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By Anonym 14 Sep

David Brooks

Jeff Sessions has some problematic spots on his history, but he has been a pretty normal, respectable senator, more conservative than a lot of us, but a respectable senator for a long period of time.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Brooks

Palin is smart, politically skilled, courageous and likable. Her convention and debate performances were impressive.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Brooks

My SUV, assuming Hummer comes out with a model for those who find the current ones too cramped, will look something like the Louisiana Superdome on wheels. It'll guzzle so much gas as I walk out to my driveway there will be squads of Saudi princes gaping and applauding. It'll come, when I buy it, with little Hondas and Mazdas already embedded in the front grillwork.

By Anonym 18 Sep

David Brooks

Poorer children grow up with more stress and more disruption, and these disadvantages produce effects on the brain. Researchers often use dull tests to see who can focus attention and stay on task. Children raised in the top income quintile were two-and-a-half times more likely to score well on these tests than students raised in the bottom quintile.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Brooks

We shouldn't just allow gay marriage. We should insist on gay marriage. We should regard it as scandalous that two people could claim to love each other and not want to sanctify their love with marriage and fidelity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Brooks

I, personally, think Trump improved pretty dramatically and certainly changed pretty dramatically over the last hundred days. He's less of the populist. He's more of the corporatist. He's less incompetent. He's trying to at least turn toward people who can put a decision-making process. And he's trying to adjust to the job. And so whatever one thinks of him, he is certainly a learning creature.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Brooks

A wise soul once declared that the ultimate power of the writer is that he has the choice of whom he wants to be co-opted by.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Brooks

Creativity is not a solitary process. It happens within networks... when talented people get together, when idea systems and mentalities merge.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Brooks

The Republicans in Congress, they believe in Ronald Reagan's Republican Party, not Donald Trump Republican Party or Steve Bannon's Republican Party.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Brooks

Donald Trump is sitting on the control deck of the starship Enterprise, and he can push a lot of pretty buttons, but those buttons aren't connected to anything. And so nothing is happening.

By Anonym 18 Sep

David Brooks

People who live according to the pure code of honor are not governed by the profit motive; they are governed by the thymotic urge, the quest for recognition. They seek the sort of glory that can be won only by showing strength in confrontation with death.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Brooks

If you know that most processing is below the level of awareness, you learn the value of sleep. You're brain is working on the problem anyway.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Brooks

Economists sometimes do try to reduce behavior to law-like predictability. But people respond differently to different primes, to different contexts even from one moment to the next. We possess multiple selves that are aroused by different circumstances.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Brooks

Nonetheless, so whether it's unconstitutional or not [for judges to overruling presidents], I leave to others.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Brooks

As a director, I like trying to unlock the subtext of the scene and try to put the camera in a place that helps that.

By Anonym 17 Sep

David Brooks

Online life is so delicious because it is socializing with almost no friction.

By Anonym 19 Sep

David Brooks

We can choose the narrative we tell about our lives. We're born into cultures, nations and languages that we didn't choose. We're born with certain brain chemicals and genetic predispositions that we can't control. We're sometimes thrust into social conditions that we detest. But among all the things we don't control, we do have some control over our stories. We do have a conscious say in selecting the narrative we will use to organize perceptions.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Brooks

You have got to have two things in education reform. You have got to have some flexibility, so people can figure out what to do. But you also have to have accountable, basically what the Common Core standards were, some sort of set of national standards, so we can measure.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Brooks

I do think British and American politics rhyme. They go in cycles. They go in Thatcher-Reagan cycles, Blair-Clinton cycles.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Brooks

Labor-rich manufacturing doesn't exist anymore. Manufacturing jobs are white-collar, Silicon Valley programmers or highly-skilled technicians. They are not going to employ lots of people.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Brooks

I'm beginning to think [Ted] Cruz had a good convention, that if [Donald] Trump goes down, Cruz is pretty well positioned to be the Republican major figure in four, six or even within two years.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Brooks

The party cannot be competitive nationally unless it's competitive in California, Oregon, Washington, New England, Pennsylvania, along the coasts. And the problem for the party is, you can't get there from here. You can't start out where the current Republicans are and win back those places. To me, what you have to do is create a different Republican Party that can win in those places.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Brooks

Every time Kellyanne Conway goes on TV, there's another fight with whoever's interviewing her that particular day.

