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Propaganda Quotes by Mark Poster, Peter Drucker, Adolf Hitler, Henry A. Wallace, Joseph Goebbels, Eliot Porter and many others.

Terrorism is in good part an effective government propaganda; it serves to deflect attention from governmental abuse toward a mostly imagined, highly dangerous outside enemy.
Mark Poster
Communication is always “propaganda.” The emitter always wants “to get something across.”
Peter Drucker
[This is the] very first condition which has to be fulfilled in every kind of propaganda: a systematically one-sided attitude towards every problem that has to be dealt with.
Adolf Hitler
The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity, every crack in the common front against fascism.
Henry A. Wallace
Propaganda must facilitate the displacement of aggression by specifying the targets for hatred.
Joseph Goebbels
Photography is a strong tool, a propaganda device, and a weapon for the defense of the environment…and therefore for the fostering of a healthy human race and even very likely for its survival.
Eliot Porter
All war propaganda consists, in the last resort, in substituting diabolical abstractions for human beings. Similarly, those who defend war have invented a pleasant sounding vocabulary of abstractions in which to describe the process of mass murder.
Aldous Huxley
There is nothing to prevent you from pushing your propaganda, to push your programme out to the students or with the public at large…and if you can carry the ground, if you are right, you win. That’s democracy.
Lee Kuan Yew
Art and mass entertainment and propaganda, they can all be plotted on the same graph, but there is a difference.
David Mamet
Apocalyptic expectations ran riot in 1917, and had a major influence on Allied policies towards Palestine and the Jewish people. The propaganda of all nations was amazingly religious and apocalyptic – ghosts and visions, crucifixions and sacrifice, crusaders and holy warriors.
Philip Jenkins
ISIL are already using the Internet for hideous propaganda purposes – for radicalisation, for operational planning, too.
George Osborne
We’re learning a tremendous amount of propaganda from television and the Internet.
James McBride
I hope that by going to visit the pope I have enabled everybody to see that the words Catholic and Protestant, as ordinarily used, are completely out of date. They are almost always used now purely for propaganda purposes. That is why so much trouble is caused by them.
Geoffrey Fisher
Frankly, Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should, I believe, rule the world.
William Moulton Marston
Every time we are confronted with a new revolution we take to the opium pipes of our own propaganda.
I. F. Stone
There has been one persistent theme through all Axis propaganda. This theme has been that Americans are admittedly rich, that Americans have considerable industrial power – but that Americans are soft and decadent, that they cannot and will not unite and work and fight. … Let them tell that to the Marines!
Franklin D. Roosevelt
The continual linking of the notions of terrorist and terrorism with Muslims and the Middle East is, essentially, an act of propaganda that cannot help but promote “Islamophobia.”
Lawrence Davidson
The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.
Adolf Hitler
I don’t think it’s the job of theatre at the moment to provide political propaganda; that would be simplistic. We have to explore our situation further before we will understand it.
Edward Bond
Novels can change attitudes. Maybe we should speak quietly otherwise politicians will use novels as propaganda.
Olga Tokarczuk
We’re in a world of propaganda. Some of it is all to effective.
John Henrik Clarke
Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.
Noam Chomsky
Propaganda has a negative connotation, which it partially deserves, but I think there is some propaganda that is very positive. I feel that if you can do something that gets people’s attention, then maybe they’ll go and find out more about the person.
Shepard Fairey
Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
George Orwell
All I’m out for is a good time – all the rest is propaganda.
Alan Sillitoe
Propaganda is a soft weapon; hold it in your hands too long, and it will move about like a snake, and strike the other way.
Jean Anouilh
It is almost superfluous to say that there is no such thing as a free and independent press among the mainstream news media today. In fact, the major media more resembles a propaganda machine than it does a free press.
Chuck Baldwin
The theatre should be treated with respect. The theatre is a wonderful place, a house of strange enchantment, a temple of illusion. What it most emphatically is not and never will be is a scruffy, ill-lit, fumed-oak drill hall serving as a temporary soap box for political propaganda.
Noel Coward
There’s no denying that television is one of the most powerful propaganda media we’ve ever invented.
Jim Fowler
Nest of Soviet fellow travelers clacking busybodies in a Soviet jellyfish front, sitting here in Leesburg oozing out their funny little propaganda and making nuisances of themselves.
Lyndon LaRouche
The basis of the First Amendment is the hypothesis that speech can rebut speech, propaganda will answer propaganda, free debate of ideas will result in the wisest governmental policies.
Fred M. Vinson
A newspaper has three things to do. One is to amuse, another is to entertain and the rest is to mislead.
Ernest Bevin
I know propaganda when I see it, and I can speak with authority on it.
Martina Navratilova
The most important thing [anarchists] can do is educate themselves, develop a propaganda machinery in the form of books and periodicals, a literature, engage in discussion groups that are open to a community, to discuss and develop their ideas and to develop networks.
Murray Bookchin
Do not forget birthdays. This is in no way a propaganda for a larger population.
Gertrude Stein
Propaganda must appeal to mankind’s better judgment and to the necessary belief in a better future. For this belief, the valley of the shadow of death is but a war station on the road to the blessed summit.
Christian Lous Lange
News represents another form of advertising, not liberal propaganda.
Christopher Lasch
The Social-Democratic Federation took part in all the political and economic struggles of the English working class; it took pains to bring Socialist views home to them, not only through agitation and propaganda, but also by actions.
Karl Radek
Propaganda analysis can contribute to world peace by exposing those techniques that lead to armed conflict by creating misapprehension of reality.
Randal Marlin
It is no longer enough to simply read and write. Students must also become literate in the understanding of visual images. Our children must learn how to spot a stereotype, isolate a social cliche, and distinguish facts from propaganda, analysis from banter and important news from coverage.
Ernest L. Boyer
The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.
William Colby
Some who are too scrupulous to steal your possessions nevertheless see no wrong in tampering with your thoughts.
Khalil Gibran
The news isn’t there to tell you what happened. It’s there to tell you what it wants you to hear or what it thinks you want to hear.
Joss Whedon
The white people of the South are the greatest minority in this nation. They deserve consideration and understanding instead of the persecution of twisted propaganda.
Strom Thurmond
While we have entertained the contention that a deed may make more propaganda than hundreds of speeches, thousands of articles, and tens of thousands of pamphlets, we have held that an arbitrary act of violence will not necessarily have such an effect.
Johann Most
The masses favor socialism because they trust the socialist propaganda of the intellectuals. The intellectuals, not the populace, are molding public opinion.
Ludwig von Mises
When I came back to the United States, I decided that if you could use propaganda for war, you could certainly use it for peace. And “propaganda” got to be a bad word because of the Germans using it, so what I did was to try and find some other words so we found the word “councelor of public relations”.
Edward Bernays
Vidal gives the impression of believing that the entire heterosexual edifice – registry offices, ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ the disposable diaper – is just a sorry story of self-hypnosis and mass hysteria: a hoax, a racket, or sheer propaganda.
Martin Amis
200,000 ISIS tweets a day, 1,000 investigations in all 50 states. It’s really hard to stop all of it. But we have to get control over this Internet propaganda that is poisoning the minds of the United States.
Michael McCaul
The meat industry spends hundreds of millions of dollars lying to the public about their product. But no amount of false propaganda can sanitize meat. The facts are absolutely clear: Eating meat is bad for human health, catastrophic for the environment, and a living nightmare for animals
Chrissie Hynde
History is fables agreed upon.
I am against market fundamentalism. I think this propaganda that government involvement is always bad has been very successful – but also very harmful to our society.
George Soros
The same day I saw my first horror camp, I visited every nook and cranny. I felt it my duty to be in a position from then on to testify about these things in case there ever grew up at home the belief or assumption that the stories of Nazi brutality were just propaganda.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
The world is progressing, the future is bright and no one can change this general trend of history. We should carry on constant propaganda among the people on the facts of world progress and the bright future ahead so that they will build their confidence in victory.
Mao Zedong
Often touching . . . Monumental Propaganda is a novel that slashes and rips . . . In his translation, Andrew Bromfield deftly shifts his tone and tools as required, remaining true to Voinovich’s Vonnegut-like playfulness and appreciation of the absurb.
Ken Kalfus
Art is more engaging that propaganda.
Larry Norman
Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television.
Rita Mae Brown
The only thing that Celtic doesn’t have is the propaganda, which is the Premier League. In every other aspect of football, Celtic is a huge club: fan base, stadium and history. They have a fantastic history. What it doesn’t have is the opportunity to play in the Premier League.
Brendan Rodgers
Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state…
Noam Chomsky
The Marine Corps is the Navy’s police force and as long as I am President that is what it will remain. They have a propaganda machine that is almost equal to Stalin’s.
Harry S. Truman
With the Internet there is even more fractioning since we are in echo chambers. With so much propaganda it is hard to calm down enough to listen.
