A Quote by Mark Twain on adoption, conservatism, inventions, and radicals

The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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A Quote by Leo Calvin Rosten on admiration, conservatism, death, and radicals

Conservative: One who admires radicals centuries after they're dead.

Leo Calvin Rosten (1908 - 1997)

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A Quote by John Kenneth Galbraith on conservatism, exercise, philosophy, selfishness, and superiority

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 Galbraith (1908 -)

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A Quote by John Dewey on conservatism, creativity, emotion, religion, and world

Intellectually, religious emotions are not creative but conservative. They attach themselves readily to the current view of the world and consecrate it.

John Dewey (1859 - 1952)

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A Quote by James Paul Warburg on conservatism

No man can be a conservative unless he has something to lose.

James Paul Warburg (1896 - 1969)

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A Quote by Herbert George Wells on conservatism, conversation, debt, fiction, history, home, ideas, learning, life, literature, nonsense, opportunity, politics, purpose, retirement, science, present, thinking, and time

History has been kinder to Churchill than many of his contemporaries ever were. Some may be surprised to learn that the following luminary from the field of science-fiction had anything political to say at all: "Winston Churchill, the present would-be British Fuehrer, is a person with a range of ideas limited to the adventures and opportunities of British political life. He has never given evidence of thinking extensively, or of any scientific or literary capacity. . . . His ideology, picked up in the garrison life of India, on the reefs of South Africa, the maternal home and the conversation of wealthy Conservative households, is a pitiful jumble of incoherent nonsense. A boy scout is better equipped. He has served his purpose and it is high time he retired upon his laurels before we forget the debt we owe him. . . ."

H.G. Wells (1866 - 1946)

Source: Tribune article, December 15, 1944

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A Quote by Herbert Spencer on character, conservatism, harmony, and idealism

Conservatism defends those coercive arrangements which a still-lingering savageness makes requisite. Radicalism endeavours to realize a state more in harmony with the character of the ideal man.

Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903)

Source: Social Statistics (1850)

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A Quote by Henry Ward Beecher on conservatism, funerals, life, men, and nations

A conservative young man has wound up his life before it was unreeled. We expect old men to be conservative but when a nation's young men are so, its funeral bell is already rung.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

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A Quote by Henry Mitchell on animals, conservatism, death, earth, fortune, and garden

Toads are conservative animals, I think, and not much given to expecting the best from fortune. Some weeks ago, well before the end of October, I accidentally dug up one while turning over some garden earth. I was surprised, naturally, when one of the clods heaved over on its die and there, in some annoyance, sat at toad.

Henry Mitchell (1923 - 1993)

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A Quote by Henry George on blindness, change, conservatism, and danger

There is danger in reckless change; but greater danger in blind conservatism.

Henry George (1839 - 1897)

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