"Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."Russell Baker on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."Russell Baker on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."Russell Baker on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."Russell Baker on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."Russell Baker on Booker T. Washington
"Children rarely want to know who their parents were before they were parents, and when age finally stirs their curiosity, there is no parent left to tell them."
"In an age when the fashion is to be in love with yourself, confessing to be in love with somebody else is an admission of unfaithfulness to one's beloved."
"Rereading A.J. Liebling carries me happily back to an age when all good journalists knew they had plenty to be modest about, and were."
"Those who remember Washington's cold war culture in the 1980s will recall the shocked reactions to Reagan's intervention. People interested in foreign policy were astonished when in 1985 he met alone at Geneva - alone, not a single strategic thinker at his elbow! - with the Soviet Communist master Gorbachev."
"Listen once in a while. It's amazing what you can hear."