Paul Harvey was an American journalist and radio broadcaster who served as the host of The Rest of the Story from 1957 until his death in 2009.

Paul Harvey was a true pioneer and the greatest ambassador— and perhaps performer—in the history of radio.

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Paul was one of America’s most iconic voices and truly an inspiration to many.

73 Life-Changing Quotes by Radio Legend Paul Harvey

A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, he was also known for his signature The Rest of the Story segments on radio.

Though he passed away in 2009, legendary radio journalist Paul Harvey’s classic broadcasts are still heard on the radio today, bringing hope and inspiration to millions of listeners every day.

His wisdom has been collected in numerous books, and now I’d like to share some of his most thought-provoking quotes about life and success with you.

Let’s begin with Paul Harvey most famous quote:

You know what the news is, in a minute you're going to hear the REST of the STORY. ―Paul Harvey Click To Tweet

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Best Paul Harvey Quotes
Best Paul Harvey Quotes

The Best of Paul Harvey: Quotes That Will Move and Inspire You

If ‘pro’ is the opposite of ‘con’ what is the opposite of ‘progress’? ―Paul Harvey

If 'pro' is the opposite of 'con' what is the opposite of 'progress'? ―Paul Harvey

In small towns as well as large, good people outnumber bad people by 100 to 1. In big towns, the 100 are nervous. But in small towns, it’s the one. ―Paul Harvey

In small towns as well as large, good people outnumber bad people by 100 to 1. In big towns the 100 are nervous. But in small towns, it's the one. ―Paul Harvey

I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that the life of animals are valued more than human beings. ―Paul Harvey

I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that the life of animals are valued more than human beings. ―Paul Harvey

Ever since I made tomorrow my favorite day, I’ve been uncomfortable looking back. ―Paul Harvey

Ever since I made tomorrow my favorite day, I’ve been uncomfortable looking back. ―Paul Harvey

[It was] noted that my father was a lawman in the early dirt street days of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was shot to death when I was three. So surely at least some of my stubborn reverence for a policeman’s uniform dates back to that night before Christmas, many lonely years ago. ―Paul Harvey

Ever since I made tomorrow my favorite day, I’ve been uncomfortable looking back. ―Paul Harvey

I have never seen a monument erected to a pessimist. ―Paul Harvey

I have never seen a monument erected to a pessimist. ―Paul Harvey

Government has to be cut back like asparagus, every day, or it gets away and goes to seed. Ours did. When there’s too much of it, the flower becomes a weed. ―Paul Harvey

Government has to be cut back like asparagus, every day, or it gets away and goes to seed. Ours did. When there’s too much of it, the flower becomes a weed. ―Paul Harvey

They have gun control in Cuba. They have universal health care in Cuba. So why do they want to come here? ―Paul Harvey

They have gun control in Cuba. They have universal health care in Cuba. So why do they want to come here? ―Paul Harvey

I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people, instead of the other way around. ―Paul Harvey

I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people, instead of the other way around. ―Paul Harvey

We’ve drifted away from being fishers of men to being keepers of the aquarium. ―Paul Harvey

We've drifted away from being fishers of men to being keepers of the aquarium. ―Paul Harvey

Quotes by Paul Harvey that Will Change the Way You Think

A policeman is a composite of what all of us are: A mingling of saint, sinner . . . dust and deity. ―Paul Harvey

I can’t separate goodness and badness from any day’s news and make sense of it. ―Paul Harvey

I hope someday to have so much of what the world calls success, that people will ask me, “What’s your secret?” and I will tell them, “I just get up again when I fall down.” ―Paul Harvey

But, as all scientists know, there is a time lag of 12 to 18 months between the time a manuscript is submitted and the time it is published in a scientific journal. ―Paul Harvey

Like what you do. If you don’t like it, do something else. ―Paul Harvey

Breath is perhaps the first thing we have in life. It’s how we measure the starting of life, and it’s how we measure the ending of life. ―Paul Harvey

I would dupe entire states into relying on gambling for their state revenue. ―Paul Harvey

I would take God out of the schools, where even the mention of His name was grounds for a lawsuit. ―Paul Harvey

If we cannot count on ourselves to do the right thing how can we count on anyone or anything else? Self-government won’t work without self-discipline. ―Paul Harvey

Yoga aims to bring about a situation where the mind is quieter and more effective. It’s not only about relaxation, it’s also about improving our energy. It’s about making us more decisive and at the same time better able to judge a situation clearly. ―Paul Harvey

It was self-serving politicians who convinced recent generations of Americans that we could all stand in a circle with our hands in each other’s pockets and somehow get rich. ―Paul Harvey