Naomi Wolf
The more modest its intellectual ballast, the more exclusively it takes into consideration the emotions of the masses, the more effective [propaganda] will be.
Adolf Hitler
The goal of modern propaganda is no longer to transform opinion but to arouse an active and mythical belief.
Jacques Ellul
Disinformation has always existed. It’s not like all of a sudden we’ve just discovered this new thing called propaganda.
Christopher Wylie
The greatest propaganda in the world is our mother tongue, that is what we learn as children, and which we learn unconsciously. That shapes our perceptions for life. That is propaganda at its most extreme form.
Marshall McLuhan
Propaganda begins when dialogue ends.
Jacques Ellul
Of all the tyrannies on human kind the worst is that which persecutes the mind.
John Dryden
A convention was drawn up on June 17, 1925, in which the principle of supervision, as opposed to that of simple propaganda, was recognized, thanks to the efforts of the labour members, of whom I was one.
Leon Jouhaux
Everything you see in North Korea, it’s all propaganda, but it’s all connected to the volcano.
Werner Herzog
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools.
Herbert Spencer
[the difference between the old and the new education being] in a word, the old was a kind of propagation-men transmitting manhood to men; the new is merely propaganda.
C. S. Lewis
I don’t feel that as an artist my job is to offer PR propaganda, whether for the good or for the bad.
Ayad Akhtar
What is the task of higher education? To make a man into a machine. What are the means employed? He is taught how to suffer being bored.
Friedrich Nietzsche
It is not propaganda’s task to be intelligent, its task is to lead to success.
Joseph Goebbels
Young people in college – many living away from their parents for the first time in their lives – are particularly vulnerable to the leftist propaganda campaign designed to turn them away from supporting president Trump and turning them away from believing in American exceptionalism.
Charlie Kirk
Naturally the common people don’t want war. . . but after all it is the leaders of a country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along. . .
Hermann Goring
A lot of people of my Ulster Protestant background would have been very suspicious of the notion of a film about Bloody Sunday. Our fear would have been that it would be terribly anti-Britain and anti-soldiers: a piece of nationalist propaganda.
James Nesbitt
As soon as one point alone is removed from the sphere of dogmatic certainty, the discussion will not simply result in a new and better formulation which will have greater consistency but may easily lead to endless debates and general confusion.
Adolf Hitler
It’s much better to talk about the media as a system of propaganda and abuse, of manufactured consent, than it is to claim it’s some kind of democratizing force that is not responsible for what it does. The notion that the media simply reflects reality is an argument that justifies its flight from responsibility.
Henry Giroux
Americans are poorly served by their media, you know, for the war machine and propaganda machine and the global empire and they’re poorly served by what they are being told is representative government.
Henry Rollins
All truly great art is propaganda.
Ann Petry
For two years living in a neutral country I have been able to see through the haze of propaganda to reach something which my conscience tells me is the truth.
John Amery
The Internet has made it much more effective and cheaper to spread propaganda.
Evgeny Morozov
Every rock or molotov cocktail thrown should make a very obvious political point. Random violence produces random propaganda results. Why waste even a rock?
Abbie Hoffman
In what sense is The New York Times not the propaganda arm of the Democratic National Committee?
Mollie Hemingway
You have to love that government, but hate the government that might work in your interest and that you could control. That’s an interesting propaganda task, but it’s been carried out very well.
Noam Chomsky
The Museum of the Bible, the sprawling, 430,000-square-foot tribute to the good book, has been dogged by controversies long before opening day. It’s been criticized for not including enough Jesus, for excluding various religious traditions, and for being evangelical propaganda.
Elizabeth Flock
The whole purpose of Russian propaganda is to show that the U.S. and U.S. politics is filled with hubris and hypocrisy and to show it is not better than anyone else.
Fiona Hill
The sooner we all learn to make a decision between disapproval and censorship, the better off society will be… Censorship cannot get at the real evil, and it is an evil in itself.
Granville Hicks
In reality, you cannot withstand for five years and more against all those countries, the West, and the Gulf states, the petrodollars, and all this propaganda, the strongest media corporations around the world, if you don’t have the support of your own people. That’s against the reality.
Bashar al-Assad
When it comes to the news, the corporate view is `objective,’ all else is propaganda.
Studs Terkel
Hollywood in many ways serves as the unofficial ministry of propaganda for the United States.
Nguyen Viet Thang
You can look at the propaganda on a lot of the terrorists sites, and what Donald Trump says about Muslims is used to recruit fighters, because they want to create a war between us.
Hillary Clinton
The main trouble with avant-garde art and literature, from the point of view of fascists and Stalinists, is not that they are too critical, but that they are too “innocent,” that it is too difficult to inject effective propaganda, that kitsch is more pliable to this end.
Clement Greenberg
Propaganda is persuading people to make up their minds while withholding some of the facts from them.
Harold Evans
An unexamined idea, to paraphrase Socrates, is not worth having and a society whose ideas are never explored for possible error may eventually find its foundations insecure.
Mark Van Doren
Social media serve as the propaganda machine of 21st century terror, and this is apparent in the Middle East.
Lee Zeldin
Hollywood no longer depicts reporters in ruthless pursuit of criminals, high and low. Now they are the criminals.
Frank Rich
The only difference between ‘propaganda’ and ‘education,’ really, is in the point of view. The advocacy of what we believe in is education. The advocacy of what we don’t believe in is propaganda.
Edward Bernays
It was not my aim to paint about the Negro in America in terms of propaganda. It is to depict the life of my people as I know it, passionately and dispassionately as Brueghel.
Romare Bearden
Study history. Separate fears and prejudices from facts. Recognize facts from propaganda. Invest energy in fighting for what you believe in. Analyze harder where we are going and what you are doing about it. What do you really believe in? How much do we care?
Mae Brussell
Education teaches people how to think, while propaganda teaches people what to think.
James A.C. Brown
We have seen the corrupting effects of a deliberate propaganda campaign driven by fake news.
Jimmy Gomez
Pornography is the undiluted essence of anti-female propaganda.
Susan Brownmiller
Design is in everything we make, but it’s also between those things. It’s a mix of craft, science, storytelling, propaganda, and philosophy.
Erik Adigard
I would say we must win the information war against ISIS. Every war we have ever been involved in has had a propaganda informational aspect to it.
Marco Rubio
Propaganda is that branch of the art of lying which consists in nearly deceiving your friends without quite deceiving your enemies.
Francis Cornford
Every compulsion is put upon writers to become safe, polite, obedient, and sterile. In protest, I declined election to the National Institute of Arts and Letters some years ago, and now I must decline the Pulitzer Prize.
Sinclair Lewis
Nobody wants to know a colored woman’s opinion about her own status of that of her group. When she dares express it, no matter how mild or tactful it may be, it is called ‘propaganda,’ or is labeled ‘controversial.’ Those two words have come to have a very ominous sound to me.
Mary Church Terrell
As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action.
Gore Vidal
The Obama administration leaks classified information continuously. They do it to glorify the President, or manipulate public opinion, or even to help produce a pre-election propaganda film about the Osama bin Laden raid.
Glenn Greenwald
During a war, news should be given out for instruction rather than information.
Joseph Goebbels
One of the things that is for sure unique, we have never seen in this country a billion dollar propaganda industry in full service and in absolute control of an administration in the way that FOX News is.
Steve Schmidt
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
Mark Twain
That’s the whole point of good propaganda. You want to create a slogan that nobody’s going to be against, and everybody’s going to be for. Nobody knows what it means, because it doesn’t mean anything.
Noam Chomsky
State propaganda, when supported by the educated classes and when no deviation is permitted from it, can have a big effect. It was a lesson learned by Hitler and many others, and it has been pursued to this day.
Noam Chomsky
People are tired of liberty. They have had a surfeit of it. Liberty is no longer a chaste and austere virgin…. Today’s youth are moved by other slogans…Order, Hierarchy, Discipline.
Benito Mussolini
Men willingly believe what they wish.
Julius Caesar
I have sworn upon the altar of god.
Thomas Jefferson
We must spread our principles, not with words but with deeds, for this is the most popular, the most potent, and the most irresistible form of propaganda.
Mikhail Bakunin
I actually think every war movie is an antiwar movie in its own way – with the exception of some of the propaganda movies.
Mark Boal
Pornography as propaganda, according to feminist analysis, represents women as objects who love to be abused, and teaches men practices of degradation and abuse to carry out upon women.
Sheila Jeffreys
American traditions and the American ethic require us to be truthful, but the most important reason is that truth is the best propaganda and lies are the worst. To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful. It is as simple as that.
Edward R. Murrow
The easiest way to propagandize people is to let a propaganda theme go in through an entertainment picture when people do not realize they are being propagandized.
