It’s probably the understatement of all time, but I have not rushed these books. They’ve taken the amount of time that’s necessary to show what I wanted to show. What would be the point of the books if I didn’t do them properly?
Robert Caro, "Robert A. Caro on the means and ends of power," The New York Times Magazine
At the time I started, there were already seven biographies of Johnson in print.
Robert Caro, "The Secrets of Lyndon Johnson’s Archives," The New Yorker, read by Grover Gardner
Seeing that he had a sense of history, he gave Dirkson a place in it.
Robert Caro, The Passage of Power
So rare in America were oval rooms.
Robert Caro, The Passage of Power
It really struck me that it wasn't the issues which matter, it was the friendships.
— Bobby Kennedy via Robert Caro, The Passage of Power
Wavered between his yearning for the prize and his fear of being seen to yearn for it.
Robert Caro, The Passage of Power
That if he hadn't accomplish anything by forty, he was unlikely ever to acomplish anything.
Robert Caro, Master of the Senate
The buildup, the accrual.
— Reporter on aura of LBJ via Robert Caro, Master of the Senate
Because of the support of one man.
Robert Caro, Master of the Senate
This stuff Johnson puts out is written to be read.
— Homes Alexander via Robert Caro, Master of the Senate
By sheer force of its repetitions.
— Alsop and Catledge via Robert Caro, Master of the Senate
They smelled bad, but they were his, so I sent them to his mama, too.
— LBJ on socks via Robert Caro, Means of Ascent
The signing routine seemed to soothe him.
Robert Caro, Means of Ascent
You can tell at once if a man is really interested.
— Sergeant Claude McCredie, via Robert Caro, Means of Ascent
He had relaxed for one day. And he had lost.
Robert Caro, The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
He could follow someone's mind around, and get where it was going before the other fellow knew where it was going.
— Thomas Corcoran, via Robert Caro, The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
That makes of a creature a real man.
— Lyndon Johnson on ambition, via Robert Caro, The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
If you took care of all the minor details, you would win.
— William Goode, via Robert Caro, The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
And the impression he wanted to make was the impression he made.
Robert Caro, The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Christ, sometimes I wished it could go on forever.
— Lyndon Johnson, via Robert Caro, The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
He announced to aids that he was going to write "a trashy piece of pulp"… a reportedly sex filled novel titled From Palms to Pines.
Robert Caro, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
There was something inherently good in size itself, he seemed to feel.
Robert Caro, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
‘What you want to do is kid him.’“ Windless suggested that Le Guardia print a pad of forms reading: "I, Robert Moses, do hereby resign as ________ effective ________ ” and simply hand one to Moses whenever the commissioner threatened to resign.
Robert Caro, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
Ever be realized by the methods of the men in whose ranks he had had once marched?
Robert Caro, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
The net result of all his work was nothing.
Robert Caro on Bob Moses’ initial attempt to restructure the patronage system, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York