Talk:Edward R. Murrow
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- 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.
- 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.