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Sally Quinn

  • Social climbing and power climbing — the two are often synonymous — are what make Washington run. ... If there are more than two people together, if there are three, one of them is climbing.

  • ... Washington is, for one thing, the news capital of the world. And for another, it is a company town. Most of the interesting people in Washington either work for the government or write about it.

  • The primary motivation in the world of television is fear. People are scared to death. Ambition and enthusiasm and interest and the desire to excel are secondary. Because fear is an enormous motivating force, many in the medium are afraid to make decisions, take chances, do anything innovative.

  • The football season is like pain. You forget how terrible it is until it seizes you again.

    • Sally Quinn,
    • in Lee Green, ed., Sportswit ()

Sally Quinn, U.S. journalist, writer