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William F. Buckley, Jr. Quotes

The real threat, as seen by the ACLU, is that religious behavior might give secular behavior a bad name, and that is, surely, unconstitutional.
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Conservatives should be adamant about the need for the reappearance of Judeo-Christianity in the public square.

— William F. Buckley, Jr.

I profoundly believe it takes a lot of practice to become a moral slob.

— William F. Buckley, Jr.

I believe that the duel between Christianity and atheism is the most important in the world. I further believe that the struggle between individualism and collectivism is the same struggle reproduced on another level.

— William F. Buckley, Jr.

How can one deduce the cause of "Hamlet" or "Saint Matthew's Passion"? What is the cause of inspiration?

— William F. Buckley, Jr.

I am obliged to confess I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University.

— William F. Buckley, Jr.

Some of my instincts are reprehensible.

— William F. Buckley, Jr.

All adventure is now reactionary.

— William F. Buckley, Jr.

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

— William F. Buckley, Jr.

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.

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.

What was wrong with communism wasn't aberrant leadership, it was communism.

— William F. Buckley, Jr.

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.

Boredom is the deadliest poison.

— William F. Buckley, Jr.

It was rumored, in 1946, that the hangman in Nuremberg adjusted the nooses of some of the condemned to magnify the pain of suffocation. Such sadism was not called for then and is not called for now. But if fornication is wrong, there is no denying that it can bring pleasure. The death of Saddam Hussein at rope's end brings a pleasure that is undeniable, and absolutely chaste in its provenance.

— William F. Buckley, Jr.

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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