People need religion. It's a vehicle for a moral tradition. A crucial role. Nothing can take its place.
Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity.
The really difficult moral issues arise, not from a confrontation of good and evil, but from a collision between two goods
No modern nation has ever constructed a foreign policy that was acceptable to its intellectuals
Our revolutionary message... is that a self-disciplined people can create a political community in which an ordered liberty will promote both economic prosperity and political participation.
Young people, especially, are looking for religion so desperately that they are inventing new ones. They should not have to invent new ones; the old religions are pretty good.
If you care for the quality of life in our American democracy, then you have to be for censorship.
Power breeds responsibilities, in international affairs as in domestic -- or even private. To dodge or disclaim these responsibilities is one form of the abuse of power.
The major political event of the twentieth century is the death of socialism.
Joining a radical movement when one is young is very much like falling in love when one is young. The girl may turn out to be rotten, but the the experience of love is so valuable it can never be entirely undone by the ultimate disenchantment.
Neo-conservatives are unlike old conservatives because they are utilitarians, not moralists, and because their aim is the prosperity of post-industrial society, not the recovery of a golden age.
The liberal paradigm of regulation and license has led to a society where an 18-year-old girl has the right to public fornication in a pornographic movie -- but only if she is paid the minimum wage.
A welfare state, properly conceived, can be an integral part of a conservative society.
It requires strength of character to act upon one's ideas; it requires no less strength of character to resist being seduced by them.
An intellectual may be defined as a man who speaks with general authority about a subject on which he has no particular competence.
A liberal is one who says that it's all right for an 18-year-old girl to perform in a pornographic movie as long as she gets paid the minimum wage.
It is ironic to watch the churches, including large sections of my own religion, surrendering to the spirit of modernity at the very moment when modernity itself is undergoing a kind of spiritual collapse....
I have observed over the years that the unanticipated consequences of social action are always more important, and usually less agreeable, than the intended consequences.
Nostalgia is one of the legitimate and certainly one of the most enduring of human emotions; but the politics of nostalgia is at best distracting, at worst pernicious.
The trouble with traditional American conservatism is that it lacks a naturally cheerful, optimistic disposition. Not only does it lack one, it regards signs of one as evidence of unsoundness, irresponsibility.
What rules the world is idea, because ideas define the way reality is perceived.
The danger facing American Jews today is not that Christians want to persecute them but that Christians want to marry them.