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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

 

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The label of liberalism is hardly a sentence to public ignominy: otherwise Bruce Springsteen would still be rehabilitating used Cadillacs in Asbury Park and Jane Fonda, for all we know, would be just another overweight housewife.
~ Barbara Ehrenreich

 

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The liberal holds that he is true to the republic when he is true to himself. (It may not be as cozy an attitude as it sounds.) He greets with enthusiasm the fact of the journey, as a dog greets a man's invitation to take a walk. And he acts in the dog's way too, swinging wide, racing ahead, doubling back, covering many miles of territory that the man never traverses, all in the spirit of inquiry and the zest for truth. He leaves a crazy trail, but he ranges far beyond the genteel old party he walks with and he is usually in a better position to discover a skunk.
~ E(lwyn) B(rooks) White

 

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The Liberal State is a mask behind which there is no face; it is a scaffolding behind which there is no building.
~ Benito Mussolini

 

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

 

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The liberals have not softened their view of actuality to make themselves live closer to the dream, but instead sharpen their perceptions and fight to make the dream actuality or give up the battle in despair.
~ Margaret Mead

 

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The principle 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

 

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There are two kinds of liberalism. A liberalism which is always, subterraneously authoritative and paternalistic, on the side of one's good conscience. And then there is a liberalism which is more ethical than political; one would have to find another name for this. Something like a profound suspension of judgment.
~ Roland Barthes

 

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Ultraliberalism today translates into a whimpering isolationism in foreign policy, a mulish obstructionism in domestic policy, and a pusillanimous pussyfooting on the critical issue of law and order.
~ Spiro T. Agnew

 

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We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor are our equals in every sense except that of being equal to us.
~ Lionel Trilling

 

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When anything goes, it's women who lose.
~ Camille Paglia

 

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Why is it that right-wing bastards always stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity, while liberals fall out among themselves?
~ Yevgeny Yevtushenko

 

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