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1. "We have to protect all journalists, and journalists have to be allowed to do their jobs."
Author: Amy Goodman
2. "Where there's smoke around a conservative, there are journalists furiously rubbing two sticks together."
Author: Ann Coulter
3. "A journalistic purpose could be someone with a Xerox machine in a basement."
Author: Antonin Scalia
4. "There's a kind of journalistic narcissism that New York-based journalists are guilty of."
Author: Bernard Goldberg
5. "I amused myself playing with the journalists."
Author: Brigitte Boisselier
6. "According to Babette, 98.3 percent of lawyers end up in Hell. That's in contrast to the 23 percent of farmers who are eternally damned. Some 45 percent of retail business owners are Hellbound, and 85 percent of computer software writers. Perhaps a trace number of politicians ascend to Heaven, but statistically speaking, 100 percent of them are cast into the fiery pit. As are essentially 100 percent of journalists and redheads."
Author: Chuck Palahniuk
7. "We're journalists, and so it's our job to be impartial and provide a fair and thorough assessment of what's happening on the ground from the perspective of what we're able to see."
Author: Clarissa Ward
8. "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."
Author: Clive Owen
9. "Yet I am incapable of writing the only kind of novel which interests me: a book powered with an intellectual or moral passion strong enough to create order, to create a new way of looking at life. It is because I am too diffused. I have decided never to write another novel. I have fifty 'subjects' I could write about; and they would be competent enough. If there is one thing we can be sure of, it is that competent and informative novels will continue to pour from the publishing houses. I have only one, and the least important, of the qualities necessary to write at all, and that is curiosity. It is the curiosity of the journalist."
Author: Doris Lessing
10. "I have learned as a journalist that if you look long enough and hard enough and carefully enough, most truths are discoverable."
Author: Edward Klein
11. "After 9/11, many of the most important news outlets in America abdicated their role as a check to power - the journalistic responsibility to challenge the excesses of government - for fear of being seen as unpatriotic and punished in the market during a period of heightened nationalism."
Author: Edward Snowden
12. "(aspiring journalist to Carl Kolchak)'Andy knows I want to be a reporter. Like you'This took me by surprise. 'Sallie, my dear, nobody wants to be a reporter like me."
Author: Elizabeth Massie
13. "I think it is quite untrue that it is standard journalistic practice to name the interviewer when quoting from an interview."
Author: Fareed Zakaria
14. "I never sue journalists. I employ journalists. I employ too many of them. I don't sue journalists."
Author: Felix Dennis
15. "Whether you're a newspaper journalist, a lawyer, a doctor. You have to organize your thoughts."
Author: Frederick Wiseman
16. "I've had two instances when I've met journalists face to face and we've had good interviews and I've said, 'We don't have children, by the way,' and then they've written it. I'm not sure what that's about. As misleading facts go, it's not a terrible one but it isn't true - we don't have kids."
Author: Gina McKee
17. "Journalists are accused of being lapdogs when they don't ask the hard questions, but then accused of being rude when they do. Good thing we have tough hides."
Author: Gwen Ifill
18. "If the journalist is secretly the tool of some invisible public relations machine or vested commercial interest it is the public whose interest is betrayed"
Author: Ian Hargreaves
19. "From opinion surveys that journalists are less trusted and less esteemed than used to be the case."
Author: Ian Hargreaves
20. "No, there are no hard and fast rules about sources, no printed booklet to help journalists through."
Author: Ian Hislop
21. "My father was an engineer - he wasn't literary, not a writer or a journalist, but he was one of the world's great readers. Every two weeks, he'd take me to our local branch library and pull books off the shelf for me, stacking them up in my arms - 'Have you read this? And this? And this?'"
Author: Janet Fitch
22. "Fidelity to the subject's thought and to his characteristic way of expressing himself is the sine qua non of journalistic quotation."
Author: Janet Malcolm
23. "I wait for death and journalists."
Author: Jeanne Calment
24. "Some people majored in English to prepare for law school. Others became journalists. The smartest guy in the honors program, Adam Vogel, a child of academics, was planning on getting a Ph.D. and becoming an academic himself. That left a large contingent of people majoring in English by default. Because they weren't left-brained enough for science, because history was too try, philosophy too difficult, geology too petroleum-oriented, and math too mathematical - because they weren't musical, artistic, financially motivated, or really all that smart, these people were pursuing university degrees doing something no different from what they'd done in first grade: reading stories. English was what people who didn't know what to major in majored in."
Author: Jeffrey Eugenides
25. "A journalist and an information architect face exactly the same problem - how to give shape to the pile of information in front of you in a way that will make it easy and natural for people to comprehend. I can't imagine any better preparation for the work I do now."
Author: Jesse James Garrett
26. "I'm not rational enough to be a good journalist."
Author: Jim Harrison
27. "I was a sort of rock journalist - whatever that is - in London in the late '60s."
Author: Jonathan Demme
28. "And I think because of the passion of every English player and every English supporter, and every English journalist for the game, most of the game is played with passion, love for football and instinct, but in football you also have to think."
Author: Jose Mourinho
29. "I'm a lousy journalist."
