Advice from Larry King: Words from the legendary host

Published January 23, 2021, 11:00 PM

by Rom Mallick

There are perhaps very few individuals who truly made a mark in their chosen career or profession. Among these, undoubtedly, was the king of late-night shows Larry King who recently passed away at 87. 

A legendary host whose career extended from radio to TV, which included a 25-year stint at CNN’s Larry King Live, King has left the world with tidbits of wisdom over the years. 

Larry King (AFP)

Here we share some of his most famous quotes. 

You gotta ask ‘why’ questions. ‘Why did you do this?’ A ‘why’ question you can’t answer with one word.

I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.

If you do something, expect consequences.

I never think of access or good will. I just want a good interview. I want guests to be informative and entertaining. I’ve never been concerned about someone’s liking me tomorrow.

Those who have succeeded at anything and don’t mention luck are kidding themselves.

You make your own luck. Luck is the residue of design.

Good writers are in the business of leaving signposts saying, Tour my world, see and feel it through my eyes; I am your guide.

I never use the word ‘I’ when I interview someone. I think it’s irrelevant.

If they asked me, I did two shifts. I did sports, I did news, because I loved it.

I’m 80 years old, and I don’t know what I’m going to be when I grow up.