Murray Kempton

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James Murray Kempton (1917 - 1997) was a journalist who won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.


  • The faces in New York remind me of people who had played a game and lost.
  • Great care has gone into the construction of the shadow which declares itself to be Richard Nixon.
  • If you talk to gangsters long enough, you’ll find out they’re just as bad as respectable people.
  • In baseball, the true class enemy is not the boss, but the fan.
  • "Donald Trump dresses his hatred up as though it were a peacock's feathers. In any polity entitled to think itself civilized, persons with regard for their breeding would leave the room politely but definitely whenever Donald Trump entered it.” [1]
  • (On Ronald Reagan’s presidency) “For touching a people who want to forget ugly problems, no politician equals the one who has already forgotten them himself.”

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