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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1248
AUTHOR: Walter Lippmann (1889–1974)
QUOTATION: I generalized rashly: That is what kills political writing, this absurd pretence that you are delivering a great utterance. You never do. You are just a puzzled man making notes about what you think. You are not building the Pantheon, then why act like a graven image? You are drawing sketches in the sand which the sea will wash away.
ATTRIBUTION: WALTER LIPPMANN, “Books and Things,” The New Republic, August 7, 1915, p. 24. Lippmann’s comments after reading a book on politics that displeased him.
SUBJECTS: Newspapers