quotations about liberals

Without liberals we wouldn't have unions. We wouldn't have environmental protections. We wouldn't have seat belts or birth control or the ACLU! Any of these things!

JANEANE GAROFALO, Majority Report, Apr. 21, 2005


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Liberals hate America, they hate flag-wavers, they hate abortion opponents, they hate all religions except Islam, post 9/11. Even Islamic terrorists don't hate America like liberals do.



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Reality has a well-known liberal bias.

STEPHEN COLBERT, address at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, Apr. 29, 2006


Liberalism -- and 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.

JOSE ORTEGA Y GASSET, The Revolt of the Masses


I never use the words Democrats and Republicans. It's liberals and Americans.

JAMES G. WATT, New York Times, Oct. 10, 1983


Conservatives believe in equality of opportunity. Liberals believe in equality of outcome.

MIKE ROSEN, Rocky Mountain News, Mar. 31, 2000


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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, Last Philosophical Testament: 1943-68


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A liberal is a person whose interests aren't at stake at the moment.

WILLIS PLAYER, The Washington Post, Nov. 15, 1972


Liberalism is an attitude rather than a set of dogmas -- an attitude that insists upon questioning all plausible and self-evident propositions, seeking not to reject them but to find out what evidence there is to support them rather than their possible alternatives. This open eye for possible alternatives which need to be scrutinized before we can determine which is the best grounded is profoundly disconcerting to all conservatives.... Conservatism clings to what has been established, fearing that, once we begin to question the beliefs we have inherited, all the values of life will be destroyed.

MORRIS RAPHAEL COHEN, The Faith of a Liberal


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Somehow liberals have been unable to acquire from life what conservatives seem to be endowed with at birth: namely, a healthy skepticism of the powers of government agencies to do good.

DANIEL PATRICK MOYNIHAN, New York Post, May 14, 1969


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The liberals can understand everything but people who don't understand them.

LENNY BRUCE, "Politics", The Essential Lenny Bruce


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A conservative believes in the present what liberals forced on the world in the past.

EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes


Being a liberal is the best thing on earth you can be. You are welcoming to everyone when you're a liberal. You do not have a small mind... I'm total, total, total liberal and proud of it. And I think it's outrageous to say "The L word". I mean, excuse me. They should be damn lucky that they were liberals here. Liberals gave more to the population of the United States than any other group.

LAUREN BACALL, Larry King Live, May 6, 2005


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Liberals and conservatives disagree over what are the most important sins. For conservatives, the sins that matter are personal irresponsibility, the flight from family life, sexual permissiveness, the failure of individuals to work hard. For liberals, the gravest sins are intolerance, a lack of generosity toward the needy, narrow-mindedness toward social and racial minorities.

E. J. DIONNE, JR., The War Against Public Life


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A liberal is a conservative who has been arrested.

TOM WOLFE, The Bonfire of the Vanities


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Most liberals never lost sight of the potential for evil in big government. They have consistently opposed government power in matters of personal and political belief. Liberals are not unconcerned with economic liberty, but they have come to believe that the common good requires that social justice be given a higher priority than absolute economic freedom.

ROBERT S. MCELVAINE, The End of the Conservative Era


The principal feature of American liberalism is sanctimoniousness. By loudly denouncing all bad things -- war and hunger and date rape -- liberals testify to their own terrific goodness. More important, they promote themselves to membership in a self-selecting elite of those who care deeply about such things.... It's a kind of natural aristocracy, and the wonderful thing about this aristocracy is that you don't have to be brave, smart, strong or even lucky to join it, you just have to be liberal.

P.J. O'ROURKE, Give War a Chance


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The Liberals are the flying saucers of politics. No one can make head nor tail of them and they never are seen twice in the same place.

JOHN G. DIEFENBAKER, speech, May 5, 1962


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The Eighties proved we don't need liberals.

RUSH LIMBAUGH, interview, Playboy, Nov. 2011


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As a reformer the liberal is dissatisfied with things as they are because they violate his exceptionally tender conscience.... Liberalism does not advocate change for its own sake, but for the sake of something better in the direction of what he regards as good, namely, the maximum of liberty consistent with a regard for all men and all interests -- the general happiness based on peace and justice.

RALPH BARTON PERRY, Characteristically American