William Buckley quotes and writings


  • 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.
  • Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.
  • The central question that emerges…is whether the White community in the South is entitled to take such measures as are necessary to prevail, politically and culturally, in areas where it does not predominate numerically? The sobering answer is Yes—the White community is so entitled because, for the time being, it is the advanced race.
  • Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.
  • 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.
  • (Of George W. Bush): If you had a European prime minister who experienced what we’ve experienced, it would be expected that he would retire or resign.
  • A Conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling “Stop!”
  • I won’t insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said.

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