"Idle people are often bored and bored people, unless they sleep a lot, are cruel. It is not accident that boredom and cruelty are great preoccupations in our time."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."Renata Adler on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."Renata Adler on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."Renata Adler on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."Renata Adler on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."Renata Adler on Winston Churchill
"It is always self-defeating to pretend to a generation younger than your own it simply erases your own experience in history."