Walter Lippmann Quotes

61 Walter Lippmann quotes:

"Most men, after a little freedom, have preferred authority with the consoling assurances and the economy of effort it brings."
"Ideals are an imaginative understanding of that which is desirable in that which is possible."
"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."
"It requires wisdom to understand wisdom; the music is nothing if the audience is deaf"
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"While the right to talk may be the beginning of freedom, the necessity of listening is what makes the right important"
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"In the blood of the martyrs to intolerance are the seeds of unbelief"
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"At the core of every moral code there is a picture of human nature, a map of the universe, and a version of history. To human nature (of the sort conceived), in a universe (of the kind imagined), after a history (so understood), the rules of the code apply."
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"What a shame to waste those great shots on the practice tee."
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"The effort to calculate exactly what the voters want at each particular moment leaves out of account the fact that when they are troubled the thing the voters most want is to be told what to want."
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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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"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."
"The time has come to stop beating our heads against stone walls under the illusion that we have been appointed policeman to the human race."
"He has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so."
"When philosophers try to be politicians they generally cease to be philosophers."
"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."
"It is perfectly true that that government is best which governs least. It is equally true that that government is best which provides most."
"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."
"Many a time I have wanted to stop talking and find out what I really believed."
"The first principle of a civilized state is that the power is legitimate only when it is under contract."
"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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