34 Total Quotes

Peggy Noonan Quotes

Peggy Noonan
My generation, faced as it grew with a choice between religious belief and existential despair, chose marijuana. Now we are in our Cabernet stage.
Peggy Noonan
#American Writer #Belief

Peggy Noonan
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.
Peggy Noonan
#American Writer

Peggy Noonan
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.
Peggy Noonan
#Editing And Editors

Peggy Noonan
Now he is a statesman, when what he really wants is to be what most reporters are, adult delinquents.
Peggy Noonan
#Journalism And Journalists #Adults

Peggy Noonan
Wit penetrates; humor envelops. Wit is a function of verbal intelligence; humor is imagination operating on good nature.
Peggy Noonan
#Humorous

Peggy Noonan
Don't fall in love with politicians, they're all a disappointment. They can't help it, they just are.
Peggy Noonan
#American Writer

Peggy Noonan
George W. Bush is a big spender. He has never vetoed a spending Bill. When Congress serves up a big slab of fat, crackling pork, Mr Bush responds with one big question: Got any barbecue sauce?
Peggy Noonan
#Congress

Peggy Noonan
Sincerity and competence is a strong combination. In politics, it is everything.
Peggy Noonan
#American Writer

Peggy Noonan
I think miracles exist in part as gifts and in part as clues that there is something beyond the flat world we see.
Peggy Noonan
#American Writer

Peggy Noonan
Most people aren't appreciated enough, and the bravest things we do in our lives are usually known only to ourselves. No one throws ticker tape on the man who chose to be faithful to his wife, on the lawyer who didn't take the drug money...
Peggy Noonan
#People

Peggy Noonan
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
#Irish

Peggy Noonan
You don't have to be old in America to say of a world you lived in: That world is gone.
Peggy Noonan
#American Writer

Peggy Noonan
Part of courage is simple consistency.
Peggy Noonan
#American Writer

Peggy Noonan
A great speech is literature.
Peggy Noonan
#American Writer

Peggy Noonan
Speeches are not magic and there is no great speech without great policy.
Peggy Noonan
#American Writer

Peggy Noonan
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
#American Writer

Peggy Noonan
Read good, big important things.
Peggy Noonan
#Books And Reading

Peggy Noonan
Candor is a compliment; it implies equality. It's how true friends talk.
Peggy Noonan
#American Writer

Peggy Noonan
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
#American Writer #Government

Peggy Noonan
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
#American Writer

Peggy Noonan
Let's cause some senators distress.
Peggy Noonan
#American Writer #Senators

Peggy Noonan
Abortion is either OK or it's not.
Peggy Noonan
#American Writer #Abortion

Peggy Noonan
I believe it is fair to say most Republicans did not think George W. Bush was motivated to run for the presidency for the primary reason of cutting or controlling spending. But it is also fair to say that they did not think he was Lyndon B. Johnson. And that's what he's turned into.
Peggy Noonan
#Republicans

Peggy Noonan
TV gives everyone an image, but radio gives birth to a million images in a million brains.
Peggy Noonan
#American Writer #Birth