Walter Lippmann Quotes


61 Walter Lippmann quotes:



"Ignore what a man desires and you ignore the very source of his power"
Author: Lippmann Quotes Category: Desire Quotes
"The disesteem into which moralists have fallen is due at bottom to their failure to see that in an age like this one the function of the moralist is not to exhort men to be good but to elucidate what the good is. The problem of sanctions is secondary."
Author: Lippmann Quotes Category: Morality Quotes
"We are quite rich enough to defend ourselves, whatever the cost. We must now learn that we are quite rich enough to educate ourselves as we need to be educated."
"People that are orthodox when they are young are in danger of being middle-aged all their lives."
"In a free society the state does not administer the affairs of men. It administers justice among men who conduct their own affairs."
"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."
"Love endures only when the lovers love many things together and not merely each other."
"The central drama of our age is how the Western nations and the Asian peoples are to find a tolerable basis of co-existence"
"Unless democracy is to commit suicide by consenting to its own destruction, it will have to find some formidable answer to those who come to it saying: ''I demand from you in the name of your principles the rights which I shall deny to you later in the name of my principles.''"
Author: Lippmann Quotes Category: Democracy Quotes
"The decay of decency in the modern age, the rebellion against law and good faith, the treatment of human beings as things, as the mere instruments of power and ambition, is without a doubt the consequence of the decay of the belief in man as something more than an animal animated by highly conditioned reflexes and chemical reactions. For, unless man is something more than that, he has no rights that anyone is bound to respect, and there are no limitations upon his conduct which he is bound to obey."
Author: Lippmann Quotes Category: Humankind Quotes
"Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much."
"We are all captives of the picture in our head - our belief that the world we have experienced is the world that really exists."
"The study of error is not only in the highest degree prophylactic, but it serves as a stimulating introduction to the study of truth."
"When men can no longer be theists, they must, if they are civilized, become humanists."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"The great social adventure of America is no longer the conquest of the wilderness but the absorption of fifty different peoples."
"It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf."
"The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on."
Author: Lippmann Quotes Category: Business Quotes



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