Nancy Gibbs Quotes


A typical smart phone has more computing power than Apollo 11 when it landed a man on the moon.

Today's kids aren't taking up arms against their parents; they're too busy texting them.

You must get courageous men men of strong views and let them debate and argue with each other.

Emotional life grows out of an area of the brain called the limbic system specifically the amygdala whence come delight and disgust and fear and anger.

I've always found that once you're in the door of a place and you have the chance to show how you operate and how talented you are then anything can happen.

It's no secret that the media has fragmented in recent years that audiences have been cut into slivers and that more and more people get their news from ever narrower outlets.

A good president needs a big comfort zone. He should be able to treat enemies as opportunities appear authentic in joy and grief stay cool under the hot lights.

America's presidents tend to die young. Maybe it is in the nature of the men who reach such heights or of the job once they attain it.

In many parts of the world more people have access to a mobile device than to a toilet or running water.

Decision making in a democracy depends above all on knowledge and not just the intel available to presidents and policymakers.

The battles after the wars are over can be the toughest; there's no longer the public interest that accompanies for good and for ill the start of combat.

Pain is the most private experience but its causes whether natural or man-made demand public accounting.

Once there was a boy so meek and modest he was awarded a Most Humble badge. The next day it was taken away because he wore it. Here endeth the lesson.

Accidents at power plants are bad enough. But a leak from a bioreactor could be worse since bacteria can learn new tricks when you're not looking.

People don't blame the act of driving for auto accidents.

Presidents make their hard decisions and then abide forever with their mistakes and regrets.

As a candidate Obama disdained the game of politics a self-conscious contrast to all the tireless political athletes named Clinton.

After 9/11 whatever the evidence of intelligence failures many people still saw that attack as almost unimaginable so brutal and brazen an assault.

Sesame Street's' genius lies in finding gentle ways to talk about hard things - death divorce danger - in terms that children understand and accept.

War is being waged all across the country against the invasive plant and animal species - some 50 000 of them - now spreading across the U.S.

In sub-Saharan Africa fewer than 1 in 5 girls make it to secondary school.

Whatever people thought the first time they held a portable phone the size of a shoe in their hands it was nothing like where we are now accustomed to having all knowledge at our fingertips.

High achievers we imagine were wired for greatness from birth. But then you have to wonder why over time natural talent seems to ignite in some people and dim in others.

It's the experts in adolescent development who wax most emphatic about the value of family meals for it's in the teenage years that this daily investment pays some of its biggest dividends.

Adolescence that swampy zone between safety and power is best patrolled by adults armed with sense and mercy not guns and a badge.

Americas presidents tend to die young. Maybe it is in the nature of the men who reach such heights or of the job once they attain it.

The typical white American woman in 1800 gave birth seven times; by 1900 the average was down to 3.5.

Calling Rand Paul 'the most interesting man in politics' is an invitation to an argument - but one we suspect he'd love to have.

At times it seems as if the only women effortlessly balancing their jobs kids husbands and homes are the ones on TV.

Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth were slaves by birth freedom fighters by temperament.

We are bombarded with reasons to stay inside: we're afraid of mosquitoes because of West Nile and grass because of pesticides and sun because of cancer and sunscreen because of vitamin-D deficiency.

I don't think it's necessary to shout if you have a good story. But I also don't think you should shy away from being bold in the statement that you're making.

The Catholic Church is one of the oldest largest and richest institutions on earth with a following 1.2 billion strong and change does not come naturally.

Time is valuable; people are busy.

George W. Bush though a president's son is cast as Reagan's heir even more than his father's.

All wars even the noblest bring a reckoning of means and ends.

All great rebellions are born of private acts of civil disobedience that inspire rebel bands to plot together.

There may be no less original idea than the notion that our hearts hold dominion over our heads.

Sometimes justice is at its most merciful when it's blind.

There's a smartphone gait: the slow sidewalk weave that comes from being lost in conversation rather than looking where you're going.

Sure we want to know what a president believes in... but that doesn't always mean he should tell us.

Hillary Clinton wants to leave behind No Child Left Behind.

I come from a family of teachers and I believe ideas matter; the good ones deserve reverence and the bad ones defiance.

The path of progress cuts through the four-way intersection of the moral medical religious and political - and whichever way you turn you are likely to run over someone's deeply held beliefs.

