Talk:Edward R. Murrow

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Wikiquote no longer allows unsourced quotations, and they are in process of being removed from our pages (see Wikiquote:Limits on quotations); but if you can provide a reliable and precise source for any quote on this list please move it to Edward R. Murrow. --Antiquary 11:45, 25 April 2009 (UTC)

  • A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices.
  • 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.
  • Anyone who isn't confused really doesn't understand the situation.
  • Fame is morally neutral.
  • I have always been on the side of the heretics against those who burned them because the heretics so often turned out to be right. Dead, but right.
  • Just once in a while let us exalt the importance of ideas and information.
  • Language is one of the greatest gifts man has devised for himself. It ranks, alongside the discovery of fire and the wheel, as a major influence in making modern man what he is today.
  • Language is the memory of man. Without it he has no past, a paltry present, and an empty future. With it he can bring his dreams to life.
  • Learn your language well and command it well, and you will have the first component to life.
  • Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit.
  • 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 obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer.
  • To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful.
  • We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.
    • Variant: Dissension is not disloyalty. These remarks are similar to the sourced remarks of 9 March 1954 above.