Color and bite permeate a language designed to rally many men, to destroy some, and to change the minds of others.
1968 Safire's Political Dictionary, introduction.
And so tonight — to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans — I ask for your support.William Safire
I'm willing to zap conservatives when they do things that are not libertarian. I was the first to really go after George W. on his treatment of prisoners.William Safire
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Cover your assthe bureaucrat's method of protecting his posterior from posterity.William Safire
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The remarkable legion of the unremarked, whose individual opinions are not colorful or different enough to make news, but whose collective opinion, when crystallized, can make history.William Safire
I was egregiously wrong.William Safire