Murray Kempton

(James Murray Kempton)

Murray Kempton
Murray Kempton
  • Born: December 16, 1917
  • Died: May 5, 1997
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Journalist









Quote Topics Cited
Given free play, the best policemen act badly more often than not, which is why they are given free play on any large scale only when their employers discern some social utility in their acting badly. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Great care has gone into the construction of the shadow which declares itself to be Richard Nixon. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I have always found Franklin Delano Roosevelt an amusing fellow, but I would not employ him, except for reasons of personal friendships, as a geek in a common carnival. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
In the end, I did not feel any cleaner than he was … I pretended once again now and then that [Senator Joseph] McCarthy was not a serious man; but I always knew that the devil in me and the larger devil in him were very consequential figures indeed Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Media, Journalism & The Press
Mr. Nixon … will, with time, be a landmark in the history of quiet, determined desperation. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
There are things a man must not do to save a nation. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
A man can look upon his life and accept it as good or evil; it is far, far harder for him to confess that it has been unimportant in the sum of things. Life
A neighborhood is where, when you go out of it, you get beat up.
A political convention is not a place where you can come away with any trace of faith in human nature. Nature ;Religion & God
It is function of government to invent philosophies to explain the demands of its own convenience. Government
No great scoundrel is ever uninteresting.
The beauty of a strong, lasting commitment is often best understood by men incapable of it.
The faces in New York remind me of people who played a game and lost.
To say that an idea is fashionable is to say, I think, that is has been adulterated to a point where it is hardly an idea at all.
We are a government of laws. Any laws some government hack can find to louse up a man who's down. Government