"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."
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."Michael Mandelbaum on Winston Churchill
"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."Michael Mandelbaum on Oscar Wilde
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."Michael Mandelbaum on Steve Jobs
"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough."Michael Mandelbaum on Albert Einstein
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."Michael Mandelbaum on William Shakespeare
"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."
"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."
"The war on terror, I believe, will be waged by effective intelligence and police work and cruise missiles."