A. J. Liebling Quotes

Abbott Joseph "A. J." Liebling (October 18, 1904 – December 28, 1963) was an American journalist who was closely associated with The New Yorker from 1935 until his death

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A. J. Liebling


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.

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There is no concept more generally cherished by publishers than that of the Undeserving Poor.

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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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Our hypothetical rich client might even have ordered a Pommard, because it was listed at a higher price...He would have never learned [about other wines]. A man who is rich in his adolescence is almost doomed to be a dilettante at table. This is not because all millionaires are stupid but because they are not impelled to experiment.

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An Englishman teaching an American about food is like the blind leading the one-eyed.

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Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.

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The function of the press in society is to inform, but its role in society is to make money.

A. J. Liebling


“An Englishman teaching an American about food is like the blind leading the one-eyed.”

A. J. Liebling


“Henry Miller may write about revelers self-woven into a human hooked rug, because his ecstasy is solemn.”

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“The way to write is well, and how is your own business.”

A. J. Liebling


“If you just try long enough and hard enough, you can always manage to boot yourself in the posterior.”

A. J. Liebling


“Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.”

A. J. Liebling


“I take a grave view of the press. It is the weak slat under the bed of democracy.”

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“People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.”

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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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