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Edward R. Murrow Quote: “A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”

A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.

— Edward R. Murrow



Edward R. Murrow Quote: “To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be creditable; to be credible we must be truthful.”

To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be creditable; to be credible we must be truthful.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.”

Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.”

We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “We’re not descended from fearful men – not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular.”

We’re not descended from fearful men – not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn’t mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.”

Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn’t mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.”

We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “I simply cannot accept that there are, on every story, two equal and logical sides to an argument.”

I simply cannot accept that there are, on every story, two equal and logical sides to an argument.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another.”

We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason.”

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason.

— Edward R. Murrow



Edward R. Murrow Quote: “No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.”

No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “We cannot make good news out of bad practice.”

We cannot make good news out of bad practice.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “Speaking of Sir Winston Churchill: He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle.”

Speaking of Sir Winston Churchill: He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer.”

The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions.”

Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “Anyone who isn’t confused really doesn’t understand the situation.”

Anyone who isn’t confused really doesn’t understand the situation.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit.”

Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “Just once in a while, let us exalt the importance of ideas and information.”

Just once in a while, let us exalt the importance of ideas and information.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “It has always seemed to me the real art in this business is not so much moving information or guidance or policy five or 10,000 miles. That is an electronic problem. The real art is to move it the last three feet in face to face conversation.”

It has always seemed to me the real art in this business is not so much moving information or guidance or policy five or 10,000 miles. That is an electronic problem. The real art is to move it the last three feet in face to face conversation.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “Good night, and good luck.”

Good night, and good luck.

— Edward R. Murrow



Edward R. Murrow Quote: “Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices – just recognize them.”

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices – just recognize them.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “If none of us ever read a book that was “dangerous,” had a friend who was “different,” or joined an organization that advocated “change,” we would all be the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants.”

If none of us ever read a book that was “dangerous,” had a friend who was “different,” or joined an organization that advocated “change,” we would all be the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “If we were to do the Second Coming of Christ in color for a full hour, there would be a considerable number of stations which would decline to carry it on the grounds that a Western or a quiz show would be more profitable.”

If we were to do the Second Coming of Christ in color for a full hour, there would be a considerable number of stations which would decline to carry it on the grounds that a Western or a quiz show would be more profitable.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.”

We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it.”

The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “The real crucial link in the international exchange is the last three feet, which is bridged by personal contact, one person talking to another.”

The real crucial link in the international exchange is the last three feet, which is bridged by personal contact, one person talking to another.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “It is well to remember that freedom through the press is the thing that comes first. Most of us probably feel we couldn’t be free without newspapers, and that is the real reason we want the newspapers to be free.”

It is well to remember that freedom through the press is the thing that comes first. Most of us probably feel we couldn’t be free without newspapers, and that is the real reason we want the newspapers to be free.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “The only thing that counts is the right to know, to speak, to think – that, and the sanctity of the courts. Otherwise it’s not America.”

The only thing that counts is the right to know, to speak, to think – that, and the sanctity of the courts. Otherwise it’s not America.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “American traditions and the American ethic require us to be truthful, but the most important reason is that truth is the best propaganda and lies are the worst. To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful. It is as simple as that.”

American traditions and the American ethic require us to be truthful, but the most important reason is that truth is the best propaganda and lies are the worst. To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful. It is as simple as that.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “We are to a large extent an imitative society.”

We are to a large extent an imitative society.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “All I can hope to teach my son is to tell the truth and fear no man.”

All I can hope to teach my son is to tell the truth and fear no man.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “Learn your language well and command it well, and you will have the first component to life.”

Learn your language well and command it well, and you will have the first component to life.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “A satellite has no conscience.”

A satellite has no conscience.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “I am frightened by the imbalance, the constant striving to reach the largest possible audience for everything; by the absence of a sustained study of the state of the nation.”

I am frightened by the imbalance, the constant striving to reach the largest possible audience for everything; by the absence of a sustained study of the state of the nation.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “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.”

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.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “The fact that your voice is amplified to the degree where it reaches from one end of the country to the other does not confer upon you greater wisdom or understanding than you possessed when your voice reached only from one end of the bar to the other.”

The fact that your voice is amplified to the degree where it reaches from one end of the country to the other does not confer upon you greater wisdom or understanding than you possessed when your voice reached only from one end of the bar to the other.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.”

The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “Tuberculosis, starvation, fatigue, and there are many who have no desire to live.”

Tuberculosis, starvation, fatigue, and there are many who have no desire to live.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “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 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.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “One of the basic troubles with radio and television news is that both instruments have grown up as an incompatible combination of show business, advertising and news. Each of the three is a rather bizarre and demanding profession. And when you get all three under one roof, the dust never settles.”

One of the basic troubles with radio and television news is that both instruments have grown up as an incompatible combination of show business, advertising and news. Each of the three is a rather bizarre and demanding profession. And when you get all three under one roof, the dust never settles.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “I was greatly influenced by one of my teachers. She had a zeal not so much for perfection as for steady betterment-she demanded not excellence so much as integrity.”

I was greatly influenced by one of my teachers. She had a zeal not so much for perfection as for steady betterment-she demanded not excellence so much as integrity.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “All babies look like Winston Churchill.”

All babies look like Winston Churchill.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “Our history will be what we make of it. If we go on as we are, then history will take its revenge and retribution will not limp in catching up with us. So, just once in a while let us exhault the importance of ideas and information.”

Our history will be what we make of it. If we go on as we are, then history will take its revenge and retribution will not limp in catching up with us. So, just once in a while let us exhault the importance of ideas and information.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “Seldom, if ever, has a war ended leaving the victors with such a sense of uncertainty and fear, with such a realization that the future is obscure and that survival is not assured.”

Seldom, if ever, has a war ended leaving the victors with such a sense of uncertainty and fear, with such a realization that the future is obscure and that survival is not assured.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “I am entirely persuaded that the American public is more reasonable, restrained and mature than most of the broadcast industry’s planners believe. Their fear of controversy is not warranted by the evidence.”

I am entirely persuaded that the American public is more reasonable, restrained and mature than most of the broadcast industry’s planners believe. Their fear of controversy is not warranted by the evidence.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “A thing of orchestrated hell-a terrible symphony of light and flame.”

A thing of orchestrated hell-a terrible symphony of light and flame.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “To be credible we must be truthful.”

To be credible we must be truthful.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “It appeared that most of the men and boys had died of starvation; they had not been executed. But the manner of death seemed unimportant. Murder had been done at Buchenwald. God alone knows how many men and boys have died there during the last twelve years.”

It appeared that most of the men and boys had died of starvation; they had not been executed. But the manner of death seemed unimportant. Murder had been done at Buchenwald. God alone knows how many men and boys have died there during the last twelve years.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “If radio news is to be regarded as a commodity, only acceptable when saleable, then I don’t care what you call it – I say it isn’t news.”

If radio news is to be regarded as a commodity, only acceptable when saleable, then I don’t care what you call it – I say it isn’t news.

— Edward R. Murrow


Edward R. Murrow Quote: “People say conversation is a lost art; how often I have wished it were.”

People say conversation is a lost art; how often I have wished it were.

— Edward R. Murrow

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