Top Quotes from Christopher Buckley

We live – on a spinning planet in a world of spin.

Christopher Buckley

How many Republicans does it take to change a light bulb? Three. One to mix the martinis, one to change the light bulb, and one to reminisce about how good the old one was.

Christopher Buckley

George H. W. Bush may be a World War II hero and New England Yankee blue blood, but he has the tear ducts of a Sicilian grandmother.

Christopher Buckley

Necessity is the mother of bipartisanship.

Christopher Buckley

I hope when I’m on my deathbed, people forgive me, because there is a lot to forgive.

Christopher Buckley

Whatever you thought of his politics, Ronald Reagan was a great man, a courageous man. He took an assassin’s bullet and joked to the doctors as they desperately worked to save his life.

Christopher Buckley

You can’t tell what’s aboard a container ship. We carried every kind of cargo, all of it on view: a police car, penicillin, Johnnie Walker Red, toilets, handguns, lumber, Ping-Pong balls, and IBM data cards.

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I love Washington. I have an affection for the place. For a satirist, I think it’s sort of Disneyland. I mean, you know, there’s always some inspiration in the morning’s headlines.

Christopher Buckley

I remember standing in the crow’s nest as we entered the misty Panama Canal, and the strange sensation as the 4,000-ton ship rose higher and higher inside the lock.

Christopher Buckley

The tradition of putting candles on Christmas trees actually began in Germany. The person who came up with the idea is thought to have been Martin Luther, father of the Reformation.

Christopher Buckley

In public relations, you live with the reality that not every disaster can be made to look like a misunderstood triumph.

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I was an only child with a lot of time to kill. I suspect a lot of writers are only children, or only children become writers because it’s a way of being alone.

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I spent, whether consciously or unconsciously, most of my career trying to be something other than William F. Buckley’s son.

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Lobbyists didn’t descend from a spaceship. They evolved organically from the way we do business.

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I believe with my sage and epigrammatic friend P. J. O’Rourke that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take it all away.

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Pop was a devout Roman Catholic; I’m a lapsed Catholic. I’m not the village atheist, but I exert my right not to believe, and I doubt I would have been very public about that were he still alive, simply just so as not to hurt his feelings.

Christopher Buckley

Short of taking monastic vows or trekking into the Kalahari, a freighter passage might just offer what our relentlessly connected age has made difficult, if not impossible: splendid isolation.

Christopher Buckley

I remember dawn coming up over the Strait of Malacca; ragamuffin kids on the dock in Sumatra laughing as they pelted us with bananas; collecting dead flying fish off the deck and bringing them to our sweet, fat, toothless Danish cook to fry up for breakfast.

Christopher Buckley

With real estate, it’s location, location, location. In public speaking, it’s acoustics, acoustics, acoustics.

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We make our public servants jump through quite a few hoops, you know. We get hysterical if they accept a $50 lunch from a lobbyist. We get hysterical if they accept a ride on some corporate jet.

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I can say this, now that my own beloved and irreplaceable parents are gone: George and Barbara Bush are parents anyone would kill to have.

Christopher Buckley

I just write what comes along. I don’t have a detailed master plan.

Christopher Buckley

It’s odd to think of yourself as an orphan at 55.

Christopher Buckley

In a 24/7 news cycle, with all the shrieking, howling voices and rapid-response and instant spinning and Soviet-style disinformation-mongering, a good idea has a shelf life of about, um, six seconds.

Christopher Buckley

I’d worked at the White House for two years, and I’d read a bunch of White House memoirs because everybody who works at the White House, even for five minutes, writes a memoir usually not less than 600 pages long – and never without the word ‘power’ in the title.

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I had some adventures at the White House, but hardly enough to fill a full memoir.

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It was a mistake to think that my views would have been taken on their own terms. It was a mistake to think that my last name wouldn’t be a factor.

Christopher Buckley

As for the financial world – I’ve been working in the Forbes building for eight years. You soak up a little bit of ambient stuff about all this – I know what a gold straddle is, what the Lombard rate is.

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The first novel I wrote, ‘The White House Mess,’ was a comic novel. It came out in 1986. It was a parody in the form of a White House memoir.

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I had worked for George Bush as a speechwriter, and I read a lot of White House memoirs. They all have two themes: ‘It Wasn’t My Fault’ and ‘It Would Have Been Much Worse if I Hadn’t Been There.’

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I love Oscar Wilde, still the wittiest writer of anyone, dead or living.

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Catch-22’s admirers cross boundaries – ideological, generational, geographical.

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The ideological distance between Jim Webb and Bertrand Russell can be measured in light years. An author who reaches both of them exerts something like universal appeal.

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Catch-22’s first readers were largely of the generation that went through World War II. For them, it provided a startlingly fresh take, a much-needed, much-delayed laugh at the terror and madness they endured.

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I certainly wish I were as good-looking as Aaron Eckhart.

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A new idea is like carbonated liquid in a bottle. You just sort of shake it until the cork pops, then you write and write.

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I am not a political thinker. I’m not even much of a thinker. I’m a hack novelist.

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I cast my first vote on my father’s lap in 1960, for Richard Nixon, in the voting booth. I was 8.

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I am post-Catholic.

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I’m accused of, and perhaps rightly so, of not being mean enough. I’ve been taken to task in many a book review; a good satirist has to, you know, has to kill.

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It’s always tricky, meeting an author you’ve admired.

Christopher Buckley

My mother spent a month in a Swiss hospital after a terrible ski accident.

Christopher Buckley

I want Tom Clancy, the Maryland novelist, to write the story of the rest of my life.

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If the question is, ‘Do I wish I made thirty million dollars a year,’ the answer is, ‘You bet.’ If the question is, ‘Do I wish I could write like Tom Clancy,’ the answer must remain, ‘No.’

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I don’t think I ever once heard Mum utter a religious or spiritual sentiment, a considerable feat considering that she was married for 57 years to one of the most prominent Catholics in the country.

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Mum’s serial misbehavior over the years had driven me, despairing, to write her scolding – occasionally scalding letters.

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I was an only child who had every advantage, every blessing, absolutely.

Christopher Buckley

There was a glamorous Nick-and-Nora element to my parents. If you remove one from the other, you’re left with neither. But parents are parents.

Christopher Buckley

If I were to win the Nobel Prize in Literature – which I think it’s fairly safe to say is not going to happen – I would still expect the headline on my obituary to read: ‘Christopher Buckley, son of William F. Buckley, Jr., is dead at 78.’

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I have known John McCain personally since 1982. I wrote a well-received speech for him.

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I am a small-government conservative who clings tenaciously and old-fashionedly to the idea that one ought to have balanced budgets.

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I haven’t left the Republican Party. It left me.

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