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Michael Kinsley Quotes

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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

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

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

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


 

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

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


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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping
of females begins when the doctor says:
It's a girl.
- Shirley Chisholm

Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young,
the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old.
- John Ciardi

I see no room in holy Scripture for any sexual activity outside of matrimony.
- George Carey

The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer.
- Marcus Aurelius

Many of my poems are not sexual.
- Thom Gunn

Political pornography is not unlike the sexual kind:
difficult to define,
but you know it when you see it.
- Pat Sajak

I don't want to sound pompous, but I really think your
gender doesn't necessarily dominate your sexual activity.
- John Lone

Thus the genetic basis to the origin of bird species
is to be sought in the inheritance of adult traits
that are subject to natural and sexual selection.
- Peter R. Grant

Black America knows better than anyone else the high
price children pay for the sexual agendas of adults.
- Maggie Gallagher

Sex in a woman's world has the same currency a penny has in a man's.
Every penny saved is a penny earned in one world and
in the next every sexual adventure is a literary experience.
- Harry Golden

I would certainly never suggest that any lesbian should
be ashamed of her sexual preference.
- Evan Hunter

The impulse to cruelty is, in many people,
almost as violent as the impulse to sexual love -
almost as violent and much more mischievous.
- Aldous Huxley

Sexual liberation, as a slogan, turns out to be another kind of bondage.
For a woman it offers orgasm as her ultimate and major fulfillment;
it's better than motherhood.
- Victoria Billings

Part of the lesbian consciousness is an absolute recognition
of the erotic within our lives and,
taking that a step further, dealing with the erotic
not only in sexual terms.
- Audre Lorde

Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest.
- Anatole France

Chastity does not mean abstention from sexual wrong;
it means something flaming,
like Joan of Arc.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

That was the problem with the 'celibate' word because
they don't consider for a moment that you'd rather not be,
but you just are.
I was never a sexual person.
- Steven Morrissey

There are a number of mechanical devices which increase sexual arousal,
particularly in women.
Chief among these is the Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible.
- P. J. O'Rourke

Groupies to me, were people who followed you around.
Familiar faces who were always there,
asking for autographs.
We have more of those now, but they're not sexual.
- Davy Jones

When I do documentaries, my best information ends up
on the cutting-room floor.
People have trouble dealing with sexual honesty.
- Betty Dodson

Part of me is a sexual exhibitionist.
- Kylie Minogue

I'm a sexual person, and that's reflected in my clothes and my advertisements.
- Calvin Klein

You know how the church has been hit so hard by the
sexual misconduct by clergy,
and what's that's done to Catholics,
especially here in Boston but elsewhere as well.
- William P. Leahy

They had absolutely no sexual interest in me.
- Betty Hill

I was reading the poems of Rochester.
Rochester made himself out to be bisexual,
but I think that was only to shock.
Most of his poetry is sexual, even pornographic.
- Thom Gunn

The sexual abuse and exploitation of children is one
of the most vicious crimes conceivable,
a violation of mankind's most basic duty to protect the innocent.
- James T. Walsh

I think that every sexual position is fundamentally comic.
- Judith Butler

I see the effects of sexual and gender liberation all around me,
just like you do, but I don't have a sense of being in the majority.
- Susie Bright

My exile was not only a physical one,
motivated exclusively by political reasons;
it was also a moral,
social, ideological and sexual exile.
- Juan Goytisolo

Of woman as a real human being, with sexual needs and sexual responsibilities,
morality has often known nothing.
- Havelock Ellis

People here in Los Angeles are disgusted now about
a sex scandal involving Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Apparently for seven years, he carried on a sexual
relationship with his own wife.
- Craig Kilborn

My reasons for declaring a sexual preference had to
do less with the pursuit of personal freedom than with
the lust for pure shock value.
- Lance Loud

I wanted to show a normal young girl whose only difference
was that she behaved in the way a boy might,
without any sense of guilt on a moral or sexual level.
- Roger Vadim

Another side to me is this very sexual being.
When I look back on my life, it's always been there.
It's been there since I was 10 years old,
having the imagination that I had.
- Janet Jackson

I think that you have to do everything you can do to
empower girls when they are young,
from their education, to their successful independence,
to their sexual self-knowledge.
- Susie Bright

Mr. DeMille's theory of sexual difference was that
marriage is an artificial state for women.
The want to be taken, ruled, raped.
That was his theory.
- Hedy Lamarr

Men reach their sexual peak at eighteen.
Women reach theirs at thirty-five.
Do you get the feeling that God is playing a practical joke?
- Rita Rudner

I claim that rape exists any time sexual intercourse
occurs when it has not been initiated by the woman,
out of her own genuine affection and desire.
- Robin Morgan

Thirty years ago, in 1976, the notion of organized
activity to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation
and gender identity was an extremely controversial one.
- Robert Brady

The first and only principle of sexual ethics:
the accuser is always in the wrong.
- Theodor Adorno

Women who love women are Lesbians.
Men, because they can only think of women in sexual terms,
define Lesbian as sex between women.
- Rita Mae Brown

Astaire was not a sexual animal, but he made his partners
look so extraordinarily related to him.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

Sexual underwear is tacky.
- Izabella Scorupco

Gossip, even when it avoids the sexual,
bears around it a faint flavor of the erotic.
- Patricia Meyer Spacks

The antagonisms between men and women express themselves
in the most delicate phase of their life together -
in their sexual relationship.
- C. L. R. James

The things in my songs are the edited highlights of my life.
I don't go seeking out strange sexual experiences every day of the week.
- Jarvis Cocker

I'm more offended when someone's killed on television
than when there's something that's sensuous or sexual.
So what?
- Calvin Klein

When I was I younger I didn't want to be gay.
Not because I was scared of the sexual thing;
I didn't want to be a clone.
Now this was in the late '70s.
- Neil Tennant

A commitment to sexual equality with males is a commitment
to becoming the rich instead of the poor,
the rapist instead of the raped, the murderer instead of the murdered.
- Andrea Dworkin

Of all the sexual aberrations, perhaps the most peculiar is chastity.
- Remy de Gourmont

It's the same thing that drives people to want to experience
sexual pleasure or have one too many drinks.
We all want to experience the other,
and to get out of our daily existence.
- Adam Arkin

Sexual harassment law is very important.
But I think it would be a mistake if the sexual harassment
law movement is the only way in which feminism is known in the media.
- Judith Butler


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