quotations The Best Quotes About Journalism And Journalists  

Reference
315 votes 163 voters 20.7k views 40 items

List Rules Must be a famous or well-known quote. Vote for the Journalism and journalists sayings that strongly resonate with you, and downvote any you didn't like.

A list of the best journalism and journalists quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous journalism and journalists quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic journalism and journalists quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational journalism and journalists quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about journalism and journalists?" and "What are inspirational journalism and journalists quotes?"

This list includes notable journalism and journalists quotes by various authors, writers, playwrights, speakers, politicians, athletes, poets, and more. Vote on your favorites so that the greatest journalism and journalists quotes rise to the top, as the order of the list changes dynamically based on votes. Don't let your favorite journalism and journalists sayings get to the bottom of the list.

1
35 8
I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon. Tom Stoppard

2
29 7
In the real world, nothing happens at the right place at the right time. It is the job of journalists and historians to correct that. Mark Twain

3
7 0
I see journalists as the manual workers, the laborers of the word. Journalism can only be literature when it is passionate. Marguerite Duras

4
16 2
Journalism without a moral position is impossible. Every journalist is a moralist. It's absolutely unavoidable. A journalist is someone who looks at the world and the way it works, someone who takes a close look at things every day and reports what she sees, someone who represents the world, the event, for others. She cannot do her work without judging what she sees. Marguerite Duras

5
13 2
Our job is like a baker's work -- his rolls are tasty as long as they're fresh; after two days they're stale; after a week, they're covered with mould and fit only to be thrown out. Ryszard Kapuściński

6
13 3
Journalist: a person without any ideas but with an ability to express them; a writer whose skill is improved by a deadline: the more time he has, the worse he writes. Karl Kraus

7
10 3
The real news is bad news. Marshall McLuhan

8
10 5
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once. Cyril Connolly

9
7 2
There is much to be said in favor of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. By carefully chronicling the current events of contemporary life, it shows us of what very little importance such events really are. By invariably discussing the unnecessary, it makes us understand what things are requisite for culture, and what are not. Oscar Wilde

10
6 1
I am a journalist and, under the modern journalist's code of Olympian objectivity (and total purity of motive), I am absolved of responsibility. We journalists don't have to step on roaches. All we have to do is turn on the kitchen light and watch the critters scurry. P. J. O'Rourke

11
5 1
If the reporter has killed our imagination with his truth, he threatens our life with his lies. Karl Kraus

12
4 0
Write the news as if your very life depended on it. It does! Heywood Broun

13
3 1
The man must have a rare recipe for melancholy, who can be dull in Fleet Street. Charles Lamb

14
8 7
If a person is not talented enough to be a novelist, not smart enough to be a lawyer, and his hands are too shaky to perform operations, he becomes a journalist. Norman Mailer

The Best Walter White Quotes of All Time

15
4 3
A petty reason perhaps why novelists more and more try to keep a distance from journalists is that novelists are trying to write the truth and journalists are trying to write fiction. Graham Greene

16
4 3
Journalism consists largely in saying Lord James is dead to people who never knew Lord James was alive. G. K. Chesterton

17
2 1
I get up in the morning with an idea for a three-volume novel and by nightfall it's a paragraph in my column. Don Marquis

18
2 1
Journalism is literature in a hurry. Matthew Arnold

19
1 0
It was a fatal day when the public discovered that the pen is mightier than the paving-stone, and can be made as offensive as the brickbat. They at once sought for the journalist, found him, developed him, and made him their industrious and well-paid servant. It is greatly to be regretted, for both their sakes. Oscar Wilde

20
1 0
He types his labored column -- weary drudge! Senile fudge and solemn: spare, editor, to condemn these dry leaves of his autumn. Robertson Davies

21
5 5
Journalists are like dogs, when ever anything moves they begin to bark. Arthur Schopenhauer

