George Will Quotes

[O]rganized violence punctuated by committee meetings.
Author: George Will
The Framers of the First Amendment were not concerned with preventing government from abridging their freedom to speak about crops and cockfighting, or with protecting the expressive activity of topless dancers, which of late has found some shelter under the First Amendment. Rather, the Framers cherished unabridged freedom of political communication.
Author: George Will
There is an aura of changelessness to sport. There is the flux of competition, but it occurs within the ordering confinement of clear rules.
Author: George Will
Correct thinkers think that 'baseball trivia' is an oxymoron: nothing about baseball is trivial.
Author: George Will
[President George W.] Bush - never mind his well-crafted set speeches; listen to him as he leans on a lectern, chatting to an audience of carpenters - is completely comfortable being himself, a skill still eluding Gore in his 55th year.
Author: George Will
Baseball, like Pericles' Athens (or any other good society), is simultaneously democratic and aristrocratic. Anyone can enjoy it, but the more you apply yourself, the more you enjoy it.
Author: George Will
Baseball is Heaven's gift to mortals.
Author: George Will
Big government inevitably drives an upward distribution of wealth to those whose wealth, confidence and sophistication enable them to manipulate government.
Author: George Will
Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time tells the story of a cosmologist whose speech is interrupted by a little old lady who informs him that the universe rests on the back of a turtle. Ah, yes, madame, the scientist replies, but what does the turtle rest on? The old lady shoots back: You can't trick me, young man. It's nothing but turtles, turtles, turtles, all the way down.
Author: George Will
Jay Carney, whose unenviable job is not to explain but to explain away what his employers say, calls the IRS's behavior
Author: George Will
Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.
Author: George Will
Capital punishment, like the rest of the criminal justice system, is a government program, so skepticism is in order.
Author: George Will
Political nature abhors a vacuum, which is what often exists for a year or two in a party after it loses a presidential election.
Author: George Will
The 1935 Social Security Act established 65 as the age of eligibility for payouts. But welfare state politics quickly becomes a bidding war, enriching the menu of benefits, so in 1956 Congress entitled women to collect benefits at 62, extending the entitlement to men in 1961.
Author: George Will
The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement.
Author: George Will
Only in football is long-term injury the result not of accidents but of the game played properly.
Author: George Will
(Pete) Rose's coming clean is the most soiled conversion of convenience since ... well, Aug. 17, 1998, when DNA evidence caused Bill Clinton to undergo a memory clarification. On the diamond, no one ever wrung more success from less natural talent than Rose did. But his second autobiography - which refutes the first - makes worse the mess he has made.
Author: George Will
Mitch McConnell, 72, is second only to Henry Clay as the state'  s most consequential public servant. McConnell's skills have been honed through five terms. He is, however - let us say the worst - not cuddly. National Review has said he has 'an owlish, tight-lipped public demeanor reminiscent of George Will.' Harsh. But true.
Author: George Will