Tom Brokaw quotes

  • It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Inspirational #Appreciation #Motivation

  • I like Washington a great deal. I enjoyed living there. But then I've enjoyed living almost everywhere I've ever been. I just find that it's a different menu wherever you go.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Different #Menus #Deals

  • A big part of making your own luck is just charging out of the gate every morning.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Morning #Luck #Bigs

  • I think it's very much a matter between Barbara Walters and ABC.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Thinking #Matter #Barbara

  • You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Motivational #Graduation #Education

  • Ratings to me are a little like the Chinese Government. I don't fully understand what makes a rating go. I don't know what makes the American television audience respond to one person and not t another. There very seldom are great differences between many television personalities.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Differences #Government #Personality

  • There has never been a military operation remotely approaching the scale and the complexity of D-Day. It involved 176,000 troops, more than 12,000 airplanes, almost 10,000 ships, boats, landing craft, frigates, sloops, and other special combat vessels--all involved in a surprise attack on the heavily fortified north coast of France, to secure a beachhead in the heart of enemy-held territory so that the march to Germany and victory could begin. It was daring, risky, confusing, bloody, and ultimately glorious [p.25]
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Military #Heart #Airplane

  • People do not like to have their favorite myths of idols challenged and as a rule I think that the public does not like bad news.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Thinking #Idols #People

  • The WWII generation shares so many common values: duty, honor, country, personal responsibility and the marriage vow " For better or for worse--it was the last generation in which, broadly speaking, marriage was a commitment and divorce was not an option
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Country #Commitment #Divorce

  • Washington tends to be full of too many traps. I think reporters there do a lot of attending news briefings and news conferences expecting to get the real news out of those relatively sterile environments. But you've got to deal with the obscure people as well as the names.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Real #Thinking #Names

  • In your pursuit of your passions, always be young. In your relationship with others, always be grown-up.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Passion #Young #Pursuit

  • there on the beaches of Normandy I began to reflect on the wonders of these ordinary people whose lives were laced with the markings of greatness.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Beach #Greatness #People

  • It's all storytelling, you know. That's what journalism is all about.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Fake People #Journalism #Storytelling

  • Bob Hope was an entertainment colossus, shrewd and influential well beyond show business. Richard Zoglin's biography captures it all--the public and private Hope.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Influential #Show Business

  • The favourite bumper sticker in Washington D.C. right now is one that says 'First Iraq, then France'
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Iraq #France #Firsts

  • If fishing is a religion, fly fishing is the high church.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Fishing #Church #Fly Fishing

  • David Brinkley was an icon of modern broadcast journalism, a brilliant writer who could say in a few words what the country needed to hear during times of crisis, tragedy and triumph.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Country #Icons #Tragedy

  • I'm not going to sit on the porch of the old anchorman's home with a drool cup.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Anchorman #Home #Cups

  • Our obligation at the network is where do we fit into that and how can we best capitalize on that to make sure that our piece of that remains important to those young people.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #People #Important #Pieces

  • No text message will ever replace the first kiss.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Kissing #Messages #Firsts

  • Heroes are people who rise to the occasion and slip quietly away.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Hero #People #Occasions

  • I wanted to see what was going on in the world. I sometimes think I overwished.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Inspirational #Thinking #World

  • The Warmth of Other Suns is a sweeping and yet deeply personal tale of America's hidden 20th century history - the long and difficult trek of Southern blacks to the northern and western cities. This is an epic for all Americans who want to understand the making of our modern nation.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Epic #Cities #America

  • Forty years after the greatest scandal of the American presidency, Elizabeth Drew's account in Washington Journal remains fresh and riveting, instructive and evocative. Her afterword on Nixon's post-Watergate life is equally compelling.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Years #Scandal #Life Is

  • I believe you make your own luck. My motto is 'It's always a mistake not to go.' So I jump on the airplane, try new things-sometimes I get in way over my head, but then I think, I'll work my way out of this somehow. A big part of making your own luck is just charging out of the gate every morningThe thing I love about living in New York is that I never fail to get up in the morning and think,Something adventurous is going to happen today. The energy is operating at full throttle all the time. And if you want to be lucky you've got to go out and take advantage of it.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Morning #New York #Mistake

  • What I think is highly inappropriate is what's going on across the Internet, a kind of political jihad against Dan Rather and CBS News that's quite outrageous.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Thinking #Political #News

