"There used to be this feeling under Eisenhower and Kennedy and Roosevelt and Truman that government was a solution. Trust in the presidency fell precipitously under Johnson - real lows. And it's never come back. It's a trend that, if you're liberal, is really discouraging."
"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."Robert Caro on William Shakespeare
"For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth."Robert Caro on Bo Bennett
"The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool."Robert Caro on Stephen King
"Learning to trust is one of life's most difficult tasks."Robert Caro on Isaac Watts
"Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement."Robert Caro on Golda Meir
"I really wanted there to be something in my life that I enjoy just for the beauty of it."
"The New York City Ballet is obviously speaking to a whole new generation and bringing it the same wonder and beauty that it brought previous generations."
"I never wanted to do biography just to tell the life of a famous man. I always wanted to use the life of a man to examine political power, because democracy shapes our lives."
"I am trying to make clear through my writing something which I believe: that biography- history in general- can be literature in the deepest and highest sense of that term."
"Now, for this book I had to learn the world of the Senate, which is really for all that's written about the Senate, an unknowing world and its mores, and the way things work with subcommittees and all. I loved learning about that."