33 Total Quotes

William Buckley Quotes

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 Buckley
#Boston

Scientists are people who build the Brooklyn Bridge and then buy it.
William Buckley
#People

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 Buckley
#Madness

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 Buckley
#People

I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said.
William Buckley
#Intelligence

It is not a sign of arrogance for the king to rule. That is what he is there for.
William Buckley
#Arrogance

You cultivate the essential virtues: high purpose, intelligence, decency, humility, fear of the Lord, and the passion for freedom.
William Buckley
#Fear

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 Buckley
#Satisfaction

There is an inverse relationship between reliance on the state and self-reliance.
William Buckley
#Self

I profoundly believe it takes a lot of practice to become a moral slob.
William Buckley
#Practice

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 Buckley
#Liberals

The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.
William Buckley
#Defense

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 Buckley
#God

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

One must bear in mind that the expansion of federal activity is a form of eating for politicians.
William Buckley
#Mind

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 antimusic.
William Buckley
#Magic

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 Buckley
#Class

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 Buckley
#Truth

I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would affront your intelligence.
William Buckley
#Intelligence

The more complicated and powerful the job, the more rudimentary the preparation for it.
William Buckley
#Preparation

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 Buckley
#Life

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

Does baloney fear the grinder?
William Buckley
#Fear

We love your adherence to democratic principles.
William Buckley
#Love

He invented the news magazine. He invested [it] with an interpretation Tell what happened, tell it well, tell it concisely, but with attention to the belletristic imperative.
William Buckley
#News

A Conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling "Stop!"
William Buckley
#Conservative

Relate it to what should happen; fuse it into the long morality play that began, really, in the Garden of Eden.
William Buckley
#Morality

All adventure is now reactionary.
William Buckley
#Adventure

Some of my instincts are reprehensible.
William Buckley
#Instincts

To buy very good wine nowadays requires only money. To serve it to your guests is a sign of fatigue.
William Buckley
#Fatigue