Top Quotes by Murray Kempton

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.

Murray Kempton

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.

Murray Kempton

The beauty of a strong, lasting commitment is often best understood by men incapable of it.

Murray Kempton

We are a government of laws. Any laws some government hack can find to louse up a man who’s down.

Murray Kempton

A political convention is not a place where you can come away with any trace of faith in human nature.

Murray Kempton

It is function of government to invent philosophies to explain the demands of its own convenience.

Murray Kempton

A neighborhood is where, when you go out of it, you get beat up.

Murray Kempton

No great scoundrel is ever uninteresting.

Murray Kempton

The faces in New York remind me of people who played a game and lost.

Murray Kempton