Quotation by Walter Lippmann

The opposition is indispensable. A good statesman, like any other sensible human being, always learns more from his opponents than from his fervent supporters. For his supporters will push him to disaster unless his opponents show him where the dangers are. So if he is wise he will often pray to be delivered from his friends, because they will ruin him. But though it hurts, he ought also to pray never to be left without opponents; for they keep him on the path of reason and good sense.
Walter Lippmann (1889–1974), U.S. journalist. repr. in The Essential Lippman, pt. 6, sct. 2 (1982). "The Indispensable Opposition," Atlantic Monthly (Boston, 1939).
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