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Dan Rather Quotes

A tough lesson in life that one has to learn is that not everybody wishes you well.

Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn't block traffic.

An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of The Lone Ranger.

And now the sequence of events in no particular order.

Are the Democrats going to dance the mandate Macarena?

Be careful. Journalism is more addictive than crack cocaine. Your life can get out of balance.

Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow.

Despite what many Americans think, most Soviets do not yearn for capitalism or Western-style democracy.

Don't taunt the alligator until after you've crossed the creek.

Fear rules almost every newsroom in the country.

For years Don Imus was just - boy, he was merciless in his criticism of me. Maybe it was justified, but that didn't mean it didn't hurt.

I don't back down. I don't cave when the pressure gets too great from these partisan political ideological forces.

I got addicted. News, particularly daily news, is more addictive than crack cocaine, more addictive than heroin, more addictive than cigarettes.

I had someone at the Houston police station shoot me with heroin so I could do a story about it. The experience was a special kind of hell. I came out understanding full well how one could be addicted to 'smack,' and quickly.

I'm proud to say I've never been anybody's lapdog.

I've always tried to be fair, even-handed, not an advocate for any group.

If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all.

Journalists should denounce government by public opinion polls.

Never eat spinach just before going on the air.

Once the herd starts moving in one direction, it's very hard to turn it, even slightly.