Elmer Davis
Art is not boosterism, it’s not propaganda, and it’s not spin, but that’s not something that art does, and nor has it historically ever done it.
Junot Diaz
The legendary missionary journey of St. Paul, which led to the foundation of the British church, presupposes the existence of a Jewish community – always the initial object of his propaganda – even before the capture of Jerusalem by Titus in the year 70.
Cecil Roth
Hitler’s vast propaganda successes were accomplished with little more than the radio and loudspeaker, and without TV and tape and video recording . . . Today the art of mind control is in the process of becoming a science.
Aldous Huxley
The very essence of instinct is that it’s followed independently of reason.
Charles Darwin
It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.
Henry Ford
The museums used to be exhibition halls for government propaganda, and now every city wants to build a museum. A few thousand are to be built in the next few years, all using taxpayer money. But there is no system, no research, no content, no good programs, no good managers.
Ai Weiwei
Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?
Bertrand Russell
A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.
Saul Bellow
I remember ‘The Shepherd’s Dog’ record being not necessarily a political record, but a reaction to socio-political situations in America. And it didn’t manifest itself as protest or propaganda songs, but there’s a lot of surreal imagery that was born out of really me being surprised Bush got re-elected in ’04.
Samuel Ervin Beam
The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.
A. J. Liebling
History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
Ambrose Bierce
In the beginning, we create the enemy. Before the weapon comes the image. We think others to death and then invent the battle-axe or ballistic missiles with which to actually kill them. Propaganda precedes technology.
Sam Keen
… the approach of admitting our errors, besides being most true to a gospel of grace, is also most effective at expressing who we are. Propaganda turns people off; humbly admitting mistakes disarms.
Philip Yancey
I remember Nazi election propaganda posters showing a hateful Jewish face with crooked nose.
Jack Steinberger
The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.
It is futile to fight against, if one does not know what one is fighting for.
Ayn Rand
The Million Man March, in one day, helped to defeat all of the evil propaganda spread about Black men throughout the world.
Louis Farrakhan
Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.
Joseph Goebbels
An active propaganda machinery controlled bv the world’s largest corporations constantly reassures us that consumerism is the path to happiness, governmental restraint of market excess is the cause our distress, and economic globalization is both a historical inevitability and a boon to the human species.
David Korten
I think most things I read on the Internet and in newspapers are propaganda. Everyone from the ‘New York Times’ to Rupert Murdoch has a point of view and is putting forth their own propaganda. They’re stuck with the facts as they are, but the way they interpret and frame them is wildly different.
Frank Miller
You can’t mention Hezbollah in the U.S. media without putting in the context of “Iranian-supported Hezbollah.” That’s its name. Its name is Iranian-supported Hezbollah. It gets Iranian support. But you can mention Israel without saying US-supported Israel. So this is more tacit propaganda.
Noam Chomsky
Ronald Reagan in the US was not a particularly popular president, but after his death sectors of wealth and power created a huge propaganda campaign that converted this disgraceful figure into a semi-divinity.
Noam Chomsky
The American people are free to do exactly what they are told.
Ward Churchill
I think sometimes we underestimate just how vulnerable Israel is on the public-relations front. That’s why they spend so much money on propaganda. And that’s why they panic every time they feel like they’re losing the propaganda war.
Norman Finkelstein
The Virgin Birth, the Resurrection, the raising of Lazarus, even the Old Testament miracles, all are freely used for religious propaganda, and they are very effective with an audience of unsophisticates and children
Richard Dawkins
You can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.
Robert A. Heinlein
The propaganda machine is endless. Religion, media and schools spew intentional lies and misinformation about proper human-to-animal relationships.
Gary Yourofsky
The propaganda that Kerala is a trouble-torn state is a matter of concern. Such a false propaganda will adversely impact its investment and development prospects.
Pinarayi Vijayan
The propagandist must utilize all of the technical means at his disposal – the press, radio, TV, movies, posters, meetings, door-to-door canvassing…There is no propaganda as long as one makes use, in a sporadic fashion and at random, of a newspaper article here, a poster or radio program there.
Jacques Ellul
Today I want to dispel this myth, because it is absolutely not true .[ that ARV’s work ] The pharmaceutical industry and those who have a vested interest in the drug industry fuels this propaganda.
Manto Tshabalala-Msimang
Let our information and social technologies raise awareness and not propaganda, build connections and not passive-aggression.
Criss Jami
Look, I’m just a storyteller. When I make a film, I never want the film to become a vehicle of social propaganda.
Norman Jewison
If you think about it enough to have a really articulate answer, you’re not doing it right. That’s how I feel about art. If your thought process could take you to knowing exactly what you’re doing and why, there would be no point in making the art. It would become like propaganda. It’s more nebulous than that.
Daniel Clowes
I don’t know anything about propaganda for Chinese reunification. I only know about charity and environmental work. I just want to do good.
Chen Guangbiao
I think there is irony in the fact that the computer is both their chief venue of communication and propaganda and also the mother of all their fears.
Mark Potok
The point of Left-wing propaganda is to make us feel powerless.
Peter Hitchens
Loud peace propaganda makes war seem imminent.
D. H. Lawrence
When I was trying to figure out how the government might go about creating the camps in ‘The Darkest Minds,’ I researched the Japanese internment camps here in the United States, specifically propaganda the government used, and how they capitalized on people’s fears.
Alexandra Bracken
Atheism is a natural and inseparable part of Marxism, of the theory and practice of scientific socialism. Our program necessarily includes the propaganda of atheism.
Vladimir Lenin
Racism is a belief system. It was assembled over centuries from many component parts – bits of biblical scripture, the propaganda of the slave-owning lobby and the pseudo-science of academics working in universities in Europe and America.
David Olusoga
The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.
Adolf Hitler
History is the propaganda of the victors.
Louis de Bernieres
Not every item of news should be published. Rather must those who control news policies endeavor to make every item of news serve a certain purpose.
Joseph Goebbels
[Propaganda] does not have multiple shadings; it has a positive and a negative; love or hate, right or wrong, truth or lie, never half this way and half that way.
Adolf Hitler
I believe Hollywood is the most effective and disastrous propaganda factory there has ever been in the history of human beings.
Alistair Cooke
The most absolute authority is that which penetrates into a man’s innermost being and concerns itself no less with his will than with his actions.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.
Joseph Story
In sum, the purpose is to contest the popular view, because popular opinions are so frequently found to be untimely, misled (by propaganda), or plainly wrong.
Humphrey B. Neill
Even the reporting of news has to be understood not as propaganda for any particular ideology, liberal or conservative, but as propaganda for commodities — for the replacement of things by commodities, use values by exchange values, and events by images.
Christopher Lasch
When the political columnists say ‘Every thinking man’ they mean themselves, and when candidates appeal to ‘Every intelligent voter’ they mean everybody who is going to vote for them
Franklin P. Adams
They make revolutionary propaganda because they know the privileged class can never be overturned peacefully.
Johann Most
The restriction of knowledge to an elite group destroys the spirit of the society and leads to its intellectual impoverishment.
Albert Einstein
We’re so saturated with propaganda every way you look that we don’t notice it. But when it isn’t there, you notice.
James P. Hogan
The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. “One word of truth outweighs the world.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
We need objects to remind us of the commitments we’ve made. That carpet from Morocco reminds us of the impulsive, freedom-loving side of ourselves we’re in danger of losing touch with. Beautiful furniture gives us something to live up to. All designed objects are propaganda for a way of life.
Alain de Botton
There’s still, dare I say it, a cultural propaganda against the Irish, that we are, as women, ‘feisty.’ I hate that word.
Dervla Kirwan
I wouldn’t give Peter Dutton any of my time. It’s a waste of time speaking to someone like him because they just spread lies and propaganda. He doesn’t represent me, he doesn’t care about people, and I wouldn’t give him the time of day, to tell you the truth.
Jimmy Barnes
The first modern propaganda agency was the British Ministry of Information a century ago, which secretly defined its task as “to direct the thought of most of the world” – primarily progressive American intellectuals, who had to be mobilized to come to the aid of Britain during World War I.
Noam Chomsky
It’s a shameful moment for U.S. media when it insists on being subservient to the grotesque propaganda agencies of a violent, aggressive state.
Noam Chomsky
Watch how the propaganda unfolds once the bombing is over and the Americans are running Baghdad and their spin machine. There will be the discovery of Saddam’s secret arsenal, probably in the basement of one his palaces.
John Pilger
Those of us who love peace must organize as effectively as the war hawks. As they spread the propaganda of war, we must spread the propaganda of peace.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The message of [Fahernheit 9/11] is very weak and propagandistic … We were used to such messages in the communist days. Everybody has open eyes and can understand that this is propaganda. It was a weak film that tells us nothing new.
