Sunday, December 09, 2007


An excellent compilation by Seldes, George (1985) The Great Thoughts contains thought-provoking quotes:

"No one can possibly achieve any real and lasting success or "get rich" in business by being a conformist."
--- J Paul Getty (1892-1976), American businessman; interview, Paris Herald Tribune 10 Jan 1961

"There is no such thing as an independent press in America. I am paid for keeping my honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the street looking for another job. We are the tools and vassals of the rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks; they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."

--- reply to the toast "An Independent Press" at Twilight Club journalists' gathering, New York City, 12 April 1893; John Swinton (1830-1901), Editor, The New York Sun