Facts about Walter Lippmann

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Walter Lippmann was a famous Journalist from USA, who lived between September 23, 1889 and December 14, 1974. He/she became 85 years old.

Zodiac etc.

He/she is born under the zodiac libra, who is known for Balance, Justice, Truth, Beauty, Perfection. Our collection contains 40 quotes who is written / told by Walter, under the main topics: Business, Wisdom.

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Famous quotes by Walter Lippmann (40)


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"It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf"
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"The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on"
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"When men can no longer be theists, they must, if they are civilized, become humanists"
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"The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully"
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"Many a time I have wanted to stop talking and find out what I really believed"
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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"
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"Brains, you know, are suspect in the Republican Party"
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"Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much"
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"There is nothing so good for the human soul as the discovery that there are ancient and flourishing civilized societies which have somehow managed to exist for many centuries and are still in being though they have had no help from the traveler in solving their problems"
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"There is no arguing with the pretenders to a divine knowledge and to a divine mission. They are possessed with the sin of pride, they have yielded to the perennial temptation"
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"The private citizen, beset by partisan appeals for the loan of his Public Opinion, will soon see, perhaps, that these appeals are not a compliment to his intelligence, but an imposition on his good nature and an insult to his sense of evidence"
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"Success makes men rigid and they tend to exalt stability over all the other virtues; tired of the effort of willing they become fanatics about conservatism"
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"Private property was the original source of freedom. It still is its main ballpark"
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"A man has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so"
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"The opposition is indispensable. A good statesman, like any other sensible human being, always learns more from his opposition than from his fervent supporters"
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"It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf"
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"In a free society the state does not administer the affairs of men. It administers justice among men who conduct their own affairs"
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"Ideals are an imaginative understanding of that which is desirable in that which is possible"
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"People that are orthodox when they are young are in danger of being middle-aged all their lives"
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"Most men, after a little freedom, have preferred authority with the consoling assurances and the economy of effort it brings"
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"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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"Industry is a better horse to ride than genius"
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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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"When philosophers try to be politicians they generally cease to be philosophers"
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"When distant and unfamiliar and complex things are communicated to great masses of people, the truth suffers a considerable and often a radical distortion. The complex is made over into the simple, the hypothetical into the dogmatic, and the relative into an absolute"
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"The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief... that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart"
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"The great social adventure of America is no longer the conquest of the wilderness but the absorption of fifty different peoples"
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"Once you touch the biographies of human beings, the notion that political beliefs are logically determined collapses like a pricked balloon"
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"When all men think alike, no one thinks very much"
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"The tendency of the casual mind is to pick out or stumble upon a sample which supports or defies its prejudices, and then to make it the representative of a whole class"
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"Men who are orthodox when they are young are in danger of being middle-aged all their lives"
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"The first principle of a civilized state is that the power is legitimate only when it is under contract"
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"The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on"
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"The best servants of the people, like the best valets, must whisper unpleasant truths in the master's ear. It is the court fool, not the foolish courtier, whom the king can least afford to lose"
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"Social movements are at once the symptoms and the instruments of progress. Ignore them and statesmanship is irrelevant; fail to use them and it is weak"
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"Our conscience is not the vessel of eternal verities. It grows with our social life, and a new social condition means a radical change in conscience"
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"Only the consciousness of a purpose that is mightier than any man and worthy of all men can fortify and inspirit and compose the souls of men"
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"No amount of charters, direct primaries, or short ballots will make a democracy out of an illiterate people"
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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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"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"


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