"The values, the programs, the formula, the determination, and the patriotism responsible for America's past success are still here to be tapped."
"If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under."Michael Mandelbaum on Ronald Reagan
"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind."Michael Mandelbaum on Albert Einstein
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty."Michael Mandelbaum on John F. Kennedy
"Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about."Michael Mandelbaum on Mark Twain
"I look forward to a great future for America - a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose."Michael Mandelbaum on John F. Kennedy
"If architecture is, as is sometimes said, music set in concrete, then football and basketball may be said to be creativity embodied in team sports."
"The great thing about baseball is the causality is easy to determine and it always falls on the shoulders of one person. So there is absolute responsibility. That's why baseball is psychologically the cruelest sport and why it really requires psychological resources to play baseball - because you have to learn to live with failure."
"In my experience, it's not just that serious books get a hearing on comedy shows. But serious books get a serious hearing, as well as a funny one, on comedy shows."
"Words matter, especially words defining complicated political arrangements, because they shape perceptions of the events of the past, attitudes toward policies being carried out in the present, and expectations about desirable directions for the future."
"After all, the past is our only real guide to the future, and historical analogies are instruments for distilling and organizing the past and converting it to a map by which we can navigate."
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