Radical Quotes

When you are right, you cannot be too radical; When you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. Martin Luther King, Jr

Don’t you get the idea I’m one of those goddam radicals. Don’t get the idea I’m knocking the American system. Al Capone

The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution. Hannah Arendt

The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair. H.L. Mencken

A radical is a man with both feet firmly planted in the air. Franklin D Roosevelt

By ‘radical,’ I understand one who goes too far; by ‘conservative,’ one who does not go far enough; by ‘reactionary,’ one who won’t go at all. Woodrow Wilson

A radical generally meant a man who thought he could somehow pull up the root without affecting the flower. G K Chesterton

I never dared be radical when young
For fear it would make me conservative when old.
Robert Frost

The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them. Mark Twain

Radicalism is the opium of the middle class. Christina Stead