I. F. Stone quotes

  • All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.
    -- I. F. Stone

    #Life #Running #Freedom

  • All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out.
    -- I. F. Stone

    #Country #Lying #Government

  • If you expect to see the final results of your work, you simply have not asked a big enough question.
    -- I. F. Stone

    #Finals #Enough #Results

  • Rich people march on Washington every day.
    -- I. F. Stone

    #People #March #Rich

  • The arms race is based on an optimistic view of technology and a pessimistic view of man. It assumes there is no limit to the ingenuity of science and no limit to the deviltry of human beings.
    -- I. F. Stone

    #Optimistic #Technology #Men

  • The difference between burlesque and the newspapers is that the former never pretended to be performing a public service by exposure.
    -- I. F. Stone

    #Differences #Burlesque #Public Service

  • Victor Serge died in exile and obscurity, apparently no more than a splinter of a splinter in the Marxist movement. But with the passage of the years, he looms up as one of the great moral figures of our time, an artist of such integrity and a revolutionary of such purity as to overshadow those who achieved fame and power. His failure was his success. I know of no participant in Russia's revolution and Spain's agonies who more deserves the attention of our concerned youth.
    -- I. F. Stone

    #Integrity #Artist #Agony

  • Every time we are confronted with a new revolution we take to the opium pipes of our own propaganda.
    -- I. F. Stone

    #Revolution #Propaganda #Pipe

  • I thought I might teach philosophy but the atmosphere of a college faculty repelled me; the few islands of greatness seemed to be washed by seas of pettiness and mediocrity.
    -- I. F. Stone

    #Philosophy #Greatness #College

  • A certain moral imbecility marks all ethnocentric movements.
    -- I. F. Stone

    #Movement #Moral #Mark

  • I sought in political reporting what Galsworthy in another context had called "the significant trifle" - the bit of dialogue, the overlooked fact, the buried observation which illuminated the realities of the situation.
    -- I. F. Stone

    #Reality #Political #Facts

  • There must be renewed recognition that societies are kept stable and healthy by reform, not by thought police; this means there must be free play for so-called subversive ideas - every idea subverts the old to make way for the new. To shut off subversion is to shut off peaceful progress and to invite revolution and war.
    -- I. F. Stone

    #War #Mean #Play

  • The only kinds of fights worth fighting are those you’re going to lose, because somebody has to fight them and lose and lose and lose until someday, somebody who believes as you do wins.
    -- I. F. Stone

    #Believe #Fighting #Winning

  • The only thing God didn't do to Job was give him a computer.
    -- I. F. Stone

    #Jobs #Giving #Computer

  • History is a tragegy, not a morality tale.
    -- I. F. Stone

    #History #Morality #Tales

  • If you live long enough, you get accused of things you never did and praised for virtues you never had.
    -- I. F. Stone

    #Memories #Long #Virtue

  • You've really got to wear a chastity belt in Washington to preserve your journalistic virginity. Once the secretary of state invites you to lunch and asks your opinion, you're sunk.
    -- I. F. Stone

    #Lunch #Opinion #States

  • Every emancipation has in it the seeds of a new slavery, and every truth easily becomes a lie.
    -- I. F. Stone

    #Lying #Slavery #Emancipation

  • The fault I find with most American newspapers is not the absence of dissent. it is the absence of news. With a dozen or so honorable exceptions, most American newspapers carry very little news. Their main concern is advertising.
    -- I. F. Stone

    #News #Dozen #Littles

  • If God, as some now say, is dead, He no doubt died of trying to find an equitable solution to the Arab-Jewish problem.
    -- I. F. Stone

    #Doubt #Trying #Problem

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