George Frederick Will


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George Frederick Will (born May 4, 1941) is an American newspaper columnist, journalist, and author. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winner best known for his conservative commentary on politics. In 1986, the Wall Street Journal called him "perhaps the most powerful journalist in America," in a league with Walter Lippmann (1889–1975).

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  • ''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.
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''All politics takes place on a slippery slope. The most important four words in politics are "up to a point."''
    George F. Will (b. 1941), U.S. political columnist. Statecraft as Soulcraft: What Government Does, ch. 4 (1984).
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