Top Quotes from Charles Krauthammer

Every civilization is founded on sins – every single one. Dispossession, violence, appropriation. What distinguishes civilizations are the ones who rise above it.

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Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country – and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians.

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I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking.

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You’re betraying your whole life if you don’t say what you think – and you don’t say it honestly and bluntly.

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There is a mystique about psychiatry that people think that you have some kind of a magical lens, you know, Superman’s X-ray vision into the soul. One of the reasons I left psychiatry is that I didn’t believe that.

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I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life – full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living.

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When the Cleveland Cavaliers lost the 2015 NBA Finals to Golden State, LeBron James sat motionless in the locker room, staring straight ahead, still wearing his game jersey, for 45 minutes after the final buzzer. Here was a guy immensely wealthy, widely admired, at the peak of his powers – yet stricken, inconsolable.

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Chess: It’s like alcohol. It’s a drug. I have to control it, or it could overwhelm me. I have a regular Monday night game at my home, and I do play a little online.

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Torture is an impermissible evil. Except under two circumstances. The first is the ticking time bomb. An innocent’s life is at stake. The bad guy you have captured possesses information that could save this life. He refuses to divulge. In such a case, the choice is easy.

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In the liberal remake of ‘Casablanca,’ the police captain comes upon the scene of the shooting and orders his men to ’round up the usual weapons.’ It’s always the weapon and never the shooter.

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Ronald Reagan was so self-contained and impenetrable that his official biographer was practically driven mad trying to figure him out.

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When under attack, no country is obligated to collect permission slips from allies to strike back.

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The joy of losing consists in this: Where there are no expectations, there is no disappointment.

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Whenever you’re faced with an explanation of what’s going on in Washington, the choice between incompetence and conspiracy, always choose incompetence.

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I was a Great Society liberal on domestic issues. People ask me, ‘How do you go from Walter Mondale to Fox News?’ The answer is, ‘I was young once.’ End of answer.

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The international community lies at the center of the Obama foreign policy. Unfortunately, it is a fiction. There is no such thing. Different countries have different histories, geographies, necessities, and interests. There’s no natural, inherent, or enduring international community.

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Ideas matter. Legislative proposals matter. Slick campaigns and dazzling speeches can work for a while, but the magic always wears off.

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I don’t mind going into a liberal lion’s den. That’s where you test yourself.

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A drone is a high-tech version of an old army and a musket. It ought to be used in Somalia to hunt bad guys, but not in America. I don’t want to see it hovering over anybody’s home.

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Never leave a crossword unfinished.

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Americans are not intrinsically imperial, but we ended up dominant by default: Europe disappeared after the Second World War, the Soviet Union disappeared in 1991, so here we are.

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In the end, what brings civilizations down is when the elites lose confidence in the rightness of their cause.

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This is a formidable enemy. To dismiss it as a bunch of ‘cowards’ perpetuating ‘senseless acts of violence’ is complacent nonsense. People willing to kill thousands of innocents while they kill themselves are not cowards. They are deadly vicious warriors and need to be treated as such.

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I think if you’re going to master policy, especially world affairs, you’ve got to know history.

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Obama is a man of first-class intellect and first-class temperament. But his character remains highly suspect.

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Every new president flatters himself that he, kinder and gentler, is beginning the world anew. Yet, when Barack Obama in his inaugural address reached out to Muslims by saying, ‘To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect,’ his formulation was needlessly defensive and apologetic.

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Fight for what you know to be right. Don’t give up.

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Sometimes it’s easy to go where the wind blows, but those that stand firmly planted are forces to be reckoned with.

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I would say I see myself as a psychiatrist in remission.

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Science has everything to say about what is possible. Science has nothing to say about what is permissible.

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Life and consciousness are the two great mysteries. Actually, their substrates are the inanimate. And how do you get from neurons shooting around in the brain to the thought that pops up in your head and mine? There’s something deeply mysterious about that. And if you’re not struck by the mystery, I think you haven’t thought about it.

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There was once a philosopher who said, ‘I don’t believe in God, but I fear him greatly.’ That’s about where I am.

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Trump is a systemic stress test.

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Longevity, for a columnist, is a simple proposition: Once you start, you don’t stop. You do it until you die or can no longer put a sentence together. It has always been my intention to die at my desk, although my most cherished ambition is to outlive the estate tax.

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I believe in what I believe, and I think after all these years I’ve heard a lot of arguments, and I’m convinced by the superiority of the arguments that are made on the conservative side. I think that’s a better way to run a society.

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If you believe that health care is a public good to be guaranteed by the state, then a single-payer system is the next best alternative. Unfortunately, it is fiscally unsustainable without rationing.

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I don’t know about you, but I lie awake nights worrying about Canadian uranium. I know these people. I grew up there. You have no idea what they’re capable of doing. If Sidney Crosby hadn’t scored that goal to win the Olympic gold medal, there’s no telling what might have ensued.

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When a party is in opposition, it opposes. That’s its job. But when it comes to power, it must govern. Easy rhetoric is over, the press of reality becomes irresistible. By necessity, it adopts some of the policies it had once denounced. And a new national consensus is born.

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The conservative idea is not that government has no role. You might have argued that in the thirties when conservatives opposed the New Deal.

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Ted Cruz is a patriot. He believes in what he does. He’s done marvels in mobilizing conservatives, mobilizing Americans concerned about the direction of the ever-expanding entitlement state under Obama, and particularly the threat it is to freedom. I disagree with his tactics, but I agree entirely with his objectives.

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As most who have engaged in competitive sports know, there’s nothing to match the amplitude of emotion brought by losing.

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I envy people who write easily. I enjoy the process, but it’s not easeful for me.

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If Obama has his way, the change that is coming is a new America: ‘fair,’ leveled and social democratic. Obama didn’t get elected to warranty your muffler. He’s here to warranty your life.

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For every moment of triumph, there is an unequal and opposite feeling of despair. Take that iconic photograph of Muhammad Ali standing triumphantly over the prostrate, semiconscious wreckage of Sonny Liston. Great photo. Now think of Liston. Do the pleasure/pain calculus.

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The U.N. is worse than disaster. The U.N. creates conflicts. Look at the disgraceful U.N. Human Rights Council: It transmits norms which are harmful, anti-liberty and anti-Semitic, among other things. The world would be better off in its absence.

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The Internet is a cauldron of anger every day, every year, election year or not, with unemployment at 10 percent or at two percent. It isn’t exactly a good index of what’s happening.

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Fairness through leveling is the essence of Obamaism.

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Baseball is a slow, boring, complex, cerebral game that doesn’t lend itself to histrionics. You ‘take in’ a baseball game, something odd to say about a football or basketball game, with the clock running and the bodies flying.

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I think the editorial page of the Washington Post is the best in the country. I think the editorials – considering it’s a liberal town, liberal constituency and from the liberal tradition – I think it’s the best editorial page around. It’s quite balanced.

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I am grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation’s destiny.

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The one thing that’s always been the center of my political thinking – and it goes back to when I was 19 and editor of my college paper – is an abhorrence of the extreme.

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Under our constitutional system, the executive executes the laws that Congress has passed. It should not be executing laws that Congress has rejected.

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