Lewis H. Lapham

(Lewis Henry Lapham)

Lewis H. Lapham
Lewis H. Lapham
  • Born: January 8, 1935
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Writer









Lewis Henry Lapham is an American writer. He was the editor of the American monthly Harper's Magazine from 1976 until 1981, and from 1983 until 2006. He is the founder of Lapham's Quarterly, a quarterly publication about history and literature, and has written numerous books on politics and current affairs.

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A society that presumes a norm of violence and celebrates aggression, whether in the subway, on the football field, or in the conduct of its business, cannot help making celebrities of the people who would destroy it. Human Nature
Freedom implies change which implies friction. Freedom & Liberty
Neither the rich nor the poor have great interest in government. The rich can afford their own security … in their gated communities and their own information networks. The poor are usually so pushed against the wall that they do not have time for the mechanics of the government. If you lose the middle class, you lose democratic government. Citizenship & Patriotism
No country can exist without a ruling class. The governing class in a America is a rank that is for sale. Miscellaneous
One thing the United Nation is good at is producing documents. United Nations
Terrorism always has the advantage of surprise. Terrorism
The donor party is the 2 million people who contribute more than $5000 to political candidates. Unless you are elected by the donor party, you cannot run for major office. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The electronic media are not very good at history. It is a world of the eternal now. History
The freedom of the city is the freedom of expression and the freedom of the mind. So precious is this freedom that the citizens judge the city's squalor for its promise .... It is in the nature of great cities to be dangerous, just as it is in the nature of the future to be dangerous. Freedom & Liberty
The genius of capitalism consists precisely in its lack of morality …. Deprive a capitalist of his God-given right to lie and cheat and steal, and the poor sap stands a better than even chance of becoming one of the abominable wards of the state. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
The instruments of state prove too big to do the small things and too small to do the big things. Management & Managing Government
We have before us in the White House … a criminal—known to be armed and dangerous. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I never can pass by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York without thinking of it not as a gallery of living portraits but as a cemetery of tax-deductible wealth. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
If a foreign country doesn't look like a middle-class suburb of Dallas or Detroit, then obviously the natives must be dangerous as well as badly dressed.
Leadership consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character; it requires moral rather than athletic or intellectual effort, and it imposes on both leader and follower alike the burdens of self-restraint. Leaders & Leadership
Of what does politics consist except the making of imperfect decisions, many of them unjust and quite a few of them deadly? Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
People may expect too much of journalism. Not only do they expect it to be entertaining, they expect it to be true.
The supply of government exceeds demand. Government
Unlike any other business in the United States, sports must preserve an illusion of perfect innocence. Sports & Athletics ;Business, Commerce & Finance

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