A speech is poetry: cadence, rhythm, imagery, sweep! A speech reminds us that words, like children, have the power to make dance the dullest beanbag of a heart.

— Peggy Noonan

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TV gives everyone an image, but radio gives birth to a million images in a million brains.

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Naps are nature's way of reminding you that life is nice, like a beautiful swinging hammock strung between birth and infinity.

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My generation, faced as it grew with a choice between religious belief and existential despair, chose marijuana. Now we are in our Cabernet stage.

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We are all afraid. That's the thing that unites all truly successful people: fear, fear of failing, fear of criticism, fear of letting down the team in some way. That why they try so hard, that's why they pay attention to detail and try to get every possible duck in a row. It's fear

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If you join government, calmly make your contribution and move on.

Don't go along to get along; do your best and when you have to -- and you will -- leave, and be something else.

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Part of courage is simple consistency.

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If you commit a big crime then you are crazy, and the more heinous the crime the crazier you must be. Therefore you are not responsible, and nothing is your fault.

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I think miracles exist in part as gifts and in part as clues that there is something beyond the flat world we see.

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You can get so well educated in America that your thoughts become detached from common sense. You can get so complicated in your thinking that the obvious isn't real to you anymore.

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Morals are concerned with what aids or impedes the fulfillment of basic human needs.

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Remember the waterfront shack with the sign FRESH FISH SOLD HERE.

Of course it's fresh, we're on the ocean. Of course it's for sale, we're not giving it away. Of course it's here, otherwise the sign would be someplace else. The final sign: FISH.

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What is in the air there in Washington, what is in the water? What is wrong with them? This is not a rhetorical question. I think it is unspoken question No.1 as Americans look at so many of the individuals in our government. What is wrong with them?

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About Peggy Noonan

Quotes 74 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

Sincerity and competence is a strong combination. In politics, it is everything.

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When you forget yourself and your fear, when you get beyond self-consciousness because your mind is thinking about what you are trying to communicate, you become a better communicator

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Humor is the shock absorber of life; it helps us take the blows.

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I love eulogies. They are the most moving kind of speech because they attempt to pluck meaning from the fog, and on short order, when the emotions are still ragged and raw and susceptible to leaps.

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Don't fall in love with politicians, they're all a disappointment.

They can't help it, they just are.

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Boundaries aren't all bad. That's why there are walls around mental institutions.

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Speeches are not magic and there is no great speech without great policy.

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Cynicism is not realistic and tough. It's unrealistic and kind of cowardly because it means you don't have to try. ---in Good Housekeeping

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Beware the politically obsessed. They are often bright and interesting, but they have something missing in their natures; there is a hole, an empty place, and they use politics to fill it up. It leaves them somehow misshapen.

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We must try again to be alive to what the people of our country really long for in our national life: forgiveness and grace, maturity and wisdom. ...Our political leaders will know our priorities only if we tell them, again and again, and if those priorities begin to show up in the polls.

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A great speech is literature.

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one way to keep people close to you is by not giving them enough.

... with people who give a lot of themselves, you sometimes lean back - but with people who give little you often lean forward, as if they're a spigot in the desert and you're the empty cup. It is the tropism of deprivation: We lean toward those who do not give.

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Read good, big important things.

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The first snow always startles. It covers the tricycle in the driveway, turning its frame into an abstact sculpture that says: See how quickly yesterday turns into today.

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The thing political figures fear most is a terror event that will ruin their careers. The biggest thing they fear is that a bomb goes off and it can be traced to something they did or didn’t do, an action they did or didn’t support. They all fear being accused of not doing enough to keep the citizenry safe.

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Loyalty consists of many things, including being truthful with our friends.

When you really disagree, you have to say so.

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Let's cause some senators distress.

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What conservatives and Republicans must recognize is that the White House has broken with them. What President Bush is doing, and has been doing for some time, is sundering a great political coalition.

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The biggest political change in my lifetime is that Americans no longer assume that their children will have it better than they did. This is a huge break with the past, with assumptions and traditions that shaped us.

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You don't have to be old in America to say of a world you lived in: That world is gone.

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[On President Clinton's address:] It was the worst inaugural address of our lifetime, and I think the only controversy will be between those who say it was completely and utterly banal and those who say, 'Well, not completely and utterly.

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Speeches are more important in politics than talking points, as a rule, and are better remembered.

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But one immediate thing can be done right now, and that is: lower the temperature. Any way you can, and everybody. Just lower it.

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I do not know what the Democratic Party spent, in toto, on the 2004 election, but what they seem to have gotten for it is Barack Obama. Let us savor.

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It's better for the country when each party looks like it stands for something serious, for some big things, but they're not narrow and they're not bought.

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The core of the concept of a bribe is an inducement improperly influencing the performance of a public function meant to be gratuitously exercised.

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In the 1950s and '60s the [democrat] party included many obviously earnest and thoughtful liberals who supported goals that were in line with and expressions of serious beliefs. They believed that America was an exceptional country.

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The Democratic Party's complete obeisance to [the abortion] lobby makes Democrats look bought, frightened and craven.

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Politicians, please, think of yourselves! Move to help Terri Schiavo, and no one will be mad at you, and you'll keep a human being alive.

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The Democrats often seem like the Not Republican Party, no more and no less.

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At some point, don't voters start to see all of public life as one big polluted river? And if they do, don't they stop saying things like "That's a busted tire floating by" and "That's an old shoe"?

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[democrats] have become the party of snobs.

You have become the party of Americans who think they're better than other Americans.

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George W. Bush, 43rd president of the United States, became the first incumbent president to increase his majority in both the Senate and the House and to increase his own vote (by over 3.5 million) since Franklin D. Roosevelt, political genius of the 20th century, in 1936.

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Now he is a statesman, when what he really wants is to be what most reporters are, adult delinquents.

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Most people aren't appreciated enough, and the bravest things we do in our lives are usually known only to ourselves. No one throws ticker tape on the man who chose to be faithful to his wife, on the lawyer who didn't take the drug money, or the daughter who held her tongue again and again. All this anonymous heroism.

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The biggest improvement in the flow of information in America in our lifetimes is that no single group controls the news anymore.

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Here is an old tradition badly in need of return: You have to earn your way into politics. You should go have a life, build a string of accomplishments, then enter public service.

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