It is no longer enough to be lusty. One must be a sexual gourmet.
Actually, there is only one “first question” of government, and it is “How should we live?” or “What kind of people do we want our citizens to be?”
Voters don’t decide issues, they decide who will decide issues.
We are given children to test us and make us more spiritual.
All politics takes place on a slippery slope. The most important four words in politics are “up to a point.”
Americans are overreaching; overreaching is the most admirable and most American of the many American excesses.
It is said that God gave us memory so we could have roses in winter. But it is also true that without memory we could not have self in any season. The more memories you have, the more you have. That is why, as Swift said, “No wise man ever wished to be younger.”
Pessimism is as American as apple pie. Frozen apple pie with a slice of processed cheese.
A disquieting era of genetic manipulation is coming, one that may revolutionize human capacities, and notions of health. If we treat moral scruples impatiently, as inherently retrograde in a scientifically advancing civilization, we will not be in moral trim when, soon, our very humanity depends on our being in trim.
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.
The four most important words in politics are ‘up to a point.’
Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.
If you want to understand your government, don’t begin by reading the Constitution. It conveys precious little of the flavor of today’s statecraft. Instead, read selected portions of the Washington telephone directory containing listings for all the organizations with titles beginning with the word National
Whatever right the Second Amendment protects is not as important as it was 200 years ago… The government should deconstitutionalize the subject by repealing the embarrassing Amendment.
The gap between ideals and actualities, between dreams and achievements, the gap that can spur strong men to increased exertions, but can break the spirit of others—this gap is the most conspicuous, continuous land mark in American history. It is conspicuous and continuous not because Americans achieve little, but because they dream grandly. The gap is a standing reproach to Americans; but it marks them off as a special and singularly admirable community among the world’s peoples.
Modern man’s capacity for destruction is quixotic evidence of humanity’s capacity for reconstruction. The powerful technological agents we have unleashed against the environment include many of the agents we require for its reconstruction.
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
Childhood is frequently a solemn business for those inside it.
Long before Einstein told us that matter is energy, Machiavelli and Hobbes and other modern political philosophers defined man as a lump of matter whose most politically relevant attribute is a form of energy called “self-interestedness.” This was not a portrait of man “warts and all.” It was all wart.
Topics: Selfishness, Self-interest
She is so totally absorbed in a vocation—both a gift and a mastering passion—that she has no time to be absorbed with the self’s worries about itself. And that is the moral of the story: You can pursue happiness by wearing a torn jersey. You can catch it by being good at something you love.
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