Quotations From WALTER LIPPMANN


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  • There is nothing so bad but it can masquerade as moral.
    Walter Lippmann (1889-1974), U.S. journalist. A Preface to Politics, ch. 6 (1914).
  • When philosophers try to be politicians they generally cease to be philosophers.
    Walter Lippmann (1889-1974), U.S. journalist. A Preface to Politics, ch. 3 (1914).
  • 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 (1889-1974), U.S. journalist. The Good Society, ch. 12 (1937).

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  • 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 (1889-1974), U.S. journalist. Public Opinion, ch. 17 (1922).

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  • 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 (1889-1974), U.S. journalist. Public Opinion, ch. 3, sct. 10 (1929).
  • 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 (1889-1974), U.S. journalist. The Public Philosophy, ch. 7, sect. 5.

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  • Let a human being throw the energies of his soul into the making of something, and the instinct of workmanship will take care of his honesty.
    Walter Lippmann (1889-1974), U.S. journalist. A Preface to Politics, ch. 3 (1914).

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  • Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
    Walter Lippmann (1889-1974), U.S. journalist. A Preface to Politics, ch. 6 (1914).
  • Football strategy does not originate in a scrimmage: it is useless to expect solutions in a political compaign.
    Walter Lippmann (1889-1974), U.S. journalist. A Preface to Politics, ch. 3 (1914).

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  • When men can no longer be theists, they must, if they are civilized, become humanists.
    Walter Lippmann (1889-1974), U.S. journalist. A Preface to Morals, pt. 1, ch. 7, sect. 7 (1929).
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