» Add Quotes to Your Site - Quote Generatoradd quote of the day, random quotes or by topic (e.g. funny quotes) Quote DB :: Authors :: William F. Buckley :: View Quote View Quote "The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry." - Copy to Clipboard -- William F. Buckley Listed in: Government Add Quote To Your Quote List Rating: 5 Rate Quote 12 votes submitted Your Name: Friend's Email: Top 5 quotes from William F. Buckley "We are so concerned to flatter the majority that we lose sight of how very often it is necessary, in order to preserve freedom for the minority, let alone for the individual, to face that majority down." "I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would affront your intelligence." "Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive." "I would like to electrocute everyone who uses the word 'fair' in connection with income tax policies." "I profoundly believe it takes a lot of practice to become a moral slob." Top 5 quotes from Government "When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right." "The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry." "Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption." "The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government -- lest it come to dominate our lives and interests." "There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters."