Some fellows get credit for being conservative when they are only stupid.
All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change.
All reactionaries are paper tigers.
When a nation's young men are conservative, its funeral bell is already rung.
A conservative is a fellow who thinks a rich man should have a square deal.
Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.
What is conservatism? It is not adherence to the old and tried, but against the new and untried?
I do not know which makes a man more conservative -- to know nothing but the present, or nothing but the past.
A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs, who has never learned to walk.
Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.