"Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Russell Baker on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Russell Baker on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Russell Baker on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Russell Baker on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Russell Baker on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."