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Quotes of the day: Andrew Sullivan

Published Saturday, August 10, 2013 @ 12:16 AM EDT
Aug 10 2013

Quotes of the day: Andrew Sullivan, (b. August 10, 1963)


The dirty little secret of journalism is that it really isn't a profession, it's a craft. All you need is a telephone and a conscience and you're all set.

Although I never publicly defended promiscuity, I never publicly attacked it. I attempted to avoid the subject, in part because I felt, and often still feel, unable to live up to the ideals I really hold.

The Dixiecrats meet again in New York. Now they're called Republicans.

No American should be forced to choose between their spouse and their country.

How can you tell when a political ideology has become the equivalent of a religion?

The most successful marriages, gay or straight, even if they begin in romantic love, often become friendships. It's the ones that become the friendships that last.

Monsters remain human beings. In fact, to reduce them to a subhuman level is to exonerate them of their acts of terrorism and mass murder- just as animals are not deemed morally responsible for killing.

I believe in the pursuit of happiness. Not its attainment, nor its final definition, but its pursuit.

Even if it's deep unhappiness, it's your unhappiness.

In this nonfundamentalist understanding of faith, practice is more important than theory, love more important than law, and mystery is seen as an insight into truth rather than an obstacle.

It is the great lie of our time that all religious faith has to be fundamentalist to be valid.

Here's why I find it impossible to be a Republican: any crowd that instantly cheers the execution of 234 individuals is a crowd I want to flee, not join.

Homosexuality is like the weather. It just is.

I'm sorry but I find the protectors of child rapists preaching to women about contraception to be a moral obscenity. When all the implicated bishops and the Pope resign, ther replacements will have standing to preach.

The lack of control in new media is terrifying, especially for those who have something to hide. Everyone has something to hide.

The thing about tech geeks is that they really are creatures of the night.

For my part, I find the attempt to ban any naturally growing plant to be an attack on reality, and a denial of some of the most basic freedoms. I guess that's why today's GOP is so in favor of it.

My own view, as a struggling and doubting person of faith, is that truth matters in whatever mode we find it- but ultimate truth, because we are not ultimate beings, will always elude us.

A nation isn't simply its people today. It's also its people yesterday. It's a contract, not just between the current generations, but between all the generations who have ever made it up.

Even when Americans are nostalgic, they are nostalgic for a myth of the future.

You cannot negotiate peace with people whose power is entirely dependent on the will to wage war.

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