Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
I do insist on making what I hope is sense so there’s always a coherent narrative or argument that the reader can follow.
Punctuality is one of the cardinal business virtues: always insist on it in your subordinates.
Those who insist on the dignity of their office show they have not deserved it.
I agree with Balzac and 19th-century writers, black and white, who say, ‘I write for money.’ Yes, I think everybody should be paid handsomely; I insist on it, and I pay people who work for me, or with me, handsomely.
I respect myself and insist upon it from everybody. And because I do it, I then respect everybody, too.
People must insist on the right to say no, to be alone, to stand out from the herd. Creative artists can say all this in their own way and in their own field, by hard, rigorous work.
The proper reply to right wing religiosity is not to insist that politics and religion don’t mix. This is the stock response of the left.
It is impossible to have a Jewish, democratic state and at the same time to control all of Eretz Israel. If we insist on fulfilling the dream in its entirety, we are liable to lose it all. Everything. That is where the extremist path takes us.
‘Toughness’ and ‘credibility’ are leitmotifs that run through both Trumpian and Kissingerian deal-making. Both men insist that war and diplomacy are inseparable and that, to be effective, diplomats need to be able to wield threats and offer incentives in equal, unrestricted measure.