Vaclav Klaus
The bourgeoisie is many times stronger than we. To give it the weapon of freedom of the press is to ease the enemy’s cause, to help the class enemy. We do not desire to end in suicide, so we will not do this.
Vladimir Lenin
The most favorable moment to seize a man and influence him is when he is alone in the mass. It is at this point that propaganda can be most effective.
Jacques Ellul
The aim of modern propaganda is no longer to modify ideas, but to provoke action.
Jacques Ellul
Propaganda must not serve the truth, especially as it might bring out something favorable for the opponent.
Adolf Hitler
All propaganda is lies, even when one is telling the truth.
George Orwell
All news is lies and all propaganda is disguised as news.
Willi Munzenberg
… one of the things the tyrant most cunningly engineers is the gross over-simplification of language, because propaganda requires that the minds of the collective respond primitively to slogans of incitement.
Geoffrey Hill
In the 1880s and 1890s, extremists in the Republican party also threatened the future of the US. Just when it seemed the extremists’ control of the government was complete, their political machinations, propaganda, and demonization of their opposition fueled a dramatic backlash.
Heather Cox Richardson
That’s not a lie, it’s a terminological inexactitude.
Alexander Haig
The media—stenographers to power.
Amy Goodman
Propaganda was an important arm of the Soviet diplomacy, very important.
Alexander Haig
At Grozny TV, the line between journalism and government propaganda is traversed as often as a Manhattan crosswalk.
Anthony Marra
This is the secret of propaganda: To totally saturate the person, whom the propaganda wants to lay hold of, with the ideas of the propaganda, without him even noticing that he is being saturated.
Paul Watzlawick
Fritzsche, radio propaganda chief, by manipulation of the truth goaded German public opinion into frenzied support of the regime and anesthetized the independent judgment of the population so that they did without question their masters’ bidding.
Hans Fritzsche
Western media present events in Russia in a thoroughly negative light. Yes, we have problems, and these need to be covered. But the fact remains that there is a propaganda campaign being waged against Russia. And this is disturbing.
Gennady Timchenko
After a fashion, they did, mingling the sale of perfumes with anti-Nazi propaganda. In the event, my tirelessly publicised determination to wrest back control of the business neutralised most of the adverse repercussions on me from an unwilling association with their propaganda.
Coco Chanel
A lot of times in television, you don’t get the opportunity to show real life because we’re brainwashed to believe the propaganda that these things aren’t marketable, that these things don’t sell.
Roy Choi
I think we need to go after Baghdadi, as well, make that one of our organizing principles. Because we’ve got to defeat ISIS, and we’ve got to do everything we can to disrupt their propaganda efforts online.
Hillary Clinton
Stories are propaganda, virii that slide past your critical immune system and insert themselves directly into your emotions.
Cory Doctorow
It is very depressing to see that in the 21st century people are still using the same 1950s and ’60s style of propaganda.
Bassem Youssef
The grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down.
Adolf Hitler
The best I can hope for is that I might provoke a water cooler argument between you and somebody else. But it is not journalism. It doesn’t have the rigor of journalism. It doesn’t have the proof positive that facts provide. So it can be readily dismissed as mere propaganda. But I can certainly reach more people.
David Simon
Fiction has subversive potential. People let it into their minds, like the Trojan Horse. They don’t know what’s inside. You hook them with the story, and God can work below the level of their consciousness. Fiction can be propaganda for evil or convey a theme that impacts people for good.
Randy Alcorn
(Propaganda) proceeds by psychological manipulations, character modifications, by creation of stereotypes useful when the time comes – The two great routes that this sub-propaganda takes are the conditioned reflex and the myth
Jacques Ellul
If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly.
Thomas Sowell
News objectivity is a twentieth-century myth. We only complain about propaganda when we don’t agree with it.
Frank Miller
Chomsky’s characterization of the United States as a ‘propaganda’ state like all the rest – distinguishable only by its more effective and seductive salesmanship – is particularly hard to swallow.
Antony Blinken
I am particularly horrified by the use of propaganda and the manipulation of the truth and the revision of history.
Hillary Clinton
It is always a much easier task to educate uneducated people than to re-educate the mis-educated.
Herbert M. Shelton
The Right of all members of society to form their own beliefs and communicate them freely to others must be regarded as an essential principle of a democratically organized society.
Thomas I. Emerson
From Ukraine to Syria, he [Vladimir Putin] is behaving like the world’s new general and celebrating victories, while the American president sits on the sidelines and Europe sleeps. The West’s behavior toward Putin is political and moral capitulation.
Garry Kasparov
Advertising is the modern substitute for argument, its function is to make the worse appear the better article. A confused competition of all propagandas — those insults to human nature — is carried on by the most expert psychological methods — for instance, by always repeating a lie.
George Santayana
In the end we beat them with Levi’s 501 jeans. Seventy-two years of communist indoctrination and propaganda was drowned out by a three-ounce Sony Walkman. A huge totalitarian system…has been brought to its knees because nobody wants to wear Bulgarian shoes. Now they’re lunch, and we’re number one on the planet.
P. J. O’Rourke
There is not a special imposition on writers to be activists. All that does is encourage writers to write propaganda. Propaganda can be written by anybody, including dictators.
Wole Soyinka
I really don’t like plays or movies that service propaganda.
Alan Alda
The issue is why Russia is being so successful in shaking American confidence in the integrity of our elections. And the reason is, it’s because Democrats keep perpetuating and accentuating and proliferating Russian propaganda for their political gain and for their political motivation against Donald Trump.
John Ratcliffe
All art is propaganda. It is universally and inescabably propaganda; sometimes unconsciously, but often deliberately, propaganda.
Upton Sinclair
The plain fact is that education is itself a form of propaganda – a deliberate scheme to outfit the pupil, not with the capacity to weigh ideas, but with a simple appetite for gulping ideas ready-made. The aim is to make ‘good’ citizens, which is to say, docile and uninquisitive citizens.
H. L. Mencken
Using some economic issues to make one group of people, regardless of race or religion, the scapegoat for all the problems of the country is just the stupidest, and yet, the most creative propaganda scheme that you can come up with.
Immortal Technique
The papers are only going to show what they want the readers to see. It’s all propaganda, to be honest.
Dionne Bromfield
Social media campaigns and the savviness of ISIS and propaganda is what greatly concerns us Homeland Security officials.
Michael McCaul
Propaganda rarely makes good art.
Susan Sutherland Isaacs
Mr. Bush, I don’t recognize the world you paint. I find your speech a form of sheer propaganda, having almost no relationship to reality. …You can’t ‘stay the course’ because you don’t have a course.
Juan Cole
It is essential that our present negative propaganda regarding psychedelic drugs be replaced with honesty and truthfulness about their effects, both good and bad.
Alexander Shulgin
The result of this is that so-called peace propaganda is just as dishonest and intellectually disgusting as war propaganda. Like war propaganda, it concentrates on putting forward a ‘case’, obscuring the opponent’s point of view and avoiding awkward questions.
George Orwell
The whole purpose of propaganda is to make the obvious seem obscure, or offensive
Stefan Molyneux
The rich today are richer, there are more of them, they have round-the-clock propaganda factories in Rupert Murdoch’s empire and rightwing talk radio, and corporate media have their back.
Bill Moyers
The evil of the Holocaust was realized through the exercise of a certain kind of power – coercive power. It was a power that sought to dominate and control. It was a power legitimated through law, buttressed by propaganda, augmented by terror, and affected through all the institutions of society.
Mary Jo Leddy
Part of the role of photography is to exaggerate. Most of the photographs in your paper, unless they are hard news, are lies. Fashion pictures show people looking glamorous. Travel pictures show a place looking at its best, nothing to do with the reality… Most of the pictures we consume are propaganda.
Martin Parr
Russia today is nothing but a propaganda arm.
Mark Shields
I believe that the BBC, in spite of the stupidity of its foreign propaganda and the unbearable voices of its announcers, is very truthful. It is generally regarded here as more reliable than the press.
George Orwell
As a Marxist, let me add: if anyone tells you Lacan is difficult, this is class propaganda by the enemy.
Slavoj ЕЅiЕѕek
Why, of course, the people don’t want war.
Hermann Goring
The contrast of ISIL’s videos – which proclaim a fully-functioning and prosperous state – with those of RBSS, which captured the dysfunction and violence of everyday life, is shocking. In a sense, it’s a war of ideas, a war of propaganda, a war being waged with cameras and computers, not just guns.
Matthew Heineman
Fake news is a big thing in the field of Social Media Journalism. Fake news can be as simple has spreading misinformation.or as dangerous as smearing hateful propaganda.
Fabrizio Moreira
Art is inherently subversive. It’s destabilizing. It undermines what you already know and what you already think. It is the opposite of propaganda.
Deborah Eisenberg
What can we put into the hands of people under oppressive regimes to help them? For me, a big part of it is information, knowledge – the ability to defeat propaganda by understanding it.
