Quotations From GEORGE F WILL


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  • It is no longer enough to be lusty. One must be a sexual gourmet.
    George F. Will (b. 1941), U.S. political columnist. (First published 1974). "The Ploy of Sex," The Pursuit of Happiness, and Other Sobering Thoughts (1978).
  • The First Amendment is not a blanket freedom-of-information act. The constitutional newsgathering freedom means the media can go where the public can, but enjoys no superior right of access.
    George F. Will (b. 1934), U.S. journalist, author. The Leveling Wind: Politics, the Culture and Other News 1990-1994, p. 235, Viking (1994).

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  • Statecraft is soulcraft. Just as all education is moral education because learning conditions conduct, much legislation is moral legislation because it conditions the action and the thought of the nation in broad and important spheres of life.
    George F. Will (b. 1941), U.S. political columnist. Statecraft as Soulcraft: What Government Does, ch. 1 (1984).

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  • Voters don't decide issues, they decide who will decide issues.
    George F. Will (b. 1941), U.S. political columnist. Newsweek (New York, March 8, 1976).
  • A politician's words reveal less about what he thinks about his subject than what he thinks about his audience.
    George F. Will (b. 1941), U.S. political columnist. Quoted in Richard Reeves, A Ford, Not a Lincoln, ch. 1 (1975).
  • 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.
    George F. Will (b. 1941), U.S. political columnist. Statecraft as Soulcraft: What Government Does, ch. 7 (1984).
  • If your job is to leaven ordinary lives with elevating spectacle, be elevating or be gone.
    George F. Will (b. 1941), U.S. political columnist. International Herald Tribune (Paris, June 25, 1992). Of the British royal family.

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  • Football combines the two worst things about America: it is violence punctuated by committee meetings.
    George F. Will (b. 1941), U.S. political columnist. International Herald Tribune (Paris, May 7, 1990).

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  • Americans are overreaching; overreaching is the most admirable and most American of the many American excesses.
    George F. Will (b. 1941), U.S. political columnist. Statecraft as Soulcraft: What Government Does, ch. 4 (1984).
  • Politics should share one purpose with religion: the steady emancipation of the individual through the education of his passions.
    George F. Will (b. 1941), U.S. political columnist. Statecraft as Soulcraft: What Government Does, ch. 2 (1984).

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