Theodore H. White Quotes

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Politics in America is the binding secular religion.

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The American dream is not over. America is an adventure.
— Theodore H. White


Johnson's instinct for power is as primordial as a salmon's going upstream to spawn.
Every American election summons the individual voter to weigh the past against the future.


The job of intellectuals is to come up with ideas, and all we've been producing is footnotes.

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The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch someone else doing it wrong, without comment.
— Theodore H. White

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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 H. White

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A genuine primary is a fight within the family of the party—and, like any family fight, is apt to be more bitter and leave more enduring wounds than battle with the November enemy.


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 H. White

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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 H. White