Walter Lippmann Quotes

61 Walter Lippmann quotes:

"Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character."
Author: Lippmann Quotes Category: Character Quotes
"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, the quality of life they admire. All communities have a culture. It is the climate of their civilization."
Author: Lippmann Quotes Category: Culture Quotes
"Men are mortal, but ideas are immortal."
Author: Lippmann Quotes Category: Ideas Quotes
"There is nothing so bad but it can masquerade as moral."
Author: Lippmann Quotes Category: Morality Quotes
"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."
"A man has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so."
"Industry is a better horse to ride than genius."
"Men who are orthodox when they are young are in danger of being middle-aged all their lives."
"The opposition is indispensable. A good statesman, like any other sensible human being, always learns more from his opposition than from his fervent supporters."
"Democracy is much too important to be left to public opinion."
Author: Lippmann Quotes Category: Democracy Quotes
"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."
"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."
"No amount of charters, direct primaries, or short ballots will make a democracy out of an illiterate people."
"When all men think alike, no one thinks very much."
"Unless the reformer can invent something which substitutes attractive virtues for attractive vices, he will fail."
"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."
"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"
"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."
Author: Lippmann Quotes Category: Freedom Quotes
"The principles of the good society call for a concern with an order of being -- which cannot be proved existentially to the sense organs -- where it matters supremely that the human person is inviolable, that reason shall regulate the will, that truth shall prevail over error."
Author: Lippmann Quotes Category: Society Quotes
"Private property was the original source of freedom. It still is its main ballpark."

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