Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Defining liberalism

A few quotes on liberalism. Which do you like? What would you add?

A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future. Bernstein

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
J.K. Galbraith

Liberalism is, I think, resurgent. One reason is that more and more people are so painfully aware of the alternative. J.K. Galbraith

Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence; Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. William E. Gladstone

A conservative is a man who is too cowardly to fight and too fat to run.
Elbert Hubbard

Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.
John Stuart Mill

Liberalism is the supreme form of generosity; it is the right which the majority concedes to minorities and hence it is the noblest cry that has ever resounded on this planet.
Jose Ortega y Gasset

A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead.
Leo C. Rosten

A liberal is a conservative who's been arrested. Unknown

A religious conservative is a fanatic about a dead radical. Unknown

A conservative is a man who does not think that anything should be done for the first time. Frank Vanderlip

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