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A doctrine of class war seemed to provide a solution to the problem of poverty to people who know nothing about how wealth is created.
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A government is not legitimate merely because it exists.
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A large portion of the membership of the Committee on the Present Danger and the leadership of it were in fact Democrats.
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And I have no doubt that the American people generally believe the world is safer, and that we are safer, when we are stronger.
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And I think detente had manifestly failed, and that the pursuit of it was encouraging Soviet expansion and rendering the world more dangerous, and especially rendering the Western world in greater peril.
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And in fact, the Carter Administration did change some policies: they did adopt some new policies which at least foresaw... if they did not immediately undertake, they foresaw the reinforcement of American and Western military strength.
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And one of the things that I welcomed, one initiative I welcomed very much was the Committee on the Present Danger, which was an effort simply to call to the attention of Americans the progressive deterioration of our position in the world.
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And so I think when Carter was elected, the scene was set for a continuation of the trend to greater Soviet predominance and military power.
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As a non-Catholic, I must say some practices of the church that developed in some Latin American countries are really very difficult for me to understand.
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As I watched the behavior of the nations of the U.N. (including our own), I found no reasonable ground to expect any one of those governments to transcend permanently their own national interests for those of another country.
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As long as you can change the rulers - the government - and preserve political competition, then I don't worry about losing freedom.
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Authoritarian regimes really typically don't have complete command economies.
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Because the Soviet Union was not principally interested in wealth, it was principally interested in power, I believe.
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But one of the things we've learned in the transition is that societies turn out to be very tough, like human infants, they survive more than you think they can survive.
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Command economies have in fact been imposed politically from the top, and I think it is important that democracies have survived mixed economies, even with very large state-owned sectors, such as Sweden.
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Cross cultural experience teaches us not simply that people have different beliefs, but that people seek meaning and understand themselves in some sense as members of a cosmos ruled by God.
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Democracy not only requires equality but also an unshakable conviction in the value of each person, who is then equal.
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Democratic welfare states have remained democratic welfare states and they show quite a lot of variety in how large a public sector they have.
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Democrats can't get elected unless things get worse - and things won't get worse unless they get elected.
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I always assume that democracy is the only good form of government, quite frankly, and democracy is always to be preferred.
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I believe that detente was having almost the opposite effect of what was intended. What was intended was to sort of end the contest for power and to stop Soviet expansion, especially by military means and the military build-up, the military contest.
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I believe that people everywhere develop or are given articulate moral systems and see moral meaning in life.
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I conclude that it is a fundamental mistake to think that salvation, justice, or virtue come through merely human institutions.
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I don't think that Fidel Castro knows how to run a government that must provide the necessities in a society.
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I don't think that means that we ought to send troops around the world overthrowing governments, but I do believe that we ought to make clear what our political values are and why we believe political institutions consistent with free persons are better for everyone, in the long run.
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I have no question that the only good side of government is a democratic government, and I think that's true for everybody.
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I mean, people have a sort of simplistic notion that President Carter brought human rights to the Democratic Party. It isn't so.
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I mean, you have to know a person very well to know what their motives are and what goes on in their minds before they change their policies, alter their policies somewhat.
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I respect it, but what's crucial, I think, is to maintain democratic liberties, democratic control of government.
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I think one of the principal effects of detente had been the weakening of Western power and the increase in Soviet military power.
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I think that it's always appropriate for Americans and for American foreign policy to make clear why we feel that self-government is most compatible with peace, the well-being of people, and human dignity.
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I think that there is absolutely no free market in modern industrial states.
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I think the most likely workable successor regime would, and most desirable from the American point of view, would be a more broadly based and hopefully democratic Afghan regime.
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I was a woman in a man's world. I was a Democrat in a Republican administration. I was an intellectual in a world of bureaucrats. I talked differently. This may have made me a bit like an ink blot.
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I'm a political scientist and I study these things, and I know that economic problems, with the rising unemployment and inflation and low productivity and so forth, were a factor in that election, in that defeat of President Carter.
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In the years just before... during the Carter years, the Soviets regularly violated, if you will, both the spirit and theletter of arms control agreements, I think, that they had negotiated during the period of detente.
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In this hemisphere, almost all the people have made a choice in favor of democracy - that's marvelous.
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It is wonderful that the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union seem not to consider any alternative except democracy - thus far.
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Just as the Russians and the Soviets didn't manage to wipe out languages in Lithuania, neither have they managed to wipe out religion to the extent that we had feared.
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Liberation theology in Latin America became a kind of Catholic version of the doctrine of Western guilt for Third World poverty.
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Look, I don't even agree with myself at times.
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My impression is that the alliance - there was a historic alliance in Latin and South America between the landowners, the Catholic church, and the military.
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Pakistan and India have engaged their real conflicts with each other - deeply felt conflict with one another - since before their independence with the U.K.
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So the Soviet Union was a major human rights violator. It wasn't the only human rights violator in the world, but it was a major human rights violator.
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Solidarity was the movement that turned the direction of history, I think.
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That is simply that Marxism has been tremendously fashionable in our time, so it has infected a very large number of major institutions in many countries of the world. So I suppose that we shouldn't be too surprised that it should infect the church as well.
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That was one of the really important issues on the Committee on the Present Danger, was ratification of SALT II, and we were opposed to it.
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The biggest single effect of the return from serfdom to freedom will be the free expression of societies, of people, of nationalities.
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The first people who will make a pitch to govern Afghanistan will be Afghans, and they'll be the Afghan opposition.
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The Nazi regime left ownership in private hands, but the state assumed control of the economy.
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The poverty in Latin America is very deep and very widespread and very terrible.
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The real point is that totalitarian regimes have claimed jurisdiction over the whole person, and the whole society, and they don't at all believe that we should give unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's.
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There is an absolutely fundamental hostility on the part of totalitarian regimes toward religion.
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There is no pure free-market economy.
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Truth, which is important to a scholar, has got to be concrete. And there is nothing more concrete than dealing with babies, burps and bottles, frogs and mud.
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We advocated rebuilding Western strength, and we did that with Ronald Reagan, if I may say so.
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We believe it is dangerous for the United States and the democracies to be vulnerable to the world's most powerful dictatorship.
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We don't know exactly how big a state-owned sphere can get before an economy tilts entirely and can no longer function as a market economy but becomes a true command economy.
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We have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict wants something more than it wants peace.
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We lost military superiority - and it wasn't just the United States, but it was the United States and NATO really, our principal Western allies.
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We were the first country in the world to recognize the Sandinista Government.
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Well, I think that President Carter was defeated because of the economic problems - I want to be clear: I think they played a role.
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Well, I think that the Committee on the Present Danger played a significant role, actually - not a crucial role, but I think it played some role in alerting Americans to the danger that existed because of the changed balance of military forces in the world, and I think we were quite successful.
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Well, the rise of the Solidarity movement was hugely important, because ideas are important, symbols are important, and Solidarity was the very first example or case of a popular movement developing in a society which had been dominated by the Soviet Union and by a communist government.
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What takes place in the Security Council more closely resembles a mugging than either a political debate or an effort at problem-solving.
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You know I tend to believe that a variety of... when you've got a really serious problem, it's reasonable to try several efforts to solve it, you know, different approaches to the solution of the problem.
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You know, arms agreements are only as useful as they are enforced and enforceable, and the fact is that the Soviets have a long record of violating their own arms agreements, too, which is another very important factor.
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