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In the era of an aging population, memory is the new sex.
— David Brooks


Maturity means understanding the different characters inside our own heads.


Police serve by walking that hazardous line where civilization meets disorder.
It is especially painful when narcissists suffer memory loss because they are losing parts of the person they love most.
— David Brooks

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If I had to fault President Obama, I would say that sometimes he governs like a visitor from a morally superior civilization.
Whatever policy differences people may have with him, we can all agree that he exemplifies reticence, dispassion and the other traits associated with dignity.
— David Brooks


[George] Washington absorbed, and later came to personify what you might call the dignity code.  The code was based on the same premise as the nation's Constitution—that human beings are flawed creatures who live in constant peril of falling into disasters caused by their own passions.  Artificial systems have to be created to balance and restrain their desires.