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George Will
May 4, 1941 -
Category: Journalist

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


Leadership is, among other things, the ability to inflict pain and get away with it - short-term pain for long-term gain.


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.


In the lexicon of the political class, the word "sacrifice" means that the citizens are supposed to mail even more of their income to Washington so that the political class will not have to sacrifice the pleasure of spending it.


Politicians fascinate because they constitute such a paradox; they are an elite that accomplishes mediocrity for the public good.


A politician's words reveal less about what he thinks about his subject than what he thinks about his audience.


You really don't want a president who is a football fan. Football combines the worst features of American life. It is violence punctuated by committee meetings.


The future has a way of arriving unannounced.


Some parents say it is toy guns that make boys warlike. But give a boy a rubber duck and he will seize its neck like the butt of a pistol and shout "Bang!"


Childhood is frequently a solemn business for those inside it.

    Topics: Childhood

There may be more poetry than justice in poetic justice.


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


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


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


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


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.


Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes.


World War II was the last government program that really worked.


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


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


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