Used to be, conservatives revered the Average American, that Norman Rockwell oil painting of diner food, humble faith, honest toil, and Capraesque virtue.
Simple answer, they don't exist anymore.
Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen.
Conservatism discards Prescription, shrinks from Principle, disavows Progress having rejected all respect for antiquity, it offers no redress for the present, and makes no preparation for the future.
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.
Justice means minding one's own business and not meddling with other men's concerns.
Supreme serenity still remains the Ideal of great Art. The shapes and transitory forms of life are but stages toward this Ideal, which Christ's religion illuminates with His divine light.
Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it's really how it works.
The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer.
Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.
William Butler Yeats
I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following.
The basic thing nobody asks is why do people take drugs of any sort? Why do we have these accessories to normal living to live? I mean, is there something wrong with society that's making us so pressurized, that we cannot live without guarding ourselves against it?
Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose - and you allow him to make war at pleasure.
History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
Being tall is an advantage, especially in business. People will always remember you. And if you're in a crowd, you'll always have some clean air to breathe.
If forgers and malefactors are put to death by the secular power, there is much more reason for excommunicating and even putting to death one convicted of heresy.
Work and struggle and never accept an evil that you can change.
Fear makes us feel our humanity.
At home I am a nice guy: but I don't want the world to know. Humble people, I've found, don't get very far.
He was a great patriot, a humanitarian, a loyal friend provided, of course, he really is dead.
What makes the pain we feel from shame and jealousy so cutting is that vanity can give us no assistance in bearing them.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
I have retired, but if there's anything that would kill me it is to wake up in the morning not knowing what to do.
Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem.
History is only the register of crimes and misfortunes.
Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.
It is like writing history with lightning and my only regret is that it is all so terribly true.
Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
Electricity is really just organized lightning.
God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.
I replaced the headlights in my car with strobe lights, so it looks like I'm the only one moving.
For somehow this disease inheres in tyranny, never to trust one's friends.
I am confident that nobody... will accuse me of selfishness if I ask to spend time, while I am still in good health, with my family, my friends and also with myself.
Of course in science there are things that are open to doubt and things need to be discussed. But among the things that science does know, evolution is about as certain as anything we know.
Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.
Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.
I'm not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
I'm sorry, if you were right, I'd agree with you.
No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman.
Honore de Balzac
When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means.
English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street.
E. B. White
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