A politician’s words reveal less about what he thinks about his subject than what he thinks about his audience.
Look, three love affairs in history, are Abelard and Eloise, Romeo and Juliet and the American media and this President at the moment. But this doesn’t matter over time. Reality will impinge. If his programs work, he’s fine. If it doesn’t work, all of the adulation of journalists in the world won’t matter.
Politicians fascinate because they constitute such a paradox; they are an elite that accomplishes mediocrity for the public good.
Football combines the two worst things about America: it is violence punctuated by committee meetings.
If you seek Hamilton’s monument, look around. You are living in it. We honor Jefferson, but live in Hamilton’s country, a mighty industrial nation with a strong central government.
Leadership is, among other things, the ability to inflict pain and get away with it – short-term pain for long-term gain.
Politics should share one purpose with religion: the steady emancipation of the individual through the education of his passions.
Americans are overreaching; overreaching is the most admirable and most American of the many American excesses.
In the lexicon of the political class, the word “sacrifice” means that the citizens are supposed to mail even more of their income to Washington so that the political class will not have to sacrifice the pleasure of spending it.
Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal.
The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.
Some parents say it is toy guns that make boys warlike. But give a boy a rubber duck and he will seize its neck like the butt of a pistol and shout “Bang!”
A society that thinks the choice between ways of living is just a choice between equally eligible “lifestyles” turns universities into academic cafeterias offering junk food for the mind.