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121 Inspiring Quotes by Molly Ivins

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Wikipedia Summary for Molly Ivins

Mary Tyler "Molly" Ivins (August 30, 1944 – January 31, 2007) was an American newspaper columnist, author, political commentator, and humorist.

Born in California and raised in Texas, Ivins attended Smith College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She began her journalism career at the Minneapolis Tribune where she became the first female police reporter at the paper. Ivins joined The Texas Observer in the early 1970s and later moved to The New York Times. She became a columnist for the Dallas Times Herald in the 1980s, and then the Fort Worth Star-Telegram after the Times Herald was sold and shuttered (1991). Her column was subsequently syndicated by Creators Syndicate and carried by hundreds of newspapers.

A biography of Ivins, Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life, was co-written in 2010 by PEN-USA winning presidential biographer Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith.

The Forbes Media Guide Five Hundred, 1994 said:

Ivins's pithy assessments of politics and life at large crackle with broad Texas humor. Combining her talent for culling information with her razor-sharp wit, she throws a powerful knockout punch. ... Whether one agrees with her or not, Ivins's pen pierces both the brain and the funny bone.


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Public campaign financing isn't perfect and can doubtlessly be improved upon as we go.

--Molly Ivins

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I'm sorry to say cancer can kill you, but it doesn't make you a better person.

--Molly Ivins

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We've had trickle down economics in the country for ten years now, and most of us aren't even damp yet.

--Molly Ivins

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Many a time freedom has been rolled back -- and always for the same sorry reason: fear.

--Molly Ivins

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Nice is a pallid virtue. Not like honesty or courage or perseverance. On the other hand, in a nation notably lacking in civility, there is much to be said for nice.

--Molly Ivins

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Satire is a weapon, and it can be quite cruel.

--Molly Ivins

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The trouble with capitalism as a system is that only those who have or can get capital can make it work for them, and that leaves out damn near all of us.

--Molly Ivins

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If Democrats in Washington haven't got enough sense to own the issue of political reform, I give up on them entirely.

--Molly Ivins

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One of the few things I like about Bill Clinton is that he has very good manners. If his momma were still alive, I would congratulate her.

--Molly Ivins

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I only aim at the powerful.

--Molly Ivins

Longer Version:

I only aim at the powerful. When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel -- it's vulgar.


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There is no inverse relationship between freedom and security. Less of one does not lead to more of the other. People with no rights are not safe from terrorist attack.

--Molly Ivins

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I really think the single most important thing to remember about trying to fix the schools is that there is no such thing as an instant result.

--Molly Ivins

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New York is just as provincial as anyone else.

--Molly Ivins

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Humanism is not alive and well in Texas. Different colors and types of Texans do not like one another, nor do they pretend to.

--Molly Ivins



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It is the stories we don't get, the ones we miss, pass over, fail to recognize, don't pick up on, that will send us to hell.

--Molly Ivins

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I had sort of given up on conventional journalism. I found it far too restrictive.

--Molly Ivins


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If you really wanted to settle down the Middle East, if what you wanted was change in the Middle East, it is perfectly obvious that the first step is resolving the Israeli Palestinian conflict.

--Molly Ivins


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What we call politics now and what most political writers write about is the empathy and the bonding and the word choice and the horse rights, and it has nothing to do with what's really happening to people's lives.

--Molly Ivins


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Some days, I'd feel better with Punxsutawney Phil in the Oval Office -- at least he doesn't lie about the weather.

--Molly Ivins

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In Texas, we do not hold high expectations for the governor's office; it's mostly been occupied by crooks, dorks and the comatose.

--Molly Ivins

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The greatest moral leader of my lifetime was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose private life does not bear close examination.

--Molly Ivins

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The uproar of the late '60s -- the antiwar movement, black riots, angry women. It was a wonderful time.

--Molly Ivins

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The extent to which not just state legislatures but the Congress of the United States are now run by large corporate special interests is beyond mere recognition as fact. The takeover is complete.

