Nicholas D. Kristof quotes

  • The greatest threat to extremism isn't drones firing missiles, but girls reading books.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Girl #Book #Reading

  • If only women are talking about women's rights, then the issue has failed from the start. If you think about the Holocaust, that wasn't just a Jewish issue. Civil rights weren't just a black issue.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Thinking #Talking #Issues

  • The world spends $40 billion a year on pet food.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Years #Pet #World

  • Neither left nor right has focused adequately on maternal health
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Focused

  • I have often tried to tell the story of a place through people there.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #People #Stories

  • The news media's silence, particularly television news, is reprehensible. If we knew as much about Darfur as we do about Michael Jackson, we might be able to stop these things from continuing.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Media #Silence #Television News

  • Photographs are still being taken but aren't being shown. There's one of a skeleton bound at the wrists with pants still around its ankles; if it was a woman, she was likely raped; if it was a man, he was possibly castrated.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Taken #Men #Skeletons

  • Solar power is one of the most hopeful technologies but still produces about 0.01 percent of U.S. electricity. The U.S. allocates just $159 million for solar research per year - about what we spend in Iraq every nine hours.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Technology #Years #Iraq

  • You don't need to invade a place or install a new government to help bring about a positive change.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Government #Needs #Helping

  • The north of the Central African Republic is now a war zone, with rival armed bands burning villages, kidnapping children, robbing travelers and killing people with impunity.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Children #War #People

  • There seems to be this sense among even well-meaning Americans that Africa is this black hole of murder and mutilation that can never be fixed, no matter what aid is brought in.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Black #Matter #Murder

  • There are ten times as many sex slaves transported around the globe today as agrarian slaves were transported in the 1790s.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Sex #Politics #Today

  • ...Environmental groups are too often alarmists. They have an awful track record, so they've lost credibility with the public.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Track #Environmental #Records

  • You will be judged in years to come by how you responded to genocide on your watch.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Years #Watches #Genocide

  • There are other issues I have felt more emotionally connected to, like China, where I lived and worked for some time. I was living there when Tiananmen Square erupted
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Issues #Squares #China

  • More Americans die in gun homicides and suicides in six months than have died in the last 25 years in every terrorist attack and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq combined.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Suicide #War #Gun

  • The photos were taken by African Union soldiers. People in Congress saw them. I thought if people could see them, there would be public outcry. No one would be able to say, We just didn't know what was going on there.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Taken #People #Soldier

  • It is better to inconsistently save some lives than to consistently save none.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Diplomacy #Consistently

  • We tie ourselves in knots when we act as if democracy is good for the United States and Israel but not for the Arab world. For far too long, we've treated the Arab world as just an oil field.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Spring #Israel #Oil

  • Look, we'll have to confront the pathologies of poverty at some point. We can deal with them cheaply at the front end, in infancy. Or we can wait and jail a troubled adolescent at the tail end. To some extent, we face a choice between investing in preschools or in prisons.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Education #Money #Reality

  • So Kim Kardashian is getting a divorce, 72 days after a wedding that is variously reported to have cost $10 million or more. Just to put that in perspective, that sum could have built 200 schools in poor countries around the world for kids who desperately want an education. Then Kardashian could have helped transform the world, not just entertain it. And the schools would have lasted incomparably longer than her marriage.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Country #School #Kids

  • Sometimes I wish eastern Congo could suffer an earthquake or a tsunami, so that it might finally get the attention it needs. The barbaric civil war being waged here is the most lethal conflict since World War II and has claimed at least 30 times as many lives as the Haiti earthquake.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #War #Earthquakes #Suffering

  • We, as Americans, have won the lottery of life and the distinction between us and people living in Kalighat is not that we are smarter, not that we're harder working, not that we're more virtuous - it's that we're luckier.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #People #Distinction #Virtuous

  • Palestinian militancy has accomplished nothing but increasing the misery of the Palestinian people. If Palestinians instead turned more to huge Gandhi-style nonviolence resistance campaigns, the resulting videos would reverberate around the world and Palestine would achieve statehood and freedom.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #People #Style #Campaigns

