Cars let us out of the barn and, while they were at it, destroyed the American nuclear family. As anyone who has had an American nuclear family can tell you, this was a relief to all concerned.

Adam Smith's huge failure was the fact that he did not foresee the industrial revolution.

I rarely meet a politician that I don't like personally. They are generally well endowed with charm. Therein lies the danger.

A penny will not buy a penny postcard or a penny whistle or a single piece of penny candy. It will not even, if you're managing the U.S. Mint, buy a penny.

Ending wars is very simple if you surrender.

Everybody in America who didn't come over the Bering Strait ice bridge stole his land from somebody else.

Feeling good about government is like looking on the bright side of any catastrophe. When you quit looking on the bright side, the catastrophe is still there.

Whatever it is that the government does, sensible Americans would prefer that the government does it to somebody else. This is the idea behind foreign policy.

Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

Detroit is beautiful - though you probably have to be a child of the industrial Midwest, like me, to see it.

I've never been able to get it straight about what these people who are worried about the trade deficit are worried about.

I don't understand anything about America's culture.

We Americans, who invented traffic, are always being startled by the forms into which it has evolved around the world.

Some taxpayers may object to a print journalism bailout on the grounds that it mostly benefits the liberal elite. And we can't blame taxpayers for being reluctant to subsidize the reportorial careers of J-school twerps who should have joined the Peace Corps and gone to Africa to 'speak truth to power' to Robert Mugabe.

America gives every appearance of being a nation besotted with trashiness - divorce, illegitimacy, casual Fridays.

The 1960s was an era of big thoughts. And yet, amazingly, each of these thoughts could fit on a T-shirt.

Art Nouveau got its inspiration from nature. The Bauhaus got its inspiration from engineering.

Satire doesn't effect change.

I'm a member of the 1960s generation. We didn't have any wisdom.

I have never been to a museum in Hong Kong, or a movie or a play. I've never gone club-hopping. I've never taken the tram to Victoria Peak.

Gossip is what you say about the objects of flattery when they aren't present.

Never be unfaithful to a lover, except with your wife.

We loved cars until the '70s or so. Then they became appliances. They turned into motorized cup holders. Most of it has to do with urban sprawl. What began as pleasure ends up in necessity, as so many things do.

Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.

A friend of mine at the American Enterprise Institute says there are two parties: the silly party and the stupid party. I'm too old for the silly party, so I had to join the stupid party.

Fiscal conservatism is just an easy way to express something that is a bit more difficult, which is that the size and scope of government, and really the size and scope of politics in our lives, has grown uncomfortable, unwieldy, intrusive and inefficient.

Fish is the only food that is considered spoiled once it smells like what it is.

Arguing, in the sense of attempting to convince others, has gone out of fashion with conservatives.

I spent a lot of time behind the Iron Curtain, and their cars were abysmal.

I am a student of stupidity. I am a political reporter.

You've got to understand, people are motivated by fun. And they should be.

Never fight an inanimate object.

Mistreatment of al Qaeda members and their friends and hangers-on is something I number among my moral concerns. But it's number 1,000,000,001.

A hat should be taken off when you greet a lady and left off for the rest of your life. Nothing looks more stupid than a hat.

You can learn all about the human condition from covering the crime beat in a big city - you don't need to go to Beirut for that - but a foreign correspondent begins to understand poverty from a different perspective.

Preachers at black churches are the last people left in the English-speaking world who know the schemes and tropes of classical rhetoric: parallelism, antithesis, epistrophe, synecdoche, metonymy, periphrasis, litotes - the whole bag of tricks.

I come from Toledo, Ohio, a town that has been hurt badly by the shift of the automobile business towards Japan. And yet I remember how the car workers lived in the neighborhood that I grew up in. My father was a car salesman, and I remember how we lived. I remember how modestly we lived.

Harvard is the home of American ideas.

The most futuristic aspect of the House of the Future was that it was made almost entirely of plastic.

The killjoys initiated automobile crash standards so rigorous that we can't buy a car that hasn't been dropped from the top of a phone pole with our whole family strapped inside.

The people who despise America are the editors of the 'New Statesman.' Their green-card applications must have been turned down.

Everybody in the Middle East wants to explain why they're right.

Something is worth what somebody will pay for it. Nothing else, nothing more, nothing less.

Gun violence has cost us too many political leaders, and hardly ever the worst ones.

Some people have facts; these can be proven. Some people have theories; these can be disproven. But people with opinions are mindless and have their minds made up about it.

Humans are the only animals that have children on purpose with the exception of guppies, who like to eat theirs.

Even very young children need to be informed about dying. Explain the concept of death very carefully to your child. This will make threatening him with it much more effective.

Liberals want to live downtown. All over America - in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Georgetown - there are crowds of liberals living in the gritty, ugly, dirty neighborhoods sensible people are trying to flee.

There is one thing women can never take away from men. We die sooner.