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The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him
by 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

Related topics: Business

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Industry is a better horse to ride than genius.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Genius is the power to labor better and more availably.
Deserve thy genius: exalt it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men of lofty genius,
when they are doing the least work,
are most active.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Everyone is born a genius,
but the process of living de-geniuses them.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Genius is one percent inspiration
and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
- Thomas Edison

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, Begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it, Begin it now.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage
to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

To see things in the seed, that is genius.
- Lao Tzu

If you wish to succeed in life,
make perseverance your bosom friend,
experience your wise counselor,
caution your elder brother,
and hope your guardian genius.
- Joseph Addison

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not;
nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not;
unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not;
the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
- Calvin Coolidge

What is called genius is the
abundance of life and health.
- Henry David Thoreau

The man of genius inspires us with
a boundless confidence in our own powers.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Genius always finds itself a century too early.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I'm not a genius.
I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

When you have shut your doors, and darkened your room,
remember, never to say that you are alone,
for you are not alone, but God is within,
and your genius is within.
- Epictetus

Not all Heroes wear capes.
- On an Apple Inc. "Genius Bar" T-shirt

The difference between stupidity and genius
is that genius has its limits.
- Albert Einstein

Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity;
so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.
- Henry David Thoreau

Everyone is a genius at least once a year;
a real genius has his original ideas closer together.
- Georg Lichtenberg

Important ideas can come from unexpected places.
We tend to label people - Genius, Idiot,
Socialist, Regressive, Wingnut, Revolutionary, Terrorist.
But it is helpful to remind ourselves to be open
to good ideas - whatever their source.
It is equally important to avoid accepting any idea
merely because we respect that person's
other ideas or accomplishments.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy
between the genius and his human qualities
that one has to ask oneself whether
a little less talent might not have been better.
- Carl Jung

Everybody is a genius.
But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,
it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
- Albert Einstein

When nature has work to be done,
she creates a genius to do it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There's a fine line between genius and insanity.
I have erased this line.
- Oscar Levant

Genius ain't anything more than elegant common sense.
- Josh Billings

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius
and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous
than absolutely boring.
- Marilyn Monroe


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