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News is the communication of selected information on current events which is presented by print, broadcast, Internet, or word of mouth to a third party or mass audience.


  • Where village statesmen talk'd with looks profound,
    And news much older than their ale went round.
  • It is part of the business of a newspaper to get news and to print it; it is part of the business of a politician to prevent certain news being printed. For this reason the politician often takes a newspaper into his confidence for the mere purpose of preventing the publication of the news he deems objectionable to his interests.
    • Alfred C. Harmsworth, Journalism as a Profession (1903), Arthur Lawrence, writing as guest author in Chapter X: The Making of a Newspaper.
      • What might be a derivation of this quote appears here:
        • I think that the most accurate definition of news was the one with which the editor of a big-circulation newspaper used to placate the anxious directors when, on the morning after a big “story,” the furious protests, threatening letters and writs for libel were pouring in. “News,” he used to say, trying to get them to look at the thing philosophically, “news is what somebody does not want you to print. All the rest is advertising.
          • LACUNA, a pen name, in the magazine The Motor, the article "You’ll Be Interested To Know", issue from 14 December 1937.
  • Stay a little, and news will find you.
  • That which Heraclitus avoided, however, is still the same at that which we shun today: the noise and democratic chatter of the Ephesians, their politics, their latest news of the “Empire,” … their market business of “today”—for we philosophers need to be spared one thing above all: everything to do with “today.” We reverence what is still, cold, noble, distant, past, and in general everything in the face of which the soul does not have to defend itself and wrap itself up.
    • Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals § 3.8, W. Kaufmann, trans., Basic Writings of Nietzsche (1992), p. 546
  • The ancients held that a man must never let himself be overcome by events unless those events taught something essentially new. They were more intent than were any men before or since on preserving the freedom of the mind.
    • Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind (New York: 1988), pp. 283-284
  • Though it be honest, it is never good
    To bring bad news; give to a gracious message
    An host of tongues; but, let ill tidings tell
    Themselves when they be felt.
  • Here comes Monsieur le Beau
    With his mouth full of news,
    Which he will put on us, as pigeons feed their young.
    Then shall we be news-crammed.
  • If it be summer news,
    Smile to 't before: if winterly, thou need'st
    But keep that countenance still.
  • Yet the first bringer of unwelcome news
    Hath but a losing office; and his tongue
    Sounds ever after as a sullen bell,
    Remember'd tolling a departed friend.
  • And tidings do I bring, and lucky joys,
    And golden times, and happy news of price
    I pr'ythee now, deliver them like a man of the world.
  • My heart hath one poor string to stay it by,
    Which holds but till thy news be uttered.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 553-54.
  • By evil report and good report
    • II Corinthians, VI. 8.
  • Ill news is wing'd with fate, and flies apace.
  • It is good news, worthy of all acceptation, and yet not too good to be true.
  • What, what, what,
    What's the news from Swat?
    Sad news,
    Bad news,
    Comes by the cable; led
    Through the Indian Ocean's bed,
    Through the Persian Gulf, the Red
    Sea, and the Med-
    Iterranean—he's dead;
    The Akhoond is dead.
    • George Thomas Lanigan, The Akhoond of Swat; written after seeing the item in the London papers (Jan. 22, 1878), "The Akhoond of Swat is dead".
  • Who, or why, or which, or what,
    Is the Akhond of Swat?
  • Ill news, madam,
    Are swallow-winged, but what's good
    Walks on crutches.
  • News, news, news, my gossiping friends,
    I have wonderful news to tell,
    A lady by me her compliments sends;
    And this is the news from Hell!
  • As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
    • Proverbs, XXV. 25.

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