91 quotes found by Graydon Carter

Graydon Carter
Arrogance, ignorance, and incompetence. Not a pretty cocktail of personality traits in the best of situations. No sirree. Not a pretty cocktail in an office-mate and not a pretty cocktail in a head of state. In fact, in a leader, it's a lethal cocktail.
best  fact  pretty  # 69012
Graydon Carter
We admire elephants in part because they demonstrate what we consider the finest human traits: empathy, self-awareness, and social intelligence. But the way we treat them puts on display the very worst of human behavior.
social  Treat  worst  # 69013
Graydon Carter
History is nothing if not an epic tale of missed opportunities.
history  Missed  Epic  # 69014
Graydon Carter
Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi looks in the mirror and sees a playboy of the old school. And men such as Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Charlie Sheen no doubt look at Berlusconi and think, 'Role model!' Women, of course, know otherwise. They see him as an aging, pathetic buffoon.
men  women  Doubt  # 69015
Graydon Carter
Most of us have learned the hard way that there are very few things you can absolutely count on in life.
life  Few  Learned  # 69016
Graydon Carter
Memory is often - perhaps usually - a distorting lens: what we think we remember isn't the way it was at all. It's what we'd like to remember.
Often  remember  memory  # 69017
Graydon Carter
Many of the architects of the Vietnam War became near pariahs as they spent the remainder of their lives in the futile quest to explain away their decisions at the time.
time  war  Lives  # 69018
Graydon Carter
Satire works best when it hews close to the line between the outlandish and the possible - and as that line continues to grow thinner, the satirist's task becomes ever more difficult.
best  difficult  Possible  # 69019
Graydon Carter
Many men think they're playboys, but they invariably land wide of the mark. Surrounding yourself with champagne, fast friends, and paid escorts is the very definition of the word 'loser.'
men  friends  Word  # 69020
Graydon Carter
People think they have to be ambitious. But at a certain age, all you want is to be around nice, decent people.
age  Nice  Certain  # 69021
Graydon Carter
It's a rare moment when we take a break from the tribulations of the daily rat race to reflect on assumptions and values that we casually accept as gospel.
Moment  Daily  Accept  # 69022
Graydon Carter
I don't do any research. It's all about gut. Editing - it's always about gut.
Research  Gut  Editing  # 69023
Graydon Carter
I have always thought you could take the measure of a man by his sports manners - that is to say, the way in which he conducts himself on the playing field, or even over a game of chess or cards.
Sports  Game  Playing  # 69024
Graydon Carter
It's estimated that across Africa 100 elephants are killed for their tusks every day. It takes nothing more than simple math to get to what that adds up to in a year, and it's a distressing figure.
simple  Year  Takes  # 69025
Graydon Carter
It could fairly be said that America, during the Bush years, has entered an Age of Denial - arguably the first stage of a nation's decline.
age  Said  america  # 69026
Graydon Carter
It's no surprise that the Bush administration's bullying swagger and blithe ignorance have caused much of the Muslim world to hold the U.S. in rock-bottom regard.
ignorance  Hold  Surprise  # 69027