When men are brought face to face with their opponents, forced to listen and learn and mend their ideas, they cease to be children and savages and begin to live like civilized men. Then only is freedom a reality, when men may voice their opinions because they must examine their opinions.
It requires wisdom to understand wisdom the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.
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.
Modern men are afraid of the past. It is a record of human achievement, but its other face is human defeat.
Our mind is capable of passing beyond the dividing line we have drawn for it. Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists, other, new insights begin.
People who are tremendously concerned about their identification, their individuality, their self expression, or their sense of humor, always seem to be missing the very things they pursue.
Love endures only when the lovers love many things together and not merely each other.
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.
The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.
When all men think alike, no one thinks very much.
The great social adventure of America is no longer the conquest of the wilderness but the absorption of fifty different peoples
Most men, after a little freedom, have preferred authority with the consoling assurances and the economy of effort it brings.
The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief, which is at the heart of all popular religion, that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart
Nobody has worked harder at inactivity with such a force of character, with such unremitting attention to detail, with such conscientious devotion to the task
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
I would have carved on the portals of the National Press Club, Put not your trust in princes. 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.
It is impossible to abolish either with a law or an ax the desires of men
While the right to talk may be the beginning of freedom, the necessity of listening is what makes the right important
What a shame to waste those great shots on the practice tee.
Certainly he is not of the generation that regards honesty as the best policy. However, he does regard it as a policy.
He has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so.
A man has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so.
Ideals are an imaginative understanding of that which is desirable in that which is possible.
There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil - remain detached from the great
A long life in journalism convinced me many presidents ago that there should be a large air space between a journalist and the head of a state.