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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.


  • 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
  • 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.
  • There is good news tonight.
    • Gabriel Heatter, There's Good News Tonight (1960), p. 122. Heatter began his evening radio newscasts with these words, trying to give hope when the news was grim during World War II.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • I well believe it, to unwilling ears;None love the messenger who brings bad news.
    • Sophocles, Antigone, lines 276–77.—The Dramas of Sophocles, trans. Sir George Young, p. 16 (1888). A sentinel is speaking to Creon.
  • The media today are controlled by the big corporations. It's all about ratings and money. Believe it or not, I think the downfall of our press today was the show 60 Minutes. Up until it came along, news was expected to lose money, in order to bring the people fair reporting and the truth. But when 60 Minutes became the top-rated program on television, the light went on. The corporate honchos said, "Wait a minute, you mean if we entertain with the news, we can make money?" It was the realization that, if packaged the correct way, the news could make you big bucks. No longer was it a matter of scooping somebody else on a story, but whether 20/20's ratings this week were better than Dateline's. I'm not knocking 60 Minutes. It was tremendously well done and hugely successful, but in the long run it could end up being a detriment to society.
    • Jesse Ventura, Don't Start the Revolution Without Me! (2008), chapter 3, p. 48
  • My major criticism of today's media is, they're no longer reporting the news, they're creating it. When that happens, you're in deep trouble.
    • Jesse Ventura, Don't Start the Revolution Without Me! (2008), chapter 3, p. 48
  • The thing about most of the media is that they want to reduce everybody to the lowest common denominator. They don't want people to have any heroes. I've got nothing against criticism of political figures, but that's different from a personal attack. It's easier to do sensationalism and character assassination than focus on the real issues. And they're obsessed, it seems, with portraying the ugliest side of humanity—the dishonesty, hypocrisy, ego battles, and fights.
    How dare Fox, CNN, and MSNBC call themselves news stations? They're entertainment stations.
    • Jesse Ventura, Don't Start the Revolution Without Me! (2008), chapter 3, p. 51
  • [A] group of scientists came out and said unequivocally that global warming is being caused by human beings. Did you hear that mentioned on the "news"? No, that day Britney Spears shaved her head. People would rather hear about this than what's happening in Iraq? Or are we simply being dumbeddown to that point? The people of the United States should demand more than this!
    • Jesse Ventura, Don't Start the Revolution Without Me! (2008), chapter 3, p. 51

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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