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Jerry SeinfeldPeople who read the tabloids deserve to be lied to.

—  Jerry Seinfeld, 1954-, American comedian

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Jerry SeinfeldIt s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper.

—  Jerry Seinfeld, 1954-, American comedian

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Cyril ConnollyLiterature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once, and they require separate techniques.

—  Cyril Connolly, 1903-1974, British writer

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Oscar WildeJournalism justifies its own existence by the great Darwinian principle of the survival of the vulgarist.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

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Dave BarryWe journalists make it a point to know very little about an extremely wide variety of topics; this is how we stay objective.

—  Dave Barry, 1947-, American journalist

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Dave BarryDon't you wish you had a job like mine? All you have to do is think up a certain number of words! Plus, you can repeat words! And they don't even have to be true!

—  Dave Barry, 1947-, American journalist

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NapoleonFour hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

NapoleonIf I were to give liberty to the press, my power could not last three days.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Winston ChurchillThe Times is speechless, and takes three columns to express its speechlessness.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Oscar WildeIn America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs for ever and ever.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

TalleyrandThis is not an event, it is a piece of news.

—  Talleyrand, 1754-1838, French statesman & diplomat

Charles BaudelaireI am unable to understand how a man of honor could take a newspaper in his hands without a shudder of disgust.

—  Charles Baudelaire, 1821-1867, French poet

Umberto EcoThere is no news in August.

—  Umberto Eco, 1932-2016, Italian writer

G. K. ChestertonJournalism largely consists of saying “Lord Jones is Dead ” to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

Karl KrausThe making of a journalist: no ideas and the ability to express them.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Karl KrausA journalist is stimulated by a deadline. He writes worse when he has time.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Thomas JeffersonThe man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.

—  Thomas Jefferson, 1749-1826, American President [1801-1809]

Thomas JeffersonOur liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.

—  Thomas Jefferson, 1749-1826, American President [1801-1809]

Vladimir LeninA newspaper is not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, it is also a collective organiser.

—  Vladimir Lenin, 1870-1924, Soviet revolutionary & leader


Personal Stories

Christopher HitchensI became a journalist partly so that I wouldn't ever have to rely on the press for my information.

—  Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011, British-American journalist & writer


Funny Quotes

Karl KrausNewspapers have roughly the same relationship to life as fortune-tellers to metaphysics.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Lyndon JohnsonIf one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read “President Can't Swim”.

—  Lyndon Johnson, 1908-1973, American President [1963-1969]


Special Quotes

All the News That's Fit to Print.

—  The motto of the New York Times










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