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Quotes of the day: Bergen Evans

Published Monday, September 19, 2016 @ 2:20 AM EDT
Sep 19 2016

Bergen Baldwin Evans (September 19, 1904 – February 4, 1978) was a Northwestern University professor of English, and a television host. He received a George Foster Peabody Award in 1957 for excellence in broadcasting for his CBS TV series The Last Word. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A man who won't lie to a woman has very little consideration for her feelings.

An honorable man will not be bullied by a hypothesis.

For the most part our leaders are merely following out in front; they do but marshal us the way that we are going.

Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think.

Leadership is more likely to be assumed by the aggressive than by the able, and those who scramble to the top are more often motivated by their own inner torments.

Legislators who are of even average intelligence stand out among their colleagues.

Lying is an indispensable part of making life tolerable.

Most civilized lives are measured out with coffee spoons.

Stoicism is the wisdom of madness and cynicism the madness of wisdom.

The civilized man has a moral obligation to be skeptical.... Any man who for one moment abandons or suspends the questioning spirit has for that moment betrayed humanity.

The mere abhorrence of vice is not a virtue at all.

There is no necessary connection between the desire to lead and the ability to lead, and even less the ability to lead somewhere that will be to the advantage of the led.

We may be through with the past, but the past is not through with us.

We see what we want to see, and observation conforms to hypothesis.

Wisdom is meaningless until your own experience has given it meaning and there is wisdom in the selection of wisdom.

Words are one of our chief means of adjusting to all the situations of life. The better control we have of our words, the more successful our adjustment will be.

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