79 Quotes of Tom Brokaw

” It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference. “
” You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world. “
” Your grandparents came of age in the Great Depression, when everyday life was about deprivation and sacrifice, when the economic conditions of the time were so grave and so unrelenting it would have been easy enough for the American dream to fade away. “
” The greatest generation was formed first by the Great Depression. They shared everything – meals, jobs, clothing. “
” It’s all storytelling, you know. That’s what journalism is all about. “
” You may be guided by the unending effort of poets and artists, biologists and psychiatrists to describe that irreplaceable and still mysterious emotion so essential to the human condition, but all the search engines in the universe cannot compete with the first kiss. “
” The most memorable interviews for me are folks whose names I don’t know: young civil rights leaders in the South, showing great courage as they walked into a town in the dark of night. A doctor working for ‘Doctors Without Borders’ in Somalia, operating by kerosene light in a tent. Those are the kinds of people that linger in your memory. “
” During World War II, law-abiding Japanese-American citizens were herded into remote internment camps, losing their jobs, businesses and social standing, while an all-Japanese-American division fought heroically in Europe. “
” My hope is that we would begin to have a dialogue in this country about the importance of civility. We can have strong differences, but it does seem to me that most of the country believes it’s gone to critical mass in what I would call the professional class across the political spectrum – left and right. “
” There is certainly greatness in the ’60s generation. They changed our attitudes about race in America, which was long overdue. They didn’t just stand up and salute when told to go to war. Women finally began to realize a more equal place in our society. “
” There is certainly greatness in the ’60s generation. They changed our attitudes about race in America, which was long overdue. They didn’t just stand up and salute when told to go to war. Women finally began to realize a more equal place in our society. “
” If fishing is a religion, fly fishing is high church. “
” In your pursuit of your passions, always be young. In your relationship with others, always be grown-up. Set a standard, and stay faithful to it. “
” I’ve seen a lot of seasons, change in my time. It’s been a very lucky life. “
” Peter is an old friend. I’m heartbroken, but he’s also a tough guy. I’m counting on him getting through this very difficult passage. “
” Watergate was a constitutional crisis of the highest order. “
” Here is a secret that no one has told you: Real life is junior high. “
” Peter will have a place in this brotherhood forever. “
” I’m a working journalist. I’m interested in all points of view, and I draw conclusions based on facts, not just on opinions. “
” While Pickstown may not be what it once was, it still is framed by the natural beauty of the ancient river, the sweep of the Great Plains, and the long, unbroken shoreline of the lake behind the dam. It gave me a 19th-century childhood in a modern mid-20th-century town, and for that I will always be grateful. “
” I believe you make your own luck. My motto is ‘It’s always a mistake not to go.’ “
” I’m not a big fan of journalism schools, except those that are organized around a liberal arts education. Have an understanding of history, economics and political science – and then learn to write. “
” You will not solve global climate change by hitting the delete button. “
” After 50 years of smoking unfiltered cigarettes, my father died, too young, of a massive heart attack. He was 69. It’s almost certain that all those years of nicotine inhalation were a major contributor to his clogged arteries. “
” In Los Angeles, I had the good fortune of anchoring the news right before Johnny Carson came on, so to see him, the Hollywood stars watched me first. “
” I’ve lost seven friends to smoking-related lung cancer. Each death was a long, agonizing experience. “
” My mother and father, with my newborn brother and me in the backseat of the 1938 Ford sedan that would be our family car for the next decade, moved to that hastily constructed Army ammunition depot called Igloo, on the alkaline and sagebrush landscape of far southwestern South Dakota. I was three years old. “
” The year of my birth, 1940, was the fulcrum of America in the twentieth century, when the nation was balanced precariously between the darkness of the Great Depression on one side and the storms of war in Europe and the Pacific on the other. “
” While attendance at traditional churches has been declining for decades… the evangelical movement is growing, and it is changing the way America worships. “
” It is, I believe, the greatest generation any society has ever produced. “
” I was on the board of the Mayo Clinic. I was diagnosed there, and I could pick up the phone and get a hold of whoever I wanted to. What I learned is that you really have to get proactive and manage your case. “
” What I think is highly inappropriate is what’s going on across the Internet, a kind of political jihad against Dan Rather and CBS News that’s quite outrageous. “
” When you walk into a doctor’s office, you’ve got to have the same attitude you would about anything else. You’ve got to ask tough questions, and you’ve got to not be afraid to challenge their credentials. “
” I guess the issue that I have with all the news organizations that have a political MO, if you will, attached to them is that they sometimes jump to conclusions about what this will mean. Get ahead of themselves. “
” David Brinkley was an icon of modern broadcast journalism, a brilliant writer who could say in a few words what the country needed to hear during times of crisis, tragedy and triumph. “
” I am simply the most conspicuous part of a large, thoroughly dedicated and professional staff that extends from just behind these cameras, across this country and around the world, in too many instances, in places of grave danger and personal hardship. They’re family to me. “
” One of our daughters is now a physician; another is a vice president of a major entertainment company; and the third is a clinical therapist. They place no limits on their ambitions, but for them, those ambitions also have had to fit within the context of having children. “
