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Diane Sawyer Quotes


Lila Diane Sawyer is a television journalist and the anchor of ABC News' flagship program, ABC World News.
(1945 - )

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American Idol, I love. I think it's a passing fancy but not passing so soon.
 

An investigation may take six months. A quick interview, profile, a day.
 

Competition is easier to accept if you realize it is not an act of oppression or abrasion. ... I've worked with my best friends in direct competition.
[Competition]
 

Every time somebody tries to go in and reinvent what we do, it always ends up being more about technology and sets, and flash and dash, forgetting the main thing, which is interesting people saying interesting, important things.
 

Follow what you are genuinely passionate about and let that guide you to your destination.
 

Great questions make great reporting.
 

Hope changes everything, doesn't it?
 

I don't know why I'm saying I'm brave.
 

I don't think it's about entertainment. I think it's about being ourselves.
 

I get involved in the beginning, less in the middle, and very much at the end.
 

I have a contract but it's not a commitment in the ordinary sense. It's our ongoing conversation.
 

I have a liberal definition of news because I think news can be what excites people. I'm not very sanctimonious about what news is and isn't.
 

I like talking. I didn't know at the time I would have to worry so much about my hair.
 

I love the early process of asking questions about a story and deciding which questions matter most.
 

I think the one lesson I have learned is that there is no substitute for paying attention.
[Attention]
 

I'm always fascinated by the way memory diffuses fact.
 

I'm not sure people are ever completely comfortable telling pollsters what they do and don't think.
 

If you're curious, you'll probably be a good journalist because we follow our curiosity like cats.
 

It's in the preparation-in those dreary pedestrian virtues they taught you in seventh grade and you didn't believe. It's making the extra call and caring a lot.
[Success]
 

Part of this new world of completely improvisational terrorism is that there were codes of war that disintegrated in the face of terrorism.
 


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