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





Propaganda is a soft weapon; hold it in your hands too long, and it will move about like a snake, and strike the other way.


Jean Anouilh (1910-1987, French playwright)


All propaganda or popularization involves a puting of the complex into the simple, but such a move is instantly not constructive. For if the complex can be put into the simple, then it cannot be as complex as it seemed in the first place; and if the simple can be an adequate medium of such complexity, then it cannot after all be as simple as all that.


Terry Eagleton (1943-, British critic)


Some of mankind's most terrible misdeeds have been committed under the spell of certain magic words or phrases.


James B. Conant (1893-1978, American educator, diplomat)


Propaganda is that branch of the art of lying which consists in nearly deceiving your friends without quite deceiving your enemies.


Frances Cornford


Propaganda has a bad name, but its root meaning is simply to disseminate through a medium, and all writing therefore is propaganda for something. It's a seeding of the self in the consciousness of others.


Elizabeth Drew (1887-1965, Anglo-American author, critic)


We have made the Reich by propaganda.


Paul Joseph Goebbels (1897-1945, German Nazi propaganda minister)


Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


Propaganda, to be effective, must be believed. To be believed, it must be credible. To be credible, it must be true.


Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978, American Vice President)


Today the world is the victim of propaganda because people are not intellectually competent. More than anything the United States needs effective citizens competent to do their own thinking.


William Mather Lewis


The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


The successor to politics will be propaganda. Propaganda, not in the sense of a message or ideology, but as the impact of the whole technology of the times.


Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980, Canadian communications theorist)


Propaganda replaces moral philosophy.


Hans J. Morgenthau (1904-1980, German American political scientist)


Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


A propagandist is a specialist in selling attitudes and opinions.


Hans Speier


The current flows fast and furious. It issues in a spate of words from the loudspeakers and the politicians. Every day they tell us that we are a free people fighting to defend freedom. That is the current that has whirled the young airman up into the sky and keeps him circulating there among the clouds. Down here, with a roof to cover us and a gas mask handy, it is our business to puncture gas bags and discover the seeds of truth.


Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)


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