Propaganda Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old propaganda quotes, propaganda sayings, and propaganda proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Propaganda proceeds by psychological manipulations, character modifications, by creation of stereotypes useful when the time comes.The two great routes that this sub-propaganda takes are the conditioned reflex and the myth     

Jacques Ellul

Propaganda replaces moral philosophy.     

Hans J. Morgenthau

The goal of modern propaganda is no longer to transform opinion but to arouse an active and mythical belief.     

Jacques Ellul

A propagandist is a specialist in selling attitudes and opinions.     

Hans Speier

All propaganda must be popular and its intellectual level must be adjusted to the most limited intelligence among those it is addressed to.     

Adolf Hitler

One of the most horrible features of war is that all the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.     

George Orwell

Propaganda is persuading people to make up their minds while withholding some of the facts from them.     

Harold Evans

Propaganda has a bad name, but its root meaning is simply to disseminate through a medium, and all writing therefore is propaganda for something. It's a seeding of the self in the consciousness of others.     

Elizabeth Drew

Propaganda begins when dialogue ends.     

Jacques Ellul

Propaganda is the art of persuading others of what you don't believe yourself.     

Decimius Magnus Ausonius

The power of propaganda is to say something enough times that it becomes the big lie.     

Andrew Breitbart

Propaganda is a topic of particular concern to peace associations. This is a matter of educating the population in general, and not least the voters.     

Fredrik Bajer

Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government.     

Edward Bernays

Because propaganda is pragmatic, when the social climate changes so do the propagandas, but not necessarily the propagandists.     

Brian Anse Patrick

Propaganda is amazing. People can be led to believe anything.     

Alice Walker

Propaganda must not serve the truth, especially insofar as it might bring out something favorable for the opponent.     

Adolf Hitler

The essence of propaganda consists in winning people over to an idea so sincerely, so vitally, that in the end they succumb to it utterly and can never escape from it.     

Joseph Goebbels

Propaganda, to be effective, must be believed. To be believed, it must be credible. To be credible, it must be true.     

Hubert H. Humphrey

Propaganda is the art of persuading others of what you don't believe yourself.     

Decimius Magnus Ausonius

Propaganda analysis can contribute to world peace by exposing those techniques that lead to armed conflict by creating misapprehension of reality.     

Randal Marlin

Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.     

Eric Hoffer

Propaganda is that branch of the art of lying which consists in nearly deceiving your friends without quite deceiving your enemies.     

Francis Cornford

Propaganda is a soft weapon; hold it in your hands too long, and it will move about like a snake, and strike the other way.     

Jean Anouilh

The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.     

George Orwell

Propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated are confident they are acting on their own free will.     

Joseph Goebbels

That propaganda is good which leads to success, and that is bad which fails to achieve the desired result. It is not propaganda's task to be intelligent, its task is to lead to success.     

Joseph Goebbels

Propaganda is as powerful as heroin; it surreptitiously dissolves all capacity to think.     

Gil Courtemanche

Propaganda invariably serves the long-term interests of some elite.     

John Berger

Propaganda must facilitate the displacement of aggression by specifying the targets for hatred.     

Joseph Goebbels

Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.     

Noam Chomsky