George F. Will

American columnist

Lived from: 1941-

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    As advertising blather becomes the nation's normal idiom, language becomes printed noise.
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    A politician's words reveal less about what he thinks about his subject than what he thinks about his audience.
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    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?''
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    All politics takes place on a slippery slope. The most important four words in politics are ''up to a point.''
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    Americans are overreachers; overreaching is the most admirable of the many American excesses.
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    Americans are overreaching; overreaching is the most admirable and most American of the many American excesses.
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    Football combines the two worst features of American life. It is violence punctuated by committee meetings.
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    Football incorporates the two worst elements of American society: violence punctuated by committee meetings.
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    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.
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    If your job is to leaven ordinary lives with elevating spectacle, be elevating or be gone.
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    It is no longer enough to be lusty. One must be a sexual gourmet.
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    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.''
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    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
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    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.
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    Pessimism is as American as apple pie. Frozen apple pie with a slice of processed cheese.
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