Jimmy Wales
The truth is that the newspaper is not a place for information to be given, rather it is just hollow content, or more than that, a provoker of content. If it prints lies about atrocities, real atrocities are the result.
Karl Kraus
The advance planning and sense stimuli employed to capture a $10 million cigarette or soap market are nothing compared to the brainwashing and propaganda blitzes used to ensure control of the largest cash market in the world: the Executive Branch of the United States Government.
Phyllis Schlafly
So many girls and boys are looking up to me, and I have to conduct myself in a way that I don’t disappoint too many people and I don’t generate any kind of hate or propaganda for any reason. And I think we all should do that.
Mawra Hocane
Much of the international unease with the Sochi Games has focused on the threat of terrorism, Putin’s domestic repressiveness, and the Russian campaign of anti-gay propaganda.
George Packer
The best propaganda omits rather than invents
Mason Cooley
The talent of insinuation is more useful than that of persuasion, as everybody is open to insinuation, but scarce any to persuasion.
Lord Chesterfield
The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda.
Michael Crichton
There is nothing that you may not get people to believe in if you will only tell it them loud enough and often enough, till the welkin rings with it.
Tanushree Dutta is spoiling my image with her fake ‘me too’ propaganda which she imported from America. She hates India and is bringing shame to the country with her antics. She loves America instead.
Rakhi Sawant
We fall for… the theories of betrayal very easily, and one of the things that’s always depressed me about the left, ever since I started in politics, is their ability to imbibe the propaganda of the right and regurgitate it to the left.
Tony Blair
Half-baked truth is dangerous – be it the propaganda of media or somebody else.
Anurag Thakur
Every nation-state tends towards the imperial – that is the point. Through banks, armies, secret police, propaganda, courts and jails, treaties, taxes, laws and orders, myths of civil obedience, assumptions of civic virtue at the top.
Daniel Berrigan
They [NPR] are, of course, Nazis. They have a kind of Nazi attitude. They are the left wing of Nazism. These guys don’t want any other point of view. They don’t even feel guilty using tax dollars to spout their propaganda. They are basically Air America with government funding to keep them alive.
Roger Ailes
One cannot wage war under present conditions without the support of public opinion, which is tremendously molded by the press and other forms of propaganda.
Douglas MacArthur
You have to understand that we’ve had more than 40 years now of massively financed propaganda called the ‘War on Drugs’.
Graham Hancock
It reminded us that propaganda in some form or other lurks in every book, that every work of art has a meaning and a purpose – a political, social and religious purpose – that our aesthetic judgements are always coloured by our prejudices and beliefs
George Orwell
Women’s propaganda must touch upon all those questions which are of great importance to the general proletarian movement. The main task is, indeed, to awaken the women’s class consciousness and to incorporate them into the class struggle.
Clara Zetkin
You cannot get through the density of the propaganda with which the American people, through the dreaded media, have been filled and the horrible public educational system we have for the average person. It’s just grotesque.
Gore Vidal
There is as much difference between a collection of mentally free citizens and a community molded by modern methods of propaganda as there is between a heap of raw materials and a battleship.
Bertrand Russell
In the end,В the discipline of verification is what separates journalism from entertainment, propaganda, fiction, or art.
Bill Kovach
It is the same in all wars; the soldiers do the fighting, the journalists do the shouting, and no true patriot ever gets near a front-line trench, except on the briefest of propaganda tours.
George Orwell
For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities, and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are.
Niccolo Machiavelli
I did not think the Oligarchy would allow Trump to win. However, it seems that the oligarchs were deceived by their own media propaganda.
Paul Craig Roberts
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
It’s too presumptuous and naГЇve to think you can change society by a photograph or anything else… I equate that with propaganda; I think that’s a lower rank of purpose.
Walker Evans
When a person goes to a country and finds their newspapers filled with nothing but good news, he can bet there are good men in jail.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Nearly every day on the television set the hero cop breaks into the bad guy’s house and beats a confession out of him and we cheer on the cop. Propaganda smears our clear vision. It causes us to accept the diminishment of our constitutional protections as something to be lauded – after all, the cop was protecting us.
Gerry Spence
Reason is poor propaganda when opposed by the yammering, unceasing lies of shrewd and evil and self-serving men.
Robert A. Heinlein
The British Labour movement is today, and for many years has been, working in a narrow circle of strikes that are looked upon, not as an expedient, and not as a means of propaganda, but as an ultimate aim.
Friedrich Engels
Liberty is the hardest test that one can inflict on a people. To know how to be free is not given equally to all men and all nations.
Paul Valery
When there is propaganda, we are no longer able to evaluate certain questions, or even to discuss them
Jacques Ellul
The most casual examination will reveal the fact that all the jokes about the horrible results of masculine cooking and sewing are written by men. It is all part of a great scheme of sex propaganda.
Heywood Broun
The propaganda of Communism throughout the world, in organization and direction is in the hands of Jewish agents. As for anyone who does not know that the Bolshevist movement in Russia is Jewish, I can only say that he must be a man who is taken in by the suppression of our deplorable press.
Hilaire Belloc
All art is propaganda, and ever must be, despite the wailing of the purists. I stand in utter shamelessness and say that whatever art I have for writing has been used always for propaganda for gaining the right of black folk to love and enjoy. I do not care a damn for any art that is not used for propaganda.
W. E. B. Du Bois
Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society.
Edward Bernays
this is the weakness of most ‘edifying’ or ‘propaganda’ literature. There is no diversity…You cannot, in fact, give God His due without giving the devil his due also.
Dorothy L. Sayers
It’s unfathomable that Twitter would be so brazenly complacent, allowing Hamas to use its platform as a terror command and communications center of dangerous propaganda.
Lee Zeldin
By establishing reading societies, and subscription libraries, and taking these under our direction, and supplying them through our labors, we may turn the public mind which way we will.
Adam Weishaupt
Propaganda, to be effective, must be believed. To be believed, it must be credible. To be credible, it must be true.
Hubert H. Humphrey
There’s a lot of propaganda that contaminates a discussion around what we should do about pipelines, how our economy may or may not be dependent on exports of raw bitumen.
Elizabeth May
I am personally acquainted with hundreds of journalists, and the opinion of the majority of them would not be worth tuppence in private, but when they speak in print it is the newspaper that is talking (the pygmy scribe is not visible) and then their utterances shake the community like the thunders of prophecy.
Mark Twain
Russia has a long history of propaganda and trying to influence various nation’s cultures and elections. It’s happening. They seem to have stepped up their game.
Dan Coats
Almost always, it is the conviction that ‘I am right’ or ‘my cause is the cause of justice’ that triggers violence. That is, …the moment propaganda does its work, violence is unleashed. And violence can be reduced by countering this propaganda.
Jacques Ellul
A linear projection into the future of any science or technology is like a form of propaganda &emdash; often persuasive, almost always wrong.
Pamela McCorduck
We can’t be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans.
William J. Clinton
The special reverence that al Qaeda had for Sheikh Rahman was underlined by a two-hour propaganda videotape that the group’s media division released in the spring of 2001, when the 9/11 attacks were in their final planning phase.
Peter Bergen
When we consider propaganda as the attempt to shape the thoughts and feelings of others, in ways conforming to the aims of the communicator, we find a vast array of different examples throughout history.
Randal Marlin
We are held up by the radical Muslims as the enemy. So every time we go into one of these countries to do – we think – the right thing, we become propaganda for this radical movement.
Lois Frankel
The right-wing wants to destroy all the media and replace it with their propaganda.
Cenk Uygur
Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.
A. J. Liebling
The propaganda system allows the U.S. Ieadership to commit crimes without limit and with no suggestion of misbehavior or criminality; in fact, major war criminals like Henry Kissinger appear regularly on TV to comment on the crimes of the derivative butchers.
Edward S. Herman
We live in a world where we don’t really hear ideas. We just hear propaganda. That’s not just boring. It’s also very dangerous.
Barbara Sukowa
It’s only when journalists understand the role they play in this propaganda, it’s only when they realize they can’t be both independent, honest journalists and agents of power, that things will begin to change.
John Pilger
Unfortunately, we have seen terrorist groups use social media to spread hateful propaganda, to recruit members, and to incite violence with alarming effectiveness.
Ted Deutch
We are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.
Edward Bernays
In time of war, truth is always replaced by propaganda.
Charles Lindbergh
I didn’t have a manifesto. I had some discontent. It seemed to me that midcentury mainstream American science fiction had often been triumphalist and militaristic, a sort of folk propaganda for American exceptionalism.
William Gibson
I am opposed to any form of tyranny over the mind of man.
Thomas Jefferson
Art is moral passion married to entertainment. Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television.
Rita Mae Brown
Once we recognize the power of propaganda, we need to ask whether its exercise is consistent with those democratic ideals to which lip-service is commonly accorded.
