Russell Baker Quotes

Newspaper people, once celebrated as founts of ribald humor and uncouth fun, have of late lost all their gaiety, and small wonder.

Humor Quotes, Wonder Quotes

Americans like fat books and thin women.

American Quotes, Women Quotes

Like all young reporters - brilliant or hopelessly incompetent - I dreamed of the glamorous life of the foreign correspondent: prowling Vienna in a Burberry trench coat, speaking a dozen languages to dangerous women, narrowly escaping Sardinian bandits - the usual stuff that newspaper dreams are made of.

Life Quotes, Anger Quotes, Dreams Quotes, Hope Quotes, Women Quotes, Language Quotes

 

Strategic thinkers were naturally rattled to find this outsider fooling around with their work. They had been thinking strategically when Reagan was just another movie actor playing opposite a chimpanzee, for heaven's sake. They think Reagan is too naive, too innocent, to grasp the intellectual complexities of cold war strategy.

Strategy Quotes, Work Quotes, Heaven Quotes, Thinking Quotes, War Quotes

Those who remember Washington's cold war culture in the 1980s will recall the shocked reactions to Reagan's intervention. People interested in foreign policy were astonished when in 1985 he met alone at Geneva - alone, not a single strategic thinker at his elbow! - with the Soviet Communist master Gorbachev.

Action Quotes, War Quotes

Situation comedy on television has thrived for years on 'canned' laughter, grafted by gaglines by technicians using records of guffawing audiences that have been dead for years.

Vision Quotes

The best discussion of trouble in boardroom and business office is found in newspapers' own financial pages and speeches by journalists in management jobs.

Business Quotes, Management Quotes, Trouble Quotes

A man writing a letter is a man in the act of thinking, and it was an exercise Reagan obviously enjoyed. After his first meeting with Gorbachev, for example, he sent a 'Dear Murph' letter about it to his old friend George Murphy, a former senator and actor who had once played Reagan's father in a film.

Exercise Quotes, Thinking Quotes

You can always tell folks from nonfolks. Folks like to feel good, like to smile for the camera when there's a big photo opportunity for a really good cause.

Opportunity Quotes, Smile Quotes

There is a growing literature about the multitude of journalism's problems, but most of it is concerned with the editorial side of the business, possibly because most people competent to write about journalism are not comfortable writing about finance.

Business Quotes, Finance Quotes, Problems Quotes, Literature Quotes

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.

Power Quotes

Gerald Boyd was a classic specimen of the self-made man. Born poor, he worked and studied his way up out of poverty under the guidance of his widowed grandmother.

Grandparents Quotes, Work Quotes, Poverty Quotes

Except for politics, no business is scrutinized more exhaustively than journalism.

Business Quotes, Politics Quotes

Anticipating that most poetry will be worse than carrying heavy luggage through O'Hare Airport, the public, to its loss, reads very little of it.

Poetry Quotes

I gave up on new poetry myself 30 years ago when most of it began to read like coded messages passing between lonely aliens in a hostile world.

Poetry Quotes

Poetry is so vital to us until school spoils it.

Poetry Quotes

Children rarely want to know who their parents were before they were parents, and when age finally stirs their curiosity, there is no parent left to tell them.

Age Quotes, Children Quotes, Curiosity Quotes, Parents Quotes

In an age when the fashion is to be in love with yourself, confessing to be in love with somebody else is an admission of unfaithfulness to one's beloved.

Age Quotes, Love Quotes, Faith Quotes

Misery no longer loves company. Nowadays it insists on it.

Love Quotes, Company Quotes

Kingsley Amis was one of a trio of brilliant comic novelists who made English literature sparkle in the twentieth century.

Literature Quotes

Journalism talk is part of the nonstop background noise of American life.

Life Quotes, American Quotes

It seems to be a law in American life that whatever enriches us anywhere except in the wallet inevitably becomes uneconomic.

Life Quotes, American Quotes, Rich Quotes, Law Quotes

Reporters thrive on the world's misfortune. For this reason they often take an indecent pleasure in events that dismay the rest of humanity.

Humanity Quotes

Anything that isn't opposed by about 40 percent of humanity is either an evil business or so unimportant that it simply doesn't matter.

Business Quotes, Important Quotes, Humanity Quotes, Evil Quotes

A day spent praising the earth and lamenting man's pollutionist history makes you feel like a superior, sensitive soul.

History Quotes

You can't enjoy light verse with a heavy heart.

Heart Quotes

Roosevelt's declaration that Americans had 'nothing to fear but fear itself' was a glorious piece of inspirational rhetoric and just as gloriously wrong.

American Quotes, Inspirational Quotes, Fear Quotes

When sudden death takes a president, opportunities for new beginnings flourish among the ambitious and the tensions among such people can be dramatic, as they were when President Kennedy was killed.

Death Quotes, Beginning Quotes

Don't try to make children grow up to be like you, or they may do it.

Children Quotes

It's always seemed odd to me that after a group of terrorists commits a vile and odious deed they rush messages to the public to claim credit for it.

Aim Quotes

Rereading A.J. Liebling carries me happily back to an age when all good journalists knew they had plenty to be modest about, and were.

Age Quotes

Inanimate objects can be classified scientifically into three major categories; those that don't work, those that break down and those that get lost.

Work Quotes

Objects can be classified scientifically into three major categories: those that don't work, those that break down and those that get lost.

Work Quotes

The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn't require any.

Work Quotes

A skillful playwright might have a good time with the story of the assassination of President William McKinley, and especially with the three most flamboyant political figures involved: Mark Hanna, Theodore Roosevelt, and Emma Goldman.

Skill Quotes, Time Quotes

It's good for the soul to hear yourself as others hear you, and next time maybe, just maybe, you will not talk so much, so loudly, so brilliantly, so charmingly, so utterly shamelessly foolishly.

Time Quotes

Journalism was being whittled away by a Wall Street theory that profits can be maximized by minimizing the product.

Profit Quotes

Letter writing was clearly important to Reagan. Even as president he kept dashing off letters to friends, pen pals, media people, statesmen, critics, and the kind of people who write to presidents never expecting a reply.

Important Quotes

The goal of all inanimate objects is to resist man and ultimately defeat him.

Goal Quotes

Few expected very much of Franklin Roosevelt on Inauguration Day in 1933. Like Barack Obama seventy-six years later, he was succeeding a failed Republican president, and Americans had voted for change. What that change might be Roosevelt never clearly said, probably because he himself didn't know.

American Quotes, Change Quotes

American foreign policy had still not recovered from its victory over communism when George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice took over at the White House in 2001.

American Quotes

The American press has the blues. Too many authorities have assured it that its days are numbered, too many good newspapers are in ruins.

American Quotes

What the New Yorker calls home would seem like a couple of closets to most Americans, yet he manages not only to live there but also to grow trees and cockroaches right on the premises.

American Quotes