Best Quotes by Walter Lippmann (Top 10)

  1. It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.
  2. When all think alike, then no one is thinking
  3. There can be no liberty for a community which lacks the means by which to detect lies.
  4. He has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so.
  5. To create a minimum standard of life below which no human being can fall is the most elementary duty of the democratic state.
  6. Successful ... politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their constituencies.
  7. It is often very ask yourself how you got at the facts on which you base your opinion. Who actually saw, heard, felt, counted, named the thing, about which you have an opinion?
  8. Ignore what a man desires and you ignore the very source of his power.
  9. 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.
  10. The Bill of Rights does not come from the people and is not subject to change by majorities. It comes from the nature of things. It declares the inalienable rights of man not only against all government but also against the people collectively.

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