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The Best Quotes About Journalism And Journalists

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

    Tom Stoppard
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    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
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    I see journalists as the manual workers, the laborers of the word. Journalism can only be literature when it is passionate.

    Marguerite Duras
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    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
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    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
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    A journalist is a person who has mistaken their calling.

    Otto von Bismarck
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    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
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    Journalists are like dogs, when ever anything moves they begin to bark.

    Arthur Schopenhauer
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    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
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    If the reporter has killed our imagination with his truth, he threatens our life with his lies.

    Karl Kraus
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    Journalism consists largely in saying Lord James is dead to people who never knew Lord James was alive.

    G. K. Chesterton
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    Write the news as if your very life depended on it. It does!

    Heywood Broun
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    Every journalist owes tribute to the evil one.

    Jean de La Fontaine
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once.

    Cyril Connolly
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    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
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    He types his labored column -- weary drudge! Senile fudge and solemn: spare, editor, to condemn these dry leaves of his autumn.

    Robertson Davies
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    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.

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    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
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    The man must have a rare recipe for melancholy, who can be dull in Fleet Street.

    Charles Lamb
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    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 …

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    Bad manners make a journalist.

    Oscar Wilde