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'Be comfortable with who you are', reads the headline on the Hush Puppies poster. Are they mad? If people were comfortable with who they were, they'd never buy any products except the ones they needed, and then where would the advertising industry be?
~ Mark Edwards

 

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Advertisers are the interpreters of our dreams -- Joseph interpreting for Pharaoh. Like the movies, they infect the routine futility of our days with purposeful adventure. Their weapons are our weaknesses: fear, ambition, illness, pride, selfishness, desire, ignorance. And these weapons must be kept as bright as a sword.
~ E(lwyn) B(rooks) White

 

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Advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero.
~ Anonymous

 

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Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless.
~ Sinclair Lewis

 

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Advertising is legalized lying.
~ H.G. Wells

 

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Advertising is the genie which is transforming America into a place of comfort, luxury and ease for millions.
~ William Allen White

 

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Advertising is the greatest art form of the twentieth century.
~ Marshall Mcluhan

 

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Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better.
~ George Santayana

 

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Advertising is the most fun you can have with your clothes on.
~ Jerry Della Femina

 

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Advertising is the principal reason why the business person has come to inherit the earth.
~ James R. Adams

 

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Advertising is the very essence of democracy.
~ Bruce Barton

 

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Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.
~ Stephen B. Leacock

 

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An advertising agency is 85 percent confusion and 15 percent commission.
~ Fred A. Allen

 

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Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell, and advertise.
~ Laurence J. Peter

 

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Good wine needs no bush, and perhaps products that people really want need no hard-sell or soft-sell TV push. Why not? Look at pot.
~ Ogden Nash

 

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How about this for a headline for tomorrow's paper? French fries.
~ James French

 

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However far your travels take you, you will never find the girl who smiles out at you from the travel brochure.
~ Anonymous

 

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I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.
~ Archibishop of Canterbury

 

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I have discovered the most exciting, the most arduous literary form of all, the most difficult to master, the most pregnant in curious possibilities. I mean the advertisement. It is far easier to write ten passably effective Sonnets, good enough to take in the not too inquiring critic, than one effective advertisement that will take in a few thousand of the uncritical buying public.
~ Aldous Huxley

 

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I've learned any fool can write a bad ad, but it takes a real genius to keep his hands off a good one.
~ Leo Burnett

 

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