Ted Koppel quotes

  • Pessimists calculate the odds. Optimists believe they can overcome them.
    -- Ted Koppel

    #Believe #Odds #Overcoming

  • Our society finds truth too strong a medicine to digest undiluted. In its purest form, truth is not a polite tap on the shoulder. It is a howling reproach.
    -- Ted Koppel

    #Strong #Medicine #Our Society

  • It becomes increasingly easy, as you get older, to drown in nostalgia.
    -- Ted Koppel

    #Scrapbooking #Nostalgia #Easy

  • Aspire to decency. Practice civility toward one another. Admire and emulate ethical behavior wherever you find it. Apply a rigid standard of morality to your lives; and if, periodically, you fail ­ as you surely will adjust your lives, not the standards.
    -- Ted Koppel

    #Inspiring #Practice #Morality

  • People shouldn't expect the mass media to do investigative stories. That job belongs to the 'fringe' media.
    -- Ted Koppel

    #Jobs #Media #People

  • A secret blueprint for US global domination reveals that President Bush and his cabinet were planning a premeditated attack on Iraq to secure regime change even before he took power in January 2001... It has been called a secret blueprint for US global domination. ... A small group of people with a plan to remove Saddam Hussein long before George W. Bush was elected president. ... And 9/11 provided the opportunity to set it in motion. Not since Mein Kampf has a geopolitical punch been so blatantly telegraphed years ahead of the blow.
    -- Ted Koppel

    #Blow #Opportunity #Years

  • Journalism has become a sort of competitive screeching: what is trivial but noisy and immediate takes precedence over important matters that develop over time.
    -- Ted Koppel

    #Inspirational #Important #Matter

  • Set your sights beyond what you can see. There is true majesty in the concept of an unseen power which can neither be measured nor weighed.
    -- Ted Koppel

    #Motivational #Sight #Goal

  • In the days of Caesar, kings had fools and jesters. Now network presidents have anchormen.
    -- Ted Koppel

    #Anchorman #Kings #President

  • You can almost measure where you are in life by the degree to which you have begun looking back rather than ahead.
    -- Ted Koppel

    #Degrees #Where You Are #Where You Are In Life

  • The responsibility that I feel is to do as good a job as a journalist as I can possibly do.
    -- Ted Koppel

    #Jobs #Responsibility #Feels

  • If we're able to identify our own ignorance, we can identify someone else's expertise. We learn how to listen to each other. And that is the foundation of human understanding.
    -- Ted Koppel

    #Teamwork #Ignorance #Understanding

  • Emotions get in the way but they don't pay me to start crying at the loss of 269 lives. They pay me to put some perspective on the situation.
    -- Ted Koppel

    #Loss #Perspective #Pay

  • History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.
    -- Ted Koppel

    #History #Tools #Politician

  • There's harmony and inner peace to be found in following a moral compass that points in the same direction regardless of fashion or trend.
    -- Ted Koppel

    #Fashion #Inner Peace #Trends

  • I have the necessary lack of tact.
    -- Ted Koppel

    #Tact

  • I have been an unabashed fan of NPR for many years, and have stolen untold excellent ideas from its programming.
    -- Ted Koppel

    #Years #Ideas #Npr

  • My function is, as objectively and accurately as I can, to present reality to people out there, and doing that as quickly as we do is quite difficult enough, thank you.
    -- Ted Koppel

    #Reality #People #Enough

  • There is no more respected or influential forum in the field of journalism than the New York Times. I look forward, with great anticipation, to contributing to its op-ed page
    -- Ted Koppel

    #New York #Pages #Fields

  • There is something very very special, universal and easily identifiable among all Jews; it is beyond territory, it is something we all have in common
    -- Ted Koppel

    #Special #Territory #Common

  • What Moses brought down from Mt. Sinai were not the Ten Suggestions, they are Commandments. Are, not were.
    -- Ted Koppel

    #Suggestions #Moses #Sinai

  • To face despair and not give in to it, that's courage.
    -- Ted Koppel

    #Courage #Giving #Despair

  • Would anyone else like to say anything nice about women?
    -- Ted Koppel

    #Nice #Say Anything

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