Oakeshott on Conservatism.

Whenever stability is more profitable than improvement, whenever certainty is more valuable than speculation, whenever familiarity is more desirable than perfection, whenever agreed error is superior to controversial truth, whenever the disease is more sufferable than the cure, whenever the satisfaction of expectations is more important than the “justice” of the expectations themselves, whenever a rule of some sort is better than the risk of having no rule at all, a disposition to be conservative is more appropriate than any other; and on any reading of human conduct these cover a not negligible range of circumstances.

Michael Oakeshott

qtd. in Epstein, Joseph. “The Conversationalist,” The Weekly Standard. 15 Jun. 2015. Kindle. 7 Jun. 2015.

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