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The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind
by 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

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

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

 

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Industry is a better horse to ride than genius.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happiness is the final and perfect fruit
of obedience to the laws of life.
- Helen Keller

The final forming of a person's character
lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

Success is not final, failure is not fatal.
It is the courage to continue that counts.
- Winston Churchill

The final delusion is the belief
that one has lost all delusions.
- Maurice Chapelain

Death is the final opening to Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is a game - a game you can never win.
You already know the final score: Life 1, You 0.
Doesn't mean you can't have fun playing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths,
but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

Life is a continuity always and always.
There is no final destination it is going towards.
Just the pilgrimage, just the journey in itself is life,
not reaching to some point,
no goal - just dancing and being in pilgrimage,
moving joyously, without bothering about any destination.
- Osho

"Mother Teresa Prayer"
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
... Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
... Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some
false friends and some true enemies;
... Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
... Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
... Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
... Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
... Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
... Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
We can do no great things - only small things with great love.
- although commonly attributed to Mother Teresa,
who kept a copy of this prayer on
the wall of her Calcutta orphanage,
this prayer was actually written by Kent Keith.

How true Daddy's words were when he said:
all children must look after their own upbringing.
Parents can only give good advice
or put them on the right paths,
but the final forming of a person's character
lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

I was thrown out of N.Y.U. my freshman year
for cheating on my metaphysics final ...
I looked within the soul of the boy sitting next to me.
- the Woody Allen movie Annie Hall

Forgiveness is the final form of love.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle
than the courage of a final moment;
but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.
- John F. Kennedy

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love
will have the final word in reality.
That is why right, temporarily defeated,
is stronger than evil triumphant.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

In The Name of the King is the right title.
To be honest, I don't know who had the final idea for
the title but I liked it and it has a strong connection to the movie's story.
- Uwe Boll

I cannot in good conscience vote for final passage
of legislation that would pave the way to open the
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.
- Jim Ramstad

The final effort came when our reconnaissance team
reported contact with the POWs and their guards by
radio near midnight at a pre-arranged crossing site.
- Bo Gritz

They say now in America that final cut doesn't mean anything.
As Harvey Weinstein said to some film-maker,
'You can have final cut.
I'll open your film in Arkansas.'
- Mira Nair

All our final decisions are made in a state of mind
that is not going to last.
- Marcel Proust

I visited the Gymnasium in The Hague and passed my
final examination (in the sciences section) in 1943.
- Simon van der Meer

I am trying to send directions out and keep control
of state government for the final month.
- Scott McCallum

The masses are the decisive element,
they are the rock on which the final victory of the
revolution will be built.
- Rosa Luxemburg

I also believe that the Supreme Court should be the
final arbiter of all federal questions.
- Judy Biggert

I consider it essential that the photographer should
do his own printing and enlarging.
The final effect of the finished print depends so much on these operations.
- Bill Brandt

Death is the final wake-up call.
- Douglas Horton

Just before my final year of high school,
my brother, sister and I moved with my mother to San Francisco.
- Eric Allin Cornell


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