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1.      Men who are orthodox when they are young are in danger of being middle-aged all their lives. 年轻时就保守的人面临一辈子处于中年的危险。Wlater Lippmann, 1889-1974, American politican commentator

2.      A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward. 保守主义者就是这样一个人,他有完好的两条腿,可是从未学过向前迈步。Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1882-1945, 32nd President of the United States (Attrib.)

3.      There was the Don who, whenever any reform was proposed, made exactly the same speech. He would say: ‘Whenever a measure of this kind is suggested, I ask myself two questions: “Has the old system worked badly?” “Is the new system likely to work better?” I see no reason to answer either question in the affirmative, and I shall therefore vote against the proposal.’ 有位先生,每当别人提出改革,他总是说同样的一番话。他说:“每次有这类策略的建议,我总会问自己两个问题:‘旧的制度很糟糕吗?’‘新的制度有可能更好吗?’我看不出有什么理由能肯定回答这两个问题,因此,我对这建议投反对票。”Bertrand Russell, Portraits form Memory, 1956

4.       The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them. 激进主义发明了见解。他把这些见解用旧了,保守主义者就采用了它们。Mark Twain, Notebook, 1935

5.      He thinks like a Tory and talks like a Radical, and that’s so important nowadays. 他思考起来像保守党,讲起话来像激进党,这一点在今天非常重nothing else but要。Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan, 1892

6.      If you want things to stay the same, things are going to have to change. 如果你想让事情保持现状,那么事情就将不得不变了。Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard, 1958

7.      ‘What do we want?’/ ‘Gradual change!’/ ‘When do want it?’/ ‘In due course!’ “我们想要什么?”“渐进式的改变!”“什么时候?”“将来适当的时候!”Anon., Battle Cry of the Really Conservative Party

8.      They are nothing else but a load of kippers—two-faced, with no guts. 他们只不过是一堆熏鱼——有两面而无内脏/勇气。Eric Heffer, Labour MP (Attrib.)

9.      A consultant is a man sent in after the battle to bayonet the wounded. 顾问就是战役结束之后派来向伤者再刺一刀的一个人。Anon.

10.   Anyone who makes a business decision to hire a consultant, needs a consultant to help with their business decisions. 谁作出要雇用顾问的企业决策,谁就需要一个顾问来帮他作企业决策。Anon.

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