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CONSERVATISM
[ Also see Caution Conservatives Discretion Extremism Liberals Moderation Prudence Revolution ]

A conservative young man has wound up his life before it was unreeled. We expect old men to be conservative; but when a nation's young men are so, its funeral bell is already rung.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

The conservative may clamor against reform, but he might as well clamor against the centrifugal force. He sighs for the "good old times,"--he might as well wish the oak back into the acorn.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

We are reformers in spring and summer; in autumn and winter we stand by the old; reformers in the morning, conservers at night. Reform is affirmative, conservatism, negative; conservatism goes for comfort, reform for truth.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

A conservative is a man who will not look at the new moon, out of respect for that "ancient institution," the old one.
      - Douglas William Jerrold

I do not know which makes a man move conservative--to nothing but the present, or nothing but the past.
      - John Maynard Keynes,
        The End of Laissez-Faire (pt. I)

Conservatism is a very good thing; but how many conservatives announce principles which might have shocked Dick Turpin, or nonsensicalities flat enough to have raised contempt in Jerry Sneak!
      - Edwin Percy Whipple


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