  • I remain the luckiest guy I know.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Guy

  • One of the things that we don't want to do is to destroy the infrastructure of Iraq, because in a few days we're going to own that country.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Country #Iraq #Want

  • Peter is an old friend. I'm heartbroken, but he's also a tough guy. I'm counting on him getting through this very difficult passage.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Heartbroken #Guy #Old Friends

  • A common lament of the World War II generation is the absence today of personal responsibility
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #War #Responsibility #World

  • Peter, of the three of us, was our prince. He seemed so timeless. He had such elan and style.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Style #Three #Timeless

  • Peter will have a place in this brotherhood forever.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Forever #Brotherhood #Peter

  • Don't overstate Fox News. It's still much smaller than the least of the network niches.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Media #Fox News #Foxes

  • Cable penetrates 70 percent of American audiences now.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Audience

  • The response to 'The Greatest Generation' and the books that followed has been one of the most satisfying experiences of my life.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Book #Generations #Greatest Generation

  • Judy Miller is the most innocent person in this case. I really thought that was outrageous that she was jailed and we needed as journalists to draw a line in the sand in a strong but thoughtful way.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Strong #Thoughtful #Lines

  • It's so much easier to do it right than to do it wrong.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Easier

  • ...what I did was experiment with a little ***** like a lot of other people and walked away...
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Weed #Marijuana #People

  • When you run in places you visit, you encounter things you'd never see otherwise.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Running #Encounters

  • The meaningful role of the father of the bride was played out long before the church music began. It stretched across those years of infancy and puberty, adolescence and young adulthood. That's when she needs you at her side.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Meaningful #Daughter #Father

  • TV is a fickle business. I'm only good for the length of my contract.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Fake People #Fickle #Tvs

  • It will do us little good to wire the world if we short circut our souls. There is no delete button for racism, poverty, or sectarian violence. No key stroke can ever clean the air, save a river, preserve a forest. This transformational new technology must be an extension of our hearts as well as of our mind.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Heart #Acceptance #Technology

  • Bias, like beauty, is often in the eye of the beholder. Facts are your firewall against bias.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Eye #Facts #Beholder

  • I think they are paying a lot more attention to news now, by the way, in part because of national-security issues. A lot of young people have friends or family in the military today.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Military #Thinking #Issues

  • It is, I believe, the greatest generation any society has ever produced.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Believe #Glowing #Generations

  • I hope the World War II generation doesn't lose that quality that made them so appealing: their modesty, and the way they are always looking forward and seldom back.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #War #Quality #World

  • Life is filled with seasons and this is a different season.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Life #Different #Life Is

  • We were not just competitors and colleagues, we were friends. We had a lot of opportunities to reflect on this in the last year. It was a competitive brotherhood.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Opportunity #Years #Brotherhood

  • There is no delete button for bigotry.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Funny Graduation #Buttons #Delete Button

  • Speaking generally, people who are drawn to journalism are interested in what happens from the ground up less than they are from the top down.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #People #Journalism

  • Don't be afraid to do something unconventional, to take a chance, to risk something.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Risk #Unconventional #Chance

  • Think of it as your ticket to change the world.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Thinking #Tickets #World

  • There are more facts and more truths told in the first eight minutes of The Daily Show than most political news conferences in Washington.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Truth #Eight #Political

  • It will do us little good to wire the world if we limit our vision. It will do us little good to wire the world if we short circuit our souls.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Soul #Vision #Wire

  • I always think there are people looking not so much for information as for reassurance and reaffirmation of their views.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Thinking #Views #People

  • Sackcloth and kelp soup are not required, but the Buddhist reminder of the need to live lightly on the earth is a helpful guide to the daily habits and needs of us all.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Buddhist #Earth #Soup

  • Saving Italy is an astonishing account of a little known American effort to save Italy’s vast store of priceless monuments and art during World War II. While American warriors were fighting the length of the country, other Americans were courageously working alongside to preserve the irreplaceable best of Italy’s culture. Read it and be proud of those who were on their own front lines of a cruel war.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #Country #Art #War

  • While attendance at traditional churches has been declining for decades... the evangelical movement is growing, and it is changing the way America worships.
    -- Tom Brokaw

    #America #Church #Growing