University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.
The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.
Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.
The nice thing about being a celebrity is that, if you bore people, they think it’s their fault.
History knows no resting places and no plateaus.
We cannot always assure the future of our friends; we have a better chance of assuring our future if we remember who our friends are.
For other nations, utopia is a blessed past never to be recovered; for Americans it is just beyond the horizon.
Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.
If you don’t know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere.
The longer I am out of office, the more infallible I appear to myself.
The essence of this man [Richard M. Nixon] is loneliness.
When you meet the president, you ask yourself, “How did it ever occur to anybody that he should be governor much less president?
The conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerilla wins if he does not lose.
Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.
The true conservative is not at home in social struggle. He will attempt to avoid unbridgeable schism, because he knows that a stable social structure thrives not on triumphs but on reconciliations.
Vietnam was what we had instead of happy childhoods.
Intellectuals are cynical and cynics have never built a cathedral.
Nixon had three goals: to win by the biggest electoral landslide in history; to be remembered as a peacemaker; and to be accepted by the ‘Establishment’ as an equal. He achieved all these objectives at the end of 1972 and the beginning of 1973. And he lost them all two months later-partly because he turned a dream into an obsession
If we do what is necessary, all the odds are in our favor.
The superpowers often behave like two heavily armed blind men feeling their way around a room, each believing himself in mortal peril from the other, whom he assumes to have perfect vision.
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