Peggy Noonan

Commentator, Author

1950 –

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Who is Peggy Noonan?

Margaret Ellen "Peggy" Noonan is an American author of seven books on politics, religion, and culture, and a weekly columnist for The Wall Street Journal. She was a primary speech writer and Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan and has maintained a conservative leaning in her writings since leaving the Reagan Administration.

Five of Noonan's books have been New York Times bestsellers. Noonan is a trustee of the Manhattan Institute. She has been awarded honorary doctorates from Miami University; St. John Fisher College; her alma mater, Fairleigh Dickinson University; Adelphi College; and Saint Francis College. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on America: A Tribute to Heroes. She has also been widely recognized for her regular appearances on ABC's This Week and NBC's Meet The Press.

In her political writings, Noonan frequently cites the political figures she admires, including Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, and Edmund Burke.

Famous Quotes:

  • Speeches are not magic and there is no great speech without great policy.
  • My generation, faced as it grew with a choice between religious belief and existential despair, chose marijuana. Now we are in our Cabernet stage.
  • Great speeches have always had great soundbites. The problem now is that the young technicians who put together speeches are paying attention only to the soundbite, not to the text as a whole, not realizing that all great soundbites happen by accident, which is to say, all great soundbites are yielded up inevitably, as part of the natural expression of the text. They are part of the tapestry, they aren't a little flower somebody sewed on.
  • Now he is a statesman, when what he really wants is to be what most reporters are, adult delinquents.
  • Part of courage is simple consistency.
  • Remember the waterfront shack with the sign FRESH FISH SOLD HERE. Of course it's fresh, we're on the ocean. Of course it's for sale, we're not giving it away. Of course it's here, otherwise the sign would be someplace else. The final sign: FISH.
  • You don't have to be old in America to say of a world you lived in: That world is gone.
  • Sincerity and competence is a strong combination. In politics, it is everything.
  • Beware the politically obsessed. They are often bright and interesting, but they have something missing in their natures; there is a hole, an empty place, and they use politics to fill it up. It leaves them somehow misshapen.
  • Read good, big important things.

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Born
Sep 7, 1950
Brooklyn
Also known as
  • Margaret Ellen Noonan
Siblings
Spouses
Religion
  • Catholicism
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
Lived in
  • Brooklyn

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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