"Abortion politics have distracted all sides from what is really essential: a major aid campaign to improve midwifery, prenatal care and emergency obstetric services in poor countries."
"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."Nicholas D. Kristof on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Nicholas D. Kristof on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Nicholas D. Kristof on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Nicholas D. Kristof 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."Nicholas D. Kristof on Joseph Stalin
"There is an element of anger among women who've been raped. There's certainly a major element of humiliation. But it really does seem like a medical condition of shock and horror."
"Just a little help, a small security force, a bit of food, can save lives."
"The world spends $40 billion a year on pet food."
"The U.N. Population Fund has a maternal health program in some Cameroon hospitals, but it doesn't operate in this region. It's difficult to expand, because President Bush has cut funding."
"Neither left nor right has focused adequately on maternal health."