Friday, February 22, 2019 Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 licence.

Leo Rosten

« All quotes from this author

Conservative: One who admires radicals a century after they're dead.
As quoted in The Modern Handbook of Humor (1967) by Ralph Louis Woods
A conservative is someone who admires radicals a century after they're dead.
A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead.

Leo Rosten

» Leo Rosten - all quotes »

Tags: Leo Rosten Quotes, Authors starting by R

Similar quotes


Generally young men are regarded as radicals. This is a popular misconception. The most conservative persons I ever met are college undergraduates. The radicals are the men past middle life.

(Thomas) Woodrow Wilson

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is a conservative organization. I am a conservative. You can't get more conservative than being a conservationist. Our entire raison de etre is to conserve and protect. The radicals of the world are destroying our oceans and our forests, our wildlife and our freedom.

Paul Watson

For four hundred years the human race has not made a step but what has left its plain vestige behind. We enter now upon great centuries. The sixteenth century will be known as the age of painters, the seventeenth will be termed the age of writers, the eighteenth the age of philosophers, the nineteenth the age of apostles and prophets. To satisfy the nineteenth century, it is necessary to be the painter of the sixteenth, the writer of the seventeenth, the philosopher of the eighteenth; and it is also necessary, like Louis Blane, to have the innate and holy love of humanity which constitutes an apostolate, and opens up a prophetic vista into the future. In the twentieth century war will be dead, the scaffold will be dead, animosity will be dead, royalty will be dead, and dogmas will be dead; but Man will live. For all there will be but one country—that country the whole earth; for all there will be but one hope—that hope the whole heaven.

Victor Hugo

Boileau said that Kings, Gods and Heroes only were fit subjects for literature. The writer can only write about what he admires. Present-day kings aren't very inspiring, the gods are on a vacation and about the only heroes left are the scientists and the poor … And since our race admires gallantry, the writer will deal with it where he finds it. He finds it in the struggling poor now.

John Steinbeck
© 2009–2013Quotes Privacy Policy | Contact