--Molly Ivins

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I've always found it easier to be funny than to be serious.

--Molly Ivins

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There's been a lot of experience with torture in history. It doesn't work.

--Molly Ivins

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So keep fighting for freedom and justice, beloveds.

--Molly Ivins

Longer Version:

So keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce.



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In all my fantasies, I always assumed I would get married and have six children along the way with the greatest of ease.

--Molly Ivins

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The most unusual thing about Clinton as a pol is that he listens. Listens and remembers. If he does dance with them that brung him, not them that gave him big money, we will have a populist on our hands.

--Molly Ivins

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All my life, I've been sort of a professional optimist, full of good cheer about matters political and journalistic. I always thought I'd get older and become an unnaturally cheerful old fart. But it's not happening.

--Molly Ivins

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Anyone who thinks humans are not capable of so fouling their own nest that the land and the waters can no longer be productive just hasn't been paying attention.

--Molly Ivins


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I think of Texas as the laboratory for bad government.

--Molly Ivins

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When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel -- it's vulgar.

--Molly Ivins

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One of the more urp-making habits of media mavens is presuming to speak for the American people, as in 'The American people won't stand for this!'

--Molly Ivins

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One of the things I said was that I had been in great hopes that I would become a better person as a result of confronting my own mortality, but it actually never happened. I didn't become a better person.

--Molly Ivins


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Sit up, join up, get on line, get in touch, find out who's raising hell and join them. No use waiting on a bunch of wussy politicians.

--Molly Ivins

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Freedom fighters don't always win, but they're always right.

--Molly Ivins

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As for George Bush of Kennebunkport, Maine- personally I think he's further evidence that the Great Scriptwriter in the Sky has an overdeveloped sense of irony.

--Molly Ivins

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Michael Jackson was a poor black boy who grew up to be a rich white woman.

--Molly Ivins

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I've always had trouble with male authority figures because my father was such a martinet.

--Molly Ivins

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I left the 'Trib' in 1970 with the feeling that I would never have a career in establishment media of any kind.

--Molly Ivins

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Think of something to make the ridiculous look ridiculous.

--Molly Ivins

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The myth of the inevitability of economic globalization is based largely on the work of Milton Friedman, and easily the most underreported story of our time is that the current economy proves Friedman flatly wrong.

--Molly Ivins


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What you need is sustained outrage...there's far too much unthinking respect given to authority.

--Molly Ivins

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It's hard to argue against cynics -- they always sound smarter than optimists because they have so much evidence on their side.

--Molly Ivins

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It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America.

--Molly Ivins






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Anyone who has ever spent time listening to a legislature knows the astonishing speed at which all presiding officers and reading clerks can spit out the formulaic incantations of parliamentary procedure.

--Molly Ivins


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I prefer someone who burns the flag and then wraps themselves up in the Constitution over someone who burns the Constitution and then wraps themselves up in the flag.

--Molly Ivins


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It's one thing to recognize that the gap between the rich and everybody else is growing like a cancer; it's another thing to come up with useful solutions.

--Molly Ivins

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When Michael Jackson, a poor black boy who grew up to be a rich, white woman, married Elvis Presley's daughter the Scientologist. Makes you proud to be an American, dudn't it?

--Molly Ivins

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I spend most of my life feeling like I've been shot out of a cannon.

--Molly Ivins



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Rank imperialism and warmongering are not American traditions or values. We do not need to dominate the world.

--Molly Ivins


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I have always been a left-winger and an outsider. I loved being that. I was perfectly cheerful with that role. Then suddenly, you're one of the talking heads on 'Nightline,' and you think you must have sold out.

--Molly Ivins



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I wouldn't say that dittoheads, as a group, lack the ability to reason. It's just that whenever I run across one, he seems to be at a low ebb in reasoning skills.

--Molly Ivins






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Texas is not a civilized place. Texans shoot one another a lot. They also knife, razor, and stomp one another to death with some frequency. And they fight in bars all the time.

