Quotes by William F. Buckley Jr.

"I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said."

"Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views."

"The amount of money and of legal energy being given to prosecute hundreds of thousands of Americans who are caught with a few ounces of marijuana in their jeans simply makes no sense - the kindest way to put it. A sterner way to put it is that it is an outrage, an imposition on basic civil liberties and on the reasonable expenditure of social energy."

"I would rather be governed by the first 2000 people in the Manhattan phone book than the entire faculty of Harvard."

"Decent people should ignore politics, if only they could be confident that politics would ignore them"


Books by William F. Buckley Jr.

  • Witness
  • 1,909 ratings
  • August 1st 1987 by Regnery Publishing

    (first published January 1st 1952)

  • Stained Glass
  • 485 ratings
  • December 31st 1997 by Cumberland House Publishing

    (first published 1978)

  • The Reagan I Knew
  • 441 ratings
  • November 1st 2008 by Basic Books (AZ)

    (first published October 14th 2008)

William F. Buckley Jr.
  • William F. Buckley Jr.

  • Date of birth: November 24, 1925
  • Died: February 27, 2008
  • Born: in New York, New York, The United States.

  • Description: William Frank Buckley, Jr. was an American author and conservative commentator. He founded the political magazine National Review in 1955, hosted 1,429 episodes of the television show Firing Line from 1966 until 1999, and was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist. His writing style was famed for its erudition, wit, and use of uncommon words.

    Buckley was "arguably the most important public intellectual in the United States in the past half century," according to George H. Nash, a historian of the modern American conservative movement. "For an entire generation he was the preeminent voice of American conservatism and its first great ecumenical figure." Buckley's primary intellectual achievement was to fuse traditional American political conservatism with economic libertarianism and anti-communism, laying the groundwork for the modern American conservatism of US Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater and US President Ronald Reagan.

    Buckley came on the public scene with his critical book God and Man at Yale (1951); among over fifty further books on writing, speaking, history, politics and sailing, were a series of novels featuring CIA agent Blackford Oakes. Buckley referred to himself "on and off" as either libertarian or conservative. He resided in New York City and Stamford, Connecticut, and often signed his name as "WFB." He was a practicing Catholic, regularly attending the traditional Latin Mass in Connecticut.