37 Total Quotes

Theodore White Quotes

When a reporter sits down at the typewriter, he's nobody's friend.
Theodore White
#American Journalist

The flood of money that gushes into politics today is a pollution of democracy.
Theodore White
#American Journalist #Democracy

I'd get into a room and disappear into the woodwork. Now the rooms are so crowded with reporters getting behind-the-scenes stories that nobody can get behind-the-scenes stories.
Theodore White
#American Journalist

The best time to listen to a politician is when he's on a stump on a street corner in the rain late at night when he's exhausted. Then he doesn't lie.
Theodore White
#American Journalist #Lies And Lying

The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting."
Theodore White
#Beginning

If you make a living, if you earn your own money, you're free - however free one can be on this planet.
Theodore White
#American Journalist

It was like walking through a field playing a brass tuba the day it rained gold. Everything was sitting around waiting to be reported.
Theodore White
#American Journalist

The best thing for being sad, replied Merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting."
Theodore White
#inspirational

Whether a man is burdened by power or enjoys power; whether he is trapped by responsibility or made free by it; whether he is moved by other people and outer forces or moves them -- this is of the essence of leadership.
Theodore White
#Leadership

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
Theodore White
#Friends Or Friendship

A liberal is a person who believes that water can be made to run uphill. A conservative is someone who believes everybody should pay for his water. I'm somewhere in between: I believe water should be free, but that water flows downhill.
Theodore White
#American Journalist

With electricity we were wired into a new world, for electricity brought the radio, a "crystal set" and with enough ingenuity, one could tickle the crystal with a cat's whisker and pick up anything.
Theodore White
#Electricity

He who is created by television can be destroyed by television.
Theodore White
#American Journalist #Television

Generally students are the best vehicles for passing on ideas, for their thoughts are plastic and can be molded and they can adjust the ideas of old men to the shape of reality as they find it in villages and hills of China or in ghettos and suburbs of America.
Theodore White
#American Journalist

Politics in America is the binding secular religion.
Theodore White
#American Journalist

You can't get unless you give. And you have to give without wanting to get.
Theodore White
#Giving

Don't ever let anybody teach you to think; it is the curse of the world.
Theodore White
#Education

The world is beautiful if you are beautiful.
Theodore White
#Love

With the end of the nominating process, American politics leaves logic behind.
Theodore White
#American Journalist #Politics

There is no excitement anywhere in the world, short of war, to match the excitement of an American presidential campaign.
Theodore White
#Excitement

I class myself as a manual laborer.
Theodore White
#American Journalist

I happen to think that American politics is one of the noblest arts of mankind; and I cannot do anything else but write about it.
Theodore White
#American Journalist

His passion has aroused the best and the beast in man. And the beast waited for him in the kitchen.
Theodore White
#American Journalist #Passion

When that book came out, it was like Columbus telling about America at the court of Ferdinand and Isabella.
Theodore White
#American Journalist

When the bus or the plane rolled or flew through the night, they sang songs of their own composition about Mr Nixon and the Republicans in chorus with the Kennedy staff and felt that they, too, were marching like soldiers of the Lord to the New Frontier.
Theodore White
#American Journalist