” We lost our way and allowed greed and excess to become the twin pillars of too much of the financial culture. We became a society utterly absorbed in consumption and dismissive of moderation. “
” I started writing a journal, and I was learning so much along the way. How to deal with your family, how to deal with your friends. “
” I’ve interviewed presidents and royalty, rock stars and movie stars, famous generals and captains of industry; I’ve had front row seats at Super Bowls, World Series, and Olympic Games; my books have been on best-seller lists, and my marriage is a long-running success. “
” We can never completely fulfill the promise of this treasured republic if we are blinded by color. “
” When I read ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ I was so struck by the universality of small towns. “
” Sometime in the early Seventies, gender-free toys were briefly a popular idea. So at Christmas on the California beach in 1972, we downplayed the dolls with frilly dresses and loaded up Santa’s sack with toy trucks and earth movers for our three daughters. “
” Don’t overstate Fox News. It’s still much smaller than the least of the network niches. “
” I’m not going to sit on the porch of the old anchorman’s home with a drool cup. “
” Cable penetrates 70 percent of American audiences now. “
” Speaking generally, people who are drawn to journalism are interested in what happens from the ground up less than they are from the top down. “
” What we have to do is put this in a coherent form for them at the end of the day, and on the big events, give them the kind of context that they deserve. “
” I think they are paying a lot more attention to news now, by the way, in part because of national-security issues. A lot of young people have friends or family in the military today. “
” Our obligation at the network is where do we fit into that and how can we best capitalize on that to make sure that our piece of that remains important to those young people. “
” What I think is that Fox has done a very smart job of carving out their place. “
” TV is a fickle business. I’m only good for the length of my contract. “
” Peter, of the three of us, was our prince. He seemed so timeless. He had such elan and style. “
” The response to ‘The Greatest Generation’ and the books that followed has been one of the most satisfying experiences of my life. “
” Judy Miller is the most innocent person in this case. I really thought that was outrageous that she was jailed and we needed as journalists to draw a line in the sand in a strong but thoughtful way. “
” I had this unusual mix of curiosity, the ability to write in ways people understood, and when I appeared, viewers seemed to trust me to get them through some cataclysmic changes. “
” I was unknown because I came to Washington from the West. I started covering Watergate. Immodestly, I’d say I did it pretty well, in part because it was hard to go wrong. “
” I think people of my generation became journalists – you know, right after the broadcast pioneer fathers – because we wanted to report the big stories. “
” Heroes are people who rise to the occasion and slip quietly away. “
” The conceit of an anchorman is we never think we’re going to die, I suppose. “
” I don’t like to play the macho card, but I grew up in a working-class family and a working-class culture. “
” In the seasons of life, I have had more than my share of summers. “
” You convey something that the public either trusts or it does not trust, and it has to do with the content and how you handle the news, but it also just has something to do with your persona. “
” The real test of an anchor is when there’s a very big event. Sept. 11 is the quintessential example of that, and that day it took everything that I knew as an anchor, as a citizen, as a father, as a husband, to get through it. “
” I had gone to all the big stories of the ’80s, which was one of the most fertile times in American journalism, around the world and here as well. “
” I was at MSNBC; I was constantly saying to them during Bridgegate, ‘You’ve convicted Governor Christie without one iota of fact attaching him to the decision to stall the traffic on the bridge. Why don’t we wait until the federal government or the state government… completes its investigation.’ “
” I have no problem whatsoever with a kind of political overview or an ideological overview for any of these outlets as long as it’s transparent. We know where Breitbart stands, we know where Fox stands, where MSNBC stands. So, people go in with an understanding of that. “
” There are lots of dimensions to being a cancer patient. The overwhelming one is that it takes over your life. “
” I had four compression fractures in my spine. They were repaired, but it cost me two inches of height. “
” I played high school basketball at six feet, then I went to 5-11 in my 50’s, and then, bang, I went down to 5-9. “
” Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman to run for vice president, died from multiple myeloma. Frank Reynolds, the ABC anchorman, who I had talked to toward the end of his life, not knowing what he had, died from it. Later I found out that Frank McGee, who was the Today Show host, died from it. “
” I’m a guy who’s had great good fortune in his life. And everything has kind of gone in my direction. “
” My family is not only attractive – I can say that because I’m paterfamilias – but they’re really smart, and they’re very, very compassionate. “
” I had good care going. I had Meredith and the family. And I didn’t want to become the object of some kind of pity, most of all. I didn’t want to show up on the Internet, ‘Tom Brokaw has cancer.’ “
” I’ve been lucky from my earliest memory on. I happened to be born to the right parents, and the lives we led – working class, migratory – suited my personality. I had an adventurous mindset, and we lived on an Army base, then in South Dakota – it was a dynamic environment. “
” I was a college dropout, hitchhiking across the Midwest. That was part of the old, adventurous spirit. “
” Cancer has given me a dose of humility. I’m much more empathetic. It’s a club I would rather not have joined, but it is a club. “
” My mentor in the transition from the old Gabriel Heatter and John Cameron Swayze way of doing things was David Brinkley. He brought an entirely different style to what we were doing. “
” One of the advantages of being a national journalist of some recognition is that you come across high-profile people, and many become your friends. “