To be a Conservative is to prefer the tried to the untried, the fact to mystery, the actual to the possible, the limited to the unbounded, the near to the distant, the sufficient to the super-abundant, the convenient to the perfect present, laughter to utopian bliss.
Michael Oakshott 1962
Conservatives are people who look at a tree and feel instinctively that it is more beautiful than anything they can name. But when it comes to defending that tree against a highway, they will go for the highway.
Category: Conservative Thought
Why do you climb philosophical hills? Because they are worth climbing . . . There are no hills to go down unless you start from the top.
I call the Conservative Party now to a crusade. Not only the Conservative Party. I appeal to all those men and women of good will who do not want a Marxist future for themselves or their children or their children's children. For this is not just a fight about national solvency. It is a fight about the very foundations of the social order. It is a crusade not merely to put a temporary block on socialism but to stop its onward march once and for all.
Margaret Thatcher 09/10/1976