Walter Lippmann

1889 - 1974

A Quote by Walter Lippmann on audiences, music, understanding, and wisdom

It requires wisdom to understand wisdom; the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.

Walter Lippmann (1889 - 1974)

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A Quote by Walter Lippmann on endurance, love, and lovers

Love endures only when the lovers love many things together and not merely each other.

Walter Lippmann (1889 - 1974)

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A Quote by Walter Lippmann on courage, duty, fulfillment, good, heroism, honesty, hope, inspiration, life, men, sacrifice, and wishes

Upon the standard to which the wise and honest will now repair it is written: You have lived the easy way; henceforth, you will live the hard way. . . . You came into a great heritage made by the insight and the sweat and the blood of inspired and devoted and courageous men; thoughtlessly and in utmost self-indulgence you have all but squandered this inheritance. Now only by the heroic virtues which made this inheritance, can you restore it again. You took the good things for granted. Now you must earn them again. . . . For every right that you cherish, you have a duty which you must fulfill. For every hope that you entertain, you have a task that you must perform. For every good that you wish to preserve, you will have to sacrifice your comfort and your ease. There is nothing for nothing any longer.

Walter Lippmann (1889 - 1974)

Source: Speech, Harvard Class of 1910, June 18, 1940. Yale University Library.

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A Quote by Walter Lippmann on errors, study, and truth

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 (1889 - 1974)

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A Quote by Walter Lippmann on facts, ideas, and justice

True opinions can prevail only if the facts to which they refer are known; if they are not known, false ideas are just as effective as true ones, if not a little more effective.

Walter Lippmann (1889 - 1974)

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A Quote by Walter Lippmann on destruction, ideas, immortality, men, and mortality

The thinker dies, but his thoughts are beyond the reach of destruction. Men are mortal; but ideas are immortal.

Walter Lippmann (1889 - 1974)

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A Quote by Walter Lippmann on conviction, leadership, and men

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 (1889 - 1974)

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A Quote by Walter Lippmann on good and learning

The opposition is indispensable. A good statesman, like any other sensible human being, always learns more from his opponents than from his fervent supporters.

Walter Lippmann (1889 - 1974)

Source: "The Indispensable Opposition," in Atlantic Monthly, 1939.

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