Conservative Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old conservative quotes, conservative sayings, and conservative proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead.     

Leo Rosten

He was conservative in the old fashioned sense of cautious.

Josh Schwartz

It has become more acceptable to describe yourself as a conservative, but not everyone who uses that term about themselves really is truly conservative.     

Jesse Helms

The values to which the conservative appeals are inevitably caricatured by the individuals designated to put them into practice.

Harold Rosenberg

Conservatism has always been about reforming government and solving problems, and that's why the conservative movement should lead on immigration reform.     

Marco Rubio

The resources of nature, like those of spirit, are running out, and all that a conscientious man can aspire to be is a literal conservative, hoarding what remains of culture and of natural wealth against the fierce appetites of modern life.     

Russell Kirk

Our shared conservative values, our belief in the individual is the great hope of our nation.     

Rick Perry

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.     

John Kenneth Galbraith

Ideas are inherently conservative. They yield not to the attack of other ideas but to the massive onslaught of circumstance with which they cannot contend.     

John Kenneth Galbraith

Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.

George Washington

The conservative who resists change is as valuable as the radical who proposes it.     

Ariel Durant

Change is not what we expect from religious people. They tend to love the past more than the present or the future.

Richard Rohr

A conservative is someone who makes no changes and consults his grandmother when in doubt.     

Woodrow Wilson

Conservatives have excellent credentials to speak about human rights. By our efforts, and with precious little help from self-styled liberals, we were largely responsible for securing liberty for a substantial share of the world's population and defending it for most of the rest.     

Margaret Thatcher

It is ironic that people of modest means sometimes become conservative out of a scarcity fear bred by the very capitalist system they support.

Michael Parenti

It was the intellectual elite of the conservative movement that expressed the most concern, not the religious conservatives or the business conservatives.     

Carl Tobias

All conservatives are such from personal defects. They have been effeminated by position or nature, born halt and blind, through luxury of their parents, and can only, like invalids, act on the defensive.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Intellectually religious emotions are not creative but conservative. They attach themselves readily to the current view of the world and consecrate it.     

John Dewey

A conservative is someone who believes in reform. But not now.     

Mort Sahl

To be conservative, then, is 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

They're trying to be as conservative as possible right now, focusing on growing things internally.     

David Atkins

A Conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling.Stop!     

William F. Buckley, Jr.

A true conservative must necessarily be a conservationalist.     

Edward Abbey

Conservative pundits have a remarkable amount of free speech.     

Michael Pare

We conservatives bemoan the decline in values that has besieged our society. Why then should we not abhor the lack of morality involved in discharging untested chemicals into the air, ground, and water to alter and harm, to whatever degree, human life and wildlife? As a conservative, I do abhor it.     

Wendell Berry

Like Aristotle, conservatives generally accept the world as it is; they distrust the politics of abstract reason that is, reason divorced from experience.     

Benjamin Wiker

Conservatives have no understanding of modern capitalism. They have a distorted understanding of the traditional values they claim to defend.     

Christopher Lasch

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.     

Abraham Lincoln

A conservative is a fellow who thinks a rich man should have a square deal.     

Frank Dane

Conservatives define themselves in terms of what they oppose.     

George F. Will