William F. Buckley Jr. Quote Scramble Magnet Answers

“The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.” (Windfall: The End of the Affair, Perennial, 1993. p. 22.)

“Decent people should ignore politics, if only they could be confident that politics would ignore them.” (as quoted by Anthony Dick in “Apolitico.” National Review. March 24, 2008. p.58)

“The academic community has in it the biggest concentration of alarmists, cranks, and extremists this side of the giggle house.” (“On the Right”. National Review. January 17, 1967. p.1)

“Industry is the enemy of melancholy.” (according to his son, Christopher)

“I would sooner be governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than by the two thousand members of the faculty of Harvard.” (pronounced during public exchange with former University of Chicago president Robert Maynard Hutchins)

“Demand a recount.” (response when asked what he would do if elected Mayor of New York City in 1965)

“It stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.” (“Our Mission Statement”. National Review. November 15, 1955.)

“Modern formulations are necessary even in defense of very ancient truths.” (American Conservative Thought in the Twentieth Century. Transaction Publishers, 2011. p.xxxix)

“Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.” (as quoted in Jonathon Green’s The Cynic’s Lexicon. St. Martin’s Press, 1984. p.36)