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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.

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Source Notes: Source: WALTER LIPPMANN, Books and Things, The New Republic, August 7, 1915, p. 24. Lippmanns comments after reading a book on politics that displeased him.

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