The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them.
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- The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them.
- Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world — and never will.
- Men are conservatives when they are least vigorous, or when they are most luxurious. They are conservatives after dinner, or before taking their rest; when they are sick or aged. In the morning, or when their intellect or their conscience has been aroused, when they hear music, or when they read poetry, they are radicals.
- The word conservative is used by the BBC as a portmanteau word of abuse for anyone whose views differ from the insufferable, smug, sanctimonious, naive, guilt-ridden, wet, pink orthodoxy of that sunset home of the third-rate minds of that third-rate decade, the nineteen-sixties.
- There was never a century nor a country that was short of experts who knew the Deity’s mind and were willing to reveal it.
- A crime persevered in a thousand centuries ceases to be a crime, and becomes a virtue. This is the law of custom, and custom supersedes all other forms of law.