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  • After three days without one, the desire to read a newspaper vanished. And really, one was happier without.

  • ... if newspapers were written by people whose sole object in writing was to tell the truth about politics and the truth about art we should not believe in war, and we should believe in art.

  • ... the heaviest restriction upon the freedom of public opinion is not the official censorship of the Press, but the unofficial censorship by a Press which exists not so much to express opinion as to manufacture it.

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

    • Rose Macaulay,
    • "Problems of a Reader's Life," A Casual Commentary ()
  • ... it is a testament to the strength and purity of the democratic sentiment in the country, that the republic has not been overthrown by its newspapers.

  • ... the systematic abuse with which the newspapers of one side assail every candidate coming forward on the other, is the cause of many honorable men, who have a regard to their reputation, being deterred from entering public life; and of the people being thus deprived of some better servants than any they have.

  • I hate new gowns — I hate new shoes — I hate new bonnets — I hate any thing new except new — spapers, and I was born reading them.


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  • Perhaps in the last ten years newspapers have become back fences for people now that so many of the old back fences are gone.

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  • Our media, which is like a planetary nervous system, are far more sensitive to breakdowns than to breakthroughs. They filter out our creativity and successes, considering them less newsworthy than violence, war, and dissent. When we read newspapers and watch television news, we feel closer to a death in the social body than to an awakening.

  • ... there is scarcely any reading so utterly demoralizing to good mental habits as the ordinary daily paper.

  • One reason cats are happier than people / is that they have no newspapers ...

  • Scribblers for newspapers don't always tell the truth.

  • It's hard to fool rich people, Fred, because they're behind the scenes and they can hire brains to think for them if they haven't got any, and it's hard to fool poor people because they know what the world's like from being exposed naked to it, but that class that reads newspapers, Fred, you can fool them ...

  • You must never believe what the newspapers say. I stand aghast at the impudence of the lies they contain, things not only false in fact, but absolutely impossible.

    • Anna Jameson,
    • 1840, in G.H. Needler, Letters of Anna Jameson to Ottilie Von Goethe ()
  • Gloria quite ignored the news pages of the Herald. She made straight for the center, the hatched, matched, dispatched page.

  • The Press blew, the public stared, hands flew out like a million little fishes after bread.

  • Dead news like dead love has no phoenix in its ashes.

  • ... the press is too often a distorting mirror, which deforms the people and events it represents, making them seem bigger or smaller than they really are.

  • When newspapers are the principal vehicles of the wit and wisdom of a people, the higher graces of composition can hardly be looked for.

  • ... throughout all ranks of society, from the successful merchant, which is the highest, to the domestic serving man, which is the lowest, they are all too actively employed to read, except at such broken moments as may suffice for a peep at a newspaper. It is for this reason, I presume, that every American newspaper is more or less a magazine ...

  • i have learned it / ain't like they say / in the newspapers.

  • I suppose you know where this country would be, where the world would be, if everyone who got depressed by the papers stopped reading them.

  • The power is to set the agenda. What we print and what we don't print matter a lot.

  • We live in a dirty and dangerous world! There are some things the general public does not need to know, and shouldn't. I believe the democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows.

    • Katharine Graham,
    • in Doug Henwood, "The Washington Post: The Establishment's Paper," Extra ()
  • ... there is nothing more irritating to a feminist than the average 'Woman's Page' of a newspaper, with its out-dated assumption that all women have a common trade interest in the household arts, and a common leisure interest in clothes and the doings of 'high society.' Women's interests to-day are as wide as the world. I doubt if there is anything from deep-sea fishing to high-altitude flying that is not of absorbing interest to some woman somewhere.

    • Cyrstal Eastman,
    • "What Shall We Do With the Woman's Page?" in Time and Tide ()
  • It is grievous to read the papers in most respects, I agree. More and more I skim the headlines only, for one can be sure what is carried beneath them quite automatically, if one has long been a reader of the press journalism.

  • ... the 'public' — a term often used in America to indicate the great metropolitan newspapers.

  • Just as long as newspapers and magazines are controlled by men, every woman upon them must write articles which are reflections of men's ideas. As long as that continues, women's ideas and deepest convictions will never get before the public.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • in Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper, eds., The History of Woman Suffrage, vol. IV ()
  • Frank as a companion had only one disadvantage. He read newspapers with the concentration of an elderly clubman.

  • Breakfast is the one meal at which it is permissible to read the paper ...