These Walter Lippmann Quotes Will Have You Feeling Wise Beyond Your Years

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Inspiring Walter Lippmann Quotes

As one of the most famous American journalists, Walter Lippmann leaves behind a remarkable legacy. These powerful quotes highlight some of the most important messages from his writings. Whether he's discussing politics, freedom, or self-discovery, Lippmann knows how to make a point.

Known for coining the term "stereotype", there's no doubt Walter Lippmann has made a massive contribution to society. Not to mention, his 1922 book Public Opinion is still popular today.

Allow these famous quotes to instill wisdom in you. Whether you're looking for guidance or just a fresh perspective on life, Walter Lippmann gives great insight. Readers from all walks of life can find common ground in the teachings of this writer.

Moving Walter Lippmann Quotes

  • "When all men think alike, no one thinks very much."

  • "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."

  • "We are all captives of the picture in our head - our belief that the world we have experienced is the world that really exists."

  • "It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf."

  • "The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on."

  • "He has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so."

  • "Many a time I have wanted to stop talking and find out what I really believed."

Memorable Walter Lippmann Quotes

  • "It is perfectly true that that government is best which governs least. It is equally true that that government is best which provides most."

  • "Only the consciousness of a purpose that is mightier than any man and worthy of all men can fortify and inspirit and compose the souls of men."

  • "The first principle of a civilized state is that the power is legitimate only when it is under contract."

  • "Most men, after a little freedom, have preferred authority with the consoling assurances and the economy of effort it brings."

  • "The study of error is not only in the highest degree prophylactic, but it serves as a stimulating introduction to the study of truth."

  • "What we call a democratic society might be defined for certain purposes as one in which the majority is always prepared to put down a revolutionary minority."

  • "Once you touch the biographies of human beings, the notion that political beliefs are logically determined collapses like a pricked balloon."

Notable Walter Lippmann Quotes

  • "Unless the reformer can invent something which substitutes attractive."

  • "The time has come to stop beating our heads against stone walls under the illusion that we have been appointed policeman to the human race."

  • "Ideals are an imaginative understanding of that which is desirable in that which is possible."

  • "No amount of charters, direct primaries, or short ballots will make a democracy out of an illiterate people."

  • "The great social adventure of America is no longer the conquest of the wilderness but the absorption of fifty different peoples."

  • "Private property was the original source of freedom. It still is its main ballpark."

  • "There is nothing so good for the human soul as the discovery that there are ancient and flourishing civilized societies which have somehow managed to exist for many centuries and are still in being though they have had no help from the traveler in solving their problems."

Top Walter Lippmann Quotes

  • "When philosophers try to be politicians they generally cease to be philosophers."

  • "People that are orthodox when they are young are in danger of being middle-aged all their lives."

  • "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."

"Our conscience is not the vessel of eternal verities. It grows with our social life, and a new social condition means a radical change in conscience."

  • "There is no arguing with the pretenders to a divine knowledge and to a divine mission. They are possessed with the sin of pride, they have yielded to the perennial temptation."

  • "Industry is a better horse to ride than genius."

  • "We are quite rich enough to defend ourselves, whatever the cost. We must now learn that we are quite rich enough to educate ourselves as we need to be educated."

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