William F. Buckley passed away today

Buckley lived his life to the fullest, continuing to keep a full schedule

Twenty-two anecdotes, videos, stories and quotes from WFB’s 82 years

November 24, 1925 – February 27, 2008
Quotes, Tributes and Anecdotes

In early 1977, Jimmy Carter was just settling into the White House and the conservative movement was preparing intellectually for it’s moment in the sun that would come in 1980.

That occurred when Ronald Reagan was elected to the U.S. presidency and Reagan read William F. Buckley.

It’s been years since a young then-liberal visited the local library every fortnight to read the latest copy of National Review to learn of the latest goings-on in the then-percolating world of conservatism.

National Review was a window into Buckley’s world. It was a world of tight grammar, proper usage of English and the occasional Latin phrase which sent the reader (this one, at any rate) scurrying for a reference.

Earlier we presented “William F. Buckley: Ten Quotes to Remember Him By“.

Now, a collection: a WFB hodge-podge of quotes, exchanges and pithy excerpts from writings.

In short, some moments from the life of William F. Buckley.

“Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.”
–on WFB’s favorite target

William F. Buckley once sent fellow author Norman Mailer a copy of his latest book. Mailer, disappointed to find that Buckley had apparently neglected to inscribe the book, promptly flipped through the index to see whether he had been mentioned. There, beside his name, Mailer found Buckley’s ‘inscription’ – a handwritten “Hi!”

“When I began this, I said it would be a miracle if I won. After listening to my opponents, I think it would be a miracle if I lost.”
–On the 1965 NYC mayor’s race; Buckley was a candidate.

“On the witness stand I argued that the word “jig” could be used other than as animadversion. The feverish lawyer grabbed a book from his table and slammed it down on the arm of my chair.

“Have you ever heard of a dictionary?” he asked scornfully, as if he had put the smoking gun in my lap.

I examined the American Heritage College Dictionary and said yes, I was familiar with it.

“In fact,” I was able to say, opening the book, “I wrote the introduction to this edition.”

That was the high moment of my forensic life.”
–WFB, National Review May 19, 2006

“I would like to electrocute everyone who uses the word “fair” in connection with income tax policies.”

“I get satisfaction of three kinds. One is creating something, one is being paid for it and one is the feeling that I haven’t just been sitting on my ass all afternoon.”
–on his manic work schedule

Read rest of story:

William F. Buckley: 22 Moments from a Fully-Lived Life 


William F. Buckley: 22 Moments from a Fully-Lived Life

Mondoreb blogs at Death By 1000 Papercuts. Interested readers can e-mail him at
mondoreb@gmail.com. All DBKP  stories  are filed under Mondoreb at BNN.

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