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Published Saturday, November 26, 2011 @ 12:16 AM EST
Nov 26 2011

Eric Sevareid (November 26, 1912 – July 9, 1992)

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.


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