The Most Overrated Actors of All Time

22
3 3
Every journalist owes tribute to the evil one. Jean de La Fontaine

23
2 2
More than illness or death, the American journalist fears standing alone against the whim of his owners or the prejudices of his audience. Deprive William Safire of the insignia of the New York Times, and he would have a hard time selling his truths to a weekly broadsheet in suburban Duluth. Lewis Lapham

24
2 2
Gonzo journalism is a style of reporting based on William Faulkner's idea that the best fiction is far more true than any kind of journalism -- and the best journalists have always known this. True gonzo reporting needs the talents of a master journalist, the eye of an artist/photographer and the heavy balls of an actor. Because the writer must be a participant in the scene, while he's writing it -- or at least taping it, or even sketching it. Or all three. Probably the closest analogy to the ideal would be a film director/producer who writes his own scripts, does his own camera work and somehow manages to film himself in action, as the protagonist or at least a main character. Hunter S. Thompson

25
1 1
I think there ought to be a club in which preachers and journalists could come together and have the sentimentalism of the one matched with the cynicism of the other. That ought to bring them pretty close to the truth. Reinhold Niebuhr

26
1 1
Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers another. G. K. Chesterton

27
1 1
Personal columnists are jackals and no jackal has been known to live on grass once he had learned about meat -- no matter who killed the meat for him. Ernest Hemingway

28
1 1
We need not be theologians to see that we have shifted responsibility for making the world interesting from God to the newspaperman. Daniel J. Boorstin

Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

29
0 0
Thom McCann added The journalists' job is to fill white space. Steven Birmingham (?)

30
0 0
Georgina Heffernan added AA GILL -Freedom of speech is what all other human rights and freedoms balance on. That may sound like unspeakable arrogance when applied to restaurant reviews or gossip columns. But that’s not the point. Journalism isn’t an individual sport like books and plays; it’s a team effort. The power of the press is cumulative. It has a conscious human momentum. You can – and probably do – pick up bits of it and sneer or sigh or fling them with great force at the dog. But together they make up the most precious thing we own. Since you’re here …

31
0 0
We now demand the light artillery of the intellect; we need the curt, the condensed, the pointed, the readily diffused -- in place of the verbose, the detailed, the voluminous, the inaccessible. On the other hand, the lightness of the artillery should not degenerate into pop-gunnery -- by which term we may designate the character of the greater portion of the newspaper press -- their sole legitimate object being the discussion of ephemeral matters in an ephemeral manner. Edgar Allan Poe

32
1 2
The journalists have constructed for themselves a little wooden chapel, which they also call the Temple of Fame, in which they put up and take down portraits all day long and make such a hammering you can't hear yourself speak. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

33
1 2
Now he is a statesman, when what he really wants is to be what most reporters are, adult delinquents. Peggy Noonan

34
0 1
sconverse added The quality of life in America is dependent on the quality of the journalism. Most people don't realize that, but if you think about it, journalism is one of the pillars on which our society is perched.

35
0 1
People accuse journalism of being too personal; but to me it has always seemed far too impersonal. It is charged with tearing away the veils from private life; but it seems to me to be always dropping diaphanous but blinding veils between men and men. The Yellow Press is abused for exposing facts which are private; I wish the Yellow Press did anything so valuable. It is exactly the decisive individual touches that it never gives; and a proof of this is that after one has met a man a million times in the newspapers it is always a complete shock and reversal to meet him in real life. G. K. Chesterton

36
6 8
I hate journalists. There is nothing in them but tittering jeering emptiness. They have all made what Dante calls the Great Refusal. The shallowest people on the ridge of the earth. William Butler Yeats

37
1 3
If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people -- including me -- would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism. Hunter S. Thompson

38
1 3
If, for instance, they have heard something from the postman, they attribute it to a semi-official statement; if they have fallen into conversation with a stranger at a bar, they can conscientiously describe him as a source that has hitherto proved unimpeachable. It is only when the journalist is reporting a whim of his own, and one to which he attaches minor importance, that he defines it as the opinion of well-informed circles. Evelyn Waugh

39
4 7
A journalist is a person who has mistaken their calling. Otto von Bismarck

40
4 8
Bad manners make a journalist. Oscar Wilde