Walter Lippmann

A useful definition of liberty is obtained only by seeking the principle of liberty in the main business of human life, that is to say, in the process by which men educate their responses and learn to control their environment.


Das Mehrheitprinzip ersetzt den Bürgerkrieg durch friedliche Mittel.


Die Presse ist kein Ersatz für öffentliche Institutionen.


Die Regierenden leisten sich fast alles – außer dem Geständnis, einen Fehler gemacht zu haben.


I do not despise genius – indeed, I wish I had a basketful of it. But yet, after a great deal of experience and observation, I have become convinced that industry is a better horse to ride than genius. It may never carry any man as far as genius has carried individuals, but industry – patient, steady, intelligent industry – will carry thousands into comfort, and even celebrity; and this it does with absolute certainty.


In a democracy, the opposition is not only tolerated as constitutional, but must be maintained because it is indispensable.


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


It requires wisdom to understand wisdom; the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.


Man braucht Weisheit, um Weisheit zu verstehen; die Musik ist nichts, wenn das Publikum taub ist.


Manche Staatsmänner sind wie Klavierstimmer: Sie wollen die Harmonie wiederherstellen, indem sie die Spannung verstärken.


Private property was the original source of freedom. It still is its main bulwark.


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


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


The justification of majority rule in politics is not to be found in its ethical superiority.


There is but one bond of peace that is both permanent and enriching: The increasing knowledge of the world in which experiment occurs.


There is nothing so bad but it can masquerade as moral.


True opinions can prevail only if the facts to which they refer are known; if they are not known, false ideas are just as effective as true ones, if not a little more effective.


Wenn alle das gleiche denken, denkt niemand.


Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.


While the right to talk may be the beginning of freedom, the necessity of listening is what makes the right important.


Wo alle dasselbe denken, denkt niemand sehr gründlich.


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