  • One thing the humanitarian world doesn't do well is marketing. As a journalist, I get pitched every day by companies that have new products. Meanwhile, you have issues like clean water, literacy for girls, female empowerment. People flinch at the idea of marketing these because marketing sounds like something only companies do.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Girl #Ideas #Issues

  • America's education system has become less a ladder of opportunity than a structure to transmit inequity from one generation to the next.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Opportunity #America #Ladders

  • Rising seas create a higher baseline for future storm surges. The New York City Panel on Climate Change has projected that coastal waters may rise by two feet by 2050 and four feet by the end of the century.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #New York #Sea #Cities

  • Sandy was particularly destructive because it was prevented from moving back out to sea by a "blocking pattern" associated with the jet stream. There's debate about this, but one recent study suggested that melting sea ice in the Arctic may lead to such blocking.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Block #Moving #Ice

  • Isn't it time to talk not only about weather, but also about climate?
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Weather #Climate #Climate Change

  • The conflict in Darfur could escalate to where we're seeing 100,000 victims per month
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Months #Conflict #Victim

  • Just a little help, a small security force, a bit of food, can save lives
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Littles #Helping #Save A Life

  • The fact that people will pay you to talk to people and travel to interesting places and write about what intrigues you, I am just amazed by that.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Writing #Interesting #People

  • Every year 3.1 million Indian children die before the age of 5, mostly from diseases of poverty like diarrhea.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Children #Years #Age

  • Abortion politics have distracted all sides from what is really essential: a major aid campaign to improve midwifery, prenatal care and emergency obstetric services in poor countries.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Country #Abortion #Care

  • A few countries like Sri Lanka and Honduras have led the way in slashing maternal mortality.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Country #Sri Lanka #Way

  • Americans of faith should try as hard to save the lives of African women as the lives of unborn fetuses.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Trying #Fetus #Should

  • Our nearly century-long experiment in banning ***** has failed as abysmally as Prohibition did... In contrast, legalizing and taxing ***** would bring in substantial sums that could be used to pay for schools, libraries or early childhood education.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #School #Marijuana #Long

  • American airstrikes...create risks, especially if our intelligence there is rusty. The crucial step, and the one we should apply diplomatic pressure to try to achieve, is for Maliki to step back and share power with Sunnis while accepting decentralization of government. If Maliki does all that, it may still be possible to save Iraq. Without that, airstrikes would be a further waste in a land in which we've already squandered far, far too much.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Military #Land #Iraq

  • I think it's dangerous to be optimistic. Things could go terribly wrong virtually overnight
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Optimistic #Thinking #Dangerous

  • The equivalent of five jumbo jets' worth of women die in labor each day, but the issue is almost never covered.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Issues #Each Day #Labor

  • Women aren't the problem but the solution. The plight of girls is no more a tragedy than an opportunity.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Girl #Opportunity #Tragedy

  • If President Bush is serious about genocide, an immediate priority is to stop the cancer of Darfur from spreading further, which means working with France to shore up Chad and the Central African Republic.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Cancer #Mean #Priorities

  • There could be a powerful international women's rights movement if only philanthropists would donate as much to real women as to paintings and sculptures of women.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Powerful #Real #Rights

  • I try to be careful about wording. One of the things I've tried to combat in my blog is the notion that journalists are arrogant and unconcerned with the readership.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Trying #Arrogant #Combat

  • It really is quite remarkable that Darfur has become a household name. I am gratified that's the case.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Names #Cases #Remarkable

  • There is an element of anger among women who've been raped. There's certainly a major element of humiliation. But it really does seem like a medical condition of shock and horror
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Elements #Doe #Medical

  • A little bit of attention can go a long way.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Long #Literature #Littles

  • Half a million women die each year around the world in pregnancy. It's not biology that kills them so much as neglect.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Pregnancy #Years #Half

  • The bulk of the emails tend to come after a column. I can get about 2,000 after a column.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Email #Literature #Columns

