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" It's easy to mock a man who has founded a religion based on John Coltrane, who considers 'A Love Supreme,' whatever its merits as a jazz album, to be holy scripture. "
" Almost nobody gets rich or erudite overnight. "
" It is one of the triumphs of modern society that the life of the average person with Down Syndrome has become strikingly normal. "
" Children with Down Syndrome are not monsters, but uncommonly gentle human beings who can and do lead full lives. "
" If you think your average Trump voter in Ohio hates Washington, you should see what Washington thinks about the Trump voter in Ohio. "
" If it was up to the U.N., Saddam Hussein would still be killing his own people. "
" As a print journalist, you can be frustrated by people who don't call you back, parts of the story you can't get. TV gets you access to everyone because people call you back. It also allows you to satisfy your curiosity. I am a very curious person. "
" I do think - I'm sure I'm the lone voice in saying this - that Iran deserves to be annihilated. I think they're lunatics. I think they're evil. "
" In the absence of evidence, superstition. It's a Middle Ages thing. That's my theory anyway. "
" Journalists typically don't carry weapons, even in war zones, for fear of compromising their status as neutral observers. If you're armed, the theory goes, other armed people will consider you a target. "
" The two things I was positive about in life were that I was going to be a teacher at a boarding school or an operative with the CIA posted abroad. I could write a book about all the things I was sure about. "
" I have no way of knowing how people really feel, but the vast majority of those I meet couldn't be nicer. Every once in a while someone barks at me. My New Year's resolution is not to bark back. "
" There are legitimate, even powerful arguments, to be made against the Bush administration's foreign policy. But those arguments are complicated, hard to explain, and, in the end, not all that sensational. "
" You can't fix a problem if you don't have the words to describe it. You can't even think about it clearly. "
" My first experience on public radio still ranks among the most embarrassing episodes of my relatively short life. "
" Pat Buchanan likes to fight. But only on TV. "
" It is nice to be around people who think differently than you. They challenge your ideas and keep you from being complacent. "
" America is secure because we can afford the strongest military in history. Once the U.S. economy is no longer dominant, we are no longer safe, and the world becomes chaotic. "
" I try to tell the truth. "
" I have no time for political hacks who say things they don't believe because they get paid to. "
" What bothers me is the lack of self-awareness. I don't know if I have ever met a group less self-aware than political reporters. "
" The second you feel a political imperative, it destroys your art. "
" American presidential elections usually amount to a series of overcorrections: Clinton begat Bush, who produced Obama, whose lax border policies fueled the rise of Trump. "
" There actually have never been many shows as equally balanced as 'Crossfire.' "
" Seldom has a politician left public office with more self-generated fanfare than Sen. William S. Cohen. "
" As a rule, the civil-rights establishment is not punctual. "
" Senator McConnell is by all accounts a decent person. He's pretty conservative, too. "
" It is increasingly important to be open-minded. "
" Speaking fluent English - like doing long division or successfully rewiring a 220-volt electrical outlet - is not a skill you're born with. It's something you learn, occasionally even by opening some old dictionary. "
" The Clinton era is over. I think that there would even have been a certain amount of rejoicing among some Republicans if Gore had won or if Ralph Nader had won or if Satan had won. "
" I am not insecure about being a journalist. "