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.

— George Will

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Americans are overreaching; overreaching is the most admirable and most American of the many American excesses.

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The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement.

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Ronald Reagan has held the two most demeaning jobs in the country;

President of the United States and radio broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs.

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The unpleasant sound Bush is emitting as he traipses from one conservative gathering to another is a thin, tinny "arf" - the sound of a lap dog.

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Sports is a moral undertaking because it requires of participants, and it schools spectators in the appreciation of, noble things - courage, grace under pressure, sportsmanship.

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The cost of appearing with a bloviating ignoramus is obvious, it seems to me.

Donald Trump is redundant evidence that if your net worth is high enough, your IQ can be very low and you can still intrude into American politics.

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I hear Democrats say, 'The Affordable Care Act is the law,' as though we're supposed to genuflect at that sunburst of insight and move on. Well, the Fugitive Slave Act was the law, separate but equal was the law, lots of things are the law and then we change them.

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The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.

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Donald Trump is redundant evidence that if your net worth is high enough, your IQ can be very low and you can still intrude into American politics.

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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.

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We are given children to test us and make us more spiritual.

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Nationalism is blamed for this century's wars, but nationalism need not mean militarism. And the nation-state has been the laboratory of liberty.

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About George Will

Quotes 242 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Journalist
Birthday May 4, 1941

I grew up in central Illinois midway between Chicago and St.

Louis and I made an historic blunder. All my friends became Cardinals fans and grew up happy and liberal and I became a Cubs fan and grew up embittered and conservative.

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All politics takes place on a slippery slope.

The most important four words in politics are up to a point.

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Pettiness is the tendency of people without large purposes.

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Taking offense has become America's national pastime;

being theatrically offended supposedly signifies the exquisitely refined moral delicacy of people who feel entitled to pass through life without encountering ideas or practices that annoy them.

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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.

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Civilization depends on, and civility often requires, the willingness to say, 'What you are doing is none of my business' and 'What I am doing is none of your business.'

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Canada has one great novelist (Robertson Davies), which means it has one for every twenty-five million citizens - the world's highest ratio.

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Conservatives define themselves in terms of what they oppose.

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The future has a way of arriving unannounced.

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Voters don't decide issues, they decide who will decide issues.

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Once when the Yankee's Lou Pinella was batting he questioned a Palermo strike call. Pinella demanded, "Where was that pitch at?" Palermo told him that a man wearing Yankee pinstripes in front of 30,000 people should not end a sentence with a preposition. So Pinella, no dummy, said, "OK, where was that pitch at, asshole?"

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Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.

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Some calamities - the 1929 stock market crash, Pearl Harbor, 9/11 - have come like summer lightning, as bolts from the blue. The looming crisis of America's Ponzi entitlement structure is different. Driven by the demographics of an aging population, its causes, timing and scope are known.

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Popularity makes no law invulnerable to invalidation.

Americans accept judicial supervision of their democracy - judicial review of popular but possibly unconstitutional statutes - because they know that if the Constitution is truly to constitute the nation, it must trump some majority preferences.

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The phrase 'domestic cat' is an oxymoron.

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Hyperbole expands in societies where articulateness atrophies.

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Correct thinkers think that 'baseball trivia' is an oxymoron: nothing about baseball is trivial.

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Well, you know, the definition of second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.

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As advertising blather becomes the nation's normal idiom, language becomes printed noise.

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The First Amendment...begins with the five loveliest words in the English language: 'Congress shall make no law'.

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Republicans define freedom as an absence of restraints imposed by government.

Democrats define freedom as an absence of necessity, which government exists to reduce. America has not moved as far as it thinks it has beyond the argument about the New Deal, when FDR insisted, "Necessitous men are not free men."

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The essence of constitutionalism in a democracy is not merely to shape and condition the nature of majorities, but also to stipulate that certain things are impermissible, no matter how large and fervent a majority might want them.

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Politics should share one purpose with religion: the steady emancipation of the individual through the education of his passions.

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The problem with intelligent-design theory, is not that it is false but that it is not falsifiable. Not being susceptible to contradicting evidence, it is not a testable hypothesis. Hence it is not a scientific but a creedal tenet - a matter of faith, unsuited to a public school's science curriculum.

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It is no longer enough to be lusty. One must be a sexual gourmet.

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Being elected to Congress is regarded as being sent on a looting raid for one's friends.

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The Soviet Union tried for 70 years to plant Marxism with bayonets in Eastern Europe. Today there are more Marxists on the Harvard faculty than there are in Eastern Europe.

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The reformers' preferred metaphor is "leveling the playing field.

" They should listen to the logic of their language: fields are leveled by bulldozers.

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I suppose there's a melancholy tone at the back of the American mind, a sense of something lost. And it's the lost world of Thomas Jefferson. It is the lost sense of innocence that we could live with a very minimal state, with a vast sense of space in which to work out freedom.

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We have 3,141 counties in this country.

That would be 20 per county. The idea that we can't assimilate these 8-year-old criminals with their teddy bears is preposterous.

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Football combines the two worst things about America: it is violence punctuated by committee meetings.

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The Berlin Wall is the defining achievement of socialism.

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Pessimism is as American as apple pie. Frozen apple pie with a slice of processed cheese.

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If your job is to leaven ordinary lives with elevating spectacle, be elevating or be gone.

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The great task of life is transmission: the task of transmitting the essential tools and graces of life from our parents to our children

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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.

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It is extraordinary how extraordinary the ordinary person is.

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