Edward Murrow Quotes

Most popular Edward Murrow Quotes

We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.

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Every man is a prisoner of his own experience.
— Edward Murrow
We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
— Edward Murrow


Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions.
— Edward Murrow


Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices, just recognize them.
— Edward Murrow

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The speed of communications is wondrous to behold.  It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.


He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle to steady his fellow countrymen and hearten those Europeans upon whom the long dark night of tyranny had descended.


The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem of what to say and how to say it.


This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and even it can inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise, it is nothing but wires and lights in a box.
— Edward Murrow


When it comes to television, the politician is severely handicapped.  He is trained in the art of inexactitude.  His words tend to be blunt or rounded, because if they have a cutting edge they may return later to wound him.