Wisdom from Polonius


George Orwell

“Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.”


Arthur Christiansen

“We never waste space saying, On the one hand.  We just state an opinion in a Godlike voice.”


Lawrence I. Peter

“A free press is one that prints a dictator’s speech but doesn’t have to.”


Napoleon Bonaparte

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.”


George Bernard Shaw

“Newspapers are unable to DISCRIMINATE between a bicycle accident and a collapse of civilization.”


[For this compilation, our thanks to the British Library.]



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