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All Quotes by author - Katharine Graham
" A mistake is simply another way of doing things. "
" I believed - and believe - that capitalism works best for a freedom-loving society, that it brings more prosperity to more people than any other social-economic system, but that somehow we have to take care of people. "
" If one is rich and one's a woman, one can be quite misunderstood. "
" If we had failed to pursue the facts as far as they led, we would have denied the public any knowledge of an unprecedented scheme of political surveillance and sabotage. "
" In large families, it seems it is hardest to be either the first or the last child. That was certainly true in ours. "
" In my first year or so at the 'Post,' I began to write with some frequency on the least important issues - so-called light editorials. The titles themselves are revealing of just how light: 'On Being a Horse,' 'Brains and Beauty,' 'Mixed Drinks,' 'Lou Gehrig,' and 'Spotted Fever.' "
" I truly believed that other people in my position didn't make mistakes; I couldn't see that everybody makes them, even people with great experience. "
" Mother set impossibly high standards for us, creating tremendous pressures and undermining our ability to accomplish whatever modest aims we may have set for ourselves. "
" Mountain climbing was one of Mother's favorite occupations, but she never succeeded in inculcating this passion in any of us. "
" My position in the family turned out to be a lucky one; I bore neither the brunt of my mother's newness to parenthood nor the force of her middle-aged traumas, as my younger sister, Ruth, did. "
" No one can avoid aging, but aging productively is something else. "
" Once, power was considered a masculine attribute. In fact, power has no sex. "
" One doesn't soon forget the natural beauty of Washington, although those of us who live here do sometimes take it for granted. "
" One of my principal childhood memories is hearing one of the Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies waft throughout the house. "
" Potomac School proved to be my first big adjustment - one that helped me with a basic lesson of growing up: learning to get along in whatever world one is deposited. "
" So few grown women like their lives. "
" The image of me as someone who likes or can deal with a fight is wrong. Some people enjoy competition and dustups, and I wish I did, but I don't. But once you have started down a path, then I think you have to move forward. You can't give up. "
" The organization that I joined when I went to work, the trade association called the Bureau of Advertising, became the first of many over the years in which I was the only woman. "
" The press these days should be rather careful about its role. We may have acquired some tendencies about over-involvement that we had better overcome. "
" There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets, and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. "
" There have been two periods in my lifetime when the excitement of government and of public issues drew to Washington many of the bright young people graduating from colleges and law schools. These were essentially the Roosevelt and the Kennedy years. "
" The thing women must do to rise to power is to redefine their femininity. Once, power was considered a masculine attribute. In fact, power has no sex. "
" Those first few years of marriage, before the war interrupted all our lives, Phil and I had a very happy time. I grew up considerably, mostly thanks to him. "
" To love what you do and feel that it matters how could anything be more fun? "
" To me, involvement with news is absolutely inebriating. It's what makes my life exciting. "
" When it comes to Washington, most people tend to think first of politics. But Washington is also a geographic and physical place. It is, for instance, one of the few cities of the world where you can talk endlessly about trees. "
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