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A collection of quotes and thoughts by A.J. Liebling on censorship, freedom, expression, opinion, press, journalism, writing, humor, shame and cynicism.

15 Top Quotes By A. J. Liebling, The Author Of The Sweet Science

Famous As: Journalist
Born On: October 18, 1904
Died On: December 28, 1963
Born In: New York City
Died At Age: 59
Abbott Joseph Liebling was a renowned American journalist, popularly known as A. J. Liebling. Liebling was an eminent journalist, and one of the prime columnist at ‘The New Yorker’. He penned down some of the greatest hardbacks published such as ‘World War II Writings’, ‘The Road Back to Paris’, ‘The Telephone Booth Indian’ and many more. He was an active war correspondent during the Second World War who accounted for the happenings in Africa, France and England. For his prolific work during the war, he was rewarded with the ‘Cross of the Légion d'honneur’ by the French government. He was also an ardent fan of boxing, cuisine and horse racing. Some of his works also included these aspects of his life. His ‘The Sweet Science’ was nominated as the number one sports book of all time by ‘Sports Illustrated’. ‘The A.J. Leibling Award’ was instituted for outstanding work in sports journalism. His thoughts and sayings reflect issues such as democracy, independence, virtues, principles, freedom, wisdom, knowledge, wealth, creativity, bravery, valor and equality. We have collected his quotes from his famous books and writings. Let us go through some of the most famous quotes by A.J. Liebling.

Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one.

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Chicago seems a big city instead of merely a large place.

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I take a grave view of the press. It is the weak slat under the bed of democracy.

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The way to write is well, and how is your own business.

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I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and i can write faster than anybody who can write better.

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If you just try long enough and hard enough, you can always manage to boot yourself in the posterior.

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People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.

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The function of the press in society is to inform, but its role in society is to make money.

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Cynicism is often the shamefaced product of inexperience.

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Freedom of the press belongs to the man who owns one.

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... in the youth of middle age--square-shouldered, stocky, decisive, blatantly virile-- ...

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The only way to write is well and how you do it is your own damn business.

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An Englishman teaching an American about food is like the blind leading the one-eyed.

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Last week, I had to offer my publisher a bottle that was far too good for him, simply because there was nothing between the insulting and the superlative.

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Hitler was the archetype of the abstemious man. When the other krauts saw him drink water in the Beer Hall they should have known he was not to be trusted.

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