George Will

George Frederick Will (born May 4, 1941) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative American newspaper columnist, journalist, and author

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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.
Americans are overreachers overreaching is the most admirable of the many American excesses.
Football combines the two worst features of American life. It is violence punctuated by committee meetings.
Football incorporates the two worst elements of American society violence punctuated by committee meetings.
Football is a mistake. It combines the two worst elements of American life. Violence and committee meetings.
I say statecraft is soulcraft. Just as all education is moral education because learning conditions conduct, most legislation is moral legislations because it conditions the action and the thought of the nation in broad and important spheres in life.
If your job is to leaven ordinary lives with elevating spectacle, be elevating or be gone.
In the 1940s a survey listed the top seven discipline problems in public schools talking, chewing gum, making noise, running in the halls, getting out of turn in line, wearing improper clothes, not putting paper in wastebaskets. A 1980s survey lists these top seven drug abuse, alcohol abuse, pregnancy, suicide, rape, robbery, assault. (Arson, gang warfare and venereal disease are also-rans.)
It is extraordinary how extraordinary the ordinary person is.
Modern man's capacity for destruction is quixotic evidence of humanity's capacity for reconstruction. The powerful technological agents we have unleashed against the environment include many of the agents we require for its reconstruction.
Pessimism is as American as apple pie. Frozen apple pie with a slice of processed cheese.
Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.
The Berlin Wall is the defining achievement of socialism.
The future has a way of arriving unannounced.
The gap between ideals and actualities, between dreams and achievements, the gap that can spur strong men to increased exertions, but can break the spirit of others -- this gap is the most conspicuous, continuous land mark in American history. It is conspicuous and continuous not because Americans achieve little, but because they dream grandly. The gap is a standing reproach to Americans; but it marks them off as a special and singularly admirable community among the world's peoples.
The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.
The phrase "domestic cat" is an oxymoron.
The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement.
This is an age in which one cannot find common sense without a search warrant.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Voters don't decide issues, they decide who will decide issues.
We know next to nothing about virtually everything. It is not necessary to know the origin of the universe it is necessary to want to know. Civilization depends not on any particular knowledge, but on the disposition to crave knowledge.

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