Sam Donaldson Quotes


27 Sam Donaldson quotes:



"But as a young kid, I never did, really have an ambition to be a farmer. I never thought, gee, I would like to farm, and I want to raise these crops. I didn't quite know what I wanted to do."
"I can't tell you what that little ingredient is which makes that first person want to go on and aggressively do more, and the other person be content to not do that. It's a mystery, but it does happen."
"My mother did all she could to control me, but at age 14 she sent me to a military school."
"The truth is, when I got started in this business, it wasn't because I had a full understanding of the importance of the business, but because I thought it was fun. I found it exciting. It fulfilled me, whatever it was that I was looking for."
"News conferences are the only chance the American public has to see Ronald Reagan use his mind."
"If you have a setback, and you're not doing well and then you overcome it somehow, it always sticks with you. You know it could happen again."
"It was kind of exciting being on the radio. Not everybody was on the radio."
"Whereas at ABC I was anchoring some of their programs, some of their specials, immediately, because there wasn't that much competition."
"As I went to college, I went into radio and television. Now I suppose most people think that's one step ahead of basket weaving as a major in college, but it was part of the journalism department."
"But my observation has been, certainly in the news business, you've got to give 110 percent."
"I don't know many people, if any, who have had some straight line toward success. I mean, they start here, they work hard, they've got what it takes, and they just go straight to the top over some number of years. Most people get a little failure."
"The questions don't do the damage. Only the answers do."
"But a distinctive voice is important. I don't think I realized this as a young kid, but I do remember listening to those voices."
"But I guess the lesson is this: If you don't have confidence in yourself and think that you are worth hiring, or whatever it is, you can't expect anyone else to."
"I didn't come east of the Mississippi for the first time in my life until I was 26 years of age, but I knew. I read magazines, I listened to radio, I watched television. I knew there was something out there, and I wanted a part of it."
"I knew early on that the news business was right for me. I enjoyed it, it was fun. If I thought it was work, I might not have done it."
"There was a little bit of ham in me. And there's a lot of people say there's a lot of ham in me."
"You really get the most out of sweet corn if you pick the corn off the stalk and rush it to a pot of boiling water. The longer you wait, the more sugar you lose. But if you get it in the first half hour, that is the sweetest corn ever."
"And on election night I'd go down to city hall in El Paso, Texas and cover the election. In those days, of course, we didn't have exit polls. You didn't know who had won the election until they actually counted the votes. I thought that was exciting too."
"And really, the basis, I think, of achieving some success in what I want to do today comes from my mother's push to get me to read and to make something of myself from the standpoint of an education."



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