Teaching sometimes seems like not one profession but every profession. We ask them to be doctor and diplomat calf-herder map-maker wizard and watchman electricians of the mind.

Family dinner in the Norman Rockwell mode had taken hold by the 1950s: Mom cooked Dad carved son cleared daughter did the dishes.

Virtues like viruses have their seasons of contagion. When catastrophe strikes generosity spikes like a fever. Courage spreads in the face of tyranny.

If you want to humble an empire it makes sense to maim its cathedrals. They are symbols of its faith and when they crumple and burn it tells us we are not so powerful and we can't be safe.

When you are a media celebrity every word you speak is dissected as are those you choose not to speak.

Charlie Rangel was writing laws on our taxes as chair of the Ways and Means Committee while somehow neglecting to pay his own.

The challenge was that it was harder to be subtle than strident.

It's funny how things change slowly until the day we realize they've changed completely.

In design as in life smart can also mean wise kind inspiring - and cost-effective. And that has a charm all its own.

The understanding of Syria's devastating civil war has been distorted by the immense danger and difficulty of covering it.

Years later nothing makes me more grateful as a parent than my daughters' encounters with classroom wizards.

When U.S.-based editors and columnists parachute into a news storm it is often the stringers who keep us out of trouble helping us glimpse the complexity behind the headlines.

When I was coming out of college storytelling was very much something you did with pencil and paper so the technological platform versatility I think is really valuable.

If compassion and mercy are not compatible with politics " Ford said "then something is the matter with politics.

A president cant go to every memorial service.

It's always been a luxury to be able to hop a plane to Paris to Venice to the Grand Canyon.

Pour a liquid out of its container and it changes shape fills the space you give it. If you give children a lot of space it may surprise you where they'll go and the shape they'll take.

Rarely has a new player on the world stage captured so much attention so quickly - young and old faithful and cynical - as has Pope Francis.

If anything the power of the cover of 'Time' has increased as the media landscape has atomized.

You can't predict when a crisis might hit your family whether it's with an elderly parent or with your children.

Be bored and see where it takes you because the imagination's dusty wilderness is worth crossing if you want to sculpt your soul.

The crossroads of science and politics is a dodgy place.

What cultural DNA remains from those first Puritan forays onto American soil may be our love of a fresh start.

Right now doctors can test for about 2 500 medical conditions but they only can treat about 500 of those. So what do you do with the knowledge about the others?

Just because we eat together does not mean we eat right: Domino's alone delivers a million pizzas on an average day.

Making distinctions is part of learning. So is making mistakes.

It is faith that drives us to build a belief that we cannot be limited by lack of nerve or airspace.

There are many things that matter much more than an editor's gender in shaping the direction of the leadership.

It's hard to think of any tool any instrument any object in history with which so many developed so close a relationship so quickly as we have with our phones.

When National Guardsmen shot four unarmed students at Kent State virtually the entire system of higher education shuddered and stopped.

A runner's stride is not perfectly efficient.

Anyone with the right mix of parental paranoia and entrepreneurial moxie can make a fortune by selling parents the equipment we think will keep us one step ahead of our kids.

Enter politics and you enter the glass house; there are no secrets and no places to hide.

For the truly faithful no miracle is necessary. For those who doubt no miracle is sufficient.

In modern warfare journalists are among the first responders seeking out truth in the turmoil and wreckage wherever it takes them.

Power is a tool influence is a skill; one is a fist the other a fingertip.

I would like to see every newspaper and every magazine have a network of bureaus all over the world gathering news.

On a normal day we value heroism because it is uncommon. On Sept. 11 we valued heroism because it was everywhere.

The one problem with the Internet for journalists who like doing long form is that any story that's going to involve 16 screens on the web page... that's asking a lot of people.

Illusions are the truths we live by until we know better.

Kids are more nimble than wise...

As long as people have been making little people they've wanted to know how not to.

The real luxury travel of the modern age is not through space; it's through time.

My husband and I don't have sons so we never had to ask ourselves how we'd have felt about them playing football.

Democracy presumes that we're all created equal; competition proves we are not or else every race would end in a tie.

Rooting from the sidelines is the most democratic of sporting rites: no skyboxes no tickets required just an unabashed will to holler and wave.

If Heaven is willing to sing to us it is little to ask that we be ready to listen.