To be to prefer the familiar to the unknown, to prefer the tried to the untried, fact to mystery, the actual to the possible, the limited to the unbounded, the near to the distant, the sufficient to the superabundant, the convenient to the perfect, present laughter to utopian bliss.

Michael Oakeshott

A man who has both feet planted firmly in the air can be safely called a liberal as opposed to the conservative, who has both feet firmly planted in his mouth.

Jacques Barzun

Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.

William E. Gladstone

If you're a liberal, anything you say is protected. If you're a conservative, anything you say is hateful.

Dr. Laura Schlessinger

There is danger in reckless change, but greater danger in blind conservatism.

Henry George

Do not bury our glorious orthodoxy in the treacherous pit of a spurious conservatism.

Abraham Kuyper

RADICALISM, n. The conservatism of to-morrow injected into the affairs of to-day.

Ambrose Bierce

We need some compassionate conservatism.

Mark Viator

He doesn't want to err on the side of conservatism. The consensus is that he will do one more cut and then that might be the end of it for some time.

John Kinsey