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  • Americans are overreaching; overreaching is the most admirable and most American of the many American excesses.
    (George Will)

  • Politics should share one purpose with religion: the steady emancipation of the individual through the education of his passions.
    (George Will)

  • If your job is to leaven ordinary lives with elevating spectacle, be elevating or be gone.
    (George Will)

  • Ronald Reagan has held the two most demeaning jobs in the country President of the United States and radio broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs.
    (George Will)

  • Being elected to Congress is regarded as being sent on a looting raid for one's friends.
    (George Will)


  • There is a declining number of Americans paying income taxes, while more and more people are dependent for things that fewer and fewer people are paying for.
    (George Will)

  • In his Sept. 16 op-ed column, Solidarity Isn't Forever, ... breaking its promise to confine itself to economic issues and not inject itself into academic decision making, such as the assignment of teachers to particular courses.
    (George Will)

  • All politics takes place on a slippery slope. The most important four words in politics are up to a point.
    (George Will)

  • Some parents say it is toy guns that make boys warlike. But give a boy a rubber duck and he will seize its neck like the butt of a pistol and shout "Bang!"
    (George Will)

  • If you want to understand your government, don't begin by reading the Constitution. Instead, read selected portions of the Washington telephone directory containing listings for all organizations with titles beginning with the word National.
    (George Will)

  • World War II was the last government program that really worked.
    (George Will)

  • Creative semantics is the key to contemporary government it consists of talking in strange tongues lest the public learn the inevitable inconveniently early.
    (George Will)

  • The reformers' preferred metaphor is leveling the playing field. They should listen to the logic of their language fields are leveled by bulldozers.
    (George Will)

  • Convictions cause conflict.
    (George Will)

  • Being sixty in Washington sometimes feels like having had one year's experience sixty times. However, age can confer a certain calm about the passing circus, a preference for understatement and for people with low emotional metabolisms.
    (George Will)


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