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Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts. ...
by Edward R. Murrow

Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.
- Edward R. Murrow

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow PHOTO

The obscure we see eventually.
The completely obvious,
it seems, takes longer.
- Edward R. Murrow

We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
- Edward R. Murrow

 

To be persuasive, we must be believable;
to be believable, we must be credible;
to be credible, we must be truthful.
- Edward R. Murrow

Most truths are so naked
that people feel sorry for them
and cover them up,
at least a little bit.
- Edward R. Murrow

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

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People say conversation is a lost art;
how often I have wished it were.
- Edward R. Murrow

Anyone who isn't confused,
really doesn't understand the situation.
- Edward R. Murrow

Fame is morally neutral.
- Edward R. Murrow

A reporter is always concerned with tomorrow.
There's nothing tangible of yesterday.
All I can say I've done is
agitate the air ten or fifteen minutes
and then boom - it's gone.
- Edward R. Murrow

Good night, and good luck.
- Edward R. Murrow

Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world
doesn't mean you are wiser
than when it reached only to the end of the bar.
- Edward R. Murrow

Just once in a while, let us exalt
the importance of ideas and information.
- Edward R. Murrow

No one can terrorize a whole nation,
unless we are all his accomplices.
- Edward R. Murrow

We cannot make good news out of bad practice.
- Edward R. Murrow

The politician in my country seeks votes,
affection and respect, in that order.
With few notable exceptions,
they are simply men who want to be loved.
- Edward R. Murrow

If we were to do the Second Coming of Christ
in color for a full hour,
there would be a considerable number of stations
which would decline to carry it on the grounds
that a Western or a quiz show would be more profitable.
- Edward R. Murrow

We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.
When the loyal opposition dies,
I think the soul of America dies with it.
- Edward R. Murrow

A satellite has no conscience.
- Edward R. Murrow

The speed of communications is wondrous to behold.
It is also true that speed can multiply
the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.
- Edward R. Murrow

Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions.
- Edward R. Murrow

The newest computer can merely compound, at speed,
the oldest problem in the relations between human beings,
and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem,
of what to say and how to say it.
- Edward R. Murrow

We will not walk in fear, one of another.
We are not descended from fearful men,
Not from men who feared to write, to speak,
To associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
This is no time... to keep silent.
- Edward R. Murrow

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

Facing a difficulty requires a willingness of heart.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it.
Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.
- Epictetus

In the midst of difficulty lies opportunity.
- Albert Einstein

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;
an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
- Winston Churchill

Three Rules of Work:
Out of clutter find simplicity;
From discord find harmony;
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
- Albert Einstein

The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.
- Epicurus

The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality,
but must live with a character.
- Peter De Vries

The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
- George Santayana

Difficulties show men what they are.
In case of any difficulty,
remember that God has pitted you
against a rough antagonist
that you may be a conqueror,
and this cannot be without toil.
- Epictetus

A lot of these industries are having difficulty finding
reliable workers with the skills they require.
- Jerry Rubin

Little Sparta is a garden in the traditional sense.
It is perhaps not like other modern gardens,
but I think that other times would have had no difficulty with it.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

The difficulty of IVF or of any fertility issues is
the hope and the shattered hope,
the dream that it might happen this time and then it doesn't happen.
- Brooke Shields

Russia is a part of European culture.
Therefore, it is with difficulty that I imagine NATO as an enemy.
- Vladimir Putin

The greatest difficulty with the world is not its ability to produce,
but the unwillingness to share.
- Roy L. Smith

The difficulty we have in accepting responsibility
for our behavior lies in the desire to avoid the pain
of the consequences of that behavior.
- M. Scott Peck

The difficulty for most of us in the modern world is
that the old-fashioned idea of God has become incredible or implausible.
- Alan Watts

The sense organs experience the external light,
sound, etc.
with difficulty; the different sense organs only have
a so-called specific receptivity for particular stimuli.
- Johannes P. Muller

In regard to education, something has been done by
the Provincial Legislature;
but to build churches,
and to place clergymen is a work of greater difficulty.
- John Strachan

The difficulty is to try and teach the multitude that
something can be true and untrue at the same time.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

The Western poet and writer of romance has exactly
the same kind of difficulty in comprehending Eastern
subjects as you have in comprehending Western subjects.
- Lafcadio Hearn

The apprenticeship of difficulty is one which the greatest
of men have had to serve.
- Samuel Smiles

Our admiration of fine writing will always be in proportion
to its real difficulty and its apparent ease.
- Charles Caleb Colton

The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest;
success only comes later.
- Confucius

Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility
and leaves the memory with difficulty.
Magical music never leaves the memory.
- Thomas Beecham

Have the courage to face a difficulty lest it kick
you harder than you bargain for.
- Stanislaus I

The very greatest things - great thoughts,
discoveries, inventions - have usually been nurtured in hardship,
often pondered over in sorrow, and at length established with difficulty.
- Samuel Smiles

The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas
as in escaping from old ones.
- John Maynard Keynes

I am continually fascinated at the difficulty intelligent
people have in distinguishing what is controversial
from what is merely offensive.
- Nora Ephron

No problem can be solved until it is reduced to some simple form.
The changing of a vague difficulty into a specific,
concrete form is a very essential element in thinking.
- J. P. Morgan

Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty,
a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity,
and a wife in misfortune.
- Chanakya

The difficulty, the ordeal, is to start.
- Zane Grey

The difficulty is capturing surprise on film.
- F. Murray Abraham

The difficulty with this conversation is that it's
very different from most of the ones I've had of late.
Which, as I explained, have mostly been with trees.
- Douglas Adams

An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish.
Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.
- Eric Hoffer

The human imagination...
has great difficulty in living strictly within the
confines of a materialist practice or philosophy.
It dreams, like a dog in its basket,
of hares in the open.
- John Berger

But the basic difficulty still remains:
It is the expansion of Federal power,
about which I wish to express my alarm.
How easily we embrace such business.
- Everett Dirksen

I am trying to do two things: dare to be a radical and not a fool,
which is a matter of no small difficulty.
- James A. Garfield

Perpetual pushing and assurance put a difficulty out
of countenance and make a seeming difficulty gives way.
- Jeremy Collier

The difficulty in life is the choice.
- George A. Moore

And I really do think that the difficulty of research
makes it more real to you than punching a thing to
find out how many men were killed at this particular action.
- Shelby Foote

A major difficulty is that the answer to the Riddle
of the Sphinx is partly a product of the answers that
we already have given to the riddle in its various forms.
- Gregory Bateson

The complaint of bad pay, and difficulty in obtaining it,
is almost generally reiterated through every department of education.
- Joseph Lancaster

I write for somebody who has my own limitations.
My reader has a certain difficulty with concentrating,
which in my case comes from being a film viewer.
- Manuel Puig

Almost any difficulty will move in the face of honesty.
When I am honest I never feel stupid.
And when I am honest I am automatically humble.
- Hugh Prather

The best way to avoid a bad action is by doing a good one,
for there is no difficulty in the world like that of trying to do nothing.
- John Clare

The difficulty with becoming a patient is that as soon as you get horizontal,
part of your being yearns, not for a doctor,
but for a medicine man.
- Shana Alexander


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