Edward R. Murrow Quotes

A reporter is always concerned with tomorrow. There's nothing tangible of yesterday. All I can say I've done is agitate the air ten or fifteen minutes and then boom -- it's gone.
We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason if we ... remember that we are not descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes which were, for the moment, unpopular.
If none of us ever read a book that was 'dangerous,' had a friend who was 'different' or joined an organization that advocated 'change,' we would all be just the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants. Whose fault is that Not really McCarthy's. He didn't create this situation of fear. He merely exploited it, and rather successfully.
Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognize them.
No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.
Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.
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.
The politician in my country seeks votes, affection and respect, in that order. ... With few notable exceptions, they are simply men who want to be loved.
Anyone who isn't confused really doesn't understand the situation.
After last night's debate, the reputation of Messieurs Lincoln and Douglas is secure.
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.
When the politicians complain that TV turns the proceedings into a circus, it should be made clear that the circus was already there, and that TV has merely demonstrated that not all the performers are well trained.
A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices.
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