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We all live in a televised goldfish bowl. Kingman Brewster, Jr.
Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers. Daniel J. Boorstin
My personality doesn't interest me. Andrei A. Gromyko
The first 20 stories written about a public figure set the tone for the next 2,000 and it is almost impossible to reverse it. Charles Colson
Never take an elevator in city hall. Harvey Milk
I think the British have the distinction above all other nations of being able to put new wine into old bottles without bursting them. Clement Attlee
The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects. Charles de Gaulle
The public is a bad guesser. Thomas de Quincey
Prudent dullness marked him for a mayor. Charles Churchill
A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity. Baltasar Gracian
Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence. Leonardo da Vinci
The best audience is intelligent, well-educated and a little drunk. Alben W. Barkley
The fame of heroes owes little to the extent of their conquests and all to the success of the tributes paid to them. Jean Genet
Without publicity there can be no public support, and without public support every nation must decay. Benjamin Disraeli
Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising. Mark Twain
To want fame is to prefer dying scorned than forgotten. Emile M. Cioran
In the long run, the public interest depends on private virtue. James Q. Wilson
My chief weapon is public opinion: The Spaniards, incapable of directing it, have prohibited its use; but now they are experiencing its force and importance. Jose de San Martin
You may say to the people, that I have received their petition. You may remind them, also, that I am acting in accordance with the constitution. It is necessary for me to defend those rights of mine that are guaranteed by that constitution, even at the sacrifice of everything that I possess, and of my own person. Pedro I
I prefer to descend from the throne with honor rather than to go on reigning as a sovereign who has been dishonored and degraded. Those born in Brazil no longer want me, for the reason that I am Portuguese. I have been expecting this for a long time, have seen it coming ever since I visited Minas. My son has the advantage over me in that he is a Brazilian by birth. The Brazilians respect him. He will have no difficulty in governing, and the constitution will guarantee him his rights. I renounce the crown with the glory of ending as I began – constitutionally. Pedro I
… procuring offices for persons who were unfit, and unworthy of them … squandering away the public treasure English Parliament
Perception of legitimacy is more important than legitimacy itself. Barry Levinson
There is no nation in the world greater, older or more honorable than the Turkish nation, nor has one been seen in the history of humanity. Kemal Ataturk
The description was elaborate, the Senator himself suggesting some of the nicer touches, and every line of it was written and on its way to New York before Mr. Seward had uttered a word in the Senate Chamber. Henry Stanton
A President has to do the image stuff that will help him so that he can do the substantive things he wants to do. Dick Morris
Even military juntas want respect. Ethan Kapstein
Every Government official dreams of going directly to the people with arguments framed by that official. Benjamin H. Bagdikian
The situation is not desperate or gloomy Hoshyar Zebari
Our habit of constantly and zealously answering to any rabble has already done us a lot of harm and will do much more. ... We do not have to apologize for anything. We are a people as all other peoples; we do not have any intentions to be better than the rest. As one of the first conditions for equality we demand the right to have our own villains, exactly as other people have them… Vladimir Jabotinsky
[Have] prayers said – for the people of Cuba suffering under Communist tyranny – in all U.S. military units which have significant numbers of Cuban refugees serving in the U.S. armed forces. Service chaplains and public information officers should team up on this, to assure the event is publicized widely. Cubans should be in the front ranks, where they will loom up in photographs. Defense, in collaboration with CIA, will assure that some photographs of troop units with Cubans in them are passed effectively to Cuban intelligence collectors, with a story of invasion plans sufficiently convincing to cause the Communist regime to begin an alert of the militia (including cane field workers). Edward G. Lansdale
I’m not going to have any damn image experts coming telling me how to part my hair Richard Nixon
I took the decision to stop her from going to the U.S. myself. I took this decision in the best national interest of Pakistan because I truly believed that the invitation would have tarnished Pakistan's international image rather than help improve the lot of women folk in Pakistan or elsewhere in the world. I believe there was a strong ulterior intent of maligning Pakistan by vested interests Pervez Musharraf
