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 Walter Lippmann - “It is impossible to abolish either with a law or an ax the desires of men”
 Walter Lippmann - “We forge gradually our greatest instrument for understanding the world -- introspection. We discover that humanity may resemble us very considerably -- that the best way of knowing the inwardness of our neighbors is to know ourselves.”
 Walter Lippmann - “Successful democratic politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle, or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their constituencies. The decisive consideration is not whether the proposition is good but whether it is popular -- not whether it will work well and prove itself but whether the active talking constituents like it immediately. Politicians rationalize this servitude by saying that in a democracy public men are the servants of the people.”
 Walter Lippmann - “If all power is in the people, if there is no higher law than their will, and if by counting their votes, their will may be ascertained -- then the people may entrust all their power to anyone, and the power of the pretender and the usurper is then legitimate. It is not to be challenged since it came originally from the sovereign people.”
 Walter Lippmann - “Ignore what a man desires and you ignore the very source of his power”
 Gabriel Lippmann - “When the shot is afterwards subjected to white light, colour appears because of selective reflection.”
 Gabriel Lippmann - “This result is due to a phenomenon of interference which occurs within the sensitive layer.”
 Gabriel Lippmann - “The series of photographic operations, developing, washing, final drying, takes about quarter of an hour.”
 Gabriel Lippmann - “The plate at each point only sends back to the eye the simple colour imprinted. The other colours are destroyed by interference. The eye thus perceives at each point the constituent colour of the image.”
 Gabriel Lippmann - “The length of exposure (one minute in sunlight) is still too long for the portrait. It was fifteen minutes when I first began my work. Progress may continue.”
 Gabriel Lippmann - “Life is short and progress is slow.”
 Gabriel Lippmann - “I got quite good results from protein plates.”
 Walter Lippmann - “It is perfectly true that that government is best which governs least. It is equally true that that government is best which provides most.”
 Walter Lippmann - “We are quite rich enough to defend ourselves, whatever the cost. We must now learn that we are quite rich enough to educate ourselves as we need to be educated.”
 Walter Lippmann - “Ideals are an imaginative understanding of that which is desirable in that which is possible.”
 Walter Lippmann - “The time has come to stop beating our heads against stone walls under the illusion that we have been appointed policeman to the human race.”
 Walter Lippmann - “Many a time I have wanted to stop talking and find out what I really believed”
 Walter Lippmann - “In really hard times the rules of the game are altered. The inchoate mass begins to stir. It becomes potent, and when it strikes, it strikes with incredible emphasis. Those are the rare occasions when a national will emerges from the scattered, specialized, or indifferent blocs of voters who ordinarily elect the politicians. Those are for good or evil the great occasions in a nation's history.”
 Walter Lippmann - “There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil - remain detached from the great”
 Gabriel Lippmann - “In the case of composite colour, an infinity of systems must be obtained for maxima infinitely slight and with an infinity of interval values separating them - that is to say, the whole thickness of the sensitive layer is occupied in continuous manner by these maxima.”
 Walter Lippmann - “What a shame to waste those great shots on the practice tee.”
 Walter Lippmann - “Social movements are at once the symptoms and the instruments of progress. Ignore them and statesmanship is irrelevant fail to use them and it is weak.”
 Walter Lippmann - “The opposition is indispensable. A good statesman, like any other sensible human being, always learns more from his opposition than from his fervent supporters.”
 Walter Lippmann - “Where mass opinion dominates the government, there is a morbid derangement of the true functions of power. The derangement brings about the enfeeblement, verging on paralysis, of the capacity to govern. This breakdown in the constitutional order is the cause of the precipitate and catastrophic decline of Western society. It may, if it cannot be arrested and reversed, bring about the fall of the West.”
 Walter Lippmann - “While the right to talk may be the beginning of freedom, the necessity of listening is what makes the right important”

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