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Quotations by author » Walter Lippmann
American Journalist, 1889-1974
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A country survives its legislation. That truth should not comfort the conservative nor depress the radical. For it means that public policy can enlarge its scope and increase its audacity, can try big experiments without trembling too much. . .
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A long life in journalism convinced me many presidents ago that there should be a large air space between a journalist and the head of a state.
Journalism
A man has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so.
Honor
A useful definition of liberty is obtained only by seeking the principle of liberty in the main business of human life, that is to say, in the process by which men educate their responses and learn to control their environment.
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Ages when custom is unsettled are necessarily ages of prophecy. The moralist cannot teach what is revealed; he must reveal what can be taught. He has to seek insight rather than to preach.
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Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
Character
Brains, you know, are suspect in the Republican Party.
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Certainly he is not of the generation that regards honesty as the best policy. However, he does regard it as a policy.
Honesty
Culture is the name for what people are interested in, their thoughts, their models, the books they read and the speeches they hear, their table-talk, gossip, controversies, historical sense and scientific training, the values they appreciate. . .
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Democracy is much too important to be left to public opinion.
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He has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so.
Honor
I would have carved on the portals of the National Press Club, "Put not your trust in princes." Only the very rarest of princes can endure even a little criticism, and few of them can put up with even a pause in the adulation.
Criticism
Ideals are an imaginative understanding of that which is desirable in that which is possible.
IdealsUnderstanding
Ignore what a man desires and you ignore the very source of his power
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In government offices which are sensitive to the vehemence and passion of mass sentiment public men have no sure tenure. They are in effect perpetual office seekers, always on trial for their political lives, always required to court their restless constituents.
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In really hard times the rules of the game are altered. The inchoate mass begins to stir. It becomes potent, and when it strikes, . . . it strikes with incredible emphasis. Those are the rare occasions when a national will emerges. . .
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In the blood of the martyrs to intolerance are the seeds of unbelief
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Industry is a better horse to ride than genius.
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It is impossible to abolish either with a law or an ax the desires of men
Desire
It is perfectly true that that government is best which governs least. It is equally true that that government is best which provides most.
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