Walter LippmannWalter Lippmann, (1889-1974) American writer, journalist, and political commentator

Walter Lippmann Quote

“The opposition is indispensable. A good statesmen, like any other sensible human being, always learns more from his opponents than from his fervent supporters.”

Walter LippmannWalter Lippmann
~ Walter Lippmann

Atlantic Monthly, August 1939

Ratings and Comments


Anonymous, Reston, VA US

True in business too!

Mike, Norwalk

Though opposition is indispensable, fervent supporters (parents, teachers, consultants, etc.) will always be the primary source of education and learning.

Joe, Rochester, MI

Statesmen are elected to follow his fervent supporters. But once in office, he does what he wants, irrespective of his supporters.

E Archer, NYC

Liberty promotes ideas -- even bad ideas. Thankfully there are those with opposing viewpoints to remind us that Freedom does not guarantee happiness -- only its pursuit...

Ken, Allyn, WA

What is lacking today in the loyal opposition is the loyalty.

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