A conservative is a man who believes that nothing should be done for the first time.
—Alfred E. Wiggam
A conservative government is an organized hypocrisy.
I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad. I seek to preserve property and to respect order, and I equally decry the appeal to the passions of the many or the prejudices of the few.
The conservative in financial circles I have often described as a man who thinks nothing new ought ever to be adopted for the first time.
—Franklin D. Roosevelt
The true conservative is the man who has a real concern for injustices and takes thought against the day of reckoning.
The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.
When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Men are conservatives when they are least vigorous, or when they are most luxurious. They are conservatives after dinner.
—Robert Anton Wilson
I never dared to be radical when young
For fear it would make me conservative when old.