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Irving Kristol Quotes

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results
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You had me at hello
If cats could talk, they wouldn't
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Men go shopping to buy what they need. Women go shopping to find out what they want
Having you in my life made everything better
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Be yourself; everyone else is already taken
What a beautiful world it would be if people had hearts like dogs
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I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work
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Even if we can’t be happy, we must always be cheerful  (Irving Kristol Quotes) .. the most intelligent defender of capitalism in the modern period is Friedrich Hayek.  (Irving Kristol Quotes) Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity  (Irving Kristol Quotes) An intellectual may be defined as a man who speaks with general authority about a subject on which he has no particular competence  (Irving Kristol Quotes) It was a new kind of class war -- the people as citizens versus the politicians and their clients in the public sector.  (Irving Kristol Quotes) What rules the world is idea, because ideas define the way reality is perceived  (Irving Kristol Quotes) A welfare state, properly conceived, can be an integral part of a conservative society  (Irving Kristol Quotes) The major political event of the twentieth century is the death of socialism  (Irving Kristol Quotes) The enemy of liberal capitalism today is not so much socialism as nihilism  (Irving Kristol Quotes) No modern nation has ever constructed a foreign policy that was acceptable to its intellectuals  (Irving Kristol Quotes) Even if we can’t be happy, we must always be cheerful  (Irving Kristol Quotes) One can be unhappy before eating caviar, even after, but at least not during  (Irving Kristol Quotes) A conservative is a liberal mugged by reality  (Irving Kristol Quotes) Being frustrated is disagreeable, but the real disasters in life begin when you get what you want  (Irving Kristol Quotes) Young people, especially, are looking for religion so desperately that they are inventing new ones. They should not have to invent new ones; the old religions are pretty good  (Irving Kristol Quotes) There are different kinds of truths for different kinds of people. There are truths appropriate for children; truths that are appropriate for students; truths that are appropriate for educated adults; and truths that are appropriate for highly educated adults, and the notion that there should be one set of truths available to everyone is a modern democratic fallacy. It doesn’t work  (Irving Kristol Quotes) Nostalgia is one of the legitimate and certainly one of the most enduring of human emotions; but the politics of nostalgia is at best distracting, at worst pernicious  (Irving Kristol Quotes) It requires strength of character to act upon one’s ideas; it requires no less strength of character to resist being seduced by them  (Irving Kristol Quotes) The problem is efforts by liberals to establish a wall between religion and society, in the guise of maintaining the wall between church and state  (Irving Kristol Quotes) Being frustrated is disagreeable, but the real disasters of life begin when you get what you want  (Irving Kristol Quotes) Neocons do not feel that kind of alarm or anxiety about the growth of the state in the past century, seeing it as natural, indeed inevitable... People have always preferred strong government to weak government, although they certainly have no liking for anything that smacks of overly intrusive government  (Irving Kristol Quotes) A neoconservative is a liberal who’s been mugged by reality. A neoliberal is a liberal who’s been mugged by reality but has refused to press charges  (Irving Kristol Quotes) If you believe that no one was ever corrupted by a book, you have also to believe that no one was ever improved by a book  (Irving Kristol Quotes) The really difficult moral issues arise, not from a confrontation of good and evil, but from a collision between two goods  (Irving Kristol Quotes) There is nothing like a parade to elicit the proper respect for the military from the populace  (Irving Kristol Quotes) You have to know one big thing and stick with it. The leaders who had one very big idea and one very big commitment. This permitted them to create something. Those are the ones who leave a legacy  (Irving Kristol Quotes) People need religion. It’s a vehicle for a moral tradition. A crucial role. Nothing can take its place  (Irving Kristol Quotes)