Randal Marlin
But Big Oil and Big Coal have always been as skilled at propaganda as they are at mining and drilling. Like the tobacco industry before them, their success depends on keeping Americans stupid.
Jeff Goodell
The power of propaganda is to say something enough times that it becomes the Big Lie.
Andrew Breitbart
Art is about freedom of expression, and should not be molded to fit any propaganda or lofty ideal.
Joyce Carol Oates
The rinsed foam swirled into one drain that always clogged come October when the maples dropped Canadian propaganda over everything.
Daniel Handler
The best goal for propaganda analysis is to develop such an understanding of the phenomenon that it will no longer be profitable for people to engage in it.
Randal Marlin
As Emmanuel, Cardinal Suhard says, “To be a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda, nor even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery. It means to live in such a way that one’s life would not make sense if God did not exist.
Madeleine L’Engle
Protest actions and propaganda are two slightly different things.
Vladimir Putin
In the first World War British propaganda had to invent the stories of German soldiers bayoneting Belgian babies, because there were too few real atrocities to feed the hatred against the enemy.
Erich Fromm
All our advertising is propaganda, of course, but it has become so much a part of our life, is so pervasive, that we just don’t know what it is propaganda for.
Pauline Kael
To a considerable extent we are faced by a technology arms race with terrorists. The communications revolution has made it easier for terrorist groups to reach out to vulnerable individuals with their violent extremist ideology and propaganda. It has also facilitated fundraising, recruitment and training.
Pauline Neville-Jones
Incomprehensible messaging is a very important part of Russian propaganda.
Masha Gessen
The Soviet system of propaganda and censorship existed not so much for the purpose of spreading a particular message as for the purpose of making learning impossible, replacing facts with mush, and handing the faceless state a monopoly on defining an ever-shifting reality.
Masha Gessen
Anti-racist propaganda is relentless and inescapable, as if the propagandists fear that if they shut up about it for a second, they’d instantly become racists themselves.
Jim Goad
Fundamental, Bible believing people do not have the right to indoctrinate their children in their religious beliefs because we, the state, are preparing them for the year 2000, when America will be part of a one-world global society and their children will not fit in.
Peter Hoagland
Propaganda invariably serves the long-term interests of some elite.
John Berger
Political art expresses the cliches you agree with, unlike propaganda, which expresses the cliches you don’t.
Brad Holland
Nazi propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels once remarked that if a lie is told often enough people will begin to see the lie as truth.
Paul Watson
Hitler and Joseph Goebbels understood that if you say something loud and long enough many people will believe it. A good journalist’s first priority should be to separate propaganda from fact – but sometimes its very hard to do that.
Bill O’Reilly
The greatest propaganda coup of the American Right has been to convince its citizens that we are in the grip of a liberal conspiracy.
Shane Smith
I can assure you that I have never used my media companies for propaganda, and I will never do so.
Youssou N’Dour
I’m a Sufi Muslim, I would say. I believe in using the medium to create a good vibration because art is so important to society. Some projects I don’t do because I feel that it’s going to create a bad vibe. I don’t do propaganda films that are anti another religion, anti-Muslim or anti-Hindu.
A. R. Rahman
What practical conclusions may we now draw for our propaganda work among women? The task of this Party Congress must not be to issue detailed practical suggestions, but to draw up general directions for the proletarian women’s movement.
Clara Zetkin
We wasted a lot of creative energy in that immediate post colonial era, when there was a struggle between, you know, the Cold War between the capitalism and communism. Many writers just wasted their energy and their talent because they want to be ideologically correct and of course all they produced was propaganda.
Wole Soyinka
Textbooks are Soviet propaganda.
Jerry Falwell
What masquerades as sex education is not education at all. It is selective propaganda which artificially encourages children to participate in adult sex, while it censors out the facts of life about the unhappy consequences. It is robbing children of their childhood.
Phyllis Schlafly
Chicago is not a bad place to live. But the usual story of immigration is the happy fulfillment of human potential in America that is not available anywhere else – it’s propaganda, really. It’s more complicated than that.
Aleksandar Hemon
Democracy is a con game. It’s a word invented to placate people to make them accept a given institution. All institutions sing, ‘We are free.’ The minute you hear ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’, watch out… because in a truly free nation, no one has to tell you you’re free.
Jacque Fresco
The greatest propaganda coup of the American Right has been to convince its citizens that we are in the grip of a liberal conspiracy. As a result, Obama is to the right of Richard Nixon on most issues. And there is we believe, certainly some space to exploit there. And we, VICE, aim to exploit it.
Shane Smith
Our recent 5-year labour agreements, in Canada as well as the United States, are based upon experience, logic and principle rather than on pressure, propaganda and force.
Charles E. Wilson
We actually need intelligent doubt and skepticism; they protect us against mistaken views and propaganda.
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organised habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.
Edward Bernays
Governments want to control information. To do this, they have elaborate systems for promoting themselves via propaganda departments and for ensuring confidentiality with official-secrets laws. There are good reasons for these: people need information, and national security deserves secrecy.
Jacob Rees-Mogg
As I look back at the span of the Cold War in those early days, in the ’50s, for example, there was a great deal of Soviet propaganda here in the United States, but it was clumsy, and it was anchored to a lot of ideological support in certain circles in America itself.
Alexander Haig
I would like the church to be a place where the questions of people are honored rather than a place where we have all the answers. The church has to get out of propaganda. The future will involve us in more interfaith dialogue. … We cannot say we have the only truth.
John Shelby Spong
Choosing sepia is all to do with trying to make the image look romantic and idealistic. It’s sort of a soft version of propaganda.
Martin Parr
People who can’t speak Russian will be less susceptible to Russian propaganda. But they will also be less susceptible to the poetry of Joseph Brodsky.
Keith Gessen
[Lloyd George] said that Harding’s speech on American naval aspirations made him feel that he would pawn his shirt rather than allow America to dominate the seas. If this was to be the outcome of the League of Nations propaganda, he was sorry for the world and in particular for America.
David Lloyd George
Gentlemen, I am ready for the questions to my answers.
Charles de Gaulle
You cannot hope to bribe or twist, thank God! The British journalist.
But seeing what the man will do unbribed, there’s no occasion to!
Humbert Wolfe
Propaganda … serves more to justify ourselves than to convince others; and the more reason we have to feel guilty, the more fervent our propaganda.
Eric Hoffer
Propaganda tries to force a doctrine on the whole people; the [party] organization embraces within its scope only those who do not threaten on psychological grounds to become a brake on the further dissemination of ideas.
Adolf Hitler
Propaganda in the ordinary sense of the term plays a less important part in a consumer society, where people greet all official pronouncements with suspicion.
Christopher Lasch
I found that I loved producing that kind of propaganda and I loved the power that a few students with a Macintosh computer could wield. I was hooked on communications at that point.
Lewis Schiff
All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.
George Orwell
Critics of Fox News have pointed out that Fox News does partisan propaganda, and there’s ample evidence on a daily basis.
David Shuster
The cultural propaganda embodied in two liquor advertisements, “Living well is the best revenge” and “Sip it with arrogance,” have a curious, perhaps demonic appeal. Consumerism indeed has its own spirituality.
Brennan Manning
The United States has it’s own propaganda, but it’s very effective because people don’t realize that it’s propaganda. And it’s subtle, but it’s actually a much stronger propaganda machine than the Nazis had but it’s funded in a different way.
Crispin Glover
My experience investigating foreign propaganda operations predated the proliferation of social media platforms.
Asha Rangappa
Tailoring the facts to fit one’s theory constitutes neither good science nor good journalism. Rather, it is intellectually dishonest and, when published for consumption by a mass audience, adds up to propaganda.
Ward Churchill
The goal of modern propaganda is no longer to transform opinion but to arouse an active and mythical belief
Jacques Ellul
The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.
Aldous Huxley
It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear.
Douglas MacArthur
The biggest problem is that Facebook and Google are these giant feedback loops that give people what they want to hear. And when you use them in a world where your biases are being constantly confirmed, you become susceptible to fake news, propaganda, demagoguery.
Franklin Foer
When we look for propaganda, we have the obvious job of asking what messages are being propagated.
Randal Marlin
It can be considered a rule that the probable duration of an Empire may be prognosticated by the degree to which its rulers believe in their own propaganda.
Doris Lessing
Art and propaganda have this much connection, that if a propaganda makes art impossible, it is clearly damned.
Rebecca West
It is said that those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad. It may well be that a war neurosis stirred up by propaganda of fear and hatred is the prelude to destruction.
John Boyd Orr
I imagine Johnny Mathis hates Bin Laden as much as I do, but could Johnny agree Bin Laden had a better speechwriter than Bush? “Axis of Evil”? Come on. “A swimmer in the ocean does not fear the rain” is much more powerful propaganda. Poetic, even.
