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William F. Buckley, Jr.


U.S. writer, television host, and commentator

“There are times when it is absolutely essential to confer, but I incline to believe that when it is not necessary to confer, it is necessary not to confer. So much easier to read the views of others nicely trimmed for economy’s sake, than to sit with a dozen people who in some cases aren’t given the time necessary to develop their thought, in other cases don’t have sufficient thought to justify the time they are given to express it.”

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source: Windfall: The End of an Affair (New York: Random House, 1992), 23–24.

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“I was raised by my father on the doctrine that, for busy people, there is ‘no such thing as a convenient time for a vacation.’ That being so—my father deduced—take a vacation exactly when you want to; and let the chips fall where they will, since chips are going to fall in any case.”

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source: Airborne (New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976), 53.

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notes: Airborne is Buckley's description of his sail across the Atlantic with his son and five friends.

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