Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965)

“Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn’t mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.”

“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.”

“We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.”

“To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful.”

“Anyone who isn’t confused really doesn’t understand the situation.”

“No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.”

“We cannot make good news out of bad practice.”

“The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer.”

“The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.”

“Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.”

“Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions.”

“People say conversation is a lost art; how often I have wished it were.”

“The politician is trained in the art of inexactitude. His words tend to be blunt or rounded, because if they have a cutting edge they may later return to wound him.”

“A satellite has no conscience.”

“Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices – just recognize them.”

“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.”

“Just once in a while let us exalt the importance of ideas and information.”

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