The indignation of politicians is NOT a good measure of the gravity of any situation. ―Paul Harvey

Life-Changing Quotes by Paul Harvey

When America’s early pioneers first turned their eyes toward the West, they did not demand that somebody take care of them if they got ill or got old. They did not demand maximum pay for minimum work, or even pay for no work at all. ―Paul Harvey

Stay in your seat come times of trouble. Its only people who jump off the roller coaster who get hurt. ―Paul Harvey

The breath is seen to be the key between the emotional state, the mental state and physical state. It is perhaps the most important tool, and it’s one whose importance is underestimated in the West. ―Paul Harvey

The police officer must know every gun, draw on the run, and hit where it doesn’t hurt. He must be able to whip two men twice his size and half his age without damaging his uniform and without being “brutal.” ―Paul Harvey

What is a policeman made of? He, of all men, is once the most needed and the most unwanted. He’s a strangely nameless creature who is “sir” to his face and “fuzz” to his back. He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will think he won. ―Paul Harvey

I would convince people that character is not an issue when it comes to leadership. ―Paul Harvey

Communism has defeated itself everywhere except… in American colleges. ―Paul Harvey

These things I wish for you-tough times and disappointment, hard work and happiness. To me, it’s the only way to appreciate life. ―Paul Harvey

I would make it socially acceptable to take one’s own life, and invent machines to make it convenient. ―Paul Harvey

All my life I wanted to play golf like Jack Nicklaus, and now I do. ―Paul Harvey

I would delude their minds into thinking that they had come from man’s effort, instead of God’s blessings. ―Paul Harvey

Fathers are men who give daughters away to other men who aren’t nearly good enough…so they can have grandchildren who are smarter than anybody’s. ―Paul Harvey

If you found yourself in a situation where you could either save a drowning man, or you could take a Pulitzer prize winning photograph of him drowning, what shutter speed and setting would you use? – Paul Harvey

My own interest in Yoga came from a vague understanding of Indian thought and Indian philosophy in the late sixties and early seventies, and from looking at the idea of meditation and at what meditation was. ―Paul Harvey

Most Inspirational Quotes by Paul Harvey

We both strongly believe in praying for guidance. ―Paul Harvey

Oh, things always get better. Tomorrow will always be better. Just think about it… is there any time in history in which you’d rather live than now? ―Paul Harvey

I was never one who sought to make the small man tall by cutting off the legs of a giant. I wanted to drag no man down to my size. Only to preserve a way of life which might make it possible for me, one day, to elevate myself until I at least partly matched his size. ―Paul Harvey

Golf is a game in which you yell “for,” shoot six, and write down five. ―Paul Harvey

I would gain control of the most powerful nation in the world. ―Paul Harvey

Each generation imagines that we’re all going to hell. Each generation goes through a little hell and comes out heat tempered and better than before. ―Paul Harvey

If he gets promoted, he has political pull; if he doesn’t, he’s a dullard. The policeman must chase a bum lead to a dead-end, stake out ten nights to tag one witness who saw it happen—but refused to remember. ―Paul Harvey

You can always tell when you are on the road to success; it’s uphill all the way. ―Paul Harvey

For me, success is, during this early pilgrimage, to leave the woodpile a little higher than I found it. ―Paul Harvey

Ever occur to you why some of us can be this much concerned with animals’ suffering? Because government is not. Why not? Animals don’t vote. ―Paul Harvey

In five decades on the news beat I have seen men defile that uniform and disgrace it; I have seen more than one fat hand on the end of the long arm of the law; but I have seen thousands wear that uniform with dignity and decency and pride. ―Paul Harvey

Paul Harvey was the most listened to man in the history of radio. … There is no one who will ever come close to him. ―Paul Harvey

The Rest of the Story – What are Fathers Made of?

A father is a thing that is forced to endure childbirth without an anesthetic. A father is a thing that growls when it feels good and laughs very loud when it’s scared half to death. A father never feels entirely worthy of the worship in a child’s eyes. He’s never quite the hero his daughter thinks, never quite the man his son believes him to be--and this worries him, sometimes. So he works too hard to try and smooth the rough places in the road for those of his own who will follow him. A father is a thing that gets very angry when the first school grades aren’t as good as he thinks they should be. He scolds his son though he knows it’s the teacher’s fault. Fathers are what give daughters away to other men who aren’t nearly good enough so they can have grandchildren who are smarter than anybody’s . Fathers make bets with insurance companies about who’ll live the longest. Though they know the odds, they keep right on betting. And one day they lose. I don’t know where fathers go when they die. But I’ve an idea that after a good rest, wherever it is, he won’t be happy unless there’s work to do. He won’t just sit on a cloud and wait for the girl he’s loved and the children she bore. He’ll be busy here, too, repairing the stairs, oiling the gates, improving the streets, smoothing the way.

