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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, May 2, 2016 – Edward R. Murrow

 

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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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“A satellite has no conscience.”

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

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“Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.”

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

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“Fame is morally neutral.”

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“Good night, and good luck.”

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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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“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.”

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

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

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“Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions.”

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

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

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“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.”

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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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“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 cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.”

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“We cannot make good news out of bad practice.”

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

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“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 just the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants.”

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

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“We hardly need to be reminded that we are living in an age of confusion — a lot of us have traded in our beliefs for bitterness and cynicism or for a heavy package of despair, or even a quivering portion of hysteria. Opinions can be picked up cheap in the market place while such commodities as courage and fortitude and faith are in alarmingly short supply.”

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“If we confuse dissent with disloyalty — if we deny the right of the individual to be wrong, unpopular, eccentric or unorthodox — if we deny the essence of racial equality then hundreds of millions in Asia and Africa who are shopping about for a new allegiance will conclude that we are concerned to defend a myth and our present privileged status. Every act that denies or limits the freedom of the individual in this country costs us the … confidence of men and women who aspire to that freedom and independence of which we speak and for which our ancestors fought.”  Ford Fiftieth Anniversary Show, CBS and NBC (June 1953)

Wikipedia:  Edward R. Murrow

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