You cannot send mixed signals---not only to the American people but to the rest of the world. Paul Vallely
If one man praises you, a thousand will repeat the praise. Japanese Proverb
These are head shots – girls to play the victim in the news footage. Hilary Henkin
The President is a product. Hilary Henkin
If and when a shooting war starts, reporters will begin to wonder why American soldiers are dying for oil-rich sheiks . The US military had better get cracking to come up with a public relations plan that will supply the answers the public can accept. Hal D. Steward
I volunteered at the al-Addan hospital. While I was there, I saw the Iraqi soldiers come into the hospital with guns, and go into the room where . . . babies were in incubators. They took the babies out of the incubators, took the incubators, and left the babies on the cold floor to die. Nayirah Al-Sabah
It yet remains a problem to be solved in human affairs, whether any free government can be permanent when the public worship of God, and the support of religion constitute no part of the policy or duty of the state in any assignable shape. The future experience of Christendom, and chiefly of the American states, must settle this problem as yet new in the history of the world, abundant as it has been in experiments in the theory of government. Joseph Story
If you want to become a myth, you had better die young. Alma Guillermoprieto
When I was in advertising we used naked women to pull them in. Now I use swastikas and uniforms. George Lincoln Rockwell
Your questions are stupid! Eddie Jordan
In order to have your short term policies accepted, you have to have your long term policies understood. Jeremy Greenstock
I wanted to give the people a good show. Theodore Roosevelt
The generation of news by actions taken by the government becomes one weapon in a strained situation. The results, in my opinion, justify the methods we use… News generated by actions of the government as to content and timing are part of the arsenal of weaponry that a President has in application of military force and related forces to the solution of political problems, or to the application of international political pressure. Arthur Sylvester
I can’t talk about myself that way. Whatever I did before was just in line with my work. I can’t be saying I, I, I all the time. Henry L. Stimson
European intellectuals and Islamic radicals are in a kind of dark alliance to portray the United States as negatively as possible. Claire Berlinski
Anti-Americanism has been around as long as there has been an America. Claire Berlinski
No legislator ever got in trouble for voting against a bill that passed or for a bill that didn’t pass. Bob Dole
Any man familiar with public life realizes the foul gossip which ripples just under the surface about almost every public man, and especially about every President Theodore Roosevelt
It’s better to be quotable than to be honest. Tom Stoppard
In political advertising, truth only has an advantage when a credible source makes it known. Kathleen Hall Jamieson
It can have a positive effect on public opinion worldwide if conducted properly. It is a way of conveying the Islamic point of view to Western people Sheikh Salman Al-Oadah
A king who desires his own welfare must always forgive litigants, infants, aged and sick men, who inveigh against him. Manu
How can I not be straightforward? I’m not a nobody. A somebody like me needs to handle things in a straight forward manner. Thaksin Shinawatra
Better known than trusted. Anonymous
Craft must have clothes, but truth loves to go naked. Anonymous
An ounce of image is worth a pound of performance. Anonymous
Reputation is often got without merit and lost without fault. Anonymous
Speak what you will, bad men will turn it ill. Anonymous
What we say privately we say publicly. Gerry Adams
Modesty is a virtue that can never thrive in public …. A man must be his own trumpeter—he must write or dictate paragraphs of praise in the newspapers; he must dress, have a retinue and equipage; he must ostentatiously publish to the world his own writings with his name, make the mob stare and gape, and perpetuate his fame. John Adams
Report uttered by the people is everywhere a great power. Aeschylus
Trying to squash a rumor is like trying to unring a bell. Shana Alexander
Remember this about any slander. Denial only emphasizes, and gives added importance to falsehood. Let it alone and it will die for want of nourishment. John Peter Altgeld
Official tongues seldom wag in unison. Jack Anderson
Amongst all the accusations that have ever been made against me, no man ever before imputed to me a lack of candor or charged me with duplicity, and no man ever shall and escape my denunciation. When a man so accuses me, it matters not where I am or who he is, I will write "liar" across his forehead, so that in future years all men may know him and all honest men may shun him. Joseph W. Bailey