  • When anesthesia was developed, it was for many decades routinely withheld from women giving birth, since women were "supposed" to suffer. One of the few societies to take a contrary view was the Huichol tribe in Mexico. The Huichol believed that the pain of childbirth should be shared, so the mother would hold on to a string tied to her husband's testicles. With each painful contraction, she would give the string a yank so that the man could share the burden. Surely if such a mechanism were more widespread, injuries in childbirth would garner more attention.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Mother #Pain #Husband

  • One of the things that really got to me was talking to parents who had been burned out of their villages, had family members killed, and then when men showed up at the wells to get water, they were shot
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Men #Talking #Water

  • More girls were killed in the last 50 years, precisely because they were girls, than men killed in all the wars in the 20th century. More girls are killed in this routine gendercide in any one decade than people were slaughtered in all the genocides of the 20th century. The equivalent of 5 jumbo jets worth of women die in labor each day... life time risk of maternal death is 1,000x higher in a poor country than in the west. That should be an international scandal.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Girl #Country #War

  • In the nineteenth century, the central moral challenge was slavery. In the twentieth century, it was the battle against totalitarianism. We believe that in this century the paramount moral challenge will be the struggle for gender equality around the world.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Believe #Struggle #Challenges

  • So let us be clear about this up front: We hope to recruit you to join an incipient movement to emancipate women and fight global poverty by unlocking women's power as economic catalysts. That is the process under way - not a drama of victimization but of empowerment, the kind that transforms bubbly teenage girls from brothel slaves into successful businesswomen. This is a story of transformation. It is change that is already taking place, and change that can accelerate if you'll just open your heart and join in.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Girl #Teenage #Drama

  • The tide of history is turning women from beasts of burden and sexual playthings into full-fledged human beings.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Tides #Beast #Burden

  • One of the great failings of the American education system (in our view) is that young people can graduate from university without any understanding of poverty at home or abroad.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Home #Views #People

  • Conservatives, who have presumed that the key to preventing AIDS is abstinence-only education, and liberals, who have focused on distribution of condoms, should both note that the intervention that has tested most cost-effective in Africa is neither... Secular bleeding hearts and religious bleeding hearts will have to forge a common cause.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Religious #Heart #Keys

  • Most of the villagers were hiding in the bush, where they were dying from bad water, malaria and malnutrition
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Water #Dying #Malaria

  • There isn't a political price to be paid yet for doing nothing. People need to get upset with President Bush. People need to get upset with their Congressmen.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #People #Political #Upset

  • While Americans have heard of Darfur and think we should be doing more there, they aren't actually angry at the president about inaction
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Thinking #President #Should

  • The U.N. Population Fund has a maternal health program in some Cameroon hospitals, but it doesn't operate in this region. It's difficult to expand, because President Bush has cut funding
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Cutting #President #Population

  • Random violence is incredibly infectious
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Violence

  • We all might ask ourselves why we tune in to these more trivial matters and tune out when it comes to Darfur
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Might #Matter #Tunes

  • Laws matter, but typically changing the law by itself accomplishes little.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Law #Littles #Matter

  • All of a sudden their husband's dead and maybe a child is dead and they have absolutely nothing - and they're heading through the desert at night.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Children #Husband #Night

  • It’s time for a 21st-century abolitionist movement in the U.S and around the world.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Movement #World #Century

  • If the U.S. wants to help people in tsunami-hit countries like Sri Lanka and Indonesia - not to mention other poor countries in Africa - there's one step that would cost us nothing and would save hundreds of thousands of lives. It would be to allow DDT in malaria-ravaged countries.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Country #Sri Lanka #Ddt

  • It's easy to keep issuing blame to Republicans or the president
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #President #Blame #Republican

  • Most of us employ the Internet not to seek the best information, but rather to select information that confirms our prejudices .
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Information #Prejudice #Internet

  • Americans have called on moderates in Muslim countries to speak out against extremists, to stand up for the tolerance they say they believe in. We should all have the guts do the same at home.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Country #Believe #Home

  • Compassion isn't a sign of weakness, but a mark of civilization.
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Compassion #Civilization #Weakness

  • Neither Western donor countries like the U.S. nor poor recipients like Cameroon care much about Africans who are poor, rural and female
    -- Nicholas D. Kristof

    #Country #Care #Female