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. . . by evil report and good report . . .
      - Bible, II Corinthians (ch. VI, v. 8)

As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXV, v. 25)

News as wholesome as the morning air.
      - George Chapman

It's not the world that's gotten so much worse, but the news coverage that's gotten so much better.
      - Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Ill news is wing'd with fate, and flies apace.
      - John Dryden, Threnodia Augustalis (l. 49)

Where village statesmen talk'd with looks profound.
  And news much older than their ale went round.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
         (l. 223)

News, the manna of a day.
      - Matthew Green

It is good news, worthy of all acceptation, and yet not too good to be true.
      - Matthew (Mathew) Henry, Commentaries
         (I Timothy, I, 15)

Stay a little and news will find you.
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

What, what, what,
  What's the news from Sway?
    Sad news,
      Bad news,
        Comes by the cable; led
          Through the Indian Ocean's bed,
            Through the Persian Gulf, the Red
              Sea, and the Med-
      - George Thomas Lanigan, The Akhoond of Swat,
        written after seeing item "The Akhoond of Swat is dead" in London papers, Jan. 22, 1878

Who, or why, or which, or what,
  Is the Akhond of Swat?
      - Edward Lear, The Akhond of Swat

News, news, news, my gossiping friends,
  I have wonderful news to tell,
    A lady by me her compliments sends;
      And this is the news from Hell!
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),

Ill news are swallow-winged, but what is good walks on crutches.
      - Philip Massinger

Ill news, madam,
  Are swallow-winged, but what's good
    Walks on crutches.
      - Philip Massinger, Picture (act II, 1)

Evil news rides post, while good news bates.
      - John Milton

For evil news rides post, while good news baits.
      - John Milton

He's gone, and who knows how may he report
  Thy words by adding fuel to the flame?
      - John Milton, Samson Agonistes (l. 1,350)

The nature of bad news affects the teller.
      - William Shakespeare

Prithee, friend,
  Pour out the pack of matter to mine ear,
    The good and the bad together: he's friends with Caesar,
      In state of health, thou say'st, and thou say'st, free.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Cleopatra at II, v)

Ram thou fruitful tidings in mine ears,
  That long time have been barren.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Cleopatra at II, v)

Though it be honest, it is never good
  To bring bad news; give to a gracious message
    An host of tongues, but let ill tidings tell
      Themselves when they be felt.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Cleopatra at II, v)

(Celia:) Here come Monsieur Le Beau.
  (Rosalind:) With his mouth full of news.
    (Celia:) Which he will put on us as pigeons feed their young.
      (Rosalind:) Then shall we be news-crammed.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Celia & Rosalind at I, ii)

If't be summer news,
  Smile to't before; if winterly, thou need'st
    But keep that count'nance still.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Imogen at III, iv)

There's villainous news abroad.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Falstaff at II, iv)

Yet the first bringer of unwelcome news
  Hath but a losing office, and his tongue
    Sounds ever after as a sullen bell,
      Rememb'red tolling a departing friend.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part II
         (Northumberland at I, i)

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