A summit is a photo opportunity featuring two or more heads of government who have no business to transact, but believe a set of smiley photos will do them a lot of good politically. Russell Baker
That night image had replaced the written word as the natural language of politics. Russell Baker
The moment when images replaced words in American politics. Russell Baker
Saying one is adopting one's policies to changing circumstances is a nice way of saying "I lied. Tony Banks
If you have to eat crow, eat it while it's hot. Alben W. Barkley
Governing today means giving acceptable signs of credibility. It is like advertising and it is the same effect that is achieved—commitment to a scenario. Jean Baudrillard
Publicity is the soul of justice. Without publicity, all other checks are insufficient: in comparison of publicity, all other checks are of small account. Jeremy Bentham
You can fool some of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time. That’s usually enough. Milton Berle
We have to sing in chorus about the topics that interest us. Silvio Berlusconi
Image has become everything. Edward L. Bernays
Congress is not very good at explaining complex legislation to the public. Jeffrey Biggs
Public investigating committees formed from the people themselves of from their public representatives ... have always been opposed by groups that seek or have special privileges. The spokesmen of these greedy groups never rest in their opposition to exposure of publicity. That is because special privilege thrives in secrecy and darkness and is destroyed by rays of pitiless publicity. Hugo Black
In 59 years I haven’t had to reinvent myself once. Michael Bloomberg
Ordeal by publicity is the legitimate grandchild of ordeal by fire, water and battle … the damage to society generally resulting from the violence of unnecessary publicity are immeasurably greater. George H. Boldt
Our national politics has become a competition for images or between images, rather than between ideals. Daniel J. Boorstin
Every politician higher up than assistant water commissioner knows how to avoid tough questions [from reporters]: Don't answer them. David Brinkley
I never met a microphone I didn’t like, and I plan to use this agency as a bully pulpit. Ann Brown
I don't believe in the cult of personality, having my portrait hung all over the place like Ronald Reagan or Mao Tse-tung. Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Happily we do not idolize our public men. John Buchan
Let's face it. If I was funnier than Ronald Reagan, I would have won in 1980. And he'd be up here tonight trying to laugh away the Bush deficit. George W. Bush
I have contacted fifteen or twenty of the top [advertising] agencies in New York. The reluctance of all of them to take on our account boils down to the fact that they have big business clients who would not approve of them being responsible for the advertising and promotion of the Democratic Party. Paul M. Butler
I awoke one morning and found myself famous. George Gordon Byron
Because I would have the chastity of my wife clear even of suspicion. Julius Caesar
When you are responsible for telling the truth, you must take the time to find out what the truth is…. To find out the truth takes weeks. It takes only 5 minutes for a wrong message to travel around the entire globe. Donald Rumsfeld
If anybody ever finds out where your district is, they'll beat you. Joseph Cannon
You get all your team together ... and you say, Gentlemen, this week we will be selling tacos, not nachos. Whether they really are tacos doesn't matter. If we tell you guys they are tacos enough times, you'll believe they're tacos. Joe Canzeri
Fame, we may understand, is no sure test of merit, but only a probability of such. Thomas Carlyle
You make more friends by becoming interested in other people than by trying to interest other people in yourself. Dale Carnegie
In politics there are no bad questions; there are only bad answers. James Carville
My words are my own, and my actions are my ministers.' Charles II
Nothing is so swift as calumny; nothing is more easily uttered; nothing more readily received; nothing more widely dispersed. Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
[As a congressman] ... you need to market whatever it is you're trying to sell. Tony Coelho
I don’t care what you say about me, as long as you say something about me, and as long as you spell my name right. George M. Cohan
To some extent the Federal Reserve considers itself government. Other times, when it serves, it considers itself not government. Philip E. Coldwell
To keep the ball rolling I asked Marlow if this Powell was remarkable in any way. “He was not exactly remarkable,” Marlow answered with his usual nonchalance. “In a general way it’s very difficult to become remarkable. People won’t take sufficient notice of one, don’t you know.” Joseph Conrad
We don't make announcements until we make announcements. B. J. Cooper
