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conservative

Cynical Definitions

n. A person who believes that nothing should be done for the first time.

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n. A statesman fond of existing evils.

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n. A person with two perfectly good legs who has never learned to walk forward.

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n. A liberal that has either been mugged or paid taxes.

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Cynical Quotations

The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.

— Hannah Arendt

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The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them.

— Mark Twain

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The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.

— John Kenneth Galbraith

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