Walter Lippmann Sayings and Quotes

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

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

There can be no liberty for a community which lacks the means by which to detect lies.     

Walter Lippmann

There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil.     

Walter Lippmann

Behind innocence there gathers a clotted mass of superstition, of twisted and misdirected impulse; clandestine flirtation, fads, and ragtime fill the unventilated mind.     

Walter Lippmann

The news and the truth are not the same thing.     

Walter Lippmann

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.     

Walter Lippmann

Nothing is easier than to simplify life and them make a philosophy about it. The trouble is that the resulting philosophy is true only of that simplified life.     

Walter Lippmann

Men can know more than their ancestors did if they start with a knowledge of what their ancestors had already learned.That is why a society can be progressive only if it conserves its traditions.     

Walter Lippmann

The prophecy of a world moving toward political unity is the light which guides all that is best, most vigorous, most truly alive in the work of our time.     

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

You cannot endow even the best machine with initiative; the jolliest steam-roller will not plant flowers.     

Walter Lippmann

Men fall into a routine when they are tired and slack: it has all the appearance of activity with few of its burdens.      

Walter Lippmann

The devil is merely a fallen angel, and when God lost Satan he lost one of his best lieutenants.     

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

The Bill of Rights does not come from the people and is not subject to change by majorities. It comes from the nature of things. It declares the inalienable rights of man not only against all government but also against the people collectively.     

Walter Lippmann