"Sincerity and competence is a strong combination. In politics, it is everything."
"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."Peggy Noonan on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Peggy Noonan on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Peggy Noonan on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Peggy Noonan 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."Peggy Noonan on Joseph Stalin
"Part of courage is simple consistency."
"Candor is a compliment it implies equality. It's how true friends talk."
"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."
"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."