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Advertisements are of great use to the vulgar. First of all, as they are instruments of ambition. A man that is by no means big enough for the Gazette, may easily creep into the advertisements; by which means we often see an apothecary in the same paper of news with a plenipotentiary, or a running footman with an ambassador.
      - Joseph Addison, in the "Tatler", no. 224

I would . . . earnestly advise them for their good to order this paper to be punctually served up, and to be looked upon as a part of the tea equipage.
      - Joseph Addison, in the "Spectator", no. 10

The great art in writing advertisements is the finding out a proper method to catch the reader's eye; without which a good thing may pass over unobserved, or be lost among commissions of bankrupt.
      - Joseph Addison, in the "Tatler", no. 224

They consume a considerable quantity of our paper manufacture, employ our artisans in printing, and find business for great numbers of indigent persons.
      - Joseph Addison,
        in the "Spectator", no. 367

Laziness has become the chief characteristic of journalism, displacing incompetence.
      - Kingsley Amis

Journalism is literature in a hurry.
      - Matthew Arnold

Journalism is a giant catapult set in motion by pigmy hatreds.
      - Honore de Balzac

Ask how to live? Write, write, write, anything;
  The world's a fine believing world, write news.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        Wit without Money (act II)

[The opposition Press] which is in the hands of malecontents who have failed in their career.
      - Karl Otto von Schonhausen Bismarck,
        to a deputation from Rugen to the King

Journalism has already come to be the first power in the land.
      - Samuel Bowles

Put it all in the first paragraph.
      - Samuel Bowles

Numerous politicians have seized absolute power and muzzled the press. Never in history has the press seized absolute power and muzzled the politicians.
      - David Brinkley

The journalist should be on his guard against publishing what is false in taste or exceptionable in morals.
      - William Cullen Bryant

Hear, Land o' Cakes, and brither Scots,
  Frae Maidenkirk to Johnie Groat's;-
    If there's a hole in a' your coats,
      I rede you tent it:
        A chield's amang you takin notes,
          And, faith, he'll prent it.
      - Robert Burns,
        On Captain Grose's Peregrinations Thro' Scotland

A would-be satirist, a hired buffoon,
  A monthly scribbler of some low lampoon,
    Condemn'd to drudge, the meanest of the mean,
      And furbish falsehoods for a magazine.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        English Bards and Scotch Reviewers
         (l. 975)

Sometimes good journalism is bad public relations.
      - Steve Capus

The editor sat in his sanctum, his countenance furrowed with care,
  His mind at the bottom of business, his feet at the top of a chair,
    His chair-arm an elbow supporting, his right hand upholding his head,
      His eyes on his dusty table, with different documents spread.
      - Will Carleton,
        Farm Ballads--The Editor's Guest

The press is the fourth estate of the realm.
      - Thomas Carlyle

A Fourth Estate, of Able Editors, springs up.
      - Thomas Carlyle, French Revolution
         (pt. I, bk. VI, ch. 5)

Great is journalism. Is not every able editor a ruler of the world, being the persuader of it?
      - Thomas Carlyle, French Revolution
         (pt. II, bk. 1, ch. 4)

Burke said there were Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporter's gallery yonder, there sat a fourth estate more important far than they all.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Heroes and Hero-Worship
         (lecture V)

A parliament speaking through reporters to Buncombe and the Twenty-seven millions, mostly fools.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Latter Day Pamphlets
         (no. VI, Parliaments)

To serve thy generation, this thy fate:
  "Written in water," swiftly fades thy name;
    But he who loves his kind does, first and late,
      A work too late for fame.
      - Mary Clemmer (Mary Clemmer Ames),
        The Journalist (last stanza)

Only a newspaper! Quick read, quick lost,
  Who sums the treasure that it carries hence?
    Torn, trampled under feet, who counts thy cost,
      Star-eyed intelligence?
      - Mary Clemmer (Mary Clemmer Ames),
        The Journalist (st. 9)

I believe it has been said that one copy of the "Times" contains more useful information than the whole of the historical works of Thucydides.
      - Richard Cobden,
        in a speech at the Manchester Athenaeum, Dec. 27, 1850

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