65 William F Buckley Quotes On Success In Life

William Frank Buckley Jr. was an American public intellectual and conservative author and commentator. In 1955, Buckley founded National Review, a magazine that stimulated the conservative movement in the late-20th century United States. Buckley hosted 1,429 episodes of the public affairs television show Firing Line (1966–1999), the longest-running public affairs show in American television history with a single host, where he became known for his distinctive Mid-Atlantic idiolect and wide vocabulary. These William F Buckley quotes will motivate you.

Best William F Buckley Quotes

  1. “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.
  2. “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.
  3. “I won’t insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.

  4. “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.
  5. “In the hands of a skillful indoctrinator, the average student not only thinks what the indoctrinator wants him to think . . . but is altogether positive that he has arrived at his position by independent intellectual exertion. This man is outraged by the suggestion that he is the flesh-and-blood tribute to the success of his indoctrinators.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  6. “I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state, not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me. I will then use my power, as I see fit. 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. That is a program of sorts, is it not? It is certainly program enough to keep conservatives busy, and Liberals at bay. And the nation free.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  7. “The socialized state is to justice, order, and freedom what the Marquis de Sade is to love.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.

  8. “What yells out at the US public . . . is the incandescent hypocrisy of so many people who, in the name of free speech, persecute its practitioners if their opinions are conservative.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  9. “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.
  10. “Decent people should ignore politics, if only they could be confident that politics would ignore them” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  11. “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.
  12. “The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.

  13. “Conservatism is the politics of reality” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  14. “If only the left hated crime as much as they hated hate.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  15. “The duel between Christianity and atheism is the most important in the world, and the struggle between individualism and collectivism is the same struggle reproduced on another level.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  16. “… to say that the CIA and the KGB engage in similar practices is the equivalent of saying that the man who pushes an old lady into the path of a hurtling bus is not to be distinguished from the man who pushes an old lady out of the path of a hurtling bus: on the grounds that, after all, in both cases someone is pushing old ladies around.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  17. “Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.

  18. “A Conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling ‘Stop!'” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  19. “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.
  20. “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.
  21. “We are, always, reminded of the old saw: What would happen if the Soviet Union took over the Sahara Desert? Answer: Nothing for 50 years. After that there would be a shortage of sand.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  22. “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.
  23. “There is an inverse relationship between reliance on the state and self-reliance.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.

  24. “When it is not possible to reason with holy warriors, it is necessary to immobilize them or crush them.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  25. “The largest cultural menace in America is the conformity of the intellectual cliques which, in education as well as the arts, are out to impose upon the nation their modish fads and fallacies, and have nearly succeeded in doing so. In this cultural issue, we are, without reservations, on the side of excellence (rather than “newness”) and of honest intellectual combat (rather than conformity).” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  26. “Only government can cause inflation, preserve monopoly, and punish enterprise.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.

  27. “One must bear in mind that the expansion of federal activity is a form of eating for politicians.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  28. “The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, depriving the sick of needed help and suckering well-intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  29. “I would like to electrocute everyone who uses the word ‘fair’ in connection with income tax policies.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  30. “They told me if I voted for Goldwater, he would get us into a war in Vietnam. Well, I voted for Goldwater and that’s what happened.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.

  31. “One must recently have lived on or close to a college campus to have a vivid intimation of what has happened. It is there that we see how a number of energetic social innovators, plugging their grand designs, succeeded over the years in capturing the liberal intellectual imagination. And since ideas rule the world, the ideologues, having won over the intellectual class, simply walked in and started to run things. Run just about everything. There never was an age of conformity quite like this one, or a camaraderie quite like the Liberals’.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr. Quotes
  32. “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.
  33. “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, Jr.
  34. “What was wrong with communism wasn’t aberrant leadership, it was communism.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.

  35. “People are beginning to wish that the voters had been given breathometer tests when they voted in the present government.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  36. “The academic community has in it the biggest concentration of alarmists, cranks and extremists this side of the giggle house.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  37. “A relatively small and eternally quarrelsome country in Western Europe, fountainhead of rationalist political manias, militarily impotent, historically inglorious during the past century, democratically bankrupt, Communist-infiltrated from top to bottom.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  38. “Conservatives should be adamant about the need for the reappearance of Judeo-Christianity in the public square.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  39. “You know, I’ve spent my entire life time separating the Right from the kooks.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.

  40. “I’ve always believed that conservatism is the politics of reality, and that reality ultimately asserts itself in a reasonably free society, in behalf of the conservative position.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  41. “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.
  42. “He [Cassius Clay] became a Black Muslim, which is a pseudo-religion for unbright neurotics who feel the need to hate all white people.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  43. “Did you know that forty percent of the words used by Shakespeare were used by him only once?” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.

  44. “Bobby Kennedy and Nelson Rockefeller are having a row, ostensibly over the plight of New York’s mentally retarded, a loose definition of which would include everyone in New York who voted for Bobby Kennedy or Nelson Rockefeller.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  45. “You cannot paint the Mona Lisa by assigning one dab each to a thousand painters.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  46. “The principal sponsors of the terrorists are not religious fanatics. “Palestine’s Yasser Arafat, Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, and Syria’s Assad family have made themselves the icons of Islamism despite the fact that they are well-known atheists who live un-Muslim lives and have persecuted unto death the Muslim movements in their countries.”” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  47. “A society is not ‘free’ merely because the freedoms the people are doing away with are those they voted at the last election to do without.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  48. “Not everything that is legal is reputable.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.

  49. “France believes in armed intervention by America only when the intervention is in France to rescue France from occupation by other powers.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  50. “Professor Galbraith is horrified by the number of Americans who have bought cars with tail fins on them, and I am horrified by the number of Americans who take seriously the proposals of Mr. Galbraith.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  51. “Government can’t do anything for you except in proportion as it can do something to you.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  52. “The sobering anwer is yes – the white community is so entitled because … it is the advanced race … it is more important … to affirm and live by civilized standards … than to bow to the demands of the numerical majority.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  53. “If Bach is not in Heaven, I am not going!” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.

  54. “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.
  55. “Presley brought an excitement to singing, in part because rock and roll was greeted as his invention, but for other reasons not so widely reflected on: Elvis Presley had the most beautiful singing voice of any human being on earth.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  56. “I am, I fully grant, a phenomenon, but not because of any speed in composition. I asked myself the other day, “Who else, on so many issues, has been so right so much of the time?” I couldn’t think of anyone.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  57. “The police can’t use clubs or gas or dogs. I suppose they will have to use poison ivy.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.

  58. “Treatment is not now available for almost half of those who would benefit from it. Yet we are willing to build more and more jails in which to isolate drug users even though at one-seventh the cost of building and maintaining jail space and pursuing, detaining, and prosecuting the drug user, we could subsidize commensurately effective medical care and psychological treatment.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  59. “Nobody who’s ever been to Gulag is a pacifist.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  60. “Socialize the individual’s surplus and you socialize his spirit and creativeness.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.

  61. “The Beatles are not merely awful. They are so unbelievably horrible, so appallingly unmusical, so dogmatically insensitive to the magic of the art, that they qualify as crowned heads of anti-music.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  62. “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.
  63. “Before there was Ronald Reagan there was Barry Goldwater, and before there was Barry, there was National Review , and before there was National Review there was Bill Buckley with a spark in his mind.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  64. “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.
  65. “A capitalist is someone who derives a substantial share of his income from his equity in producing companies. On this scale the figures are discouraging. Approximately ninety percent of the capital of this country is owned by five or less percent of the American people.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.

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