top of the path.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
- Helen Keller PHOTO

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell

As the evening beckons with the promise of tomorrow...
may your gratitude rise up and with strength answer, "yes."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice
at the end of the day, saying,
"I will try again tomorrow."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The future belongs to those
who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The jump is so frightening
between where I am,
and where I want to be.
Because of all I may become,
I will close my eyes and leap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Attitude is everything.
- Charles Swindoll

Know that the greatest fear is fear of the unknown.
Seek to meet the unknown with courage and a sense of adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

It is our choices ... that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

Where there's a will, there's a way.
- old English proverb

Life expands to fill your dreams.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

This above all, to thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare

Life is always lived in the eye-of-the-storm
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

Fly Life on Free Wings, and Sing to its Glory.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
- John F. Kennedy

Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.
- Bill Cosby

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

There is beauty and adventure in the commonplace
for those with eyes to see beyond.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The possession of knowledge does not
kill the sense of wonder and mystery.
There is always more mystery.
- Anais Nin

A ship in harbor is safe -
but that is not what ships are for.
- John A. Shedd

All our dreams can come true,
if we have the courage to pursue them.
- Walt Disney

Today is your day to dance lightly with life,
sing wild songs of adventure,
invite rainbows and butterflies out to play,
soar your spirit, and unfurl your joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is lived in the living.
Set aside convention, caution,
and arbitrary "rules" about how
life is supposed to be lived.
Choose! Explore! Adventure!
Live life to the fullest.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose to be as a young child -
fully awake, eager for the next experience.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
- Babe Ruth

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy

As you awaken,
may your dreams greet you by name,
and may you answer, "Yes!"
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Don't die with your music still inside you.
Listen to your intuitive inner voice
and find what passion stirs your soul.
- Wayne Dyer

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

Nothing in life is to be feared.
It is only to be understood.
- Marie Curie


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