Author: Judith Rossner
30. "I would tell young journalists to be brave and go against the tide. When everyone else is relying on the internet, you should not; when nobody's walking, you should walk; when few people are reading profound books, you should read. ... rather than seeking a plusher life you should pursue some hardship. Eat simple food. When everyone's going for quick results, pursue things of lasting value. Don't follow the crowd; go in the opposite direction. If others are fast, be slow. -- Jin Yongquan"
Author: Judy Polumbaum
31. "I was...a journalist...though my typical beat was freelancing articles on Canadian politics, which never included any mention of demonic phenomena, though it might explain the rise of the neoconservatives."
Author: Kelley Armstrong
32. "The problem was the journalists who also did not understand much of my music, but they wrote about it. I think you fell into the usual trap laid out by parts of the press and other writers: that the poor musician has always to fight the evil companies and managers."
Author: Klaus Schulze
33. "Attempts to thwart or muzzle the media continued as well. At a conservative caucus meeting in Charlottetown in August 2007, journalists assembled in the lobby of the hotel, as they usually do at such gatherings, to talk to caucus members as they passed by. The [Prime Minister's Office] communications team, however, was not prepared to allow it. Taking their cue, or so it appeared, from a police state, they had the RCMP remove the reporters from the hotel."
Author: Lawrence Martin
34. "Where journalists have gotten themselves in trouble over the last few decades is that their skepticism often extends only to American officials, the U.S. military and Republican politicians."
Author: Linda Chavez
35. "What is the role of intellectuals in Europe? There's this debate in which all speakers do not appear to me to even be intellectuals. Why is Martin Sommers an intellectual? It is a political journalist who writes mediocre pieces. If that is sufficient to call yourself a 'European intellectual" then the question of the debate has already become rhetorical."
Author: Martinus Hendrikus Benders
36. "As journalists, we keep pushing and pushing."
Author: Mary Hart
37. "So what exactly would an ecological detective set loose in an American supermarket discover, were he to trace the items in his shopping cart all the way back to the soil? The notion began to occupy me a few years ago, after I realized that the straightforward question 'What should I eat?' could no longer be answered without first addressing two other even more straightforward questions: 'What am I eating? And where in the world did it come from?' Not very long ago an eater didn't need a journalist to answer these questions. The fact that today one so often does suggests a pretty good start on a working definition of industrial food: Any food whose provenance is so complex or obscure that it requires expert help to ascertain."
Author: Michael Pollan
38. "If we don't have a vigorous questioning, aggressive journalistic community and mythology, democracy itself is in great jeopardy."
Author: Milton Glaser
39. "I made a point of answering the question I received with some frequency from journalists, Do you think books can change people's lives? (which really meant, Do you actually think anything you could write could mean anything to anyone?), with a little airtight thought experiment in which I asked the interviewer to imagine the sort of person he might be if all of the literature he'd read in his life were somehow excised from his mind, his mind and soul, and as the journalist contemplated this nuclear winter I sat back with a self-satisfied smile, saved again from facing the truth."
Author: Nicole Krauss
40. "Having been a journalist for thirty-nine years, I've developed a pretty thick skin."
Author: Pete Earley
41. "I wanted to be an editor or a journalist, I wasn't really interested in being an entrepreneur, but I soon found I had to become an entrepreneur in order to keep my magazine going."
Author: Richard Branson
42. "People think because 'Vice' is irreverent and because we're crazy, we're stunt journalists. You know what? I don't actually care."
Author: Shane Smith
43. "Science discovered long ago that carbon is a source of life. The ashes of my faith have prepared the ground for the planting of seeds that have produced new forms of truth, morality and meaning on my own terms, not according to the dogma laid down by religious ruffians or a vengeful God. If, as believers claim, the word "gospel" means good news, then the good news for me is that there is no gospel, other than what I can define for myself, by observation and conscience. As a journalist and free-thinking human being, I have come not to favor and fear religion, but to face and fight it as an impediment to civilized advancement."
Author: Steve Benson
44. "The job of the financial journalist was to examine the sharks who created interest crises and speculated away the savings of small investors, to scrutinize company boards with the same merciless zeal."
Author: Stieg Larsson
45. "[...]all men are writers, journalists scribbling within their skulls the narrative of what they see and hear[...]"
Author: Terry Pratchett
46. "My belief is that 'recluse' is a code word generated by journalists... meaning, doesn't like to talk to reporters..."
Author: Thomas Pynchon
47. "All of these red carpet events may seem natural for you journalists, but it doesn't feel natural for actors."
Author: Toby Jones
48. "The President was trapped – and with nearly every president, it had come about from his own words. Presidential promises and statements… The people had this annoying way of remembering them. And even if they didn't, there were journalists and political rivals never passed on a chance to make the necessary reminders."
Author: Tom Clancy
49. "He cannot deny a certain relief in being able to sift through academic tomes, fulfilling his journalistic duty without having to barge past security guards at the Arab League or grab man-on-the-street from women at the market. This library work is easily his favorite part of reporting so far."
Author: Tom Rachman
50. "A long life in journalism convinced me many presidents ago that there should be a large air space between a journalist and the head of a state."
Author: Walter Lippmann

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