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  • Pitching was about fooling people, manipulating them, making them believe in something that ultimately wasn't there. Great pitching was great lying.

  • A work of art, so far as it is a work of art, cannot — whatever the artist's personal intention — advocate anything at all.

    • Susan Sontag,
    • "On Style" (1965), Against Interpretation ()
  • The wisdom of literature is quite antithetical to having opinions. 'Nothing is my last word about anything,' said Henry James. Furnishing opinions, even correct opinions — whenever asked — cheapens what novelists and poets do best, which is to sponsor reflectiveness, to pursue complexity. Information will never replace illumination.

    • Susan Sontag,
    • "The Conscience of Words," At the Same Time ()
  • Art and propaganda have this much connection, that if a propaganda makes art impossible, it is clearly damned.

  • After they had public opinion all properly shaped, what good did it do? It was immensely easy to make people hate, but it was almost impossible to make them help.

  • ... all truly great art is propaganda ...

    • Ann Petry,
    • in Helen Hull, ed., The Writer's Book ()
  • Propaganda has a bad name, but its root meaning is simply to disseminate through a medium, and all writing therefore is propaganda for something. It's a seeding of the self in the consciousness of others.

  • There's a fine line between information and propaganda.

  • There is nothing that you may not get people to believe in if you will only tell it them loud enough and often enough, till the welkin rings with it.