Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Elizabeth Drew, aka Elizabeth Brenner

American Political Journalist, Lecturer and Author

"Money buys access; access buys influence."

"The world is not run by thought, nor by imagination, but by opinion."

"We read poetry because the poets, like ourselves, have been haunted by the inescapable tyranny of time and death; have suffered the pain of loss, and the more wearing, continuous pain of frustration and failure; and have had moods of unlooked-for release and peace. They have known and watched in themselves and others."

"The torment of human frustration, whatever its immediate cause, is the knowledge that the self is in prison, its vital force and 'mangled mind' leaking away in lonely, wasteful self-conflict."

"Democracy, like any non-coercive relationship, rests on a shared understanding of limits."

"People are very inclined to set moral standards for others. "

"Propaganda has a bad name, but its root meaning is simply to disseminate through a medium, and all writing therefore is propaganda for something. It's a seeding of the self in the consciousness of others."

"The inspired scribbler always has the gift for gossip in our common usage he or she can always inspire the commonplace with an uncommon flavor, and transform trivialities by some original grace or sympathy or humor or affection."

"The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it."

"Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversation"