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A liberal is a socialist with a wife and two children.

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A liberal man is too broad-minded to take his own side in a quarrel.

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

The essence of the Liberal outlook lies not in what opinions are held, but in how they are held: instead of being held dogmatically, they are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) British logician and philosopher.

I sit on a man's back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means -- except by getting off his back.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) Russian writer.

My objection to Liberalism is this -- that it is the introduction into the practical business of life of the highest kind -- namely, politics -- of philosophical ideas instead of political principles.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) British politician and author.


Cosmopolitan critics, men who are the friends of every country save their own.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) British politician and author.

Liberalism -- it is well to recall this today -- is the supreme form of generosity; it is the right which the majority concedes to minorities and hence it is the noblest cry that has ever resounded in this planet. It announces the determination to share existence with the enemy; more than that, with an enemy which is weak.

José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955) Spanish Essayist, and Philosopher.

I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate.

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) American black leader.

Before we blame we should first see whether we cannot excuse.

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

Left-wingers are incapable of conspiring because they are all egomaniacs.

Norman Mailer (1923-?) American writer.