The conservative may clamor against reform, but he might as well clamor against the centrifugal force.—He sighs for "the good old times."—He might as well wish the oak back into the acorn.
We are reformers in spring and summer.—In autumn and winter we stand by the old.—Reformers in the morning; conservatives at night.—Reform is affirmative; conservatism, negative.—Conservatism goes for comfort; reform for truth.
The hignest function of conservatism is to keep what progressiveness has accomphshed.
I often think it's comical how nature always does contrive that every boy and every gal, that's born into this world alive, is either a little Liberal, or else a little Conservative.
A conservative is a man who is too cowardly to fight and too fat to run.
A conservative is a man who will not look at the new moon, out of respect for that "ancient institution," the old one.
Generally young men are regarded as radicals. This is a popular misconception. The most conservative persons I ever met are college undergraduates.