57 Total Quotes

Russell Baker Quotes

The worst thing about being a tourist is having other tourists recognize you as a tourist.
Russell Baker
#American Journalist

A group of politicians deciding to dump a President because his morals are bad is like the Mafia getting together to bump off the Godfather for not going to church on Sunday.
Russell Baker
#American Journalist

I gave up on new poetry myself thirty years ago, when most of it began to read like coded messages passing between lonely aliens on a hostile world.
Russell Baker
#American Journalist

Those people who taught Hubert Humphrey a lesson will still be enjoying the Nixon Supreme Court when Tricia and Julie begin to find silver threads among the gold and the black
Russell Baker
#Nixon

In an age when the fashion is to be in love with yourself, confessing to be in love with somebody else is an admission of unfaithfulness to one's beloved.
Russell Baker
#American Journalist #Age And Aging

Ah, summer - what power you have to make us suffer and like it
Russell Baker
#Power

The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn't require any.
Russell Baker
#American Journalist #Suspicion

People seem to enjoy things more when they know a lot of other people have been left out of the pleasure.
Russell Baker
#American Journalist #People

Inanimate objects can be classified scientifically into three major categories; those that don't work, those that break down and those that get lost.
Russell Baker
#American Journalist #Work

An educated person is one who has learned that information almost always turns out to be at best incomplete and very often false, misleading, fictitious, mendacious - just dead wrong.
Russell Baker
#American Journalist #Education

Situation comedy on television has thrived for years on "canned" laughter grafted by gaglines by technicians using records of guffawing audiences that have been dead for years.
Russell Baker
#Laughter

I gave up on new poetry myself 30 years ago when most of it began to read like coded messages passing between lonely aliens in a hostile world.
Russell Baker
#American Journalist #Poetry

Live by publicity, you'll probably die by publicity.
Russell Baker
#American Journalist

In America, it is sport that is the opiate of the masses.
Russell Baker
#American Journalist #America

Is fuel efficiency really what we need most desperately? I say that what we really need is a car that can be shot when it breaks down.
Russell Baker
#American Journalist #Efficiency

So there he is at last. Man on the moon. The poor magnificent bungler! He can't even get to the office without undergoing the agonies of the damned, but give him a little metal, a few chemicals, some wire and twenty or thirty billion dollars and, vroom!
Russell Baker
#Man

It seems to be a law of American life that whatever enriches us anywhere except in the wallet inevitably becomes uneconomic
Russell Baker
#Law

There are no liberals behind steering wheels
Russell Baker
#Liberals

Don't try to make children grow up to be like you, or they may do it.
Russell Baker
#American Journalist #Children

A solved problem creates two new problems, and the best prescription for happy living is not to solve any more problems than you have to.
Russell Baker
#Living

Reporters thrive on the world's misfortune. For this reason they often take an indecent pleasure in events that dismay the rest of humanity.
Russell Baker
#American Journalist