Too often character assassination has replaced debate in principle here in Washington. Destroy someone's reputation, and you don't have to talk about what he stands for.— Ronald Reagan
Sentimental Character Assassination quotations
We are what we believe we are.
Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country - and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians.
Inside many liberals is a totalitarian screaming to get out.
They don't like to have another point of view in the room that they don't squash and the way they try to squash it is by character assassination and name calling.
You're a work of art. Not everyone will understand you, but the ones who do, will never forget about you.
How damaging is a habit that permits faultfinding, character assassination, and the sharing of malicious rumors! Gossip and caustic comments often create chains of contention.
It must be remembered that the Bush White House has a separate talent for character assassination that must not be confused with a talent for governance.
Character assassination is at once easier and surer than physical assault;
and it involves far less risk for the assassin. It leaves him free to commit the same deed over and over again, and may, indeed, win him the honors of a hero in the country of his victims.
When someone disrespects you, beware the impulse to win their respect. For disrespect is not a valuation of your worth but a signal of their character.
I've been forced to deal with my character assassination.
We pledge to fight the dark forces high in the counsels of the Republican Party which have made political capital out of the techniques of character assassination by innuendo.
In our brief national history we have shot four of our presidents, worried five of them to death, impeached one and hounded another out of office. And when all else fails, we hold an election and assassinate their character.
Accept both compliments and criticism. It takes both sun and rain for a flower to grow.
To murder character is as truly a crime as to murder the body: the tongue of the slanderer is brother to the dagger of the assassin
The Senate has been debased to the level of a forum of hate and character assassination sheltered by the shield of congressional immunity.
I'm a satirist, so I've got boxing gloves on if the person is worthy of satire.
But I'm not an assassin. If that ever happens, it's only because something happened during the interview that got me going, and then I had to translate my feelings to the mouth of the character.
To be yourself in a world that in constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
I read the script [of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency] and went, "I haven't read anything this good, in a long time." I thought it was absolutely brilliant. The dialogue is so sparkling, smart and witty. You also have these insane, crazy characters, like energy sucking vampires and holistic assassins. It's all completely weird.
The media character-assassinated me and perceived me as this monster.
When you look at my record ... I jumped a taxi as a 21-year-old, which I'm sorry for, and I urinated twice in public. That's in 11 years of football. I've never assaulted women and never been done for drink driving. My conscience is clear.
I wish to note that the level of discourse in Nigeria is abysmally low, and, usually, garnished with character assassination. We allow our personal frustrations to becloud reason
A mistake that makes you humble is better than an achievement that makes you arrogant.
While I wanted to be supportive of Kanye [west] on the phone call, you cannot 'approve' a song you haven't heard. Being falsely painted as a liar when I was never given the full story or played any part of the song is character assassination.
At no time in our lives has the media ever acknowledged they were wrong about anybody. They have never felt the need to apologize for getting something terribly wrong. They have never, after trying to character assassinate people, apologized for doing it when shown they're wrong.
Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism in making character assassinations are all too frequently those who, by our own words and acts, ignore some of the basic principles of AmericanismThe right to criticize. The right to hold unpopular beliefs. The right to protest. The right of independent thought.
Remind yourself that you cannot fail at being yourself.
I do not like assassins, or men of low character.
As far as anybody in the rap game ever tryin' to assassinate my character, that's impossible. You talkin' about a man who has always walked the walk and talked the talk.
We're dealing with character assassins.
We're dealing with career assassins. That's who the media is today.
Let yourself be drawn by the strange pull of what you love. It will not lead you astray.
Adam and Eve - and especially Eve - are victims of the greatest character assassination the world has ever known. Eve is not secondary. Eve, if anything, is the great initiator in the story. She's the first independent woman. For me, rediscovering that Eve was the greatest bad**s women of all time was a revelation.
Cale is my signature character in the Forgotten Realms.
The most popular character I've written. He's a thief, an assassin, and eventually, a priest who stabs his own god in the chest. Always trying to slip his past, but never succeeding. Dark dude. Brooding dude. Born killer. But honorable, still.
The media already attempts to assassinate my character in Scotland when I'm there, so my position is much more effective if I'm outside Scotland and am part of the voice of what the Scottish National Party is about.
Be curious, bot judgmental.
The language of these Soviet show trials.
.. could only be understood in the Aesopian imagery of the closed Bolshevik universe of conspiracies of evil against good in which 'terrorism' simply signified 'any doubt about the policies or character of Stalin.' All his political opponents were per se assassins. More than two 'terrorists' was a 'conspiracy'.
Jesse [James] was known as a kind of Robin Hood character and also it was known that his exploits were somewhat dubious - however, he perpetuated this myth. Our film [The Assassination of Jesse James] really takes place at the end of all that, the last year of his life, at the end of all that celebrity.
Just to assassinate Michael Brown's character is wrong.
Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior.
I did some martial arts training for 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,' since the character was an assassin.