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PRINTING
[ Also see Authorship Books Journalism Literature Occupations Press Publishing ]

Sacred to the memory of printing, the art preservative of all arts. This was first invented about the year 1440.
  [Lat., Memoriae sacrum
    Typographia
      Ars artium omnium
        Conservatrix
          Hic primum inventa
            Circa annum mccccxl.
      - Unattributed Author,
        inscription on the facade of the house once occupied by Laurent Koster at Harlem

The freedom of the press should be inviolate.
      - John Quincy Adams

Souls dwell in printer's type.
      - Joseph Ames

He who first shortened the labor of Copyists by device of Movable Types was disbanding hired armies and cashiering most Kings and Senates, and creating a whole new Democratic world: he had invented the Art of printing.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus
         (bk. I, ch. V)

Transforms old print
  To zigzag manuscript, and cheats the eyes
    Of gallery critics by a thousand arts.
      - William Cowper, Task
         (bk. II, The Timepiece, l. 363)

Blest be the gracious Power, who taught mankind
  To stamp a lasting image of the mind!
    Beasts may convey, and tuneful birds may sing,
      Their mutual feelings, in the opening spring;
        But Man alone has skill and power to send
          The heart's warm dictates to the distant friend;
            'Tis his alone to please, instruct, advise
              Ages remote, and nations yet to rise.
      - George Crabbe

I am myself a gentleman of the press, and have no other escutcheon.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

The press is not only free; it is powerful. That power is ours. It is the proudest that man can enjoy. It was not granted by monarchs, it was not gained for us by aristocracies; but it sprang from the people, and, with an immortal instinct, it has always worked for the people.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

It is the mission of the printer to diffuse light and knowledge by a judicious intermingling of black with white.
      - Frederick Douglass

The press should be the voice of the people, not of party.
      - James Ellis

By the device of printing, a Bible can be sold for sixty crowns.
      - John Faust (Fust)

What have the Germans gained by their boasted freedom of the press, except the liberty of abusing each other as they like?
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is beginning to be doubtful whether Parliament and Congress sit in Westminster and Washington, or in the editorial rooms of the leading journals,--so thoroughly is everything debated before the authorized and responsible debaters get on their legs.
      - James Russell Lowell

Every school boy and school girl who has arrived at the age of reflection ought to know something about the history of the art of printing.
      - Horace Mann, The Common School Journal
         (February, 1843, Printing and Paper Making)

Ink is the blood of the printing-press.
      - John Milton

Though an angel should write, still 'tis devils must print.
      - Thomas Moore, The Fudge Family in England
         (letter III)

The press is the exclusive literature of the million; to them it is literature, church, and college.
      - Wendell Phillips

I'll print it,
  And shame the fools.
      - Alexander Pope, Prologue to Satires
         (l. 61)

Thou hast most traitorously corrupted the youth of the realm in erecting a grammar school: and whereas, before, our forefathers had no other books but the score and the tally, thou hast caused printing to be used, and, contrary to the king, his crown and dignity, thou hast built a paper mill.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part II
         (Jack Cade at IV, vii)

The press, watchful with more than the hundred eyes of Argus, strong with more than the hundred arms of Briareus, not only guards all the conquests of civilization, but leads the way to future triumphs.
      - Charles Sumner

Printing, which is the preservative of all arts.
      - Isaiah Thomas

The jour printer with gray head and gaunt jaws works at his case,
  He turns his quid of tobacco, while his eyes blur with the manuscript.
      - Walt Whitman,
        Leaves of Grass--Walt Whitman
         (pt. XV, st. 77)


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