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  1. All human life is there.
    Advertising slogan: the News of the World; used by Maurice Smelt in the late 1950s; see James
  2. All the news that's fit to print.
    Advertising slogan: motto of the New York Times, from 1896; coined by its proprietor Adolph S. Ochs (1858–1935)
  3. I read the newspapers avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.
    Aneurin Bevan 1897–1960 British Labour politician: in Times 29 March 1960
  4. Small earthquake in Chile. Not many dead.
    the words with which Cockburn claimed to have won a competition at The Times for the dullest headline
    Claud Cockburn 1904–81 British writer and journalist: In Time of Trouble (1956) ch. 10
  5. Let us today drudge on about our inescapably impossible task of providing every week a first rough draft of a history that will never be completed about a world we can never really understand.
    Philip Graham 1915–63 American newspaper publisher: remarks to Newsweek correspondents, London, 29 April 1963
  6. Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.
    Thomas Jefferson 1743–1826 American Democratic Republican statesman, 3rd President 1801–9: letter to John Norvell, 14 June 1807, in The Portable Thomas Jefferson (1977)
  7. A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.
    Arthur Miller 1915–2005 American dramatist: in Observer 26 November 1961
  8. Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.
    Napoleon I 1769–1821 French monarch, emperor 1804–15: attributed from the late 19th century
  9. The power of the press is very great, but not so great as the power of suppress.
    Lord Northcliffe 1865–1922 British newspaper proprietor: office message, Daily Mail 1918; Reginald Rose and Geoffrey Harmsworth Northcliffe (1959)
  10. A newspaper should have no friends.
    Joseph Pulitzer 1847–1911 Hungarian-born American newspaper proprietor and editor: Don C. Seitz Joseph Pulitzer: his life and letters (1926) ch. 1
  11. Well, all I know is what I read in the papers.
    Will Rogers 1879–1935 American actor and humorist: in New York Times 30 September 1923
  12. Ever noticed that no matter what happens in one day, it exactly fits in the newspaper?
    Jerry Seinfeld 1954–  American comedian: in Mail on Sunday 11 February 2007
  13. Freedom of the press in Britain means freedom to print such of the proprietor's prejudices as the advertisers don't object to.
    Hannen Swaffer 1879–1962 British journalist: Tom Driberg Swaff (1974) ch. 2