It is one of the misfortunes of life that a public figure can forever be associated with one inaccurate remark, taken out of context, and never intended to carry an immortal interpretation. For half a century Douglas Jay suffered as the originator of the sinister aphorism “the man in Whitehall knows best” ... “the Gentleman in Whitehall is usually right”. Tam Dalyell
[Describing glasnost:] A media management policy. Nicholas Daniloff
I don't comment on current politics. Miguel de la Madrid
I am Ronald Reagan. Michael Deaver
In any battle between what the ear hears and what the eye sees, the eye wins every time. Michael Deaver
The truth of television is that what people see, they believe. Michael Deaver
If you want to be noticed, attack somebody. Jerry Della Femina
Be a hypocrite if you like, but don't talk like one. Denis Diderot
I am not in a position to say whether we can legislate effectively in reference to this matter [Communist propaganda], but I do know that exposure in a democracy of subversive activities is the most effective weapon that we have in our possession. Martin Dies
This is not politics. This is garbage. And we are disgusted by it. To those who are departed who sought in some, quote, clever, unquote way, to tarnish the reputation of Tom Foley, I say, good riddance. Bob Dole
Propaganda is the art of persuading others of what one does not believe oneself. Abba Eban
In upright demeanor there's ever more poise than all disguised shows of good can do. Elizabeth I
I have to be seen to be believed Elizabeth II
I need them as much as they need me. Elizabeth the Queen Mother; Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon
As gaslight is found to be the best nocturnal police, so the universe protects itself by pitiless publicity. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Stereotypes and perceptions have their real effects. James Fallows
Infamous Greek calumnies Ferdinand I
The public always prefers to be reassured. There are those whose job this is. There are only too many. Andre Gide
If you wish in this world to advance/Your merits you're bound to enhance;/You must stir it and stump it, /And blow your own trumpet, Or, trust me, you haven't a chance. William Gilbert
Let's face it, the U. S. mission in Somalia has changed from saving lives to saving face. Benjamin Gilman
Far from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife … Thomas Gray
I don't think I'm any more unknown than any other possible candidate. Eunice S. Groark
The budget is looked upon in the Congress as a way for a political party to promote itself. William Frenzel
Whenever they tell you there's no change in policy, that's the surest sign that something's up. Thomas Friedman
I hereby proclaim myself King of Egypt to ensure the country’s dignity and its international status. Fuad I
All fame is dangerous: Good, bringeth Envy; Bad, Shame. Thomas Fuller
The presentation of an issue can no longer be controlled. Carly Fiorina
Image is not one way to differentiate yourself, it's the only way. Sean K. Fitzpatrick
Any time you’re standing at the podium at the White House and talking about Congressional leaders, you’re probably getting yourself into trouble. Marlin Fitzwater
People now wave at me with all five fingers. James J. Florio
Nations need heroes, for heroes make the nation believe that the impossible is possible. E. M. Forster
The rich make you famous; the poor make you a hero. Theodor Herzl
No whispered rumors which the many spread can wholly perish. Hesiod
If you had let Frannie make you up the night of your debate with Kennedy, you would have been elected President. Don Hewitt
He who cannot dance puts the blame on the floor. Hindu Proverb
Be it true or false, what is said about men often has as much influence upon their lives, and especially upon their destinies, as what they do. Victor Hugo
It is harder to avoid censure than to gain applause. David Hume
Let us change the image of Alabama by changing the image of its officeholders. Guy Hunt
The higher a monkey climb, the more he expose. Jamaican proverb
If you want to know what's going on in America, you have to watch soap operas. Cyril L. R. James
I am sincerely mortified to be thus brought forward on the public stage against my love of silence … and my abhorrence of dispute. Thomas Jefferson
My great wish is to go on in strict but silent performance of my duty: to avoid attracting notice and to keep my name out of newspapers, because I find the pain of a little censure, even when unfounded, is more acute than the pleasure of much praise. Thomas Jefferson
The more you actually accomplish, the louder your critics become. Learn to ignore them. Gary Johnson
There are plenty of recommendations on how to get out of trouble ... deny your responsibility. Lyndon B. Johnson
While you're trying to save your face, you're losing your ass. Lyndon B. Johnson
My speech has to have some substance to it. I don’t care if we make a peace treaty or declare war or something. Otherwise, they’re going to run us out of town. Lyndon B. Johnson
A man had rather a hundred lies told of him than one truth which he does not wish to be told. Samuel Johnson
No one person should be bigger than the office he represents. Sterling Johnson Jr.
