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Jun 11 2016

A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.
-Arthur Miller

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.
-Henry Fielding

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.
-Leo Tolstoy

An honest newspaper publishes corrections on the front page. There are no honest newspapers.
-Ray Newton

Dad, as a good American, believed his newspapers.
-Upton Sinclair

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.
-Elbert Hubbard

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 motive is.
-Ben Bradlee

Everything you read in the newspapers is absolutely true, except for that rare story of which you happen to have first-hand knowledge.
-Erwin Knoll

Half the American people never read a newspaper. Half never vote for President- the same half?
-Gore Vidal

Have a good time. The newspaper will be great if you're having a good time.
-Ben Bradlee

Have you noticed that life, with murders and catastrophes and fabulous inheritances, happens almost exclusively in newspapers?
-Jean Anouilh

I am unable to understand how a man of honor can take a newspaper in his hands without a shudder of disgust.
-Charles Baudelaire

I became a journalist because I did not want to rely on newspapers for information.
-Christopher Hitchens

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.
-Ben Bradlee

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.
-Napoleon Bonaparte

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.
-Ben Bradlee

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.
-William Storey

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.
-Julian Assange

Never believe in mirrors or newspapers.
-Tom Stoppard

Newspaper strikes are a relief.
-Princess Anne

Newspapermen meet many interesting people, most of them other newspapermen.
-Frederick C. Klein

Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever lays one down without a feeling of disappointment.
-Charles Lamb

Newspapers are the second hand of history. This hand, however, is usually not only of inferior metal to the other hands, it also seldom works properly.
-Arthur Schopenhauer

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.'
-Gary Larson

Nothing could be older than the daily news, nothing deader than yesterday's newspaper.
-Edward Abbey

Nowadays I'm not even sure if newspapers take into account whether a person is a good writer.
-Bob Schieffer

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

One newspaper a day ought to be enough for anyone who still prefers to retain a little mental balance.
-Clifton Fadiman

People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.
-A.J. Liebling

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.
-H.L. Mencken

The business of a newspaper is to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.
-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.
-Brooks Atkinson

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.
-Thomas Jefferson

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

The newspapers still talk about glory but the average man, thank God, has got rid of that illusion.
-E.M. Forster

The nicest thing is to open the newspapers and not to find yourself in them.
-George Harrison

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.
-Garrison Keillor

There is but one way for a newspaperman to look at a politician and that is down.
-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.
-E.L. Doctorow

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 performer.
-Ben Bagdikian

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.
-Ben Hecht

Vanity in a newspaper man is like perfume on a whore; they use it to fend off a dark whiff of themselves.
-Julian Assange

We live under a government of men and morning newspapers.
-Wendell Phillips

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.
-Thomas Jefferson

You should always believe all you read in newspapers, as this makes them more interesting.
-Rose Macaulay

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