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Publicity

  • All one really requires for putting anything over is enough energy and resistance to keep on plugging the idea. Someone will eventually fall.

  • There's an old press-agents' slogan that's good advice: Don't read your publicity — weigh it.

  • If some people are right, artists are put into this world not to practice their art, but to talk about it. And judging by the flattering invitations many a humble climber will receive to pontificate from the lowest rung but one of the ladder, humanity is in a dangerously receptive frame of mind, and artists a race devoid of either modesty or sense of humor.

  • Book tours are like boot camp but with little sleep and less food.

  • Here I am, one of the most colorful women of my time — if not of my block — being made to sound positively legumelike in printed interviews.

  • Press agent — a man who hitches his braggin' to a star.

  • [On the press:] I love working with children, and I have learned to be very patient with them.

  • Publicity is the only thing some people fear. An aroused public opinion has been the cause of most reforms. Telling the truth is perhaps the pacifist's only weapon. Over and over again, even the suggestion that one may publish the facts has changed a scornful, bullying opponent into an almost subservient helper. But how dangerous it is!

  • [On refusing to allow photos to be published of herself and her children:] A lady's name should appear in print only three times, at her birth, marriage, and death.

    • Edith Roosevelt,
    • 1898, in William O. Foss, First Ladies Quotations Book ()
  • Dead news like dead love has no phoenix in its ashes.

  • Where would anyone in publicity be if they allowed sensitivity, restraint, breeding or good taste to stand in their way?

  • Mother ... considered a press conference on a par with a visit to a cage full of cobras ...

  • Everyone seems possessed with the desire of writing articles upon me and sends me long lists of all I am to say.

    • Kate Greenaway,
    • in Marion Harry Spielmann and George Somes Layard, Kate Greenaway ()
  • [Her guidelines for dealing with the press:] ... minimum information given with maximum politeness.

  • ... he had managed to get himself so much publicity that he was even better than well-known; he had enemies.

  • As every author knows, controversy never hurts a book ...

  • ... media saturation is probably very destructive to art. New movements get overexposed and exhausted before they have a chance to grow, and they turn to ashes in a short time. Some degree of time and obscurity is often very necessary to artists.

    • Joyce Johnson,
    • in Sybil Steinberg, ed., Writing for Your Life ()
  • Wooing the press ... is an exercise roughly akin to picnicking with a tiger. You might enjoy the meal, but the tiger always eats last.

    • Maureen Dowd,
    • "On Washington; Up Close and Personal," in The New York Times Magazine ()
  • In Czechoslovakia there is no such thing as freedom of the press. In the United States there is no such thing as freedom from the press.

  • Never lose your temper with the Press or the public is a major rule of political life.

  • I don't care what is written about me — so long as it isn't true.

  • I don't care what they say so long as they talk about me.

  • Whatever you have read I have said is almost certainly untrue, except if it is funny, in which case I definitely said it.