An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





I keep reading between the lies.


Goodman Ace (1899-1982, American author, radio personality, TV producer)


A newspaper is a circulating library with high blood pressure.


Arthur Baer


Between what matters and what seems to matter, how should the world we know judge wisely?


E. C. Bentley


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


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


The one function that TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were.


David Brinkley (1920-, American TV show host)


A newspaper is the lowest thing there is.


Richard J. Daley


They are so filthy and bestial that no honest man would admit one into his house for a water-closet doormat.


Charles Dickens (1812-1870, British novelist)


News is that which comes from the North, East, West and South, and if it comes from only one point on the compass, then it is a class ; publication and not news.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Headlines twice the size of the events.


John Galsworthy (1867-1933, British novelist, playwright)


News is the first rough draft of history.


Philip L. Graham


No news is good news.


Ludovic Halevy


Don't be afraid to make a mistake, your readers might like it.


William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951, American newspaper publisher)


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


Heinrich Heine (1797-1856, German poet, journalist)


I'll give anything for a good copy now, be it true or false, so it be news.


Ben Johnson (1572-1637, British clergyman, poet, painter)


I do not take a single newspaper nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely happier for it.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


The advertisements are the most truthful part of a newspaper.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing, but newspapers.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate for a moment to prefer the latter.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


News reports stand up as people, and people wither into editorials. Cliches walk around on two legs while men are having theirs shot off.


Karl Kraus (1874-1936, Austrian satirist)


Listening to a news broadcast is like smoking a cigarette and crushing the butt in the ashtray.


Milan Kundera (1929-, Czech author, critic)


Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever puts one down without the feeling of disappointment.


Charles Lamb (1775-1834, British essayist, critic)


Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.


Abbott Joseph Liebling (1904-1963, American journalist)


Once a newspaper touches a story the facts are lost forever, even to the protagonists.


Norman Mailer (1923-, American author)


A good newspaper is a nation talking to itself.


Arthur Miller (1915-, American dramatist)


I do not like to get the news, because there has never been an era when so many things were going so right for so many of the wrong persons.


Ogden Nash (1902-1971, American humorous poet)


Newsmen believe that news is a tacitly acknowledged fourth branch of the federal system. This is why most news about government sounds as if it were federally mandated -- serious, bulky and blandly worthwhile, like a high-fiber diet set in type.


P. J. O'Rourke (1947-, American journalist)


Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.


George Orwell (1903-1950, British author, "Animal Farm")


The conflict between the men who make and the men who report the news is as old as time. News may be true, but it is not truth, and reporters and officials seldom see it the same way. In the old days, the reporters or couriers of bad news were often put to the gallows; now they are given the Pulitzer Prize, but the conflict goes on.


James Reston (1909-1995, Dutch-born American journalist)


All I know is just what I read in the papers.


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


Flash'd from his bed the electric tidings came, he is no better, he is much the same.


Author Unknown


None loves the messenger who brings bad news.


Sophocles (495-406 BC, Greek tragic poet)


Though it be honest, it is never good to bring bad news.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


No one knows who is listening, say nothing you would not wish put in the newspapers.


Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892, British Baptist preacher)


Republicans study the financial pages of the newspaper. Democrats put them in the bottom of the bird cage.


Will Stanton


In the case of news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


The media. It sounds like a convention of spiritualists.


Tom Stoppard (1937-, Czech playwright)


It is the newspaper's duty to print the news and raise hell.


Wilbur F. Storey (1819-1884, American editor, Chicago times)


For those who govern, the first thing required is indifference to newspapers.


Louis Adolphe Thiers


To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit it and read it are old women over their tea.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


It is always the unreadable that occurs.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Today's news was published by word of mouth in the streets of ancient Athens.


Author Unknown


I always turn to the sports page first, which records people's accomplishments. The front page has nothing, but man's failures.


Earl Warren (1891-1974, American politician, judge)


News is what a chap who doesn't care much about anything wants to read. And it's only news until he's read it. After that it's dead.


Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966, British novelist)


Newspapers have degenerated. They may now be absolutely relied upon.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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