Newspaper Sayings and Quotes

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


The art of newspaper paragraphing is to stroke a platitude until it purrs like an epigram.     

Don Marquis

Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever lays one down without a feeling of disappointment.     

Charles Lamb

Newspapers are tutors as well as informers.     

Neil Kinnock

Newspapers have degenerated. They may now be absolutely relied upon.     

Oscar Wilde

A daily newspaper should report the news, not play at geopolitics.     

Rafael Correa

A newspaper is a mirror reflecting the public, a mirror more or less defective, but still a mirror.     

Arthur Brisbane

A good newspaper is never quite good enough but a lousy newspaper is a joy forever.     

Garrison Keillor

The newspapers are the cemeteries of ideas.     

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

A newspaper is an oversized book with adverts and an expiry date.     

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

For fear of the newspapers politicians are dull, and at last they are too dull even for the newspapers.     

G.K. Chesterton

Newspapers have roughly the same relationship to life as fortune-tellers to metaphysics.     

Karl Kraus

Newspapers are horror happening to other people.     

Nadine Gordimer

A newspaper should be the maximum of information, and the minimum of comment.     

Richard Cobden

Newspaper : A device unable to distinguish between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilisation.     

George Bernard Shaw

Newspaper readership is declining like crazy. In fact, there's a good chance that nobody is reading my column.     

Dave Barry

Newspapers should be read for the study of facts. They should not be allowed to kill the habit of independent thinking.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Newspapers are a centre of public culture. We can't give in to extortion.     

Alexander Lebedev

A newspaper is the lowest thing there is.     

Richard J. Daley

A newspaper is always a weapon in somebody's hands.     

Claud Cockburn

Accuracy to a newspaper is what virtue is to a lady; but a newspaper can always print a retraction.     

Adlai Stevenson I

Some newspapers are fit only to line the bottom of bird cages.     

Spiro T. Agnew

Owning a newspaper does not confer immunity.     

Alexander Lebedev

Newspapers have become more important to the average man than the scriptures.     

Mahatma Gandhi

The newspapers are full of what we would like to happen to us and what we hope will never happen to us.     

John Fowles

A newspaper is a circulating library with high blood pressure.     

Arthur Baer

Newspapers are so boring. How can you read a newspaper that starts with a 51-word lead sentence?     

Jimmy Breslin

The newspaper is a greater treasure to the people than uncounted millions of gold.     

Henry Ward Beecher

The newspapers turn a blind eye to how they get their material as long as they have great photographs.     

Sienna Miller

Newspapers don't write enough about serious religious issues.     

Sally Quinn

If newspapers are useful in overthrowing tyrants, it is only to establish a tyranny of their own.     

James Fenimore Cooper