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Walter Lippmann Quotes

Ours is a problem in which deception has become organized and strong; where truth is poisoned at its source; one in which the skill of the shrewdest brains is devoted to misleading a bewildered people.
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Walter Lippmann Quotes: When all think alike then no one is
-When all think alike, then no one is thinking.

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What a myth never contains is the critical power to separate its truth from its errors.

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Since position and contact play so big a part in determining what can be seen, heard, read, and experienced, as well as what it is permissible to see, hear, read, and know, it is no wonder that moral judgment is so much more common than constructive thought.

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Photographs have the kind of authority over imagination to-day, which the printed word had yesterday, and the spoken word before that. They seem utterly real. They come, we imagine, directly to us without human meddling, and they are the most effortless food for the mind conceivable. Any description in words, or even any inert picture exists in the mind. But on the screen the whole process of observing, describing, reporting, and then imagining, has been accomplished for you.

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Walter Lippmann Quotes: For the real environment is altogether
For the real environment is altogether too big, too complex, and too fleeting for direct acquaintance. We are not equipped to deal with so much subtlety, so much variety, so many permutations and combinations. And although we have to act in that environment, we have to reconstruct it on a simpler model before we can manage it.

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When it comes to politics, "the facts far exceed our curiosity."
" ... A few executives here and there read them. The rest of us ignore them for the good and sufficient reason that we have other things to do ...

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Those whom we love and admire most are the men and women whose consciousness is peopled thickly with persons rather than with types, who know us rather than the classification into which we might fit.

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Walter Lippmann Quotes: The casual fact the creative imagination
The casual fact, the creative imagination, the will to believe, and out of these three elements, a counterfeit of reality to which there was a violent instinctive response. For it is clear enough that under certain conditions men respond as powerfully to fictions as they do to realities, and that in many cases they help to create the very fictions to which they respond.

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The General Staff of an army in the field is so placed that within wide limits it can control what the public will perceive. It controls the selection of correspondents who go to the front, controls their movements at the front, reads and censors their messages from the front, and operates the wires.

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Walter Lippmann Quotes: He seemed to be buffeted from both sides
He seemed to be buffeted from both sides, challenged by his dreams, which revolted at the compromises of reality, and assaulted by reality which denounced the emptiness of all dreams.
He seemed to spend himself in that struggle - the severest that a man can face; and he seemed to win by a constant renewal of effort in which he refused to sink either into placid acceptance of the world, or into self-contained satisfaction with his vision.

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The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.

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

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

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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.

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In a free society the state does not administer the affairs of men. It administers justice among men who conduct their own affairs.

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The press does not tell us what to think, it tells us what to think about.

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Walter Lippmann Quotes: When everyone thinks the same nobody is
When everyone thinks the same, nobody is thinking.

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The public interest may be presumed to be what men would choose if they saw clearly, thought rationally, acted disinterestedly and benevolently.

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Walter Lippmann Quotes: It is not the idea as such which the
It is not the idea as such which the censor attacks, whether it be heresy or radicalism or obscenity. He attacks the circulation of the idea among the classes which in his judgment are not to be trusted with the idea.

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Unless our ideas are questioned, they become part of the furniture of eternity.

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Walter Lippmann Quotes: Only the very rarest of princes can
Only the very rarest of princes can endure even a little criticism, and few of them can put up with even a pause in the adulation.

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Modern men are afraid of the past. It is a record of human achievement, but its other face is human defeat.

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In really hard times the rules of the game are altered. The inchoate mass begins to stir. It becomes potent, and when it strikes, it strikes with incredible emphasis. Those are the rare occasions when a national will emerges from the scattered, specialized, or indifferent blocs of voters who ordinarily elect the politicians. Those are for good or evil the great occasions in a nation's history.

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Unless democracy is to commit suicide by consenting to its own destruction, it will have to find some formidable answer to those who come to it saying: I demand from you in the name of your principles the rights which I shall deny to you later in the name of my principles.

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What each man does is based not on direct and certain knowledge, but on pictures made by himself or given to him ... The way in which the world is imagined determines at any particular moment what men will do.

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Walter Lippmann Quotes: Life can be swamped by sex very easily
Life can be swamped by sex very easily if sex is not normally satisfied.

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To keep a faith pure, man had better retire to a monastery.

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The private citizen today has come to feel rather like a deaf spectator in the back row, who ought to keep his mind on the mystery off there, but cannot quite manage to keep awake. He knows he is somehow affected by what is going on. Rules and regulations continually, taxes annually and wars occasionally remind him that he is being swept along by great drifts of circumstance. Yet these public affairs are in no convincing way his affairs. They are for the most part invisible. They are managed, if they are managed at all, at distant centers, from behind the scenes, by unnamed powers.

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Walter Lippmann Quotes: One might point to the great
One might point to the great illumination that has resulted from Freud's analysis of the abracadabra of our dreams. No one can any longer dismiss the fantasy because it is logically inconsistent, superficially absurd, or objectively untrue.

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The people who really matter in social affairs are neither those who wish to stop short like a mule, or leap from crag to crag like a mountain goat.

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A rational man acting in the real world may be defined as one who decides where he will strike a balance between what he desires and what can be done.

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The principle of majority rule is the mildest form in which the force of numbers can be exercised. It is a pacific substitute for civil war in which the opposing armies are counted and the victory is awarded to the larger before any blood is shed. Except in the sacred tests of democracy and in the incantations of the orators, we hardly take the trouble to pretend that the rule of the majority is not at bottom a rule of force.

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If all power is in the people, if there is no higher law than their will, and if by counting their votes, their will may be ascertained - then the people may entrust all their power to anyone, and the power of the pretender and the usurper is then legitimate. It is not to be challenged since it came originally from the sovereign people.

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We forge gradually our greatest instrument for understanding the world - introspection. We discover that humanity may resemble us very considerably - that the best way of knowing the inwardness of our neighbors is to know ourselves.

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The public must be put in its place, so that it may exercise its own powers, but no less and perhaps even more, so that each of us may live free of the trampling and the roar of a bewildered herd.

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Walter Lippmann Quotes: Popular government has not yet been
Popular government has not yet been proved to guarantee, always and everywhere, good government.

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Walter Lippmann Quotes: We must protect the right of our
We must protect the right of our opponents to speak because we must hear what they have to say.

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Walter Lippmann Quotes: If somebody can create an absolute
If somebody can create an absolute system of beliefs and rules of conduct that will guide a business man at eleven o'clock in the morning, a boy trying to select a career, a woman in an unhappy love affair
well then, surely no pragmatist will object. He insists only that philosophy shall come down to earth and be tried out there.

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A large plural society cannot be governed without recognizing that, transcending its plural interests, there is a rational order with a superior common law.

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The balancing of present wants against the future is really the central problem of ethics.

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Newspapers necessarilyand inevitably reflect, and therefore, in greater or lesser measure, intensify, the defective organization of public opinion.

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