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Bob Schieffer Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Bob Schieffer.

It's getting the right person that's the challenge.
- Bob Schieffer

People are more sophisticated in the way they go about dealing with the press.
- Bob Schieffer

I can't think of any other job in journalism where
the newsmakers come to you.
- Bob Schieffer

I've basically thought of myself as a writer,
whether I was or not.
- Bob Schieffer

 

I used to be a print reporter.
- Bob Schieffer

We're far from perfect.
It's a human enterprise.
- Bob Schieffer

Had there been a reporter along with Lieutenant Calley
when he massacred those people in Vietnam,
I think that probably wouldn't have happened.
- Bob Schieffer

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And after about two years, I realized that creative
writing was not going to help you ace those biological tests.
So I switched over to journalism.
I didn't graduate with honors, but I did graduate on
time and with some doing.
- Bob Schieffer

The truth is the Super Bowl long ago became more than just a football game.
It's part of our culture like turkey at Thanksgiving and lights at Christmas,
and like those holidays beyond their meaning,
a factor in our economy.
- Bob Schieffer

American politics used to be an amateur sport.
But somewhere along the way, we handed over to professionals
all the things people used to do for free.
- Bob Schieffer

I had an idea in the beginning to do a book about some
of the events that I had covered,
just various stories that I've covered.
Reporters spend a lot of time telling each other tales
about how they covered stories,
and that's what this book started out to be.
- Bob Schieffer

But the reporter has the responsibility to determine,
number one, whether that is true, and number two,
to make a judgment as to whether it's in the public
interest and whether or not it should be part of the debate.
- Bob Schieffer

But if you don't enjoy doing something,
you'll be miserable no matter how much money you make.
- Bob Schieffer

There's fierce competition between all the networks
to get the guest who can bring the most pertinent information
about whatever the story of the moment happens to be.
- Bob Schieffer

In so many of the other beats these days,
there are these layers of public relations people that
you have to go through to get to the newsmakers themselves.
- Bob Schieffer

I had - all my life, everybody who knew me thought
that I would probably grow up to be a reporter,
a newspaper reporter because we didn't have much television in those days.
- Bob Schieffer

Obviously, if the commander makes certain decisions
that the reporter thinks is inhibiting his right to
report a legitimate story,
he has to appeal to the commander's boss to get that changed.
- Bob Schieffer

But if you're going to go out on a military unit,
you've got to allow yourself to be under the control
of the commander because you really could put the troops in danger.
- Bob Schieffer

They've asked me to do this temporarily.
I don't know what temporarily means.
Life is temporary.
- Bob Schieffer

I think journalism is a great way to do public service,
to have an impact on your community.
- Bob Schieffer

But here's the deal: If I were smart,
I could figure out curling.
If I were even smarter, I could figure out why people
would actually watch other people doing it.
I have tried.
I can't.
I can't even figure out the object of the game.
Is it like darts? I just don't get it.
- Bob Schieffer

I always thought writing was the foundation and the
basis for journalism in the same way being able to
draw is the foundation for art.
- Bob Schieffer

And I came away from that experience,
and it was a very difficult experience -
I came to understand that you have to practice at being
a good father and practice at being a good husband,
just as you have to practice at being a good journalist.
- Bob Schieffer

And as a result, I guess I'm just kind of a rubberneck.
I'm kind of a - someone who likes to see things and
likes to see these events and talk to the people who make them happen.
But I don't think journalists are as important as the people they cover.
- Bob Schieffer

I want to try to talk like normal people talk,
not just stand there and bark at the camera.
- Bob Schieffer

Nowadays I'm not even sure if newspapers take into
account whether a person is a good writer.
- Bob Schieffer

My job is to give everyone a chance to catch their
breath and step back from all this and get back to work.
- Bob Schieffer

At the White House, everybody works for the same person.
They're all part of the same company.
But on Capitol Hill, they're all independent contractors.
They all work for themselves.
That's a formula for getting news.
- Bob Schieffer

With Vietman, we found ourselves involved there before
we really understood what was going on.
- Bob Schieffer

But with 9/11, we found that people tended to come
back to the networks and the people who had been our
core viewers in the past came back and they have stayed with us.
- Bob Schieffer

Well, you know, in any political campaign,
you're gonna have people on one side that are gonna
slip a reporter something because they think it'll
hurt the guy on the other side.
- Bob Schieffer

Once we get them in the studio, you interview a person
the same way you would interview another.
You ask them a question.
You let them answer.
You try to listen closely and then ask a follow-up.
- Bob Schieffer

