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Europe has a press that stresses opinions; America a press, radio, and television that emphasize news.

Author: James Reston (1909-1995)

Profession: Dutch Born American Journalist

In America journalism is apt to be regarded as an extension of history: in Britain, as an extension of conversation.

Author: Anthony Sampson


Journalists are like dogs, when ever anything moves they begin to bark.

Author: Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

Profession: German Philosopher

I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.

Author: Tom Stoppard (1937)

Profession: Czech Playwright

If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people -- including me -- would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.

Author: Hunter S. Thompson (1939)

Profession: American Journalist

Gonzo journalism is a style of ''reporting'' based on William Faulkner's idea that the best fiction is far more true than any kind of journalism -- and the best journalists have always known this. True gonzo reporting needs the talents of a master journalist, the eye of an artist/photographer and the heavy balls of an actor. Because the writer must be a participant in the scene, while he's writing it -- or at least taping it, or even sketching it. Or all three. Probably the closest analogy to the ideal would be a film director/producer who writes his own scripts, does his own camera work and somehow manages to film himself in action, as the protagonist or at least a main character.

Author: Hunter S. Thompson (1939)

Profession: American Journalist

In the real world, nothing happens at the right place at the right time. It is the job of journalists and historians to correct that.

Author: Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Profession: American Humorist, Writer

If, for instance, they have heard something from the postman, they attribute it to ''a semi-official statement''; if they have fallen into conversation with a stranger at a bar, they can conscientiously describe him as ''a source that has hitherto proved unimpeachable.'' It is only when the journalist is reporting a whim of his own, and one to which he attaches minor importance, that he defines it as the opinion of ''well-informed circles.''

Author: Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966)

Profession: British Novelist

The facts fairly and honestly presented; truth will take care of itself.

Author: William Allen White (1868-1944)

Profession: American Editor, Writer

Bad manners make a journalist.

Author: Oscar Wilde (1856-1900)

Profession: British Author, Wit

It was a fatal day when the public discovered that the pen is mightier than the paving-stone, and can be made as offensive as the brickbat. They at once sought for the journalist, found him, developed him, and made him their industrious and well-paid servant. It is greatly to be regretted, for both their sakes.

Author: Oscar Wilde (1856-1900)

Profession: British Author, Wit

There is much to be said in favor of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. By carefully chronicling the current events of contemporary life, it shows us of what very little importance such events really are. By invariably discussing the unnecessary, it makes us understand what things are requisite for culture, and what are not.

Author: Oscar Wilde (1856-1900)

Profession: British Author, Wit

You cannot hope to bribe or twist (thank God!) the British journalist. But, seeing what the man will do unbribed, there's no occasion to.

Author: Humbert Wolfe (1885-1940)

Profession: British Poet

I hate journalists. There is nothing in them but tittering jeering emptiness. They have all made what Dante calls the Great Refusal. The shallowest people on the ridge of the earth.

Author: William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

Profession: Irish Poet, Playwright.

Most rock journalism is people who can't write, interviewing people who can't talk, for people who can't read.

Author: Frank Zappa (1940)

Profession: American Rock Musician