A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.
A magazine or a newspaper is a shop. Each is an experiment and
represents a new focus, a new ratio between commerce and intellect.
-John Jay Chapman
A newspaper consists of just the same number of words, whether there be
any news in it or not.
Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a lady, except that a
newspaper can always print a retraction.
-Adlai E. Stevenson II
All newspaper and journalistic activity is an intellectual brothel from
which there is no retreat.
An honest newspaper publishes corrections on the front page. There are
no honest newspapers.
Dad, as a good American, believed his newspapers.
Editor: a person employed on a newspaper whose business it is to
separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed.
Everybody who talks to a newspaper has a motive. That's just a given.
And good reporters always, repeat always, probe to find out what that
Everything you read in the newspapers is absolutely true, except for
that rare story of which you happen to have first-hand knowledge.
Half the American people never read a newspaper. Half never vote for
President- the same half?
Have a good time. The newspaper will be great if you're having a good
Have you noticed that life, with murders and catastrophes and fabulous
inheritances, happens almost exclusively in newspapers?
I am unable to understand how a man of honor can take a newspaper in his
hands without a shudder of disgust.
I became a journalist because I did not want to rely on newspapers for
I do worry about how newspapers respond to falling circulation figures.
I'm not sure that the answer is for newspapers to try to cater to
whatever seems to be the fad of the day.
I shall never tolerate the newspapers to say or do anything against my
interests; they may publish a few little articles with just a little
poison in them, but one fine morning somebody will shut their mouths.
I used to love the newspaper business because if you had an idea, you
could get it into the paper immediately, in a matter of hours. Now you
have to watch out and worry about who you are offending and blah blah
blah. So it's changed.
If Moses had been paid newspaper rates for the Ten Commandments, he
might have written the Two Thousand Commandments.
-Isaac Bashevis Singer
If the newspapers of a country are filled with good news, the jails of
that country will be filled with good people.
-Daniel Patrick Moynihan
If you lose your temper at a newspaper columnist, he'll get rich or
famous or both.
-James C. Hagerty
It is a newspaper's duty to print the news and raise hell.
Large newspapers are routinely censored by legal costs. It is time this
stopped. It is time a country said, enough is enough, justice must be
seen, history must be preserved, and we will give shelter from the storm.
Never believe in mirrors or newspapers.
Newspaper strikes are a relief.
Newspapermen meet many interesting people, most of them other
-Frederick C. Klein
Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever lays one down without a
feeling of disappointment.
Newspapers are the second hand of history. This hand, however, is
usually not only of inferior metal to the other hands, it also seldom
Newspapers are unable, seemingly to discriminate between a bicycle
accident and the collapse of civilization.
-George Bernard Shaw
Newspapers will run a headline: 'Shark kills human.' You never see a
headline from the other perspective: 'Man swims in shark-infested water,
forgets he's shark food.'
Nothing could be older than the daily news, nothing deader than
Nowadays I'm not even sure if newspapers take into account whether a
person is a good writer.
Once a newspaper touches a story, the facts are lost forever, even to
One newspaper a day ought to be enough for anyone who still prefers to
retain a little mental balance.
People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.
Reading the morning newspaper is the realist's morning prayer.
-Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
The average newspaper, especially of the better sort, has the
intelligence of a hillbilly evangelist, the courage of a rat, the
fairness of a prohibitionist boob-jumper, the information of a
high-school janitor, the taste of a designer of celluloid valentines,
and the honor of a police-station lawyer.
The business of a newspaper is to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the
-Finley Peter Dunne
The editor of a newspaper is like the ringmaster of a circus. He can
book the acts, but he can't tell the acrobats which way to jump.
-Sir Humphrey Appleby
The evil that men do lives on the front pages of greedy newspapers, but
the good is oft interred apathetically inside.
The hell with the newspapers. Nobody reads the letters to the editor
column except the nuts. It's enough to get you down.
-Philip K. Dick
The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who
reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he
whose mind is filled with falsehood and errors.
The newspaper is in all its literalness the bible of democracy, the book
out of which a people determines its conduct.
The newspapers still talk about glory but the average man, thank God,
has got rid of that illusion.
The nicest thing is to open the newspapers and not to find yourself in
The relationship between truth and a newspaper is like the relationship
between the color green and the number seven. Occasionally you will see
the number seven written in green, but you learn not to expect this.
There is but one way for a newspaperman to look at a politician and that
-Frank H. Simonds
Things that appear on the front page of the newspaper as 'fact' are far
more dangerous than the games played by a novelist, and can lead to wars.
Trying to be a first-rate reporter on the average American newspaper is
like trying to play Bach's St Matthew Passion on a ukulele: The
instrument is too crude for the work, for the audience and for the
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 on a clock.
Vanity in a newspaper man is like perfume on a whore; they use it to
fend off a dark whiff of themselves.
We live under a government of men and morning newspapers.
We should bear in mind that, in general, it is the object of our
newspapers rather to create a sensation- to make a point- than to
further the cause of truth.
-Edgar Allan Poe
Well, sure, the government lies, and the newspapers lie. But in a
democracy, they aren't the same lies.
-Alexis A. Gilliland
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.
You should always believe all you read in newspapers, as this makes them