Jeane Kirkpatrick

(Jeane Duane Kirkpatrick)

Jeane Kirkpatrick
Jeane Kirkpatrick
  • Born: November 19, 1926
  • Died: December 7, 2006
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Diplomat









Quote Topics Cited
[In a political debate:] I'm afraid those are facts that are not facts. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
[Referring to Nicaragua's Sandanistas:] A government is not legitimate merely because it exists. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
[Referring to the Democrats:] They can't get elected unless things get worse, and things won't get worse unless they get elected. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Almost nobody is thought of as presidential caliber until he gets himself elected. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
American foreign policy must be fashioned by the United States, not the United Nations. United Nations ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Because the miseries of traditional life are familiar, they are bearable to ordinary people who, growing up in the society, learn to cope Miscellaneous
Democracies do not commit aggression. Democracies & Republics
Government is just people acting on behalf of others rather than acting on behalf of themselves. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I don't even agree with myself at times. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
No idea holds greater sway in the minds of educated Americans that the belief that it is possible to democratize governments anytime and anywhere under any circumstances . Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
No one should abandon his county's interest upon entering the portals of the United Nations. United Nations
No system disappears quickly because habits live on. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Our government is a little more chaotic than most other governments in the world. Management & Managing Government
Sophisticated modern weapons have not eliminated the uncertainty that puts war and warlike activities "in the province of chance" and makes war an extremely dangerous activity with results that are unpredictable and depend as much on "moral force" as on numbers and technology. War & Peace
The French are people who think otherwise. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The speed with which armies collapse, bureaucracies abdicate, and social structures dissolve once the autocrat is removed frequently surprises American Policy makers. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Traditional autocrats leave in place existing allocations of wealth, power, status, and other re-sources which in most traditional societies favor an affluent few and maintain masses in poverty. But they worship traditional gods and observe traditional taboos. They do not disturb the habitual rhythms of work and leisure, habitual places of residence, habitual patterns of family and personal relations. Management & Managing Government ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
When did the American people decide that U. S. foreign policy should be conducted through the United Nations. United Nations ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
When Marxist dictators shoot their way into power in Central America, the San Francisco Democrats don't blame the guerillas and their Soviet allies, they blame United States policies of 100 years ago, but then they always blame America first. Political Parties & Machines ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
You don't give a carrot to a killer rabbit. Negotiating & Negotiations
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. War & Peace
A government is not legitimate merely because it exists. Government
And I have no doubt that the American people generally believe the world is safer, and that we are safer, when we are stronger.
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.
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. Religion & God
Democracy not only requires equality but also an unshakable conviction in the value of each person, who is then equal. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Democrats can't get elected unless things get worse - and things won't get worse unless they get elected.
I always assume that democracy is the only good form of government, quite frankly, and democracy is always to be preferred. Government
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. Power
I conclude that it is a fundamental mistake to think that salvation, justice, or virtue come through merely human institutions.
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. War & Peace
I think that there is absolutely no free market in modern industrial states.
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. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
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.
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.
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. Religion & God
Look, I don't even agree with myself at times.
Solidarity was the movement that turned the direction of history, I think. History
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. Time
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. Society ;Religion & God
There is an absolutely fundamental hostility on the part of totalitarian regimes toward religion. Religion & God
There is no pure free-market economy.
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. Truth
We have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict wants something more than it wants peace. War & Peace
What takes place in the Security Council more closely resembles a mugging than either a political debate or an effort at problem-solving.