[His key to politics:] Bread and circuses. Panem et circenses. Decimus Junius Juvenal
Severities should be dealt out all at once, so that their suddenness may give less offense. Benefits ought to be handed out drop by drop, so that they may be relished the more. Niccolo Machiavelli
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
It is necessary that the prince should know how to color his nature well, and how to be a great hypocrite and dissembler. For men are so simple, and yield so much to immediate necessity, that the deceiver will never lack dupes. Niccolo Machiavelli
In every dimension, metaphysical, political, psychological, and existential, it was a magnificent victory ... within the context of our defeat. Clovis Maksoud
I apologize for what was said even though I didn't say it. Donald R. Manes
The voice that arms itself to be heard. / The face that hides itself to be seen. Subcomandante Marcos
A regard for reputation and the judgment of the world may sometimes be felt where conscience is dormant. Thomas Jefferson
I know but one code of morality for man whether acting singly or collectively. He who says I will be a rogue when I act in company with a hundred others, but an honest man when I act alone, will be believed in the former assertion, but not in the latter. Thomas Jefferson
Let’s face it. Everybody considers you to be a loser. Merv Griffin
Dictators always look good until the last ten minutes. Tomas G. Masaryk
There’s nothing worse in politics than releasing facts one at a time. Christopher Matthews
If you are not in the media today, then you do not exist. Peter Max
They put out statements to make themselves look good. Sarah McClendon
Every administration is theater because this is the nature of public life in America. David McCullough
I've got to dress more conservatively because now people write about what I wear. Dee Dee Myers
People deny things that are true all the time. Caroline Miller
Watch what we do, instead of what we say. John N. Mitchell
All actions beyond the ordinary limits are subject to some sinister interpretation. Michel de Montaigne
How many worthy men have we seen survive their own reputation? Michel de Montaigne
There were neither railways nor telegraphs, and in our propagandistic journeys we took three days and three nights to go in execrable diligences from Paris to Lyons. Charles Montalembert
Good days begin when you're name isn't in the newspapers. Alexia Morrison
Our credibility had gotten so bad we couldn't even believe our own leaks. Bill Moyers
I was tempted to raise this issue in the Senate several weeks ago, but I decided that I would get more attention if I could get it printed in the papers. Daniel P. Moynihan
Political writings are often over-exaggerated polemics bearing the imprint of the period and the place in which written. Frank Murphy
It seems the only way to induce action in this country is through the creation of fear and hysteria. Edward R. Murrow
Don't worry about people knowing you. Make yourself worth knowing. Fiorello H. La Guardia
My clothes, my stockings, my wigs were a matter of public discussion …. Columnists asked me about anything and everything—except my job. Women's magazines and women's pages featuring articles about me—sometimes without bothering to interview me. Cartoonist delight in sketching me and my clothes and swelling girth. and always the whispers and speculation about my sex life—how much, and with whom. Judy LaMarsh
The influence of the leaders is due in very small measure to the arguments they employ, but in a large degree to their prestige. The best proof of this is that, should they by any circumstance lose their prestige, their influence disappears. Gustave Le Bon
Choose the politics of principle over the politics of personality. John Lewis
He who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions. Abraham Lincoln
[Visual images are] the surest way of conveying an idea. A leader or an interest can make itself master of current symbols to master the current situation. Walter Lippmann
Propaganda is that branch of lying which often deceives your friends without ever deceiving your enemies. Walter Lippmann
Is there anything we can appear to do? Henry Cabot Lodge
Tell them I lied. Earl Long
If your enemies see this picture of us together, I'm in big trouble. Edward M. Kennedy
I am reading it [his press coverage] more and enjoying it less. John F. Kennedy
