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Kingman Brewster (1919 – 1988)


American educator, President of Yale University, and US diplomat.
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Kingman Brewster
Universities should be safe havens where ruthless examination of realities will not be distorted by the aim to please or inhibited by the risk of displeasure.
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Perhaps the most fundamental value of a liberal education is that it makes life more interesting.
It allows you to think things which do not occur to the less learned ... it makes it less likely that you will be bored with life.
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I’m very curious to know what the hell they’re saying on the phone, but I’d be more worried if they weren’t talking.




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The function of a briefing paper is to prevent the ambassador from saying something dreadfully indiscreet. I sometimes think its true object is to prevent the ambassador from saying anything at all.
Brewster Kingman Jr.
Incomprehensible jargon is the hallmark of a profession.
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It is satisfying for the descendant of a dissident refugee from Elizabeth I to present his credentials to Elizabeth II.
Kingman Brewster
Judgment is more than skill. It sets forth on intellectual seas beyond the shores of hard indisputable factual information.
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None of these strictures, however, should inhibit any one of us, in his individual capacity, from declaring himself on the issues of the trial and its fairness … So in spite of my insistence on the limits of my official capacity, I personally want to say that I am appalled and ashamed that things should have come to such a pass in this country that I am skeptical of the ability of black revolutionaries to achieve a fair trial anywhere in the United States. In large part this atmosphere has been created by police actions and prosecutions against the Panthers in many parts of the country. It is also one more inheritance from centuries of racial discrimination and oppression…. The first contribution to the fairness of the trial which anyone can make is to cool rather than heat up the atmosphere in which the trial will be held.
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It is the natural desire of each nation to use the other as an instrument of its own purposes and policies. By dint of our mutual dependence, your influence is amplified by our power. Our power is made more responsible and more effective by your influence.
Brewster Kingman Jr.
While the spoken word can travel faster, you can’t take it home in your hand. Only the written word can be absorbed wholly at the convenience of the reader.
Kingman Brewster
We all live in a televised goldfish bowl.




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There is no greater challenge than to have someone relying upon you; no greater satisfaction than to vindicate his expectation.
Kingman Brewster
The newspaper fits the reader’s program while the listener must fit the broadcaster’s program.
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If I take refuge in ambiguity, I assure you that it’s quite conscious.
Brewster Kingman Jr.
You and I know that there is a correlation between the creative and the screwball. So we must suffer the screwball gladly.
Brewster Kingman Jr. quotes
Maybe you are the “cool” generation … If coolness means a capacity to stay calm and use your head in the service of ends passionately believed in, then it has my admiration.
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