Quotations From PEGGY NOONAN


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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.
    Peggy Noonan (b. 1950), U.S. author, presidential speechwriter. What I Saw at the Revolution, ch. 2 (1990). On the insanity verdict handed down to John Hinckley, would- be assassin of President Reagan in 1981, as reported by Noonan and Dan Rather. "The insane are with us, it is true," continued their report. "But so are the calculating. And what they learn from this verdict is that you can do anything; you can wait like a jackal and shoot a man in the head and leave him for dead and buy your way out with clever lawyers and expensive pyschiatrists."

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  • The battle for the mind of Ronald Reagan was like the trench warfare of World War I: never have so many fought so hard for such barren terrain.
    Peggy Noonan (b. 1950), U.S. author, presidential speechwriter. What I Saw at the Revolution, ch. 14 (1990). Noonan worked as a special assistant and speechwriter to Reagan, 1984-1988.

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  • A speech is poetry: cadence, rhythm, imagery, sweep! A speech reminds us that words, like children, have the power to make dance the dullest beanbag of a heart.
    Peggy Noonan (b. 1950), U.S. author, presidential speechwriter. What I Saw at the Revolution, ch. 5 (1990).

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  • TV gives everyone an image, but radio gives birth to a million images in a million brains.
    Peggy Noonan (b. 1950), U.S. author, presidential speechwriter. What I Saw at the Revolution, ch. 2 (1990).

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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.
    Peggy Noonan (b. 1950), U.S. author, presidential speechwriter. What I Saw at the Revolution, ch. 1 (1990).

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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.
    Peggy Noonan (b. 1950), U.S. author, presidential speechwriter. What I Saw at the Revolution, ch. 13 (1990).

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  • The Irish are often nervous about having the appropriate face for the occasion. They have to be happy at weddings, which is a strain, so they get depressed; they have to be sad at funerals, which is easy, so they get happy.
    Peggy Noonan (b. 1950), U.S. author, presidential speechwriter. What I Saw at the Revolution, ch. 13 (1990).

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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.
    Peggy Noonan (b. 1950), U.S. author, presidential speechwriter. "Another Epilogue," What I Saw at the Revolution (1990).

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  • Now he is a statesman, when what he really wants is to be what most reporters are, adult delinquents.
    Peggy Noonan (b. 1950), U.S. author, presidential speechwriter. What I Saw at the Revolution, ch. 2 (1990). Referring to Dan Rather.
  • Don't fall in love with politicians, they're all a disappointment. They can't help it, they just are.
    Peggy Noonan (b. 1950), U.S. author, presidential speechwriter. "Another Epilogue," What I Saw at the Revolution (1990).

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