It’s not what you are that counts; it’s what people think you are. Joseph P. Kennedy
Once a program loses it's identity, it loses its advocacy, and then it loses its dollars. Dale Kildee
It's too bad that such crowds can't be turned out in the United States. Henry A. Kissinger
The modern politician is less interested in being a hero than a superstar. Heroes walk alone; stars derive their status from approbation. Henry A. Kissinger
We must stop politicians from ruining our reputation with their advertising. It is a disgrace. Alex Kroll
Always endeavor to attain what is honorable and important but if you have made a mistake defend it and don’t correct it Guillen de Castro y Bellvis
No good-looking appearance would conceal low intelligence. Chinese Proverb
Those wealthy people purchase books to put on their book shelves for display rather than for reading. Chinese Proverb
Cities are governed, so are houses too, by wisdom, not by harp-playing and whistling. Menedemus
My God, how the electronic media have changed how I have to do my work … the decision making process changes when we’re live on CNN. We give up how we do things when we’re live. Dennis Murphy
This town [Washington DC] can only operate successfully on myth. Karl Rove
We are as much interested in the maintenance of morality as we can possibly be in war. For what profit is there in having removed the turmoil of the Barbarians, unless we live according to law? ... Let other kings desire the glory of battles won, of cities taken, of ruins made; our purpose is … so to rule that our subjects should grieve that they did not earlier acquire the blessings of our domain. Theodoric; Cassiodorus
The way to become famous fast, is to throw a brick at someone who is famous Walter Winchell
I dread the idea of seeming to intrude my views too often upon the public Booker T. Washington
This is an imperfect world, as actors, athletes, priests and presidents soon discover. Writers have known this from the day they read their first review. Thomas J. Fleming
Communicating with the public seems to be essential, because public concern is probably the only thing capable of overcoming the special interests that have obfuscated the topic James E. Hanson
Over time the maintenance of U.S. credibility quietly supplanted the stated policy objective of a free and independent South Vietnam. H.R. McMaster
A society needs famous people; the question is whom it chooses for that role. Any criticism of its choice is by implication a criticism of that society. Max Frisch
Fascist movements adopt local symbols and words. They turn these, often, to meanings that are the exact opposite from their origin. Chris Hedges
The character and repute of President Kennedy constitute one of our greatest national resources. Nothing should be done to jeopardize this invaluable asset. When lies must be told, they should be told by subordinate officials. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
America had one idea attached to its brand. We presented ourselves as the world's last superpower. And that was the world's worst branding idea. Jack Trout
How is it that the country that invented Hollywood and Madison Avenue allowed such a destructive and parodied image of itself to become the intellectual coin of the realm overseas? Henry Hyde
I allow the public to believe that I have more influence with the King than I do in reality. Marie Antoinette
Politicians have to be themselves because if they are not, in the end, the people will see through it. Alastair Campbell
You need a head of state--with continuity. Sometimes this is more important than political power. Harold Evans
When I dressed up for visiting Kings and Queens it would take me an hour. When I went to the provinces it would take me twice the time. They needed a standard…. I must be glamorous because I am representing the people Imelda Marcos
Washington thrives on scapegoats. Robert Reich
To be thought rich is as good as to be rich. William Makepeace Thackeray
People see us as no better than we are. George Ball
The 1934 Republican response to the Upton Sinclair campaign for California Governor marked a stunning advance in the art of public relations, in which advertising men now believed they could sell or destroy political candidates as they sold one brand of soap and defamed its competitor. In another twenty years, these techniques would spread East, achieve a new refinement, and begin to dominate the politics of the nation. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
