Quotes by: Katharine Graham
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.
For more than eight decades, Washington has been my hometown. My whole orientation is toward this place.
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.
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 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.
To love what you do and feel that it matters how could anything be more fun?
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.
Mountain climbing was one of Mother's favorite occupations, but she never succeeded in inculcating this passion in any of us.
To me, involvement with news is absolutely inebriating. It's what makes my life exciting.
It took me a while to learn that certain people may have important skills that are not always blazingly apparent. Gradually I came to realize - slow as I may have been - that what mattered was performance, that sometimes people might have to be helped to develop, and that it takes all kinds to make an organization run properly.
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.
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.
Family ownership provides the independence that is sometimes required to withstand governmental pressure and preserve freedom of the press.
I always liked Barbara Howar and admired her spunk. I know that she considered me - and Alice Roosevelt Longworth - an exception to her negative feelings about Washington widows and single women, whom she basically found dispensable.
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.
Dean Acheson was one of the very best and brightest of the men who ever came to Washington.