William Allen White

William Allen

American Journalist "Sage of Emporia"

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From 40 to 60 percent of the presidential office is not in administration but in morals, politics, and spiritual leadership. He has to guide a people in the greatest adventure ever undertaken on the planet.

My advice to the women of America is to raise more hell and fewer dahlias.

We say that money talks, but it speaks a broken, poverty-stricken language. Hearts talk better, clearer, and with wider intelligence.

A businessman's candidate, hovering around the status quo like a sick kitten around a hot brick.

Happiness and character are inseparable, but how easy it is to be happy in a great, beautiful house; or to be unhappy if it comes to that in a great, beautiful house.

Never use the word, 'very.' It is the weakest word in the English language; doesn't mean anything. If you feel the urge of 'very' coming on, just write the word, 'damn,' in the place of 'very.' The editor will strike out the word, 'damn,' and you will have a good sentence.

What is this irrational current of the stuff of life, that carries us all in its sway, that brings us to earth, that guides our destinies here - makes so vastly for our happiness or woe, gives us strength or makes us weak, teaches us wisdom or leads us into folly unspeakable, and all unseen, unmeasured and infinitly mysterious!

A little learning is not a dangerous thing to one who does not mistake it for a great deal.

He knew no better than he did. He talked from the wisdom of his own heart, out of the experience of his own life and out of the vanity of his own hopes.

Only as our hearts react on life, do we get happiness or misery, not from the events that follow the procession of days.

Whenever a free man is in chains we are threatened also. Whoever is fighting for liberty is defending America.

A story is a curious thing, that grows with a kind of consciousness of its own.

I fear vastly more a futile, incompetent old age than I do any form of death.

Peace without justice is tyranny.

You can have no wise laws nor free enforcement of wise laws unless there is free expression of the wisdom of the people -- and, alas, their folly with it. But if there is freedom, folly will die of its own poison, and the wisdom will survive.

Advertising is the genie which is transforming America into a place of comfort, luxury and ease for millions. Advertising is the Archimedean lever that is moving the world. If things were done in another and elder age that advertising is doing now, a whole mythology would gather about it, and we should witness the birth of a young God--powerful, restless, indomitable and wise, dominating. He would flash in the sylvan glades of the want advertisements and disport himself in the sunny whiteness of the department stores' wide spaces. But what a god he would be! How beneficent, how omnipresent, how powerful!

I have never been bored an hour in my life. I get up every morning wondering what new strange glamorous thing is going to happen and it happens at fairly regular intervals.

Reason has never failed men. Only force and repression have made the wrecks in the world.

You tell me that law is above freedom of utterance. And I reply that you can have no wise laws nor free entertainment of wise laws unless there is free expression of the wisdom of the people - and, alas, their folly with it. But if there is freedom, folly will die of its own poison, and the wisdom will survive. That is the history of the race. It is proof of man's kinship with God. You say that freedom of utterance is not for time of stress, and I reply with the sad truth that only in time of stress is freedom of utterance in danger. No one questions it in calm days, because it is not needed. And the reverse is true also; only when free utterance is suppressed is it needed, and when it is needed, it is most vital to justice.

All dressed up, with nowhere to go.

I have tried to teach people there are three kicks in every dollar: one, when you make it; two, when you have it. The third kick it when you give it away - and it is the biggest kick of all.

Rudyard Kipling coined the phrase: 'The female of the species is more deadly than the male.' Well - look at Jeannette Rankin... Probably a hundred men in Congress would have liked to do what she did. Not one of them had the courage to do it. The Gazette entirely disagrees with the wisdom of her position. But, Lord, it was a brave thing!

Youth should be radical. Youth should demand change in the world. Youth should not accept the old order if the world is to move on. But the old orders should not be moved easily -- certainly not at the mere whim or behest of youth. There must be clash and if youth hasn't enough force or fervor to produce the clash the world grows stale and stagnant and sour in decay.

Always remember this: Happiness is from the heart out - not from the world in.

I would rather have written Fables in Slang than be President.

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American Journalist "Sage of Emporia"