Successful politicians are pragmatists. Compromise is built into the system.
...has gone out of its way to project an image as a pragmatic, pro-Western and free-market exception in a region often bristling with hostility to America.
James K. Glassman -- Threats to Security, Threats to Economy -- http://www.aei.org/publications/filter.all,pubID.23969/pub_detail.asp(retrieved 06/29/06)
Pragmatism was meant to be the last philosophy by eliminating the claim to authority within politics of any kind of philosophy, of any doctrine labeled "natural" with a capital N.
James W. Ceaser -- Toward a New Public Philosophy -- http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.10141,filter.all/pub_detail.asp(retrieved 06/29/06)
But I am not surrendering to fate here, I am being pragmatic.
Khaled Hosseini -- The Kite Runner
She said this in a pragmatic, almost indifferent, tone, and Mariam understood that this was a woman far past outrage.
Khaled Hosseini -- A Thousand Splendid Suns
The pragmatic, prim mistress that my mother had always been was gone.
Alice Sebold -- The Lovely Bones
"It’s nice to see that you’ve developed a healthy respect for your own skin over the years, Lucian. You weren’t always so pragmatic."
Cassandra Clare -- City of Bones
While it makes perfect sense to me, this pragmatic view of religion escapes the Reverend utterly.
Barbara Kingsolver -- The Poisonwood Bible
Maybe it was a symbol of the balance in my life between aspiration and pragmatism.
Randy Pausch -- The Last Lecture
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And for some reason she mourned his passing. Root was more pragmatic.
Eoin Colfer -- Artemis Fowl
There was really only one question, and it was asked in a mental voice of utter coldness and pragmatism,
Stephen King -- The Shining
Dick’s literalness, his pragmatic approach to every subject, was the primary reason Perry had been attracted to him, for it made Dick seem, compared to himself, so authentically tough, invulnerable, "totally masculine."
Truman Capote -- In Cold Blood
"I still don’t understand why you don’t just go to her family?" asks Kim, pragmatic as ever. ... But I also know that sometimes Adam needs to do things the dramatic way. He is fond of the Grand Gesture. Like saving up two weeks of pizza-delivery tips to take me to Yo-Yo Ma instead of just asking me out on a regular date.
Gayle Forman -- If I Stay
ROS: Why don’t you go and have a look?
GUIL: Pragmatism?!—is that all you have to offer?
Tom Stoppard -- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
a pragmatic extension of the big dream
Edward Albee -- Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
And it suited Farmer temperamentally because, for all his scholarship and interest in theories, his strongest impulses were pragmatic.
Tracy Kidder -- Mountains Beyond Mountains
A little more than a week ago she’d found the first letter, and the words had left a deep impression, though the pragmatist inside her forced her to try to put it behind her.
Nicholas Sparks -- Message in a Bottle
And what Harry Truman said, really, was nothing different from the practical, pragmatic attitude of any laboratory scientist or any engineer or any mechanic when he’s not thinking "objectively" in the course of his daily work.
Robert M. Pirsig -- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
This was part of his new pragmatism.
Gish Jen -- Typical American
The strongest argument we can make to leaders of poor countries is not a moral one but a pragmatic one:
Nicholas D. Kristof -- Half the Sky
Devon: Santa was here! He ate up all the cookies.
LaTreya, more pragmatic: Holy cow. Look at the presents!
Ellen Hopkins -- Glass
She knew his image...cool, distant, pragmatic.
Nora Roberts -- Summer Pleasures
John Rimbauer ... is a pragmatic man (which possibly accounts for his success in the oil business),
Stephen King -- Rose Red
She can find ways, not lie to you in words—and hurt Her conscience not at all because She hasn’t any. Just Wisdom, utterly pragmatic.
Robert A. Heinlein -- Glory Road
A theoretician, a pragmatist, Doc Peret believed deeply in science. ... "The main thing," Doc once said, "is to find what works. That’s real science—what works."
Tim O’Brien -- Going After Cacciato
"He’s cunning, brutal, and greedy, but he’s also pragmatic. ... A tyrant like Prusias doesn’t really care why you obey him; he only cares that you obey. But Astaroth is a fanatic. He wants true believers who share his ideals."
Henry H. Neff -- The Maelstrom
As you will see, this letter contains more than an element of confession, Mr. Markos, but there are also pragmatic matters that prompt this writing. For those, I fear I will call upon your assistance, my friend.
Khaled Hosseini -- And The Mountains Echoed
Powell, in his pragmatic way, wanted what I wanted: A fair shot. A place to develop himself. A code that would instill discipline, restrain passion, and order his steps.
Wes Moore -- The Other Wes Moore
If the goal of visionaries is to make a quantum leap forward, the goal of pragmatists is to make a percentage improvement — incremental, measurable, predictable progress.
Malcolm Gladwell -- The Tipping Point
He’s just pragmatic.
Stephen Chbosky -- The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Seventeen years of Scholar pragmatism protest the existence of creatures that are supposed to he nothing but legend.
Sabaa Tahir -- An Ember in the Ashes
James Dashner -- The Scorch Trials
I was raised by pragmatic parents who pictured their child as a future office worker of some sort, making a living of some sort.
Gillian Flynn -- Gone Girl
The Circle was a company popular on both sides of the aisle, known for its pragmatic positions on virtually every political issue, for its generous donations, and thus this left-of-center senator wouldn’t get much support from her liberal colleagues—much less among the Republican ranks.
Dave Eggers -- The Circle
She recognized the manipulation for what it was, and while her emotions cried out for retribution on her behalf and that of sexually harassed women everywhere, her pragmatic side asserted itself.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Choice
He welcomed the thorn bush, experimented with gnarled Japanese fig trees, retreated to pragmatic vegetables or spears of the succulent.
Michael Ondaatje -- Running in the Family
Mai is the ultimate pragmatist.
Holly Goldberg Sloan -- Counting by 7s
I was too pragmatic and impatient to let such thoughts flog me into impotence, yet I sincerely needed a working philosophy on which to hang my hat.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
"" The attitudes of a good many soldiers on this matter were more pragmatic than altruistic.
James M. McPherson -- What They Fought For - 1861-1865
This story, too, she had squirreled away for such a moment, relying on the theory that while a pragmatic mind like that of Hoss might appreciate the venom of the Antisemitismus in the abstract, that same mind’s more primitive side would likely relish a touch of melodrama.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
It’s too pragmatic, too ugly, too neat.
Margaret Atwood -- Cat’s Eye
Perhaps it was an attitude they shared, a pragmatism that regarded the occult as merely a collection of phenomena like the weather.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
Architecture is primarily a utilitarian conception, and the problem is to elevate the principle of pragmatism into the realm of esthetic abstraction.
Ayn Rand -- The Fountainhead
The comment sounded more pragmatic than romantic, and yet Langdon felt an unexpected flicker of attraction between them.
Dan Brown -- The Da Vinci Code
Trial-and-error is the only pragmatic rule of action.
Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
Nasuada was more pragmatic about the subject.
Christopher Paolini -- Eldest
I’ll appeal to the pragmatist in him.
Don DeLillo -- White Noise
Mortenson turned for help to his pragmatic family friend Anne Beyersdorfer, a liberal Democrat who would later serve as a media consultant for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s successful campaign for governor of California.
Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin -- Three Cups of Tea
Ever the optimist, he sired five children—my dad, "Jack," was the second eldest—and ever the pragmatist, he expected each one, the boys especially, to help out with the household income.