A prosecutor should never file a bogus case to get headlines. David Inglesias
My desire for fame is insatiable. John Paul Jones
All are not cooks that walk with long knives. Russian Proverb
Appearances frequently deceive us, and what at first sight carries with it the face of good proves to be a real evil, whilst an apparent evil oftentimes conceals an extraordinary good Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui
The longer presidents go without a press conference, the greater the suspicion that there is something to hide. Harvard Commission on the Presidential News Conference
Once the toothpaste is out of the tube, it's hard to get it back in. H. R. Haldeman
As for the calumnies, the insults, the angry cries outside, let them go on building up—no matter what height they reach, it will still fall short of my contempt. Francois Guizot
You better be photographing a guy that’s happy and not some kind of snarler. George W. Bush
I’m not going to cancel anything no matter how much the bastards scream. Ronald Reagan
Sometimes you have to do some very outrageous things to get people’s attention. Jeff Stone
Coiffure a la Franklin Anonymous
Denial will not generate confidence. Diarmuid Martin
Worldly renown is naught but a breath of wind, which now comes this way and now comes that, and changes name because it changes quarter.. Dante Alighieri
In time of war what is said on the enemy's side of the front is always propaganda and what is said on our side of the front is truth and righteousness, the cause of humanity and a crusade for peace. Walter Lippmann
It is so important – the setting in which the President is presented to the world. Jacqueline Kennedy
He in Washington who does not toot his own horn may find it untooted. Howard Baker
I don't care if my popularity rating goes down to zero. George W. Bush
That's not a lie, it's a terminological inexactitude. Alexander Haig
Governments pale in the face of truth. It’s the one thing they fear most. Robert Satloff
We are defined by our weak moments. David Stern
No one's reputation is quite what he himself perceives it ought to be. Christopher Vokes
Actors who have tried to play Churchill and MacArthur have failed abysmally because each of those men was a great actor playing himself. William Raymond Manchester
I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees. George W. Bush
Neither man nor angel can discern Hypocrisy, the only evil that walks Invisible, except to God alone. John Milton
…in Europe, he is thought to be the best who is the richest. Desiderius Erasmus
American academia has a plethora of departments of Islamic Studies funded by Islamic governments, and geared to generating a positive image of their religion and culture … In America this is how things seem to work. If you pay for the chair then you pay for your image. Pandita Indrani; Pandita Indrani
They are spinning and people are dying. Ray Nagin
Advertising isn't a science. It's persuasion. And persuasion is an art. William Bernbach
Our image has undergone change from David fighting Goliath to being Goliath. Yitzhak Shamir
It’s not only what you do in politics. It’s what you appear to do. John McCain
The age of spin should be over. David Gergen
The truth is what you say it is, and that’s not a good place to be. David Gergen
You’ve got to embody your message. David Gergen
The charm of fame is so great, that we like every object to which it is attached, even death. Blaise Pascal
Men's evil manners live in brass: their virtues we write in water. William Shakespeare
It takes very little fire to make a great deal of smoke nowadays, and notoriety is not real glory. Louisa May Alcott
No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true. Nathaniel Hawthorne
He who tooteth not his own horn, the same shall not be tooted. Damon Runyon
If you know anything, deny, deny, deny. I want to save Fascism. Emilio De Bono
Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth Book of Proverbs
The possession of great powers no doubt carries with it a contempt for mere external show. James A. Garfield
In Washington people just like to argue. I guess it gets them on TV. Barack Obama
The people would be just as noisy if they were going to see me hanged. Oliver Cromwell
Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent. Fame and censure with a tether / By fate are always linked together. Jonathan Swift
Airs of importance are the credentials of impotence. Johann Kaspar Lavater
I am king. I am lord. I am praiseworthy. I am important. I am magnificent. I am foremost. I am a hero. I am a warrior. I am a lion, and I am virile. Ashurnasirpal II
A lie can be half way round the world before the truth gets its boots on. James Callaghan
Even when they’re winning, they can’t stop spinning. Arianna Huffington
You should never fall in love with your own press clippings, because it is very much the nature of the beast that the same journalists who build you up between Monday and Friday tear you down for weekend fun... Stephen Carter
Many people hardly ever see a politician as a person anymore. Instead, a politician is a shadow they watch on television, not knowing whether he is speaking impromptu or reading a text written for him by anonymous advisers or experts from a screen hidden behind the cameras. Citizens no longer perceive their politician as a living human being, for they never have and will never see him that way. They see only his image, created for them by TV, radio and newspaper commentators. Vaclav Havel
You know who got a Merry Christmas? The richest 1 percent, that’s who. Republicans in Congress made sure of that, protecting billions in taxpayer giveaways. In tough times, Republicans stripped 1.3 million American of jobless benefits when they could not find a job, kicking them to the curb during Christmas… Americans United for Change
In Washington's highly politicized world, the greatest risk is not that a program will perform poorly, but that a scandal will erupt. Scandals are front page news, while routine failure is ignored. Al Gore
A dozen men in good suits and women in silk dresses will circulate smoothly among the reporters, spouting confident opinions. They won't be just press agents trying to impart a favorable spin to a routine release. They'll be the Spin Doctors, senior advisers to the candidates New York Times
I did go to 112 countries. I was on the airplane for so many days and I didn’t have time to worry about my hair. Hillary Clinton
I cannot flinch from saying such things in public. As a Representative of the People I am duty bound to do so. Justice cries out to me not to dissemble. Pieter Vreede
Albert Einstein had learned to look into cameras as if he were meeting the eyes of the future beholders of his image. Erik Erikson
I find it hard to put complicated situations clearly on paper and, to be brutally frank, even harder to get a reply from you in time to count much. Louis McHenry Howe
We are the worst propagandists in the world, and you are the next worst. Why not consult someone better? Harry Hopkins
I was never able to master the virtue of humility but I was able to master the appearance of humility. Benjamin Franklin
You are a Member of Parliament and one of that majority that has doomed my country to destruction. You have begun to burn our towns and murder our people. Look upon your hands! They are stained with the blood of your relatives. You and I were long friends: You are now my Enemy, and I am yours. Benjamin Franklin
Even the Intelligence agency has an office of public affairs which may seem like an oxymoron. Michael Ledeen
Top secret is when you give a press conference and nobody comes. Michael Ledeen
There are two things that you never turn down: Sex and an invitation to appear on television. Gore Vidal
Hypocrisy is the universal solvent of social relations. Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
White separatists have to look good. If our movement means being part of something that is crazed or ugly or vicious or just stupid, no one is going to want to be a part of it. Richard Spencer
You have no idea how much it costs to make someone look this cheap, Dolly Parton
What images do we see from the rest of the world? We see natural disasters, war, terror. We see refugees, and we see horrible diseases. Right? We see beautiful beaches, cute animals, beautiful nature, cultural rites and stuff. And then we're supposed to make the connection in our head and create a worldview out of this. And how is that possible? Anna Rosling Ronnlund
Hatred is a transformative power. It can make the innocuous into the menacing. Shelby Steele