NEWSPAPERS QUOTES

quotations about newspapers

If you don't read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed.

MARK TWAIN, attributed, Congressional Record, July 10, 2009

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The newspaper is in all its literalness the bible of democracy, the book out of which a people determines its conduct.

WALTER LIPPMANN, attributed, Los Angeles Times, October 7, 2006

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Newspapers are the schoolmasters of the common people.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

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Like the newspapers used to say, if the truth isn't big enough, you print the legend.

NEIL GAIMAN, American Gods

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In these times we fight for ideas, and newspapers are our fortresses.

HEINRICH HEINE, Scintillations from the Prose Works of Heinrich Heine

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A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.

H. L. MENCKEN, A Mencken Chrestomathy

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Let me make the newspapers, and I care not what is preached in the pulpit or what is enacted in congress.

WENDELL PHILLIPS, attributed, Forty Thousand Quotations, Prose and Poetical

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Only a newspaper! Quick read, quick lost, Who sums the treasure that it carries hence? Torn, trampled under feet, who counts thy cost, Star-eyed intelligence?

MARY CLEMMER AMES, The Journalist

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That endless book, the newspaper, is our national glory.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

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Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.

BEN HECHT, attributed, Jewish Wit and Wisdom

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Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers another.

G. K. CHESTERTON, All Things Considered

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Newspapers are to the body politic what arteries are to the human body, their function being to carry blood and sustenance and repair to every part of the body.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

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The way to prevent irregular interpositions of the people is to give them full information of their affairs through the channel of the public papers, and to contrive that those papers should penetrate the whole mass of the people. The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.

THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Colonel Edward Carrington, January 16, 1787

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A good newspaper is never nearly good enough but a lousy newspaper is a joy forever.

GARRISON KEILLOR, "That Old Picayune-Moon", Harper's, September 1990

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The advertisements in a newspaper are more full of knowledge in respect to what is going on in a state or community than the editorial columns are.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

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

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, attributed, Forty Thousand Quotations, Prose and Poetical

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Newspapers are the Bibles of worldlings.
How diligently they read them!
Here they find their law and profits,
their judges and chronicles,
their epistles and revelations.

CHARLES HADDON SPURGEON, The Salt Cellars

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To look at the paper is to raise a seashell to one's ear and to be overwhelmed by the roar of humanity.

ALAIN DE BOTTON, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

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Before this century shall run out, journalism will be the whole press. Mankind will write their book day by day, hour by hour, page by page. Thought will spread abroad with the rapidity of light--instantly conceived, instantly written, instantly understood at the extremities of the earth.

ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE, attributed, Forty Thousand Quotations, Prose and Poetical

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Newspapers are being read all around. The point is not, of course, to glean new information, but rather to coax the mind out of its sleep-induced introspective temper.

ALAIN DE BOTTON, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

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