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The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.
This is an age in which one cannot find common sense without a search warrant.
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.)
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: violence and 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.
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.
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.
There are times when you will fear your own shadow during night; never let your trust ruin you into the dark- shibin varghese
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
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Seven-point-nine percent inflation. The week that is announced Congress passes another 1.5 trillion tranche of spending.
Found on FOX News 1 year ago
What Donald Trump's revolutionary effect has been [ is ] to make things acceptable that were unthinkable until recently.
Found on CNN 3 years ago
Fox News Sunday was puzzling doubly so because House Speaker Paul Ryan still did n’t endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan, after Trump went after the Mexican judge from northern Indiana, then House Speaker Paul Ryan endorsed him and I decided that, in fact, that this is not my party anymore. I changed my registration to unaffiliated 23 days ago.
Found on FOX News 6 years ago
The president is doing all that the country will permit him to do. That is, air support and logistical support, beyond that, they will put up with very little. Except… [American troops] are still getting killed.
They're supposedly advising and assisting, but [this is a] conflict where there are no static lines, as there were in World War II or in the trench warfare of World War I.
He speaks in such modulated, dulcet tones that we tend to sometimes miss some of the harsh things he is saying, so he’s got a rhetorical record that is going to get more scrutiny.
Bernie Sanders is a curious case. If there was a federal truths and labeling agency, they ought to look at this man.
She wants a twenty-third increase in the minimum wage since 1938, free community college, which means someone else to pay for it besides the people getting the education, and at the end of it all, inequality is what she’s going to stress.
I don’t think anyone has ever announced running for president that they want to change the Bill of Rights.
We could be reaching now a kind of tipping point, starting with the attack on the Jewish museum in Brussels in May, killing 124 children in Pakistan. Against that, we're now seeing a reaction.
When SiSi of Egypt, head of the most important nation in the world for the Islamic world… gives an extraordinary speech saying this is a disgrace what's being done and there must be a reformation in Islam, it is just possible we've reached a critical mass of horror and things are going to change.
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