Theodore H White Quotes

The flood of money that gushes into politics today is a pollution of democracy. Theodore H White

I happen to think that American politics is one of the noblest arts of mankind; and I cannot do anything else but write about it. Theodore H White

The best time to listen to a politician is when he’s on a stump on a street corner in the rain late at night when he’s exhausted. Then he doesn’t lie. Theodore H White

When a reporter sits down at the typewriter, he’s nobody’s friend. Theodore H White

He who is created by television can be destroyed by television. Theodore H White

There is no excitement anywhere in the world, short of war, to match the excitement of an American presidential campaign. Theodore H White

Politics in America is the binding secular religion. Theodore H White

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

For those men who, sooner or later, are lucky enough to break away from the pack, the most intoxicating moment comes when they cease being bodies in other men’s command and find that they control their own time, when they learn their own voice and authority. Theodore H White

If you make a living, if you earn your own money, you’re free – however free one can be on this planet. Theodore H White

Power in America today is control of the means of communication. Theodore H White

With the end of the nominating process, American politics leaves logic behind. Theodore H White

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

Whether a man is burdened by power or enjoys power; whether he is trapped by responsibility or made free by it; whether he is moved by other people and outer forces or moves them – this is of the essence of leadership. Theodore H White

Don’t ever let anybody teach you to think; it is the curse of the world. Theodore H White