George Will Quotes

Most popular George Will Quotes

The future has a way of arriving unannounced.

future

The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement.
— George Will

self-improvement perfection

Conservatives define themselves in terms of what they oppose.
— George Will

conservatives

All wit rests on a cheerful awareness of life's incongruities.
— George Will
Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.
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sports

Voters don't decide issues, they decide who will decide issues.

voting

Football is committee meetings, called huddles, separated by outbursts of violence.
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football

Greek philosophers considered sport a religious and civic—in a word, moral—undertaking.

sports

Disparagement of television is second only to watching television as an American pastime.

television

Most presidents come to Washington bright as freshly minted dimes and leave much diminished.

president

Advertising tries to be a pyromaniac, igniting conflagrations of desires for instant gratification.

advertising

Football combines the two worst things about America: it is violence punctuated by committee meetings.

committees football

Someone who is determined to disbelieve something can manage to disregard an Everest of evidence for it.
All politics takes place on a slippery slope.  The most important four words in politics are "up to a point."

politics

The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.

pessimism

Politics should share one purpose with religion: the steady emancipation of the individual through the education of his passions.

religion and politics

It has been said that baseball is to the United States what revolutions are to Latin America, a safety valve for letting off steam.

baseball

The business of America is not business. Neither is it war. The business of America is justice and securing the blessings of liberty.

America

Modern Americans travel light, with little philosophic baggage other than a fervent belief in their right to the pursuit of happiness.

happiness pursuit

Children are an enlarging, if sobering, experience, and often amusing.  But childhood is frequently a solemn business for those inside it.

children childhood

Invariably, it is this for which I write: the joy...of an argument firmly made, like a nail straightly driven, its head flush to the plank.

why I write

A cat does furnish a room.  Like a graceful vase, a cat, even when motionless, seems to flow.  But a cat also is a flawlessly designed killer.

cats

In the 1950s, America was at the wheel of the world and Americans were at the wheel of two-toned (and sometimes even more-toned) cars, tail-finned, high-powered, soft-spring rolling sofas.

cars

In the 1940s, a survey listed the top seven discipline problems in public schools: talking, chewing gum, making noise, running in the halls, getting out of turn in line, wearing improper clothes, not putting paper in wastebaskets. A 1990s survey lists these top seven: drug abuse, alcohol abuse, pregnancy, suicide, rape, robbery, assault.
— George Will

progress

In the 1940s, a survey listed the top seven discipline problems in public schools: talking, chewing gum, making noise, running in the halls, getting out of turn in line, wearing improper clothes, not putting paper in wastebaskets. A 1980s survey lists these top seven: drug abuse, alcohol abuse, pregnancy, suicide, rape, robbery, assault.
— George Will

education