A friendship between reporter and source lasts only until it is profitable for one to betray the other.
Americans want to be protected, but not at the cost of vitiating the values that make us Americans.
As blue chips turn into penny stocks, Wall Street seems less like a symbol of America's macho capitalism and more like that famous Jane Austen character Mrs. Bennet, a flibbertigibbet always anxious about getting richer and her 'poor nerves.'
Celebrity distorts democracy by giving the rich, beautiful, and famous more authority than they deserve.
Celebrity is the religion of our time.
Don't write anything down, but save everything that anyone else writes down.
Even when conservatives have all the marbles, they still act as if they're under siege. Now that they are under siege, it is no time for them to act as if they're losing their marbles.
Everybody's talking at once in a hypnotic, hyper din: the cocktail party from hell.
Fashion here echoes politics; skirts and hairstyles usually end up at compromise lengths designed not to offend anyone or make a statement of any kind. Like Presidents, skirts try to please all of the people all of the time- and often end up pleasing none.
Good and evil are not like the Redskins and the Cowboys.
I don't understand men. I don't even understand what I don't understand about men.
If wit is the most sophisticated form of humor, pranks are the most juvenile.
If you're famous enough, the rules don't apply.
Instead of broadening the choices of how to look good, we have only broadened the ways we try to look alike. Women are headed toward one face, one body and one expression.
It is men's worst fear, personally and professionally, that women will pin the sin on them.
It's more of a man's world today than ever. Men can eat their cake in unlimited bakeries.
Journalism, spooked by rumors of its own obsolescence, has stopped believing in itself. Groans of doom alternate with panicked happy talk.
Just because digital technology makes connecting possible doesn't mean you're actually reaching people.
Military guys are rarely as smart as they think they are, and they've never gotten over the fact that civilians run the military.
Never ask a guy who's in a bubble if he's in a bubble. He can't answer. 'Cause he's in a bubble.
Never confuse networking with affection.
Never write anything down, and never throw away anything that other people have written down.
Perpetual optimism is annoying. It is a sign that you are not paying attention.
Shoot to kill. There's no such thing as wounding. And never interfere with your enemy when he's in the process of damaging himself.
The idea of American exceptionalism doesn't extend to Americans being exceptional.
The insane have achieved political respectability while the sane act too good for it all. The irrational celebrate while the rational act bored and above-it-all.
The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.
The Republicans, with their crazed Reagan fixation, are a last-gasp party, living posthumously, fighting battles on sex, race, immigration and public education long ago won by the other side. They're trying to roll back the clock, but time is passing them by.
The sounds of silence are a dim recollection now, like mystery, privacy and paying attention to one thing- or one person- at a time.
Washington is a place where people have always been suspect of style and overt sexuality. Too much preening signals that you're not up late studying cap-and-trade agreements.
We are riveted by the soap operas of public lives. We admire the famous most for what makes them infamous: it reassures us that they are not better and no happier than all the people with their noses pressed hard against the glass.
We had the Belle Epoque. Now we have the Botox Epoque, permeated by plastic emotions from antidepressants and plastic veneers from collagen, silicone, cosmetic surgery and Botox.
We no longer have natural selection. We have unnatural selection. Survival of the fittest has been replaced by survival of the fakest.
What needs to be nurtured is the stuff that's different, that sets you apart from the pack, rather than the stuff that helps you blend in.
When you go into a fight saying you're probably going to lose, you're probably going to lose.
When you're young, and even at times when you're older, it's hard to fathom this: What needs to be nurtured is the stuff that's different, that sets you apart from the pack, rather than the stuff that helps you blend in.
Women are affected by lunar tides only once a month; men have raging hormones every day.
Women fear that men will have their way and then slither away. Men fear that women will come back and boil their bunnies.
Women have become so obsessed with not withering, they've forgotten that there are infinite ways to be beautiful.
Wooing the press is an exercise roughly akin to picnicking with a tiger. You might enjoy the meal, but the tiger always eats last.
Zingers should glow with intelligence as well as drip with contempt.
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