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C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.

Printing (See Press)

Souls dwell in printer’s type.

Joseph Ames.

Printing, which is the preservative of all arts.

Isaiah Thomas.

Ink is the blood of the printing-press.


I’ll print it, and shame the fools.


I am myself a gentleman of the press, and have no other escutcheon.


Though an angel should write, still ’tis devils must print.


It is the mission of the printer to diffuse light and knowledge by a judicious intermingling of black with white.

Frederick Douglass.

The press should be the voice of the people, not of party.

James Ellis.

The freedom of the press should be inviolate.

J. Q. Adams.

We live under a government of men and morning newspapers.

Wendell Phillips.

By the device of printing, a Bible can be sold for sixty crowns.

John Faust.

The press is the exclusive literature of the million; to them it is literature, church, and college.

Wendell Phillips.

What have the Germans gained by their boasted freedom of the press, except the liberty of abusing each other as they like?


The liberty of the press is the true measure of all other liberty; for all freedom without this must be merely nominal.


Every school boy and school girl who has arrived at the age of reflection ought to know something about the history of the art of printing.

Horace Mann.

The press, watchful with more than the hundred eyes of Argus, strong with more than the hundred arms of Briareus, not only guards all the conquests of civilization, but leads the way to future triumphs.

Charles Sumner.

It is beginning to be doubtful whether Parliament and Congress sit in Westminster and Washington, or in the editorial rooms of the leading journals,—so thoroughly is everything debated before the authorized and responsible debaters get on their legs.


Thou hast most traitorously corrupted the youth of the realm in erecting a grammar school; and whereas, before, our forefathers had no other books but the score and the tally, thou hast caused printing to be used, and, contrary to the king, his crown and dignity, thou hast built a paper-mill.


The press is not only free; it is powerful. That power is ours. It is the proudest that man can enjoy. It was not granted by monarchs, it was not gained for us by aristocracies; but it sprang from the people, and, with an immortal instinct, it has always worked for the people.


  • Blest be the gracious Power, who taught mankind
  • To stamp a lasting image of the mind!
  • Beasts may convey, and tuneful birds may sing,
  • Their mutual feelings, in the opening spring;
  • But Man alone has skill and power to send
  • The heart’s warm dictates to the distant friend;
  • ’Tis his alone to please, instruct, advise
  • Ages remote, and nations yet to rise.
  • Crabbe.