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The journalists have constructed for themselves a little wooden chapel, which they also call the Temple of Fame, in which they put up and take down portraits all day long and make such a hammering you can't hear yourself speak.

Author: Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

Profession: German Physicist, Satirist

Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one.

Author: A. J. Liebling (1904-1963)

Profession: American Journalist

What a squalid and irresponsible little profession it is. Nothing prepares you for how bad Fleet Street really is until it craps on you from a great height.

Author: Ken Livingstone

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Opinionated writing is always the most difficult... simply because it involves retaining in the cold morning-after crystal of the printed word the burning flow of molten feeling.

Author: Gavin Lyall

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If a person is not talented enough to be a novelist, not smart enough to be a lawyer, and his hands are too shaky to perform operations, he becomes a journalist.

Author: Norman Mailer (1923)

Profession: American Author

Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible. He is a kind of confidence man, preying on people's vanity, ignorance, or loneliness, gaining their trust and betraying them without remorse.

Author: Janet Malcolm (1934)

Profession: American Author

The dominant and most deep-dyed trait of the journalist is his timorousness. Where the novelist fearlessly plunges into the water of self-exposure, the journalist stands trembling on the shore in his beach robe. The journalist confines himself to the clean, gentlemanly work of exposing the grieves and shames of others.

Author: Janet Malcolm (1934)

Profession: American Author

I get up in the morning with an idea for a three-volume novel and by nightfall it's a paragraph in my column.

Author: Don Marquis (1878-1937)

Profession: American Humorist, Journalist

The real news is bad news.

Author: Marshall Mcluhan (1911-1980)

Profession: Canadian Communications Theorist

I think there ought to be a club in which preachers and journalists could come together and have the sentimentalism of the one matched with the cynicism of the other. That ought to bring them pretty close to the truth.

Author: Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

Profession: American Theologian, Historian

Now he is a statesman, when what he really wants is to be what most reporters are, adult delinquents.

Author: Peggy Noonan (1950)

Profession: American Author, Presidential Speechwriter

A professional whose job it is to explain to others what it personally does not understand.

Author: Lord Northcliffe

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The press is like the air, a chartered libertine.

Author: William Pitt (1759-1806)

Profession: British Statesman

We now demand the light artillery of the intellect; we need the curt, the condensed, the pointed, the readily diffused -- in place of the verbose, the detailed, the voluminous, the inaccessible. On the other hand, the lightness of the artillery should not degenerate into pop-gunnery -- by which term we may designate the character of the greater portion of the newspaper press -- their sole legitimate object being the discussion of ephemeral matters in an ephemeral manner.

Author: Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845)

Profession: American Poet, Critic, short-story Writer

Journalists belong in the gutter because that is where the ruling classes throw their guilty secrets.

Author: Gerald Priestland

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