29 Total Quotes

David Brooks Quotes

America is not just a democracy, it represents a certain culture of competitive mobility and personality aspirations, politics is not merely a clash of interests, but a clash of dreams.
David Brooks
#American Politician #America

Nothing in this complaint has been reviewed by anyone in the party for approval or advice.
David Brooks
#Advice

We pretend to be a middle class, democratic nation, but in reality we love our blue bloods. ... We love the prep school manners, the aristocratic calm, the Skull and Bones mystery, the dappled lawns stretching before New England summer homes. How else can you explain the Bush vs. Kerry match-up that confronts us this year?
David Brooks
#Class

Sitting on the airplane and looking out the window was terrible, ... And three days of doing nothing, really, by Bush was terrible…. I’m angry at the guy.
David Brooks
#Airplane And Aviation

People used to complain that selling a president was like selling a bar of soap. But when you buy soap, at least you get the soap. In this campaign you just get two guys telling you they really value cleanliness.
David Brooks
#American Politician #People

Highly educated young people are tutored, taught and monitored in all aspects of their lives, except the most important, which is character building. When it comes to this, most universities leave them alone.
David Brooks
#American Politician #People

We ought to give people who don't want to go back to New Orleans the means to disperse into middle-class areas nationwide.
David Brooks
#People

It was kind of a spark, a spark that we needed at that point. He was so effective, we just said going into the next game, he's got to get the football. So that's kind of how we got headed in the direction that we've arrived at now was just that second half and his performance then.
David Brooks
#Effective

It gave the offensive line the confidence they needed and they started getting better as the game went on. He's just a punishing runner. It hurts to tackle him. We don't get any negative yardage when he runs the ball because he is such a powerful runner.
David Brooks
#Confidence

The White House has to be breathing a sigh of relief, and the American people have to know that the wave of hysteria, the wave of paranoia, the wave of charges and allegations about Karl Rove and everybody else so far is unsupported by facts,
David Brooks
#People

People want a reality that tells them they're right all of the time.
David Brooks
#People

People want reality that tells them how right they are all the time.
David Brooks
#American Politician #People

It's been a tough summer for the adult audience. They're champing at the bit to find something fresh. This was a great opportunity to kick off for a couple of weeks with no competition.
David Brooks
#Adults

I've got a better idea. At a given moment why don't you shout 'Hands in the air if you love hip hop' and then we'll all do it. I have visions of entire open plan offices coming to a halt whilst their workers sit there with their hands in the air. Also, then we can identify fellow OBO readers, the guy next to me might be reading this, but like me, he's going to great lengths not to be observed. Those not in the know will be confused.
David Brooks
#Love

Obsessing that much about your children is rational and it pays off.
David Brooks
#Children

The rich don't exploit the poor. They just out-compete them.
David Brooks
#American Politician

It has a reputation as a very lively place with good, lively students.
David Brooks
#Reputation

When you cover politics, you realize that knowing how to talk about character matters more and more. ... The way we hold ideas is more important than the ideas.
David Brooks
#Character

Pedigreed elite used to be based on noble birth and breeding. Now it's genius that enables you to join the elect.
David Brooks
#Birth

In 2005 we witnessed in excess of a fivefold increase in the amounts invested by foreign buyers from developing countries such as China and India in the UK market.
David Brooks
#Excess

Fishing and hunting are the area's bread and butter. A lot of businesses live and die with the seasons. We've always been known for deer, but those numbers have been declining. Fishing is more reliable.
David Brooks
#Fishing

Now that he's been returned to office, President Bush is going to have to differentiate between his opponents and his enemies. His opponents are found in the Democratic Party. His enemies are in certain offices of the Central Intelligence Agency.
David Brooks
#Office

Sitting on the airplane and looking out the window was terrible, ... And three days of doing nothing, really, by Bush was terrible. Im angry at the guy.
David Brooks
#Airplane And Aviation

To explain the unknown by the known is a logical procedure; to explain the known by the unknown is a form of theological lunacy.
David Brooks
#American Politician

When you cover politics, you realize that knowing how to talk about character matters more and more. The way we hold ideas is more important than the ideas.
David Brooks
#American Politician