We now assume that when people turn on the evening news,
they basically already know what the news is.
They've heard it on the radio.
They've seen it on the Internet.
They've seen it on one of the cable companies.
So that makes our job a bit different.
- Bob Schieffer

For sure, the American people have access to more information
now than any other people who have ever lived on earth.
And I think we do a pretty good job of sorting out what's important.
- Bob Schieffer

The Iraq war was fought by one-half of one percent of us.
And unless we were part of that small group or had a relative who was,
we went about our lives as usual most of the time:
no draft,
no new taxes, no changes.
Not so for the small group who fought the war and their families.
- Bob Schieffer

One thing young people have to always keep in mind
when deciding what they want to do with their lives is,
is it fun? Is it something that I'm interested in? Is it something I enjoy?
- Bob Schieffer

It's no longer just reporting the headlines of the day,
but trying to put the headlines into some context and
to add some perspective into what they mean.
- Bob Schieffer

Success is getting what you want;
happiness is wanting what you get.
- Dale Carnegie

Not getting what you want
is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
- Dalai Lama

We tend to forget that happiness doesn't
come as a result of getting something we don't have,
but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
- Frederick Koenig

Remember that the happiest people
are not those getting more, but those giving more.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Do not think that love,
in order to be genuine,
has to be extraordinary.
What we need is to love without getting tired.
- Mother Teresa

The indispensable first step to getting
the things you want out of life is this:
Decide what you want.
- Ben Stein

Every day in every way I am getting better and better.
- Anonymous

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles;
but today it means getting along with people.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

What you don't do daily, you probably won't do weekly either.
What you make a habit of putting-off
just keeps getting pushed away again and again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

There is nothing with which every man is so afraid
as getting to know how enormously much
he is capable of doing and becoming.
- Soren Kierkegaard

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You create stress in your life by getting angry,
and you can instantly remove
that stress by granting forgiveness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Remember that not getting what you want
is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Many important things shouldn't be done half-way.
Think of getting married, having children,
starting a business, changing your career.
There are times to gather your courage
and make the leap, the whole leap.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Getting old is a fascination thing.
The older you get, the older you want to get.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I am getting ready to reason with a man,
I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself
and what I am going to say
and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
- Abraham Lincoln

What people often mean by getting rid of conflict
is getting rid of diversity,
and it is of the utmost importance
that these should not be considered the same.
- M. P. Follett

Like everyone else who makes the mistake of getting older,
I begin each day with coffee and obituaries.
- Bill Cosby

Motivation is the art of getting people to do
what you want them to do because they want to do it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Happiness isn't at the end of the rainbow.
Happiness is at the beginning of the rainbow.
Following the rainbow is happiness,
not getting to the end of it.
- Werner Erhard

Besides the noble art of getting things done,
there is the noble art of leaving things undone.
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
- Lin Yutang

Getting divorced just because you don't love a man
is almost as silly as getting married just because you do.
- Zsa Zsa Gabor

We are always getting ready to live but never living.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It all started when my dog began getting free roll over minutes.
- Jay London

In a bad marriage, friends are the invisible glue.
If we have enough friends, we may go on for years,
intending to leave, talking about leaving -
instead of actually getting up and leaving.
- Erica Jong

Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.
- Will Rogers

When your friends begin to flatter
you on how young you look,
it's a sure sign you're getting old.
- Mark Twain

One great thing about getting old is that
you can get out of all sorts of social obligations
just by saying you're too tired.
- George Carlin

When we hate our enemies, we are
giving them power over us:
power over our sleep, our appetites,
our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness.
Our enemies would dance with joy if only
they knew how they were worrying us,
lacerating us, and getting even with us!
Our hate is not hurting them at all,
but our hate is turning our own days
and nights into a hellish turmoil.
- Dale Carnegie

Pain is a difficult companion. There's no getting around that.
But, if pain is to be a companion, searching and discovering
your own best ways to travel with that pain
will lead you to the joy that you long to have.
They are your paths, your ways and while my experience
and the experiences of others may inspire you,
ultimately it will be the choices you discover
and make for yourself that lead you to certain joy
in the midst of your challenges.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Going to work for a large company is like getting on a train.
Are you going sixty miles an hour or is the train going
sixty miles an hour and you're just sitting still?
- J. Paul Getty

Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority.
- Tom Hopkins

Men for the sake of getting a living forget to live.
- Margaret Fuller


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