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I could tell you which writer's rhythms I am imitating.
by Charles Kuralt

I could tell you which writer's rhythms I am imitating.
It's not exactly plagiarism, it's falling in love with
good language and trying to imitate it.
- Charles Kuralt

The love of family and the admiration of friends is
much more important than wealth and privilege.
- Charles Kuralt

You can find your way across this country using burger
joints the way a navigator uses stars.
- Charles Kuralt

My mother, at least twice, cancelled our family's subscription
to the newspaper I was working on,
because she was so mad about its treatment of my father.
- Charles Kuralt

 

I didn't like the competitiveness of big-time journalism.
- Charles Kuralt

It does no harm just once in a while to acknowledge
that the whole country isn't in flames,
that there are people in the country besides politicians,
entertainers, and criminals.
- Charles Kuralt

I don't have any well-developed philosophy about journalism.
Ultimately it is important in a society like this,
so people can know about everything that goes wrong.
- Charles Kuralt

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TV critics, who traditionally hate television and make
their living writing about it,
often didn't like what I did on the air.
- Charles Kuralt

I can't say that I've changed anybody's life,
ever, and that's the real work of the world,
if you want a better society.
- Charles Kuralt

Kids are always asked, What are you going to be when
you grow up? I needed an answer.
So instead of saying, a fireman, or a policeman,
I said, a reporter.
- Charles Kuralt

I would love to write something that people would still
read 50 or 100 years from now.
That comes with growing older, I think.
- Charles Kuralt

My parents encouraged me in everything I ever wanted to do.
- Charles Kuralt

The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes
up for the acts of greed in the headlines.
- Charles Kuralt

It's best to leap into something you know you love.
You might change your mind later, but that is the privilege of youth.
- Charles Kuralt

It was so much fun to have the freedom to wander America,
with no assignments.
For 25 or 30 years I never had an assignment.
These were all stories I wanted to do myself.
- Charles Kuralt

I wasn't a very discriminating reader.
I read just about everything that came along.
- Charles Kuralt

I used to think that driving, sleepless,
ambitious labor was what you needed to succeed.
- Charles Kuralt

We always take credit for the good and attribute the bad to fortune.
- Charles Kuralt

I think I'd have done better if I had been a little
more relaxed-if I had not pressed quite so hard,
if I'd not lost quite so much sleep.
- Charles Kuralt

There is such a thing as a national conscience,
and it can be touched.
- Charles Kuralt

Look for joy in your life; it's not always easy to find.
- Charles Kuralt

I don't think I had a reputation as a hard worker,
but inside I was always being eaten up by the pressures.
- Charles Kuralt

I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be a reporter.
I don't know where I got the idea that it was a romantic calling.
- Charles Kuralt

Thanks to the Interstate Highway System,
it is now possible to travel across the country from
coast to coast without seeing anything.
- Charles Kuralt

The first books I was interested in were all about baseball.
But I can't think of one single book that changed my life in any way.
- Charles Kuralt

In television, everything is gone with the speed of light,
literally.
It is no field for anybody with intimations of immortality.
- Charles Kuralt

I don't think one should ever come to my stage of life
and have to look back and say,
Gosh.
I wish I hadn't spent all those years doing that job
I was never really interested in.
- Charles Kuralt

I think all those people I did stories about measured
their own success by the joy their work was giving them.
- Charles Kuralt

I suppose I was a little bit of what would be called today a nerd.
I didn't have girlfriends, and really I wasn't a very social boy.
- Charles Kuralt

When I was a little boy I used to borrow my father's hat,
and make a press card to stick in the hat band.
That was the way reporters were always portrayed in the movies.
- Charles Kuralt

I believe that writing is derivative.
I think good writing comes from good reading.
- Charles Kuralt

There are a lot of people who are doing wonderful things,
quietly, with no motive of greed, or hostility toward other people,
or delusions of superiority.
- Charles Kuralt

A country so rich that it can send people to the moon
still has hundreds of thousands of its citizens who can't read.
That's terribly troubling to me.
- Charles Kuralt

Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.
- Charles Kuralt

Just by luck, I picked good heroes to worship.
- Charles Kuralt

I'm not any kind of social reformer.
- Charles Kuralt

I remember being in the public library and my jaw just
aching as I looked around at all those books I wanted to read.
There just wasn't time enough to read everything I wanted to read.
- Charles Kuralt

I had a little insight into life that most kids probably didn't have.
My mother was a schoolteacher, and my father was a social worker.
Through his eyes I saw the underside of society.
- Charles Kuralt

For a while there, I was a stringer.
The expression comes from the old habit of stringing
together the column inches that you had written.
They'd measure it and pay you 10 cents an inch for your printed copy.
- Charles Kuralt

Now that I look back on it, having retired from being a reporter,
it was kind of romantic.
It was a wonderful way to live one's life,
just as I imagined it would be when I was 6 or 7.
- Charles Kuralt

When I worked in Los Angeles covering hard news,
very often when something important would happen I'd
be off in the woods covering something unimportant,
which was more interesting to me.
- Charles Kuralt

I saw how many people were poor and how many kids my
age went to school hungry in the morning,
which I don't think most of my contemporaries in racially
segregated schools in the South thought very much about at the time.
- Charles Kuralt

When we become a really mature, grown-up,
wise society, we will put teachers at the center of the community,
where they belong.
We don't honor them enough, we don't pay them enough.
- Charles Kuralt

I recognize that I had a good deal of good luck in my life.
I came along at a time when it was pretty easy to get a job in journalism.
I went to work at CBS News when I was about 22,
and within a year or so was reporting on the air.
- Charles Kuralt

Since my retirement, I've spent a lot of time trying
to help the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina.
A society like this just can't afford an uneducated underclass of citizens.
- Charles Kuralt

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering
is worse than the suffering itself.
- Paulo Coelho

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

Always listen to the experts.
They'll tell you what can't be done and why.
Then do it.
- Robert Heinlein

I do myself a greater injury in lying
than I do him of whom I tell a lie.
- Michel de Montaigne

We tell the real truth of our life
by the stories we repeatedly tell.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We tell lies, yet it is easy to show that lying is immoral.
- Epictetus

I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie.
I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave.
And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.
- H.L. Mencken

Never tell people how to do things.
Tell them what to do and they will
surprise you with their ingenuity.
- George S. Patton

Intent is what can make a man succeed
when his thoughts tell him that he is defeated.
- Carlos Castaneda

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job,
tell 'em, Certainly I Can. -
and get busy and find out how to do it.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Spend time every day listening to what your muse is trying to tell you.
- Saint Bartholomew

Never allow a person to tell you NO
who doesn't have the power to say YES.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

You have heard that it was said,
"Love your neighbor and hate your enemy."
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
- Matthew 5:43-44

Tell me what company thou keepst,
and I'll tell thee what thou art.
- Miguel de Cervantes

It's essential to tell the truth at all times.
This will reduce life's pain.
Lying distorts reality.
All forms of distorted thinking must be corrected.
- John Bradshaw

You don't need anybody to tell you
who you are or what you are.
You are what you are!
- John Lennon

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I used to tell my husband that,
if he could make me "understand" something,
it would be clear to all the other people in the country.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If I could tell the world just one thing
it would be we're all okay,
and not to worry cause worry is wasteful
and useless in times like these.
I won't be made useless.
I won't be idle with despair,
I will gather myself around my faith.
Light does the darkness most fear.
- Jewel

The most interesting information comes from children,
for they tell all they know and then stop.
- Mark Twain

It is a great confidence in a friend
to tell him your faults;
greater to tell him his.
- Benjamin Franklin

If I mayn't tell you what I feel,
what is the use of a friend?
- William Makepeace Thackeray

Tell me whom you live with,
and I will tell you who you are.
- Spanish Proverb

No greater thing is created suddenly,
any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig.
If you tell me that you desire a fig,
I answer you that there must be time.
Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
- Epictetus

Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.
- Jonas Salk


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