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    a. j. liebling Quotes

    A city with one newspaper, or with a morning and an evening paper under one ownership, is like a man with one eye, and often the eye is glass.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: men  eyes 
     
    No sane man can afford to dispense with debilitating pleasures. No ascetic can be considered reliably sane.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: men  pleasure 
     
    The way to write is well, and how is your own business.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: write  business 
     
    It is an anomaly that information, the one thing most necessary to our survival as choosers of our own way, should be a commodity subject to the same merchandising rules as chewing gum.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: survival  rules 
     
    The country's present supply of foreign news depends largely on how best a number of dry goods merchants in New York think they can sell underwear.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: present  sell 
     
    Henry Miller may write about revelers self-woven into a human hooked rug, because his ecstasy is solemn.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: human  write 
     
    Cynicism is often the shamefaced product of inexperience.
    — A. J. Liebling
    Any city may have one period of magnificence, like Boston or New Orleans or San Francisco, but it takes a real one to keep renewing itself until the past is perennially forgotten.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: past  real 
     
    News is like the tilefish which appears in great schools off the Atlantic Coast some years and then vanishes, no one knows whither or for how long. Newspapers might employ these periods searching for the breeding grounds of news, but they prefer to fill up with stories about Kurdled Kurds or Calvin Coolidge, until the banks close or a Hitler marches, when they are as surprised as their readers.
    — A. J. Liebling
    No ascetic can be considered reliably sane.
    — A. J. Liebling
    I take a grave view of the press. It is the weak slat under the bed of democracy
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: democracy 
     
    I can write better than anyone who can write faster,
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: write 
     
    Inconsiderate to the last, Josef Stalin, a man who never had to meet a deadline, had the bad taste to die in installments.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: men  bad  die 
     
    A Louisiana politician can't afford to let his animosities carry him away, and still less his principles, although there is seldom difficulty in that department.
    — A. J. Liebling
    The world isn't going backward, if you can just stay young enough to remember what it was really like when you were really young.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: world  young 
     
    I met a keen observer who gave me a tip: 'If you run across a restaurant where you often see priests eating with priests, or sporting girls with sporting girls, you may be confident that it is good. Those are two classes of people who like to eat well and get their money's worth.'
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: people  girls  money  worth 
     
    The only way to write is well and how you do it is your own damn business.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: write  business 
     
    I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: write 
     
    The function of the press in society is to inform, but its role in society is to make money.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: society  money 
     
    Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: freedom 
     
    The primary requisite for writing well about food is a good appetite.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: food  writing 
     
    An Englishman teaching an American about food is like the blind leading the one-eyed.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: food  teaching  american 
     
    People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: people  read 
     
    If there is any way you can get colder than you do when you sleep in a bedding roll on the ground in a tent in southern Tunisia two hours before dawn, I don't know about it.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: sleep 
     
    Forget that New Orleans is actually a little like the Combat Zone with French cooking, it still happens to be part of the great state of Louisiana where people play the political game the same way it's played in Lebanon. The place is one layer after another of tribes, factions and at least a million laughs.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: people  political  games 
     
    I had an attack of the gout two days before pulling out, and I went limping off to the war instead of coming limping back from it.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: war 
     
    I used to be shy about ordering a steak after I had eaten a steak sandwich, but I got used to it.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: ordering 
     
    Newspapers write about other newspapers with circumspection, ... about themselves with awe, and only after mature reflection.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: reflection  write 
     
    Southern political personalities, like sweet corn, travel badly. They lose flavor with every hundred yards away from the patch. By the time they reach New York, they are like Golden Bantam that has been trucked up from Texas - stale and unprofitable. The consumer forgets that the corn tastes different where it grows.
    — A. J. Liebling
    A city with one newspaper... is like a man with one eye, and often the eye is glass.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: men  eyes 
     
    If you just try long enough and hard enough, you can always manage to boot yourself in the posterior.
    — A. J. Liebling
    Chicago seems a big city instead of merely a large place.
    — A. J. Liebling
    The science of booby-trapping has taken a good deal of the fun out of following hot on the enemy's heels.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: fun 
     
    Last week, I had to offer my publisher a bottle that was far too good for him simply because there was nothing between the insulting and the superlative.
    — A. J. Liebling
    To the Parisians, and especially to the children, all Americans are now 'heros du cinema.' This is particularly disconcerting to sensitive war correspondents, if any, aware, as they are, that these innocent thanks belong to those American combat troops who won the beachhead and then made the breakthrough. There are few such men in Paris.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: children  men  child  war  american 
     
    The pattern of a newspaperman's life is like the plot of 'Black Beauty.' Sometimes he finds a kind master who gives him a dry stall and an occasional bran mash in the form of a Christmas bonus, sometimes he falls into the hands of a mean owner who drives him in spite of spavins and expects him to live on potato peelings.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: beauty  live  master  christmas  black 
     
    There is no concept more generally cherished by publishers than that of the Undeserving Poor.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: poor 
     
    It is impossible for me to estimate how many of my early impressions of the world, correct and the opposite, came to me through newspapers. Homicide, adultery, no-hit pitching, and Balkanism were concepts that, left to my own devices, I would have encountered much later in life.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: world  impossible 
     
    Freedom of the press belongs to the man who owns one.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: men  freedom 
     
    If the first requisite for writing well about food is a good appetite, the second is to put in your apprenticeship as a feeder when you have enough money to pay the check but not enough to produce indifference of the total.
    — A. J. Liebling
    tags: food  writing  money 
     
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