John Waters
A coalition of groups is waging a massive propaganda campaign against the president of the United States. an all-out attack. Their aim is total victory for themselves and total defeat for him.
Gerald R. Ford
Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government.
Edward Bernays
In my humble opinion, propaganda is one of the most evil tools humans have used against humans throughout history to justify wars, justify atrocities, justify evil. ISIS has taken it to a new extreme.
Matthew Heineman
For me, Twitter is a public persona. It’s UbuWeb or Kenneth Goldsmith (as opposed to Kenny Goldsmith). I don’t interact. It’s a lousy form for conversation and opinion (what can you really say in 140 characters?), but a wonderful propaganda and sloganeering tool. I use it as a one-way street.
Kenneth Goldsmith
All photography is propaganda.
Martin Parr
No amount of false propaganda can sanitize meat.
Chrissie Hynde
If I am judged for my work, many myths about me as an autocrat or otherwise would become clearer. I feel false propaganda will not last, and truth will ultimately prevail.
Narendra Modi
I could hardly sit through ‘Frozen.’ There was an attempt to craft a moral message and to build the story around that, instead of building the story and letting the moral message emerge. It was the subjugation of art to propaganda, in my estimation.
Jordan Peterson
As factual and thoughtful literature began to seep in, against the Nazis’ will, and replace the reams of Nazi propaganda, I began to see the German Jew in his historical role, in his good as well as his bad light.
Martha Dodd
Nima Shirazi’s is an important progressive voice in the Iran debate in the West, often deconstructing the myths (and sometimes propaganda) we commonly encounter in the mainstream media. With succinct and elegant prose, and with no axe to grind, he exposes the hypocrisy of Western attitudes toward Iran.
Hooman Majd
Because our ladies mostly attend Kalatshepams, (Religious discourses) they have fallen prey to the superstitions, blind beliefs, and immorality by the false and fictituous propaganda of the Brahmins.
Periyar E. V. Ramasamy
The Marine Corps is the Navy’s police force and as long as I am President that is what it will remain. They have a propaganda machine that is almost equal to Stalin’s.
Harry S Truman
The Western public should learn and remember one essential thing about China: no matter what European and North American propaganda barks about the People’s Republic, China is much more “democratic” than the West. It is democratic in its own way.
Andre Vltchek
The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.
Joseph Goebbels
It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of public opinion.
Joseph Goebbels
In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.
Winston Churchill
Counter-knowledge covers the propagation of false legends and conspiracy theories often used for political purposes or fundamentalist religious propaganda.
Antony Beevor
To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men, their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism and religious dogmas.
Brock Chisholm
Propaganda replaces moral philosophy.
Hans Morgenthau
Writing detective stories is about writing light literature, for entertainment. It isn’t primarily a question of writing propaganda or classical literature.
Stieg Larsson
In 1984, George Orwell wrote of a world where the only colour to be found was in the propaganda posters. Such is the case in North Korea. Images of Kim Il-sung are depicted in vivid colours. Rays of yellow and orange emanate from his face: he is the sun.
Barbara Demick
After Reconstruction, black newspapers evolved from being a propaganda arm into a kind of opposition press, because even the friends of former slaves had their fears.
Darryl Pinckney
The methods of peace propaganda which aim at establishing peace doctrine by argument and by creating a feeling favorable to peace in general seem to fall short of reaching the springs of human action and of dealing with the causes of the conduct which they seek to modify.
Elihu Root
The moral consequences of totalitarian propaganda…are destructive of all morals because they undermind one of the foundations of all morals: the sense of and respect for truth.
Friedrich August von Hayek
What orators lack in depth they make up for in length.
Baron de Montesquieu
Obscenity, who really cares. Propaganda, all is phony.
Bob Dylan
I think there’s something unfortunate about the attention that performers get in our media, but the weight of government propaganda is so heavy that anyone with a different point of view who has access to the media has a responsibility to use it.
David Clennon
If an essay has a ‘motive,’ it is linked more to happenstance and opportunity than to the driven will. A genuine essay is not a doctrinaire tract or a propaganda effort or a broadside.
Cynthia Ozick
Schools must not become the agencies through which propaganda advocated by any section of society is spread. The method of control always a crucial problem should be in harmony with the fundamental values and principles of the states and the entire e
George Bernard Shaw
Soviet propaganda is remarkably effective and the Americans are even more remarkably stupid.
Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
Content without style is propaganda or adolescence. Style without content is decadence.
Rita Mae Brown
The reporting of news has to be understood as propaganda for commodities, and events by images.
Christopher Lasch
The more propaganda . . . conservatives spread for capitalist economics while at the same time preaching collectivism morally and philosophically , the more nails they’ll drive into capitalism’s coffin.
Ayn Rand
All art is propaganda…I do not care a damn, for any art that is not used for propaganda.
W. E. B. Du Bois
By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise.
Adolf Hitler
Even with the help of anti-Russian propaganda in the mass media, Germany has not succeeded in damaging this sympathy.
Vladimir Putin
After being bombarded endlessly by road-safety propaganda it was almost a relief to find myself in an actual accident.
J. G. Ballard
Rupert Murdoch’s vast newspaper empire has waged a relentless pro-war propaganda war before and since the war began.
Margo Kingston
That propaganda is good which leads to success, and that is bad which fails to achieve the desired result. It is not propaganda’s task to be intelligent, its task is to lead to success.
Joseph Goebbels
When she faced the noise, she found the mayor’s wife in a brand-new bathrobe and slippers. On the breast pocket of the robe sat an embroidered swastika. Propaganda even reached the bathroom.
Markus Zusak
Propaganda by censorship takes two forms: the selective control of information to favour a particular viewpoint, and the deliberate doctoring of information in order to create an impression different from that originally intended.
James A.C. Brown
For the totalitarian mind, adherence to state propaganda does not suffice: one must display proper enthusiasm while marching in the parade.
Noam Chomsky
Europe resolved a great problem-the problem of the Zionist danger. The Zionists, who constituted a strong political party in Europe, caused much disorder there. Since they had a lot of property and controlled an empire of propaganda, they made the European governments helpless.
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
As soon as by one’s own propaganda even a glimpse of right on the other side is admitted, the cause for doubting one’s own right is laid.
Adolf Hitler
Communist propaganda would sometimes include statements such as “we include almost all the commandments of the Gospel in our ideology”. The difference is that the Gospel asks all this to be achieved through love, through self-limitation, but socialism only uses coercion. This is one point.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
There is massive propaganda for everyone to consume. Consumption is good for profits and consumption is good for the political establishment.
Noam Chomsky
It is very comforting to believe that leaders who do terrible things are, in fact, mad. That way, all we have to do is make sure we don’t put psychotics in high places and we’ve got the problem solved.
Tom Wolfe
To whom should propaganda be addressed? To the scientifically trained intelligentsia or the less educated masses? It must be addressed always and exclusively to the masses.
Adolf Hitler
From the moment I was born, I was fed propaganda. I viewed the Kim dynasty not only as our fearless protectors from the imperialist forces, but also as gods.
Lee Hyeon-seo
For I must not measure the speech of a statesman to his people by the impression which it leaves in a university professor, but by the effect it exerts on the people. And this alone gives the standard for the speaker’s genius.
Adolf Hitler
Propaganda does not aim to elevate man, but to make him serve.
Jacques Ellul
We are struggling with the global war on the truth. And if what we used to think of as the domain of the Soviets, the kind of celebration of lies and press as propaganda, that now we realize is not something that is unique to the Soviet state. It’s within ourselves as well here in the West.
Craig Mazin
In the early years after the Communist Revolution, politics and revolutionary fervor infused every aspect of daily life, and the very air one breathed seemed filled with propaganda for Communist ideals.
Liu Cixin
What about self-awareness, the mysterious ability of the brain to reflect upon itself? Self-awareness can be tampered with by brainwashing, psychoactive drugs, electrical stimulation, political or religious propaganda, even advertising. A lifetime in front of a TV set may be the equivalent of a self transplant.
Chet Raymo
Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way round, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.
Adolf Hitler
It’s so easy for propaganda to work, and dissent to be mocked.
Harold Pinter
Pitching was about fooling people, manipulating them, making them believe in something that ultimately wasn’t there. Great pitching was great lying.
Linda Ellerbee
There is not a special imposition on writers to be activists. All that does is encourage writers to write propaganda.
Wole Soyinka
Again I want to emphasize that the study of propaganda must be conducted within the context of a technological society. Propaganda is called upon to solve problems created by technology, to play on maladjustments, and to integrate the individual into a technological world.
Jacques Ellul
I am sick of deconstructing their propaganda, because it’s pretty much the same as it’s always been. It’s just repeating something over and over again until we believe it and we hope that you believe it.
