"A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors."
-- Edmund Burke (1729-1797), English statesman and the grandfather of modern conservative thought.
"Why has government been instituted at all? Because
the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and
justice without constraint."
-- Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804), American Founding Father and early leader of the Federalist Party, America's first conservative political party.
-- Russell Kirk (1918-1994), American writer and social critic, one of the formative thinkers in post-World War II American conservatism.