Jeane Kirkpatrick Quotes


Neither nature experience nor probability informs these lists of 'entitlements' which are subject to no constraints except those of the mind and appetite of their authors.

No idea holds greater sway in the minds of educated Americans that the belief that it is possible to democratize governments anytime and anywhere under any circumstances .

For all their faults right-wing authoritarian regimes more easily accept democratic reforms than left-wing totalitarian states.

We have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict wants something more than it wants peace.

The speed with which armies collapse bureaucracies abdicate and social structures dissolve once the autocrat is removed frequently surprises American Policy makers.

I always assume that democracy is the only good form of government quite frankly and democracy is always to be preferred

I was a woman in a man's world. I was a Democrat in a Republican administration. I was an intellectual in a world of bureaucrats. I talked differently. This may have made me a bit like an ink blot.

I think that there is absolutely no free market in modern industrial states.

Americans need to face the truth about themselves no matter how pleasant it is.

And I have no doubt that the American people generally believe the world is safer and that we are safer when we are stronger

They (american press) always blame America first!

Tyranny and anarchy are alike incompatible with freedom security and the enjoyment of opportunity.

Look I don't even agree with myself at times.

When the Soviet Union walked out of arms control negotiations and refused even to discuss the issues the San Francisco Democrats didn't blame Soviet intransigence. They blamed the United States.

Society has never barred women from bread-winning roles but only from economic roles that are profitable and respectable.

Truth which is important to a scholar has to be concrete. And there is nothing more concrete than dealing with babies burps and bottles frogs and mud.

Truth which is important to a scholar has got to be concrete. And there is nothing more concrete than dealing with babies burps and bottles frogs and mud.

Maturity is when we live by the truths that are in our heart and soul truths we believe to be right for us.

It was not malaise we suffered from; it was Jimmy Carter - and Walter Mondale.

A doctrine of class war seemed to provide a solution to the problem of poverty to people who know nothing about how wealth is created.

What takes place in the Security Council more closely resembles a mugging than either a political debate or an effort at problem-solving.

I conclude that it is a fundamental mistake to think that salvation justice or virtue come through merely human institutions.

Cultural constraints condition and limit our choices shaping our characters with their imperatives.

All of us confront limits of body talent temperament. But that is not all. We are all of us also constrained by our time our place our civilization.

Straying off course is not recognized as a capital crime by civilized nations.

Democracy not only requires equality but also an unshakable conviction in the value of each person who is then equal.

Cross cultural experience teaches us not simply that people have different beliefs but that people seek meaning and understand themselves in some sense as members of a cosmos ruled by God.

Democrats can't get elected unless things get worse-and things won't get worse unless they get elected.

Solidarity was the movement that turned the direction of history I think.

[The American position at the UN is] essentially impotent without influence heavily outvoted and isolated.

There is no pure free-market economy.

A government is not legitimate merely because it exists.

There is an absolutely fundamental hostility on the part of totalitarian regimes toward religion.

Just as the Russians and the Soviets didn't manage to wipe out languages in Lithuania neither have they managed to wipe out religion to the extent that we had feared.

History is a better guide than good intentions.

Power ... is not an end in itself but is an instrument that must be used toward an end.

Words can destroy. What we call each other ultimately becomes what we think of each other and it matters.

Mr. President we've taken off our "Kick Me" sign.