The best Quotations


A useful definition of liberty is obtained only by seeking the principle of liberty in the main business of human life, that is to say, in the process by which men educate their responses and learn to control their environment.
- 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

Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
- Walter Lippmann

Corrupt, stupid grasping functionaries will make at least as big a muddle of socialism as stupid, selfish and acquisitive employers can make of capitalism.
- Walter Lippmann

Football strategy does not originate in a scrimmage: it is useless to expect solutions in a political campaign.
- Walter Lippmann

Ignore what a man desires and you ignore the very source of his power
- 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

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

In making the great experiment of governing people by consent rather than by coercion, it is not sufficient that the party in power should have a majority. it is just as necessary that the party in power should never outrage the minority.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Private property was the original source of freedom. it still is its main ballpark.
- 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

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

The disesteem into which moralists have fallen is due at bottom to their failure to see that in an age like this one the function of the moralist is not to exhort men to be good but to elucidate what the good is. the problem of sanctions is secondary.
- Walter Lippmann

The effort to calculate exactly what the voters want at each particular moment leaves out of account the fact that when they are troubled the thing the voters most want is to be told what to want.
- 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

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

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


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