All Quotations / Quotations from Edward R. Murrow
A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices.
Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.
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.
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.
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.
To be persuasive, we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible, we must be truthful.
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.
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.