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Tom Brokaw Quotes

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Tom Brokaw quotes: success sentences from the former NBC Nightly News anchor.

“Don’t be afraid to do something unconventional, to take a chance, to risk something.”

“Think of it as your ticket to change the world.”

“Some of you were given five talents.  Some of you were given two talents.  Some, one talent.  Whatever talent you have been given, be the best you can be.”

“A big part of making your own luck is just charging out of the gate every morning.”

“I believe you make your own luck.  My motto is ‘It’s always a mistake not to go.’  So I jump on the airplane, try new things – sometimes I get in way over my head, but then I think, ‘I’ll work my way out of this somehow.’  And if you want to be lucky you’ve got to go out and take advantage of it.”

“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.”

“You can still become wealthy, but how – and what you do with that wealth – that is viewed as success.”

“So, where to begin?  That’s a decision you are best prepared to make.  And it will be the most rewarding for you if it is rooted in a personal passion and carried out with purpose, even if the first steps are small.”

“Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change.  Education is essential to change, for education creates both new wants and the ability to satisfy them.”

“It’s so much easier to do it right than to do it wrong.”

“It’s easy to make a buck.  It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.”

“It’s a lot tougher to make a make a buck these days, but making a difference has its own rich reward.”

“So go forth, make some bucks, but most of all make a difference, and you’ll find how rewarding this life can be.”

“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.”

“No text will ever replace the first kiss.  No email will ever compete with the spoken phrase, ‘I love you.  I want to spend the rest of my life with you.’  No selfie can ever take the place of holding a first child moments after birth.  Life will always be most rewarding when real, not virtual, emotions are involved.”

“It’s all storytelling, you know.  That’s what journalism is all about.”

“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.”

“We both depend on those people on the other side of the screen, and we can never forget that.  That’s why we’re here.  We’re not here for ourselves, we’re here for them.  And I try to keep that in mind.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Bias, like beauty, is often in the eye of the beholder.  Facts are your firewall against bias.”

“It’s not the questions that get us in trouble – it’s the answers.”

“I always think there are people looking not so much for information as for reassurance and reaffirmation of their views.”

“It will do us little good to wire the world if we limit our vision.  It will do us little good to wire the world if we short circuit our souls.”

“Heroes are people who rise to the occasion and slip quietly away.”

“I wanted to see what was going on in the world.  I sometimes think I over-wished.”

“I was a college dropout, hitchhiking across the Midwest.  That was part of the old, adventurous spirit.”

“I had a very bad patch when I was in college, first two years I was in college, I kind of fell off the radar screen, you know, majored in beer and co-eds.  The University of Iowa first, and then at the University of South Dakota.  Couldn’t get my act together.  And my parents, who had never had anyone go to college, so this was a new experience for them, were mystified but at once understanding and stern.  At one point I was going to go to California and my dad stood in the door and said, ‘No, you’re not.  You’re not going to California.  You’re going to figure this out and go back to school.’  Well, I was furious.  I was 20 years old.  I thought I could make my own decisions.  He was dead right.”

“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.”

“My first assignment was to cover this actor who was running for the Republican nomination for governor and the Democratic Party thought that he couldn’t possibly win – and I was on the buses with Ronald Reagan and covering his campaign.  That was a big break.”

“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.”

“I’m a guy who’s had great good fortune in his life.  And everything has kind of gone in my direction.”

“We don’t play the celebrity business in our family.”

“I’m not going to sit on the porch of the old anchorman’s home with a drool cup.”

“I remain the luckiest guy I know.”

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