A. J. Liebling

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    An Englishman teaching an American about food is like the blind leading the one-eyed.
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    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.
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    As a result of its generous stand, the University of Chicago's undergraduate college acts as the greatest magnet for neurotic juveniles since the Children's Crusade, with Robert Maynard Hutchins playing the role of Stephen the Shepherd Boy.
    Source: Chicago: The Second City (2004) p.110
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    Chicago seems a big city instead of merely a large place.
    Source: Chicago: The Second City (2004)
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    Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one.
    Source: The New Yorker May 14, 1960
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    I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better.
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    I take a grave view of the press. It is the weak slat under the bed of democracy.
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    If you just try long enough and hard enough, you can always manage to boot yourself in the posterior.
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    Inconsiderate to the last, Josef Stalin, a man who never had to meet a deadline, had the bad taste to die in installments.
    Source: The New Yorker, March 28, 1953, quoted in David Remnick, Reporting It All: A.J. Liebling at 100, The New Yorker, March 29, 2004
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    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.
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    People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.
    Source: The New Yorker April 7, 1956
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    Show me a poet, and I'll show you a shit.
    Source: The New Yorker March 28, 1953
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    The function of the press in society is to inform, but its role in society is to make money.
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    The subject permitted a rare blend of invective and speculation - both Hearst papers, as I recall, ran cartoons of Stalin being rebuffed at the gates of Heaven, where Hearst had no correspondents - and I have seldom enjoyed a week of newspaper reading more.
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    The way to write is well, and how is your own business.
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