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" After 9/11, whatever the evidence of intelligence failures, many people still saw that attack as almost unimaginable, so brutal and brazen an assault. "
" Americans sometimes ask what the government does and where their tax money goes. Among other things, it pays for all kinds of invisible but essential safety nets and life belts and guardrails that are useless right up until the day they are priceless. "
" Back in the really olden days, dinner was seldom a ceremonial event for U.S. families. Only the very wealthy had a separate dining room. For most, meals were informal, a kind of rolling refueling; often only the men sat down. "
" Most of us were probably less than immaculately honest as teenagers; it's practically encoded into adolescence that you savor your secrets, dress in disguise, carve out some space for experiments and accidents and all the combustible lab work of becoming who you are. "
" We know what the birth of a revolution looks like: A student stands before a tank. A fruit seller sets himself on fire. A line of monks link arms in a human chain. Crowds surge, soldiers fire, gusts of rage pull down the monuments of tyrants, and maybe, sometimes, justice rises from the flames. "
" Most professional women I know - myself included - long since gave up looking for a rulebook or a roadmap; we make it up as we go along. Every day presents a new choice, a new challenge, which makes long-term career planning seem like an especially abstract exercise. "
" The path of progress cuts through the four-way intersection of the moral, medical, religious and political - and whichever way you turn, you are likely to run over someone's deeply held beliefs. "
" As you probably know, I've written a lot about the presidency, so it's obviously exciting when you get to interview a president and write about it. "
" While many alien species are harmless, others pose expensive threats to seas and fields and forests. "
" Members of royal families are born into a world of indulgence and entitlement, and the princelings who grow up that way may never have to develop any discipline. "
" There are many things that matter much more than an editor's gender in shaping the direction of the leadership. "
" Power is not just political. It can be cultural; it can be spiritual. "
" In the case of the classic Western helicopter parent, it starts with Baby Einstein and reward charts for toilet training, and it never really ends, which is why colleges have to devote so many resources to teaching parents how to leave their kids alone. "
" Professor Obama has at least talked to us like we're adults. "
" It's the experts in adolescent development who wax most emphatic about the value of family meals, for it's in the teenage years that this daily investment pays some of its biggest dividends. "
" The leading cause of death for girls 15 to 19 worldwide is not accident or violence or disease; it is complications from pregnancy. Girls under 15 are up to five times as likely to die while having children than are women in their 20s, and their babies are more likely to die as well. "
" When you are a media celebrity, every word you speak is dissected, as are those you choose not to speak. "
" Right now, doctors can test for about 2,500 medical conditions, but they only can treat about 500 of those. So what do you do with the knowledge about the others? "
" Rand Paul does not like being compared to his father Ron any more than sons named Bush like to dance in their father's shadow, but the crucial difference is that while the Bushes all hail from the relative mainstream of the GOP, the Pauls have an ideological tributary virtually to themselves. "
" We are bombarded with reasons to stay inside: we're afraid of mosquitoes because of West Nile and grass because of pesticides and sun because of cancer and sunscreen because of vitamin-D deficiency. "
" There's a smartphone gait: the slow sidewalk weave that comes from being lost in conversation rather than looking where you're going. "
" Teaching sometimes seems like not one profession, but every profession. We ask them to be doctor and diplomat, calf-herder, map-maker, wizard and watchman, electricians of the mind. "
" High school is a haunted house in April, when seniors act up because the end is near. Even those who hate school sometimes cling to the devil they know. And for the kids who love it, the goodbyes are hard to think about. "
" I would like to see every newspaper and every magazine have a network of bureaus all over the world, gathering news. "
" I've been grateful that 'Time's' reach and mandate is so broad; anything you're interested in, you can usually write about. "
" Few Westerners know Iran as well as Robin Wright: her first trip there as a journalist was in 1973, and she has covered every important milestone since, from the Islamic revolution and the hostage crisis to the more recent staring contest with the West over Tehran's nuclear program. "
" Emotional life grows out of an area of the brain called the limbic system, specifically the amygdala, whence come delight and disgust and fear and anger. "
" Just because we eat together does not mean we eat right: Domino's alone delivers a million pizzas on an average day. "
" As a candidate, Obama disdained the game of politics, a self-conscious contrast to all the tireless political athletes named Clinton. "
" Sure, we want to know what a president believes in... but that doesn't always mean he should tell us. "
" A president can't go to every memorial service. "