Friday, May 06, 2005

Advertising Quotes

You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.  ~Norman Douglas, South Wind Living in an age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned.  ~J.B. Priestley Advertising is the art of making whole lies out of half truths.  ~Edgar A. Shoaff Advertisements are now so numerous that they are very negligently perused, and it is therefore become necessary to gain attention by magnificence of promises and by eloquence sometimes sublime and sometimes pathetick.  ~Samuel Johnson The joy of music should never be interrupted by a commercial.  ~Leonard Bernstein Advertisers in general bear a large part of the responsibility for the deep feelings of inadequacy that drive women to psychiatrists, pills, or the bottle.  ~Marya Mannes, But Will It Sell?, 1964 It is our job to make women unhappy with what they have.  ~B. Earl Puckett, quoted in Stephen Donadio, The New York Public Library: Book of Twentieth-Century American Quotations, 1992 I have... had a disturbing dream in which I break through a cave wall near Nag Hammadi and discover urns full of ancient Coptic scrolls.  As I unfurl the first scroll, a subscription card to some Gnostic exercise magazine flutters out.  ~Colin McEnroe In general, my children refused to eat anything that hadn't danced on TV.  ~Erma Bombeck Our society's values are being corrupted by advertising's insistence on the equation:  Youth equals popularity, popularity equals success, success equals happiness.  ~John Fisher, The Plot to Make You Buy, 1968 History will see advertising "as one of the real evil things of our time.  It is stimulating people constantly to want things, want this, want that."  ~Malcolm Muggeridge, quoted in Eric Clark, The Want Makers: Inside the World of Advertising, 1988 When the historian of the Twentieth Century shall have finished his narrative, and comes searching for the subtitle which shall best express the spirit of the period, we think it not at all unlikely that he may select "The Age of Advertising" for the purpose.  ~Printers' Ink, 27 May 1915 Don't tell my mother I work in an advertising agency - she thinks I play piano in a whorehouse.  ~Jacques Seguela The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned to advertising copy.  ~Louis Kronenberger If you don't find it in the index, look very car


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