Conservative Quotes

Franklin, Benjamin

Jefferson, Thomas

Reagan, Ronald

Thatcher, Margaret

Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom,” he said. “Democracy attaches all possible value to each man,” he said in 1848, “while socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude. – Alexis de Tocqueville

Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which best pays the treasury. There is not even a patriotic duty to increase one’s taxes. Over and over again the Courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everyone does it, rich and poor alike and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands. – Judge Learned Hand

To found principles of government upon too advantageous an estimate of the human character is an error of inexperience, the source of which is so amiable that it is impossible to censure it with severity. – John Quincy Adams

The man of system . . . is apt to be very wise in his own conceit; and is often so enamoured with the supposed beauty of his own ideal plan of government, that he cannot suffer the smallest deviation from any part of it. He goes on to establish it completely and in all its parts, without any regard either to the great interests or to the strong prejudices which may oppose it. He seems to imagine that he can arrange the different members of a great society with as much ease as the hand arranges the different pieces upon a chess-board. - Adam Smith

The grand delusion of contemporary liberals is that they have both the right and the ability to move their fellow creatures around like blocks of wood — and that the end results will be no different than if people had voluntarily chosen the same action. – Thomas Sowell

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man.  Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded – here and there, now and then – are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people.  Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. - Robert A. Heinlein

The best government is that which governs least. – The United States Magazine and Democratic Review, unnamed editor, 1837 (erroneously attributed to Thomas Jefferson)

The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets. – Will Rogers