Quotes of the day- Eric Sevareid:
Arnold Eric Sevareid (November 26, 1912 – July 9, 1992) was a CBS news journalist from 1939 to 1977. He was one of a group of elite war correspondents hired by pioneering CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow, and thus dubbed "Murrow's Boys". He was the first to report the fall of Paris when it was captured by the Germans during World War II. Traveling into Burma during World War II, his aircraft was shot down and he was rescued from behind enemy lines by a search and rescue team established for that purpose. He was the final journalist to interview Adlai Stevenson before his death. After a long and distinguished career, he followed in Murrow's footsteps as a commentator on the CBS Evening News for 12 years for which he was recognized with Emmy and Peabody Awards. (Click for full article.)
As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is.
Better to trust the man who is frequently in error than the one who is never in doubt.
Brotherhood is not so wild a dream as those, who profit by postponing it, pretend.
Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we're here for something else besides ourselves.
Consultant: any ordinary guy more than fifty miles from home.
Dealing with network executives is like being nibbled to death by ducks.
I have never quite grasped the worry about the power of the press. After all, it speaks with a thousand voices, in constant dissonance.
I'm sort of a pessimist about tomorrow and an optimist about the day after tomorrow.
Never underestimate your listener's intelligence, or overestimate you listener's information.
Next to power without honor, the most dangerous thing in the world is power without humor.
No man was ever more than about nine meals away from crime or suicide.
Saints are usually killed by their own people.
The bigger the information media, the less courage and freedom they allow. Bigness means weakness.
The biggest big business in America is not steel, automobiles, or television. It is the manufacture, refinement and distribution of anxiety.
The chief cause of problems is solutions.
Wisdom is essential in a president, the appearance of wisdom will do in a candidate.
With breathtaking rapidity, we are destroying all that was lovely to look at and turning America into a prison house of the spirit. The affluent society, with relentless single-minded energy, is turning our cities, most of suburbia and most of our roadways into the most affluent slum on earth.
You can't know who you are, as a nation or a people, unless you know where you've been.
(YouTube video: Eric Sevareid's last broadcast, Wednesday, November 30, 1977.)