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Katharine Graham

  • Bromidic though it may sound, some questions don't have answers, which is a terribly difficult lesson to learn.

    • Katharine Graham,
    • in Jane Howard, "The Power That Didn't Corrupt," Ms. ()
  • To love what you do and feel that it matters — how could anything be more fun?

    • Katharine Graham,
    • in Jane Howard, "The Power That Didn't Corrupt," Ms. ()
  • If one is rich and one's a woman, one can be quite misunderstood.

    • Katharine Graham,
    • in Jane Howard, "The Power That Didn't Corrupt," Ms. ()
  • We live in a dirty and dangerous world! There are some things the general public does not need to know, and shouldn't. I believe the 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.

    • Katharine Graham,
    • in Doug Henwood, "The Washington Post: The Establishment's Paper," Extra ()
  • The power is to set the agenda. What we print and what we don't print matter a lot.

    • Katharine Graham,
    • in Carol Felsenthal, Power, Privilege, and The Post ()
  • To me, working is a form of sustenance, like food or water, and nearly as essential.

  • For more than eight decades, Washington has been my hometown. ... It is a city that offers me more people — more different kinds of people — than I could otherwise possibly have come to know in a lifetime: the native Washingtonian, the local merchant, the foreign diplomat, the ever-present tourist, the public servant, the journalist, the president, the friend.

  • In Washington, the public and the private intertwine in such a way that they can't be easily separated. This is the city where the personal and the political are most closely linked.

  • Once, power was considered a masculine attribute. In fact, power has no sex.

    • Katharine Graham
  • A mistake is simply another way of doing things.

    • Katharine Graham
  • I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong.

    • Katharine Graham

Katharine Graham, U.S. newspaper publisher

(1917 - 2001)

Full name: Katharine Meyer Graham.