By Anonym 19 Sep

David Brooks

There are heroes and schmucks in all worlds. The most important thing is whether you are willing to engage in moral struggle against yourself.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Brooks

I think Romney's foreign policy is sensible.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Brooks

The public is not only shifting from left to right. Every single idea associated with the educated class has grown more unpopular over the past year. . . . A year ago, the Obama supporters were the passionate ones. Now the tea party brigades have all the intensity.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Brooks

It's part of Donald Trump's psychodynamics to always care about his press coverage intensely. He's more interested in that than anything else.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Brooks

Would [Betsy DeVos] be my first pick? No. Is she someone who has dedicated her life to education policy? Yes, actually, she has.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Brooks

The North Korean regime is extremely fiery, extremely insecure, sometimes hysterical. And when you're around somebody who's screaming and unstable, the last thing you want to do is add to the instability with your own unstable, hysterical rhetoric.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Brooks

I think actually in any party it's a sign of general health to have different views, and especially on the subject of trade.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Brooks

Since 2005, a majority of Americans, according to the Gallup poll, have said it was wrong and a mistake to go into Iraq.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Brooks

It is especially painful when narcissists suffer memory loss because they are losing parts of the person they love most.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Brooks

Donald Trump is this whirling dervish of chaos. He picked a fight with Mexico. Germany is not far behind. He will pick a fight with them. He will pick a fight with China, which would be truly cataclysmic.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Brooks

I generally think debates within a party should not be treated as a scandal. They should be treated as a sign of strength, to be honest.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Brooks

It’s easy to see why politicians would be drawn to the populist pose. First, it makes everything so simple. The economic crisis was caused by a complex web of factors, including global imbalances caused by the rise of China. But with the populist narrative, you can just blame Goldman Sachs.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Brooks

I've argued that Trump's biggest success in his first 100 days was to keep the Russia story at bay, toss out whatever it takes to push the story back, including those false charges that Obama had his wires tapped.

By Anonym 16 Sep

David Brooks

Ehimlite universities are strong at delivering their commercial mission. They are pretty strong in developing their cognitive mission. But when it comes to the sort of growth Deresiewicz is talking about, everyone is on their own. An admissions officer might bias her criteria slightly away from the Résumé God and toward the quirky kid. A student may privately wrestle with taking a summer camp job instead of an emotionally vacuous but résumé-padding internship. But these struggles are informal, isolated and semi-articulate.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Brooks

The rich don't exploit the poor, they just out-compete them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Brooks

I sort of feel we have to owe some respect to the process and owe some respect to the electorate and the people who voted Donald Trump, on the assumption that they have something to teach us.

By Anonym 17 Sep

David Brooks

Learning was a by-product of her search for pleasure

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Brooks

[Betsy DeVos] is quite a smart person, capable, pretty sophisticated in subtle thought. And so to me, that puts her in the realm of policy. But we're in a climate where, as today, she tries to visit a school, and she can't even do that because protesters are blocking that.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Brooks

We have an international system. We all profit from it. Trade profits from it. Peace. We can travel around the world because of it. And part of that system is certain ideas, the certain ideas you can't invade other countries for no reason. You can't commit genocide. You can't - rogue regimes can't have nuclear weapons, and you can't gas your own people.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Brooks

Much of life is about failure, whether we acknowledge it or not, and your destiny is profoundly shaped by how effectively you learn from and adapt to failure.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Brooks

The reason the Betsy DeVos case was the centerpiece case for the Democrats wasn't about her weakness as a knowledgeable person on education policy.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Brooks

The thing that should most concern us is a shift in American foreign policy. We have had a bipartisan belief in American foreign policy based on the post-World War II institutions that believed in democratic global world, which Russia and the Soviet Union was often seen as hostile to. And most Republicans and Democrats have always basically believed in this world order. Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin and maybe Marine Le Pen do not agree with this basic structure of the world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Brooks

Donald Trump's got to do some big changes, because what he was voted on. But when you think about how to do it, it would take massive expertise, which his people, believe me, do not have.

By Anonym 17 Sep

David Brooks

Many veterans feel guilty because they lived while others died. Some feel ashamed because they didn’t bring all their men home and wonder what they could have done differently to save them. When they get home they wonder if there’s something wrong with them because they find war repugnant but also thrilling. They hate it and miss it.Many of their self-judgments go to extremes. A comrade died because he stepped on an improvised explosive device and his commander feels unrelenting guilt because he didn’t go down a different street. Insurgents used women and children as shields, and soldiers and Marines feel a totalistic black stain on themselves because of an innocent child’s face, killed in the firefight. The self-condemnation can be crippling. The Moral Injury, New York Times. Feb 17, 2015

By Anonym 16 Sep

David Brooks

if you think you can organize your own salvation you are magnifying the very sin that keeps you from it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Brooks

I think the Republican budget priorities are messed up. I salute for the way they're attacking some of the entitlement programs, but they are taking huge cuts, by pretending they're just block-granting it to the states, out of Medicaid, from the least fortunate.

By Anonym 16 Sep

David Brooks

It was easier to come to maturity when there were more well-defined philosophical options.