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Top 25 Michael Kinsley Quotes (2024 Update)

Michael Kinsley Quote: “Many ‘hard’ scientists regard the term ‘social science’ as an oxymoron. Science means hypotheses you can test, and prove or disprove. Social science is little more than observation putting on airs.”
Michael Kinsley Quote: “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 Quote: “I have a saying: the scandal isn’t what’s illegal, the scandal is what’s legal.”
Michael Kinsley Quote: “If hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays to virtue, piousness is virtue paying tribute to itself.”
Michael Kinsley Quote: “The takings clause of the Fifth Amendment is for conservatives what the equal protection clause of the 14th is for liberals.”
Michael Kinsley Quote: “The definition of a gaffe is when a politician tells the truth.”
Michael Kinsley Quote: “The solution when you don’t like someone’s speech is not to silence that person, or that corporation. It’s more and louder speech of your own.”
Michael Kinsley Quote: “Anything that keeps a politician humble is healthy for democracy.”
Michael Kinsley Quote: “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 Quote: “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 Quote: “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 Quote: “Among the social sciences, economists are the snobs. Economics, with its numbers and graphs and curves, at least has the coloration and paraphernalia of a hard science. It’s not just putting on sandals and trekking out to take notes on some tribe.”
Michael Kinsley Quote: “Conservatives and liberals alike have been waiting for this moment for a third of a century.”
Michael Kinsley Quote: “Journalistic conventions make it hard for reporters to deal with a big, complicated lie.”
Michael Kinsley Quote: “One answer is that the towns 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 Quote: “What could be more absurd than the idea that genuine anti-Christian prejudice is a major force in American politics.”
Michael Kinsley Quote: “A gaffe is a politician inadvertently telling an inconvenient truth.”
Michael Kinsley Quote: “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 Quote: “However well you do in the competition for the greatest toys, longest life, and healthiest brain, the best medical research indicates that eventually you’re going to be dead. And you’re going to stay dead for many years longer than you were alive, and all that will be left of you is people’s memories of you, which is to say, your reputation.”
Michael Kinsley Quote: “So the danger of conservative judicial activism has been averted for another year. Stay tuned.”
Michael Kinsley Quote: “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 Quote: “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 Quote: “Of course, conservatives always claim to be against judicial activism.”
Michael Kinsley Quote: “Americans don’t want leadership. They want alchemy.”
Michael Kinsley Quote: “There is a deadening conformity in the culture of cyberspace in which we don’t intend to participate.”
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