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A journalist is a person who has mistaken their calling.
~ Otto Von Bismarck

 

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A petty reason perhaps why novelists more and more try to keep a distance from journalists is that novelists are trying to write the truth and journalists are trying to write fiction.
~ Graham Greene

 

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

 

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Bad manners make a journalist.
~ Oscar Wilde

 

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

 

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Every journalist owes tribute to the evil one.
~ Jean De La Fontaine

 

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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.
~ Janet Malcolm

 

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Evidently there are plenty of people in journalism who have neither got what they liked nor quite grown to like what they get. They write pieces they do not much enjoy writing, for papers they totally despise, and the sad process ends by ruining their style and disintegrating their personality, two developments which in a writer cannot be separate, since his personality and style must progress or deteriorate together, like a married couple in a country where death is the only permissible divorce.
~ Claud Cockburn

 

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Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one.
~ A. J. Liebling

 

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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.
~ Hunter S. Thompson

 

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He types his labored column -- weary drudge! Senile fudge and solemn: spare, editor, to condemn these dry leaves of his autumn.
~ Robertson Davies

 

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I am a journalist and, under the modern journalist's code of Olympian objectivity (and total purity of motive), I am absolved of responsibility. We journalists don't have to step on roaches. All we have to do is turn on the kitchen light and watch the critters scurry.
~ P. J. O'Rourke

 

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I find I journalize too tediously. Let me try to abbreviate.
~ James Boswell

 

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

 

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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.
~ William Butler Yeats

 

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I see journalists as the manual workers, the laborers of the word. Journalism can only be literature when it is passionate.
~ Marguerite Duras

 

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

 

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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.
~ Reinhold Niebuhr

 

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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.
~ Norman Mailer

 

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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.
~ Hunter S. Thompson

 

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