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Alexandra Petri

American,  Journalist
Total Quotes : 99
Picture Hide Reveals

A picture can hide as much as it reveals.

- Alexandra Petri

Celebrity Vague Could

At Harvard, where students tend to respond to real-world celebrities with the vague sense that they could do a better job themselves, the recipe for celebrity is complex.

- Alexandra Petri

Bad Happen Bad Things

Bad things happen, and you can only be so prepared.

- Alexandra Petri

Politics Impossible Ellen

Comedy and politics have a lot in common. Both are great ways to pick up chicks - just look at Governor Spitzer. Or Ellen Degeneres. Both require spending time on the road meeting strangers who often have the desire to throw things at you. Both are difficult, if not impossible, to do all alone. And both rely heavily on personality.

- Alexandra Petri

People Old Nowadays

As long as cantankerous old people have existed, they have complained that kids nowadays don't seem to know anything.

- Alexandra Petri

Proud Perfect Means

Bills ought to be passed with deliberation by committees. Change should be achieved in a bipartisan manner. Incrementally, day by day, we should reach a consensus - not perfect, by any means - but something that we can be proud of, nonetheless.

- Alexandra Petri

Purpose Nothing Least

Worst case scenario, nothing I do has any value or purpose, but if I can make someone laugh, I'm at least as useful as a piece of quiche would be.

- Alexandra Petri

Deep About Stories

How many stories do you know about people cooped up in places because of deep snowfall? How many stories where something good happens to those people?

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Voice Thoughts Tolerant

Harvard is a wondrously tolerant climate for debate and exchange among a wide variety of thoughts, backgrounds, and beliefs, but the voice of religion on campus is largely inaudible.

- Alexandra Petri

Awkward Being State

Awkward is a state of being.

- Alexandra Petri

Conservative Geographical

Harvard prides itself on its diversity - economic, racial, social, geographical - but it remains intellectually segregated. It's not what conservative commentators seem to imagine - a bastion of liberal professors force-feeding radical opinions to a naive student body.

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Lose Disagree Defend

By isolating ourselves from those with whose opinions we disagree, we lose the ability to defend our beliefs.

- Alexandra Petri

Name Hi

Hi, my name is Alexandra, and I'm a netaholic.

- Alexandra Petri

Students Larger Attend

Everyone praises Harvard 'for the students.' But what makes Harvard's students so great is that they are, in many ways, a cross-section of the larger world. They are normal people who happen to be excellent, and this sets them apart. People who go to Yale go because they want to attend Yale. People who go to Harvard go because they can.

- Alexandra Petri

Financial Crisis Take

Forced to confront a reptile or an international financial crisis, I'll take the reptile every time.

- Alexandra Petri

Distance Through Been

Ferguson shows the power of social media. This could have not been a story. Or it could have just been a local story. Or it could have been something that we saw only from a distance, through the usual filters. Instead, it gathered steam.

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Mind Wonderful Like

Books are wonderful. They are like people, except they mind less when you put them down and wander off to eat something.

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Religious Wide Range

Being a person of faith is just another of a wide range of fun activities available to those who come to Harvard. When Harvard boasts to admitted students of its more than 40 religious groups, it does so in the same vein that it boasts of its nearly dozen a cappella groups.

- Alexandra Petri

Happy Be Happy Writing

As long as I'm writing stuff and people are reading it, I'll be happy.

- Alexandra Petri

Decade Reason Bush

George W. Bush has dutifully, if not intentionally, provided Americans with laughs for nearly a decade. He has also made them cry, sometimes for the same reason.

- Alexandra Petri