A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.

— Edward R. Murrow

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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.

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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.

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We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men ... We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.

When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.

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To be persuasive, we must be believable;

to be believable, we must be credible; to be credible, we must be truthful.

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We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.

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Good night, and good luck.

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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.

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About Edward R. Murrow

Quotes 79 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Journalist
Birthday October 16

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.

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Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions.

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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.

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

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This instrument [radio] can teach. It can illuminate, yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it's nothing but wires and lights in a box.

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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.

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We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.

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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.

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

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A satellite has no conscience.

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We cannot make good news out of bad practice.

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

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

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Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.

No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognize them.

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I have no feud, either with my employers, any sponsors, or with the professional critics of radio and television. But I am seized with an abiding fear regarding what these two instruments are doing to our society, our culture and our heritage.

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

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The Wright brothers' first flight was not reported in a single newspaper because every rookie reporter knew what could and couldn't be done.

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

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

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A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices.

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The best speakers know enough to be scared…the only difference between the pros and the novices is that the pros have trained the butterflies to fly in formation.

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Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A blur of blinks, taps, jiggles, pivots and shifts .

.. the body language of a man wishing urgently to be elsewhere.

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We will not be driven by fear ... if we remember that we are not descended from fearful men.

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