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Michael Kinsley Quotes and Sayings

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The "takings" clause of the Fifth Amendment is for
conservatives what the equal protection clause of the 14th is for liberals.
- Michael Kinsley

In those days, the late 1970s, one of the leading politicians
was a soon-to-be uncle by marriage of Arnold Schwarzenegger,
named Ted Kennedy.
- Michael Kinsley

Conservatives and liberals alike have been waiting
for this moment for a third of a century.
- Michael Kinsley

Of course, conservatives always claim to be against judicial activism.
- Michael Kinsley

 

So the danger of conservative judicial activism has
been averted for another year.
Stay tuned.
- Michael Kinsley

He's nice enough not to want to be associated with
a nasty remark but not nice enough not to make it.
Lacking the courage of one's nastiness does not make one nice.
- Michael Kinsley

A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth.
- Michael Kinsley

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If sexual intercourse, as the poets tell us,
began in 1963, it was another decade and a half before
the American political system began to take notice.
- Michael Kinsley

One answer is that the town's elected officials thought
that the project served a public purpose and that the
various subsidies and favors were worth the price.
But they may or may not have thought this.
- Michael Kinsley

The logic is often far-fetched - how does medical marijuana
affect interstate commerce? -
and some conservatives would like judges to start throwing
out federal laws wholesale on commerce clause grounds.
The court once again said no thanks.
- Michael Kinsley

In 1977, at least, he wished to have people believe
that he shared and was proud of an attitude toward
women that is not acceptable in a politician.
In 2003, all he has said is that he doesn't remember the interview.
- Michael Kinsley

They can't take your house and give it to the mayor's mistress,
even if they pay you for it.
But they can, apparently, take your house and tear
it down to make room for a development of trendy shops and restaurants,
a hotel and so on.
- Michael Kinsley

He hasn't said whether he remembers the episode itself -
or,
if he doesn't, whether that is because it never happened
or because it happened too often to keep track.
More important, he hasn't said what he thinks about
it all from the perspective of 2003.
- Michael Kinsley

The case decided on Thursday, though,
seemed promising to takings fans because it wasn't about compensation.
It was about the requirement that any government taking
must have a "public purpose."
- Michael Kinsley

In recurring episodes over the next couple of decades,
the minority view gradually won.
A profusion of factors differentiates each case from the others,
including naked partisanship on both sides,
but the trend has been clear.
- Michael Kinsley

Almost any government activity can also be seen as
taking property "without just compensation."
The basic model of an unconstitutional "taking" would
be if the government threw you out of your house.
- Michael Kinsley

It wouldn't be fair to say that conservatives cherish
property the way liberals cherish equality.
But it would be fair to say that the takings clause
is the conservatives' recipe for judicial activism
just as they say liberals have misused the equal protection clause.
- Michael Kinsley

A Supreme Court decision that concessions of this sort
were unconstitutional would have taken them off the
table and actually increased the effective sovereignty of elected officials.
- Michael Kinsley

In any event, the proper question isn't what a journalist
thinks is relevant but what his or her audience thinks is relevant.
Denying people information they would find useful because
you think they shouldn't find it useful is censorship,
not journalism.
- Michael Kinsley

In their rules there was only one clause:
Do what you will.
- Francois Rabelais

I watched myself put my paw in the bear trap on that
one because there was this clause about leaving members.
- Elliott Smith

The Establishment Clause prohibits government from
making adherence to a religion relevant in any way
to a person's standing in the political community.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

In addition the bill would expand an existing law "conscience
clause" that protects physician training programs that
refuse to provide training for abortion procedures.
- Ken Calvert

I don't have a no-trade clause.
I figure someone is going to pick me up.
- Bobby Bonilla

There is no proportional representation requirement
in the Equal Protection Clause.
- Cass Sunstein

If Moses had gone to Harvard Law School and spent three
years working on the Hill,
he would have written the Ten Commandments with three
exceptions and a saving clause.
- Charles Morgan

When Tim Allen made The Santa Clause,
I thought that was a delightful film.
It took a modern sensibility but layered onto it a kind of sentiment.
- Leonard Maltin

Use of a mentally ill person's involuntary confession
is antithetical to the notion of fundamental fairness
embodied in the due process clause.
- William J. Brennan, Jr.