--Molly Ivins

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A teenage foot that never tapped to 'Heartbreak Hotel' in the '50s probably belonged to a hopeless grind.

--Molly Ivins


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The only reason to have a positive mental attitude is that it makes life better. It doesn't cure cancer.

--Molly Ivins

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Sometimes I think Texas exists as a reality check for those who might wander too far toward the precious.

--Molly Ivins

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How the American right managed to convince itself that the programs to alleviate poverty are responsible for the consequences of poverty will someday be studied as a notorious mass illusion.

--Molly Ivins

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It's a monstrous idea to put people in prison and keep them there.

--Molly Ivins

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The Federal Reserve system obviously doesn't work anymore -- they keep lowering the federal discount rate, and all that happens is that the banks are making a fortune, and the old folks' CDs are getting chewed up.

--Molly Ivins

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He was so narrow minded he could see through a keyhole with both eyes.

--Molly Ivins

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I know: "Guns Don't Kill People." But I suspect that they have something to do with it. If you point your finger at someone and say, "Bang, bang, you're dead," not much actually happens.

--Molly Ivins

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Don't get me started about the media double standard.

--Molly Ivins

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Conservatives have been mad at the Supreme Court since it decided to desegregate the schools in 1954 and seen fit to blame the federal bench for everything that has happened since then that they don't like.

--Molly Ivins

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Old-fashioned anti-immigrant prejudice always brings out some old-fashioned racists.

--Molly Ivins

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Even for southerners, Arkansans are amazingly friendly and extend hospitality to all strangers with astonishing openness. You couldn't find a pretension in that state if you hunted from Jonesboro to El Dorado.

--Molly Ivins


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I'd worked for the 'Dallas Times Herald' for ten years, and its death was a kick in the gut the like of which I cannot recall ever having experienced.

--Molly Ivins

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I don't have any children, so I've decided to claim all the future freedom-fighters and hell-raisers as my kin.

--Molly Ivins

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Keep fighting for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce.

--Molly Ivins

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Am I the only person covering politics who ever noticed that Newt Gingrich is actually a nincompoop?

--Molly Ivins

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I believe that ignorance is the root of all evil. And that no one knows the truth.

--Molly Ivins


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Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful.

--Molly Ivins

Longer Version:

Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful. I only aim at the powerful. When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel -- it's vulgar.




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Conservatives are fond of pointing out there are problems in this world can't be solved by throwing money at them. There are even more that can't be solved by dropping bombs on them.

--Molly Ivins

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To mistake Midland for the volk heartland is the West Texas equivalent of assuming that Greenwich, Connecticut, is Levittown.

--Molly Ivins


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Those who think of freedom in this country as one long, broad path leading ever onward and upward are dead damned wrong.

--Molly Ivins

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Jimmy Carter was unquestionably the most moral president of my lifetime, but he wasn't much of a president.

--Molly Ivins


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Those who imagine polygamy to be handy cover for promiscuity are apparently off the mark. If polygamists share one quality, it is that, polygamy aside, they are extraordinarily strait-laced.

--Molly Ivins

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No one has ever accused Texas of being in the vanguard of social progress. This is the most macho state in the U.S. of A. By lore, legend, and fact, Texas is 'hell' on women and horses.

--Molly Ivins

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Democracy requires a certain relish for confusion.

--Molly Ivins

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The danger of the blogosphere is reading only those you agree with. While there are right-wing blogs that are entertaining freak shows, it's hard to find substantial journalism there.

--Molly Ivins



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Having breast cancer is massive amounts of no fun. First they mutilate you; then they poison you; then they burn you. I have been on blind dates better than that.

--Molly Ivins

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There are times a country is so tired of bull that only the truth can provide relief.

--Molly Ivins

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I believe in practicing prudence at least once every two or three years.

--Molly Ivins

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Sometimes misunderstandings between bloggers and the MSM are the result of simple ignorance.

--Molly Ivins


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