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Walter Lippmann

Datum narození: 23. září 1889
Datum úmrtí: 14. prosinec 1974
Další jména: Walter Lippman

Walter Lippmann byl americký novinář a filozof pocházející z newyorské židovské rodiny.


„Kde všichni mysli totéž, tam se toho moc nenamyslí.“

„Je to přívětivý muž, který by se rád stal prezidentem, a přitom nemá pro tento úřad potřebnou kvalifikaci.“ o Rooseveltovi


„Velkovévodové si zvolili slabého cara, aby zvýšili svou moc.“ o Warrenu G. Hardingovi

„Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.“

„There can be no liberty for a community which lacks the means by which to detect lies.“ Liberty and the news

„It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.“

„The systems of stereotypes may be the core of our personal tradition, the defenses of our position in society. They are an ordered more or less consistent picture of the world, to which our habits, our tastes, our capacities, our comforts and our hopes have adjusted themselves. They may not be a complete picture of the world, but they are a picture of a possible world to which we are adapted. In that world, people and things have their well-known places, and do certain expected things. We feel at home there. We fit in. We are members.

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It is not merely a short cut. It is all these things and something more. It is the guarantee of our self-respect; it is the projection upon the world of our own sense or our own value, our own position, and our own rights. [... ] They are the fortress of our traditions, and behind its defenses we can continue to feel ourselves safe in the position we occupy.“
Public Opinion

„We are told about the world before we see it. We imagine most things before we experience them. And those preconceptions, unless education has made us acutely aware, govern deeply the whole process of perception.“ Public Opinion


„Ignore what a man desires and you ignore the very source of his power.“

„For the most part we do not first see, and then define, we define first and then see. In the great blooming, buzzing confusion of the outer world we pick out what our culture has already defined for us, and we tend to perceive that which we have picked out in the form stereotyped for us by our culture.“ Public Opinion

„‎"When all think alike, then no one is thinking.“

„there are at least two distinct selves, the public and regal self, the private and human.“ Public Opinion


„There is no arguing with the pretenders to a divine knowledge and to a divine mission. They are possessed with the sin of pride. They have yielded to the perennial temptation.“

„To create a minimum standard of life below which no human being can fall is the most elementary duty of the democratic state.“

„Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character. We extend this into all our thinking. Between us and the realities of social life we build up a mass of generalizations, abstract ideas, ancient glories, and personal wishes. They simplify and soften experience. It is so much easier to talk of poverty than to think of the poor, to argue the rights of capital than to see its results. Pretty soon we come to think of the theories and abstract ideas as things in themselves. We worry about their fate and forget their original content.“ A Preface To Politics

„If we cannot fully understand the acts of other people, until we know what they think they know, then in order to do justice we have to appraise not only the information which has been at their disposal, but the minds though which they have filtered it.“ Public Opinion

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