"I was a woman in a man's world. I was a Democrat in a Republican administration. I was an intellectual in a world of bureaucrats. I talked differently. This may have made me a bit like an ink blot."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Jeane Kirkpatrick on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Jeane Kirkpatrick on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Jeane Kirkpatrick on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Jeane Kirkpatrick on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Jeane Kirkpatrick on Joseph Stalin
"Democracy not only requires equality but also an unshakable conviction in the value of each person, who is then equal."
"We have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict wants something more than it wants peace."
"I think that it's always appropriate for Americans and for American foreign policy to make clear why we feel that self-government is most compatible with peace, the well-being of people, and human dignity."
"There is an absolutely fundamental hostility on the part of totalitarian regimes toward religion."
"Just as the Russians and the Soviets didn't manage to wipe out languages in Lithuania, neither have they managed to wipe out religion to the extent that we had feared."