Believe in love.
Believe in magic.
Hell, believe in Santa Clause.
Believe in others.
Believe in yourself.
Believe in your dreams.
If you don't, who will?
- Jon Bon Jovi

And that's how I start myself.
I usually go back a couple of pages,
maybe to the beginning of the chapter,
and I start reading.
And as I'm reading, I'm tweaking - putting in a different word,
changing the syntax, putting that clause over there,
you know that sort of thing.
- Jean M. Auel

Last year, the Assembly of the League,
as a result of the initiative taken by the Scandinavian nations,
further limited and clarified all the provisions of
the clause prescribing the duty of states to participate in sanctions.
- Hjalmar Branting

I had been warned not to get on a motorcycle,
sort of.
I think there is a clause in most general basic contracts
to keep yourself in one piece and not alter your looks
without telling them first.
- Charisma Carpenter

The most emphatic place in a clause or sentence is the end.
This is the climax; and, during the momentary pause that follows,
that last word continues, as it were,
to reverberate in the reader's mind.
It has, in fact, the last word.
- F. L. Lucas

The law is constantly based on notions of morality,
and if all laws representing essentially moral choices
are to be invalidated under the due process clause,
the courts will be very busy indeed.
- Byron White

The principle inherent in the clause that prohibits
pointless infliction of excessive punishment when less
severe punishment can adequately achieve the same purposes
invalidates the punishment.
- William J. Brennan

The future belongs to those
who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

Let parents bequeath to their children
not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
- Plato

For some of us, the world appears to provide
only a fixed quantity of each resource -
a limited amount of food, of money,
of love, of success, of appreciation.
For others, life is unlimited.
Their world expands with the generosity, compassion,
inventiveness, and service that they contribute.
In this world-view, money that is spent
or given away returns multiplied.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

People are like stained glass windows,
they sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when darkness sets in their true beauty
is revealed only if there is a light from within.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

The essence of all religions is one.
Only their approaches are different.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments.
- Henry Ward Beecher

I have a dream that my four little children will one day
live in a nation where they will
not be judged by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The final forming of a person's character
lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

People in their handlings of affairs
often fail when they are about to succeed.
If one remains as careful at the end
as he was at the beginning,
there will be no failure.
- Lao Tzu

The envious person grows lean
with the fatness of their neighbor.
- Socrates

Men are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Never tell people how to do things.
Tell them what to do and they will
surprise you with their ingenuity.
- George S. Patton

I must dedicate my life to teaching my people,
for only education would make their lot less bitter,
their latent power more strong.
- Jimmy Yen

Many men go fishing all of their lives
without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
- Henry David Thoreau

Ordinary people seem not to realize
that those who really apply themselves
in the right way to philosophy
are directly and of their own accord
preparing themselves for dying and death.
- Socrates

Skillful pilots gain their reputation
from storms and tempest.
- Epicurus

Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative,
to which all beings owe their beginning
and which permeates all heaven.
- Lao Tzu

We get to CHOOSE the meaning for our lives.
Our lives mean exactly what we say they do - no more, no less.
Each of us chooses their path in life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No, they don't appreciate you - and it's not their job.
It's your own job to appreciate yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

'Tis the business of little minds to shrink,
but they whose heart is firm,
and whose conscience approves their conduct,
will pursue their principles unto death.
- Thomas Paine

We work with the people not out of pity
but out of respect for their potential for growth and development,
both as individuals and as communities.
- Jimmy Yen

Your informed, "no," to a particular service
allows another to offer their
gifted and unreserved, "yes."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The majority of men meet with failure
because of their lack of persistence
in creating new plans to take
the place of those which fail.
- Napoleon Hill

A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting
on his past actions and their motives -
of approving of some and disapproving of others.
- Charles Darwin

Women must try to do things as men have tried.
When they fail their failure must be
but a challenge to others.
- Amelia Earhart

Small is the number of people who
see with their eyes
and think with their minds.
- Albert Einstein

Progress is impossible without change,
and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
- George Bernard Shaw

People are just as happy
as they make up their minds to be.
- Abraham Lincoln

The most common way people give up their power
is by thinking they don't have any.
- Alice Walker

Envy comes from people's ignorance of,
or lack of belief in, their own gifts.
- Jean Vanier

Today, when the winds of adversity blow strong,
redirect their force into the
service of your highest intention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.
- Mother Teresa


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