The Dartmouth Review, Dartmouth College’s conservative student off-shoot of William Buckley’s National Review and the paper at which Dinesh D’Souza and Laura Ingraham cut their teeth, publishes a “Last Word” section each issue, compiled by a rotating pool of staffers and editors. The “Last Word” is a collection of pithy wit, sarcasm, mockery, wisdom, and non-sequiters scrubbed down to individual quotations, most of which point (sometimes obscurely) to some moral. If the moral isn’t pointed to in a sufficiently obscure way, the quote is cut.
In that spirit, and because brevity is the soul of wit, some important points are made below by the well-polished words of others.
“A general dissolution of… manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.”
“I’d rather be governed by the first 400 people in the Boston telephone book than the whole faculty of Harvard University.”
-William F. Buckley, Jr.
“Our country: in her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong.”
“Out of every hundred new ideas, ninety-nine or more will probably be inferior to the traditional responses which they propose to replace.”
-Will & Ariel Durant
“It is not strange to mistake change for progress.”
“I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.”
“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
“Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence.”