Peggy Noonan

American Author, Presidential Speechwriter

Lived from: 1950-

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Peggy Noonan

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    Beware the politically obsessed. They are often bright and interesting, but they have something missing in their natures; there is a hole, an empty place, and they use politics to fill it up. It leaves them somehow misshapen.
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    Don't fall in love with politicians, they're all a disappointment. They can't help it, they just are.
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    I love eulogies. They are the most moving kind of speech because they attempt to pluck meaning from the fog, and on short order, when the emotions are still ragged and raw and susceptible to leaps.
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    If you commit a big crime then you are crazy, and the more heinous the crime the crazier you must be. Therefore you are not responsible, and nothing is your fault.
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    If you join government, calmly make your contribution and move on. Don't go along to get along; do your best and when you have to - and you will - leave, and be something else.
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    My generation, faced as it grew with a choice between religious belief and existential despair, chose marijuana. Now we are in our Cabernet stage.
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    Now he is a statesman, when what he really wants is to be what most reporters are, adult delinquents.
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    Part of courage is simple consistency.
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    Read good, big important things.
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    Remember the waterfront shack with the sign FRESH FISH SOLD HERE. Of course it's fresh, we're on the ocean. Of course it's for sale, we're not giving it away. Of course it's here, otherwise the sign would be someplace else. The final sign: FISH.
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    Sincerity and competence is a strong combination. In politics, it is everything.
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    Speeches are not magic and there is no great speech without great policy.
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    You don't have to be old in America to say of a world you lived in: That world is gone.
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