Murray Kempton Quotes

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No great scoundrel is ever uninteresting.

greatness

To be a gentleman is to be oneself, all of a seam, on camera and off.

authenticity gentleman be yourself

The beauty of a strong, lasting commitment is often best understood by a man incapable of it.

commitment

A political convention is just not a place where you come away with any trace of faith in human nature.
— Murray Kempton

politicians

Always pretend to be stupid; then when you have to show yourself smart, the display has the additional effect of surprise.

stupidity

To say that an idea is fashionable is to say, I think, that it has been adulterated to a point where it is hardly an idea at all.

ideas

Every now and then, in the course of great events, the elements of tradition and innovation ally themselves and each other's weakness supplements the other and together they achieve the perfect debacle.