"If you join government, calmly make your contribution and move on. Don't go along to get along do your best and when you have to - and you will - leave, and be something else."
"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities."Peggy Noonan on Thomas Jefferson
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."Peggy Noonan on Winston Churchill
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."Peggy Noonan on Thomas Jefferson
"Government is not reason it is not eloquent it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."Peggy Noonan on George Washington
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one."Peggy Noonan on Thomas Paine
"Part of courage is simple consistency."
"Candor is a compliment it implies equality. It's how true friends talk."
"Sincerity and competence is a strong combination. In politics, it is everything."
"Beware the politically obsessed. They are often bright and interesting, but they have something missing in their natures there is a hole, an empty place, and they use politics to fill it up. It leaves them somehow misshapen."
"The battle for the mind of Ronald Reagan was like the trench warfare of World War I: never have so many fought so hard for such barren terrain."