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Walter Lippmann Quotes

May you find comfort and joy in these encouraging quotes by Walter Lippmann.

When all think alike, no one is thinking very much.
- Walter Lippmann

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It requires wisdom to understand wisdom:
the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.
- Walter Lippmann

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind
him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.
- Walter Lippmann

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.
- Walter Lippmann

 

The simple opposition between the people and big business
has disappeared because the people themselves have
become so deeply involved in big business.
- Walter Lippmann

When men can no longer be theists, they must,
if they are civilized, become humanists.
- Walter Lippmann

Most men, after a little freedom, have preferred authority
with the consoling assurances and the economy of effort it brings.
- Walter Lippmann

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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.
- Walter Lippmann

Many a time I have wanted to stop talking and find
out what I really believed.
- Walter Lippmann

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.
- Walter Lippmann

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.
- Walter Lippmann

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.
- Walter Lippmann

Once you touch the biographies of human beings,
the notion that political beliefs are logically determined
collapses like a pricked balloon.
- Walter Lippmann

Private property was the original source of freedom.
It still is its main ballpark.
- Walter Lippmann

No amount of charters, direct primaries,
or short ballots will make a democracy out of an illiterate people.
- Walter Lippmann

Men who are orthodox when they are young are in danger
of being middle-aged all their lives.
- Walter Lippmann

When philosophers try to be politicians they generally
cease to be philosophers.
- Walter Lippmann

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.
- Walter Lippmann

The study of error is not only in the highest degree prophylactic,
but it serves as a stimulating introduction to the study of truth.
- Walter Lippmann

The first principle of a civilized state is that the
power is legitimate only when it is under contract.
- Walter Lippmann

Ideals are an imaginative understanding of that which
is desirable in that which is possible.
- Walter Lippmann

Brains, you know, are suspect in the Republican Party.
- Walter Lippmann

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.
- Walter Lippmann

People that are orthodox when they are young are in
danger of being middle-aged all their lives.
- Walter Lippmann

Industry is a better horse to ride than genius.
- Walter Lippmann

Unless the reformer can invent something which substitutes
attractive virtues for attractive vices,
he will fail.
- Walter Lippmann

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.
- Walter Lippmann

When all men think alike, no one thinks very much.
- Walter Lippmann

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.
- Walter Lippmann

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.
- Walter Lippmann

In a free society the state does not administer the affairs of men.
It administers justice among men who conduct their own affairs.
- Walter Lippmann

It is perfectly true that that government is best which governs least.
It is equally true that that government is best which provides most.
- Walter Lippmann

Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much.
- Walter Lippmann

The great social adventure of America is no longer
the conquest of the wilderness but the absorption of fifty different peoples.
- Walter Lippmann

A man has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of
conduct though it is inconvenient,
unprofitable, or dangerous to do so.
- Walter Lippmann

He has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct
though it is inconvenient,
unprofitable, or dangerous to do so.
- Walter Lippmann

What we call a democratic society might be defined
for certain purposes as one in which the majority is
always prepared to put down a revolutionary minority.
- Walter Lippmann

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.
- Walter Lippmann

We are all captives of the picture in our head -
our belief that the world we have experienced is the
world that really exists.
- Walter Lippmann

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.
- Walter Lippmann

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.
- Walter Lippmann

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.
- Walter Lippmann

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.
- Walter Lippmann

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.
- Walter Lippmann

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.
- Walter Lippmann

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

With every rising of the sun
Think of your life as just begun.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Exercise free-will.
CHOOSE each and every action you make,
every thought you think,
and every emotion you feel.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You are what you think you are.
- Bob Richards

When you are reluctant to change,
think of the beauty of autumn.
- V. B. Brown

We must dare to think "unthinkable" thoughts.
- J. W. Fulbright

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

We are shaped by our thoughts;
we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows
like a shadow that never leaves.
- The Buddha

Inaction breeds doubt and fear.
Action breeds confidence and courage.
If you want to conquer fear,
do not sit home and think about it.
Go out and get busy.
- Dale Carnegie

You are braver than you believe,
stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

You can do what you have to do,
and sometimes you can do it
even better than you think you can.
- Jimmy Carter

Children are born innocent.
Before they are domesticated they live in the moment,
love without fear, and don't even think about the opinions of others.
- don Miguel Ruiz

What you think of me is none of my business.
- Terry Cole-Whittaker


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