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Did Charity prevail, the press would prove
  A vehicle of virtue, truth, and love.
      - William Cowper, Charity (l. 624)

How shall I speak thee, or thy power address
  Thou God of our idolatry, the Press.
    . . . .
      Like Eden's dead probationary tree,
        Knowledge of good and evil is from thee.
      - William Cowper, Progress of Error (l. 452)

He comes, the herald of a noisy world,
  With spatter'd boots, strapp'd waist, and frozen locks;
    News from all nations lumbering at his back.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. IV, l. 5)

A journal should be neither an echo nor a pander.
      - George William Curtis

When found, make a note of.
      - Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son (ch. 15)

Miscellanists are the most popular writers among every people; for it is they who form a communication between the learned and the unlearned, and, as it were, throw a bridge between those two great divisions of the public.
      - Isaac D'Israeli,
        Literary Character of Men of Genius--Miscellanists

None of our political writers . . . take notice of any more than three estates, namely, Kings, Lords and Commons . . . passing by in silence that very large and powerful body which form the fourth estate in the community . . . the Mob.
      - Henry Fielding, Covent Garden Journal

The more abhorrent a news item the more comforting it was to be the recipient, since the fact that it had happened elsewhere proved that it had not happened here, was not happening here, and would therefore never happen here.
      - John Fowles

Caused by a dearth of scandal should the vapors
  Distress our fair ones--let them read the prayers.
      - David Garrick,
        prologue to Sheridan's "School for Scandal"

In journalism, there has always been a tension between getting it first and getting it right.
      - Ellen Goodman

The best use of a journal is to print the largest practical amount of important truth,--truth which tends to make mankind wiser, and thus happier.
      - Horace Greeley

Media is a word that has come to mean bad journalism.
      - Graham Henry Greene

Journalism allows its readers to witness history; fiction gives its readers an opportunity to live it.
      - John Hersey

Nobody's interested in sweetness and light.
      - Hedda Hopper

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
      - Thomas Jefferson

The press is the best instrument for enlightening the mind of man, and improving him as a rational, moral and social being.
      - Thomas Jefferson

The liberty of the press is the palladium of all the civil, political, and religious rights of an Englishman.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis),
        Dedication to Letters

The mission of the press is to spread culture while destroying the attention span.
      - Karl Kraus

The highest reach of a news-writer is an empty Reasoning on Policy, and vain Conjectures on the public Management.
      - Jean de la Bruyere,
        The Characters or Manners of the Present Age
         (ch. I)

The News-writer lies down at Night in great Tranquility, upon a piece of News which corrupts before Morning, and which he is obliged to throw away as soon as he awakes.
      - Jean de la Bruyere,
        The Characters or Manners of the Present Age
         (ch. I)

Every newspaper editor owes tribute to the devil.
  [Fr., Tout faiseur de journaux doit tribut au Malin.]
      - Jean de la Fontaine,
        Lettre a Simon de Troyes

Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever lays one down without a feeling of disappointment.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia),
        Essays of Elia--Detached Thoughts on Books and Reading

The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.
      - Nikolai Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Behold the whole huge earth sent to me hebdomadally in a brown paper wrapper.
      - James Russell Lowell, The Biglow Papers
         (series I, no. 6)

An odious exhibition of journalists dabbling their fingers in the stuff of other people's souls.
      - Lord McGregor of Durris,
        in the "London Times"

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