Jon Stewart
There’s nothing so absurd
that if you repeat it often enough,
people will believe it.
William James
The United States is not only number one in military power but also in the effectiveness of its propaganda system.
Edward S. Herman
The enormous gap between what US leaders do in the world and what Americans think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments.
Michael Parenti
If you’re writing an impartial proper biography, you speak to everyone around them who really know them, you do not need, unless you’re a minister of propaganda, to have input from the person.
Lady Colin Campbell
The oblique paradox of propaganda is that the lie in the throat becomes, by repetition, the truth in the heart.
John Grierson
U.S. Government propaganda tries to give the impression that aerial bombardment achieves near-surgical accuracy, so that military targets can be destroyed with minimal effect on civilians. Technical documents give a different picture.
Noam Chomsky
Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated.
Kofi Annan
Creating whole departments of ethnic, gender, and other ‘studies’ was part of the price of academic peace. All too often, these ‘studies’ are about propaganda rather than serious education.
Thomas Sowell
Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth.
Aldous Huxley
Terrorists in ungoverned spaces – both physical and cyber – readily disseminate propaganda and training materials to attract easily influenced individuals around the world to their cause. They motivate these individuals to act at home or encourage them to travel.
Christopher A. Wray
The Tashkent Files’ is not a propaganda film.
Vivek Agnihotri
The truth is not in the commercial media because the truth is a dagger pointed at its heart, which is its pocketbook.
George Seldes
We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.
Edward Bernays
Most of the pictures we consume are propaganda.
Martin Parr
Whenever there is an organized movement to persuade people to believe or do something, whenever an effort is made to “propagate” a creed or set of opinions or convictions or to make people act as we want them to act, the means employed are called propaganda.
Edwin Way Teale
Radio was used powerfully by Josef Goebbels to disseminate Nazi propaganda, and just as powerfully by King George VI to inspire the British people to fight invasion.
Rebecca MacKinnon
All art is propaganda; on the other hand, not all propaganda is art.
George Orwell
As a former FBI counterintelligence agent who investigated foreign propaganda cases, I’ve seen firsthand how foreign intelligence services leverage American freedoms – and the constitutional limitations on the FBI’s investigative power – to their advantage.
Asha Rangappa
I don’t believe the writer should know too much where he’s going. If he does, he runs into old man blueprintВ—old man propaganda.
James Thurber
Talk of democracy has little content when big business rules the life of the country through its control of the means of production, exchange, the press and other means of publicity, propaganda and communication.
John Dewey
To attract people, to win over people to that which I have realized as being true, that is called propaganda.
Joseph Goebbels
Putin responds to threats, to illegal sanctions, and to incessant propaganda with statements that governments need to respect each other’s national interests and to work together for common benefit. No politician in the West speaks in this way.
Paul Craig Roberts
Propaganda will never die out. Intelligent men must realize that propaganda is the modern instrument by which they can fight for productive ends and help to bring order out of chaos.
Edward Bernays
Small groups of persons can, and do, make the rest of us think what they please about a given subject. But there are usually proponents and opponents of every propaganda, both of whom are equally eager to convince the majority.
Edward Bernays
I’m not really sure what gay propaganda is.
Chris Pine
The mother tongue is propaganda.
Marshall McLuhan
Muslims are the primary victims of ISIS. Muslims are the ones who want to do the most to defeat this ideology. It’s important that we don’t do their propaganda for them, by giving them the legitimacy that they crave.
Dalia Mogahed
Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th; malicious lies that attempt to shift the blame away from the terrorists, themselves, away from the guilty.
George W. Bush
And it was under Wilson that the first great propaganda slogan was coined and emblazoned everywhere, to make Americans start thinking favorably of democracies and forget that we had a republic.
Robert W. Welch, Jr.
When a few people control the bulk of money, they can not only influence elections by money power – which enables various forms of advertising and propaganda campaigns – they can also corrupt and misuse all institutions of the state to influence elections.
Prashant Bhushan
All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.
Noam Chomsky
Like the effect of advertising upon the customer, the methods of political propaganda tend to increase the feeling of insignificance of the individual voter.
Erich Fromm
Facebook is a known behemoth corporate monopoly. It has exposed at least 87 million people’s data, enabled foreign propaganda and perpetuated discrimination. We shouldn’t be begging for Facebook’s endorsement of laws, or for Mark Zuckerberg’s promises of self-regulation.
Zephyr Teachout
A work of art, so far as it is a work of art, cannot – whatever the artist’s personal intention – advocate anything at all.
Susan Sontag
My view is Fox News is a propaganda outlet for the Republican Party and I don’t comment on Fox News.
Howard Dean
There’s no comparison between NPR and the propaganda that you hear from Rush or from Sean Hannity, the news movement conservatives that are just laying out, slathering out the disinformation and the lies, as I discuss in my book, ‘Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right.’
Al Franken
As the Persians wrote very little about how they ran their affairs, the Greek propaganda of the 5th century B.C. has for centuries gone virtually unchallenged – indeed, for Edward Said, it was the beginning of Europe’s long habit of misunderstanding and ill-informed contempt of the Middle East.
Neil MacGregor
Musharraf’s government has a civilian face – there are still elections and assemblies – and he has come to believe his own propaganda that he really is a democrat.
Asma Jahangir
The successor to politics will be propaganda. Propaganda, not in the sense of a message or ideology, but as the impact of the whole technology of the times.
Marshall McLuhan
You should never trust anything reported by the media. Their first priority is to spread propaganda; their second priority is to make money. They never really care if they tell the truth or not.
Varg Vikernes
If you think there is freedom of the press in the United States, I tell you there is no freedom of the press… They come out with the cheap shot. The press should be ashamed of itself. They should come to both sides of the issue and hear both sides and let the American people make up their minds
Bill Moyers
People get so terrified that the government might take their guns away that they stockpile as much as they can afford. They’ve been led to believe that there will be an outright ban of guns, so they drink the NRA propaganda and spend their money on more weapons.
Ana Kasparian
Blacks Bought A Lot Of Propaganda On The Liberal Plantation.
Pat Buchanan
When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.
Thomas Sowell
…History shows that … (people) can be deflected from their natural tendencies by artful propaganda, bogus crises, or other political trickery.
Robert Higgs
Moral indignation is one of the most harmful forces in the modern world, the more so as it can always be diverted to sinister uses by those who control propaganda.
Bertrand Russell
All propaganda must be popular and its intellectual level must be adjusted to the most limited intelligence among those it is addressed to.
Adolf Hitler
Vladimir Putin understood, from the Communist era when he was a KGB officer, that the Russian propaganda system of targeting Western media – that in the digital world, you could easily pull the Western media around by a nose ring.
Malcolm Nance
Propaganda is to a democracy what violence is to a dictatorship.
William Blum
when the German propaganda tries to be winsome it is like a clown with homicidal mania – ludicrous and terrifying both at once.
Sylvia Townsend Warner
The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.
Jeff Cooper
A society or culture which is disposed to view the world in Manichean terms will be more vulnerable to control by propaganda.
Alex Carey
It is necessary to expose the false propaganda of the imperialists and thoroughly dispel the illusion that the imperialists will give up their positions in the colonies and dependent countries with good will.
Kim Il-sung
Most campaigns rely on photographs because the moment you do something that is a graphic interpretation where any artistic license has been taken, I think a lot of people are scared that it’s going to be perceived as propaganda.
Shepard Fairey
The moment philosophy supposes it can find a final and comprehensive solution, it ceases to be inquiry and becomes either apologetics or propaganda.
John Dewey
Misrepresentation, false propaganda, innuendoes soon sprout into poisonous weeds, and before long the people find themselves victims of a pollution that has robbed them of their individual liberty and enslaved them to a group of political gangsters.
David O. McKay
There is a lot of propaganda about opera singers not being able to act. That’s not necessarily true and hasn’t been true for a very long time. And certainly there were those instances when singers were told they need to fit into a certain size dress. Of course, women. Men? They just make the costume bigger.
Jessye Norman
There is no difference between Western media and Nazi propaganda.
Evgeni Kostitsyn
We have already seen ISIS use Donald Trump in their propaganda directly. I mean, I will go so far as to say Donald Trump is the ISIS candidate.
Malcolm Nance
Revenge for a terror attack is ideal for Putin’s model. His propaganda machine will be filled with scenes of crash victims if [Vladimir] Putin sees the need for a larger war to stoke his domestic support again as the Russian economy teeters.
Garry Kasparov
Jerry Bruckheimer has made millions of dollars producing propaganda.
Brendan Sexton III
The best defense against propaganda: more propaganda.
Edward Bernays
The art of propaganda lies in understanding the emotional ideas of the great masses and finding, through a psychologically correct form, the way to the attention and thence to the heart of the broad masses.
Adolf Hitler