Wisdom of Paul Harvey: Quotes to Improve Your Life

Luck is a word used to describe the success of people you don’t like. ―Paul Harvey

Not everybody wants to call sin ‘sin’! Some call it mischief. Some call it rebellion. And hardly anybody can agree where we should draw the line. … Our courts are … trying to define pornography, yet moral law is very specific to any reader of God’s Word. ―Paul Harvey

When people come to Yoga, they are perhaps coming to it at the end of a long series of alternatives, and they’re looking for something that’s going to act very quickly. But Yoga is not a quick answer. ―Paul Harvey

The only ones to get hurt on a roller coaster are the jumpers. ―Paul Harvey

I would get control of the media, so that every night I could pollute the mind of every family member for my agenda. ―Paul Harvey

Tomorrow has always been better than today, and it always will be. ―Paul Harvey

Yoga is a product of Eastern thought. A further complication is that the early Yoga teachers were both Indian and Hindu. So from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s the Yoga teachers who came across were as interested in Hinduism as in Yoga. Often what we were being taught was a mixture of two different systems. ―Paul Harvey

I would make it legal to take the life of unborn babies. ―Paul Harvey

Everything you use in a modern life style has to be made using a tool of some sort. ―Paul Harvey

Dependency arguments often come from elites – either aid agencies or governments – and say something about attitudes to poor people. ―Paul Harvey

I am fiercely loyal to those willing to put their money where my mouth is. ―Paul Harvey

For me the breath really is the tool which allows you to understand what’s happening on the mental level and what’s happening on the emotional level, and it also allows you to measure what’s happening on a physical level. ―Paul Harvey

The policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy and a gentleman. ―Paul Harvey

Man — despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments — owes his existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains. ―Paul Harvey

Self Government won’t work without self-discipline. ―Paul Harvey

A policeman? . . . Of all men, he is at once the most needed and most unwanted. ―Paul Harvey

Paul Harvey Quotes You’d Love to Tweet

The years don't always add wisdom, but they do add perspective. ―Paul Harvey Click To Tweet Growth is the process of responding positively to change. ―Paul Harvey Click To Tweet Life must always go on and Yoga is not about an escape from life. Yoga's about a way of dealing with life more effectively; to be able to involve oneself with one's family, one's friends, one's social commitments, one's job and yet at the same… Click To Tweet If there is a 50-50 chance that something can go wrong, then 9 times out of ten it will. ―Paul Harvey Click To Tweet The spirit of interdependence will not cost us more than it's worth. On the steep slope ahead, holding hands is necessary. And it just might be that we can learn to enjoy it. ―Paul Harvey Click To Tweet In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these. ―Paul Harvey Click To Tweet If you don't live it, you don't believe it. ―Paul Harvey Click To Tweet When your outgo exceeds your income, the upshot may be your downfall. ―Paul Harvey Click To Tweet In that long mile . . . many liveried chauffeurs in their great limousines had passed . . . unmindful of my predicament. But the feeling to a half-frightened, half-ashamed youth was that they knew and didn’t care. ―Paul Harvey Click To Tweet

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FAQs

Who is Paul Harvey?

Paul Harvey was a legendary American radio broadcaster, television news commentator, and author.

Where was Paul Harvey born?

He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on September 4, 1918.

What is Paul Harvey’s full name?

Paul Harvey Aurandt is his full name.

What was Paul Harvey’s mother’s name?

Paul Harvey’s mother was Anna Aurandt.

Who was Paul Harvey’s father?

Harry Aurandt who was Paul Harvey’s father was a police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Who was Paul Harvey’s wife?

Paul Harvey married Lynne Cooper in 1940. Paul Harvey called her ‘Angel.’

When did Paul Harvey die?

Paul Harvey died in February 2009, ten months after his wife’s death.

When did Angel Harvey die?

Angel Harvey passed away in 2008 – after 68 years of marriage.

What offer did Paul Harvey receive at the age of 82?

ABC Radio Networks offered Paul a $100 million contract for over the next ten years when he was 82 years of age.

What are some of his quotes that have changed people’s lives?

Some of Paul Harvey’s memorable quotes are:
* A good friend will tell you when he thinks you’ve had too much to drink.
* A person should set their goals as early as they can and start working towards them right away.
* The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

Where can you listen to Paul Harvey’s The Rest of the Story stories?

You can visit paulharveyarchives.com to tune into the stories narrated by Paul Harvey.

Conclusion

Paul Harvey was a radio legend.

His voice was a part of my childhood, and I am grateful for his words that helped shape my life.

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