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Madison Avenue Quotes


"Madison Avenue is afraid of the dark." - Nat King Cole

"If humanity has any hope of effecting real change for the better, it will not come from the Madison Avenue false reality makers who've cast Barack Obama as the savior of the world. To alter our course from tyranny to liberty, to defeat the corrupt elite, we must get past the puppets and confront the real power structure of the planet." - Alex Jones

"What is self-image? Who started talking about one? I rather fancy it was Madison Avenue." - Madeleine L'Engle

"Ads are carefully designed by the Madison Avenue frog-men of-the-mind for semiconscious exposure." - Marshall Mcluhan

"There's more musical freedom on Madison Avenue than anywhere else. It's an Eden for a composer." - Mitch Leigh

"I used to know Madison Avenue advertisers. I didn't like 'em. Bunch of jerks." - James Rosenquist

"[Hillary Clinton] spent hundreds of millions of dollars on an advertising - you know, they get Madison Avenue into a room." - Donald Trump

"What is a self-image? Who started talking about one? I rather fancy it was Madison Avenue." - Madeleine L'Engle

"They say that Madison Avenue will only pay high dollars in advertising if they get the 18-35 age range." - Sharon Gless

"There is nothing Madison Avenue can give us that will make us more beautiful women. We are beautiful because God created us that way." - Marianne Williamson

"It may be the way the cookie crumbles on Madison Avenue, but in Hong Kong its the way the egg rolls." - Robert Orben

"In this day and age, love is temporary and marriage is unnatural-the product of Madison Avenue advertising executives and television producers." - Michael Palmer

"The problem of how to make the Internet advertising friendly bewildered and obsessed Madison Avenue for much of the 1990s. Advertising won." - Robert Waterman McChesney

"Madison Avenue is full of masochists who unconsciously provoke rejection by their clients. I know brilliant men who have lost every account they have ever handled." - David Ogilvy

"It may be the way the cookie crumbles on Madison Avenue, but in Honk Kong it's the way the egg rolls." - Robert Orben

"If I'm walking very, very fast down Madison Avenue in the middle of the day, I'll say I'm stopped 10 times." - Kristin Davis

"You know why Madison Avenue advertising has never done well in Harlem? We're the only ones who know what it means to be Brand X." - Dick Gregory

"Madison Avenue is a very powerful aggression against private consciousness. A demand that you yield your private consciousness to public manipulation." - Marshall Mcluhan

"Bears don't live on Park Avenue." - Bernard Baruch

"Madison loathed Hamilton and loved Jefferson above all." - Richard Brookhiser

"I can sell out Madison Square Garden masturbating" - Mike Tyson

"How were the receipts today in Madison Square Garden ?" - P T Barnum

"To restore America we need less Marx and more Madison." - Glenn Beck

"We're in Madison Square Garden, I can't let you beat me in Madison Square Garden, are you serious!?" - Roy Jones Jr.

"Politics is not really politics any more. It is run, for the most part, by Madison Avenue advertising firms, who sell politicians to the public the way they sell bars of soap or cans of beer." - Helen Caldicott

"Do you remember what I told you that first time at Taki's? About faerie food?" "I remember you said you ran down Madison Avenue naked with antlers on your head", said Clary, blinking silver drops off her lashes." - Cassandra Clare

"It [culture] invites people to diminish themselves, and dehumanize themselves by behaving like machines, meme processors of memes passed down from Madison Avenue, and Hollywood, and what have you." - Terence Mckenna

"I feel more voluntary about my pleasures and pains than the average American who has his needs dictated by Madison Avenue (my projections, of course). I feel sustained, excited, and constantly growing in my spiritual and intellectual pursuits." - Duane Elgin

"Television, introduced at the close of World War II, has become a form of electronic heroin, and it isn't even your trip. They don't even let you go on your own trip, you get a trip designed by Madison Avenue." - Terence Mckenna

"I think what democracy means today, in reality, is to a large extent, manipulated consent - not forced consent, manipulated consent - and manipulated more and more with the help of Madison Avenue." - Erich Fromm

"I have no interest in Kerouac whatsoever. I've done my stint for him. As far as I'm concerned, Kerouac is what Madison Avenue wants a rebel to be. That isn't my kind of rebel." - Kenneth Rexroth

"In the area we're discussing, leadership begins on Madison Avenue, on the desks and in the offices of people who spend hundreds of millions of dollars buying what will get them ratings." - Norman Lear

"I see no reason why the artistic world can't absolutely merge with Madison Avenue. Pop art is a move in that direction. Why can't we have advertisements with beautiful words and beautiful images?" - William S Burroughs

"I mean Buckingham Palace has never hired a professional public relations outfit let alone a Madison Avenue type and they would throw up their hands in horror at the very idea." - Anthony Holden

"We gave the show away and in return, we received a certain number of minutes per hour for the three-hour show that we could sell to Madison Avenue. One of the first sponsors was MGM Records." - Casey Kasem

"There are certainly numberless women of fashion who consider it perfectly natural to go miles down Fifth Avenue, or Madison Avenue, yet for whom a voyage of half a dozen blocks to east or west would be an adventure, almost a dangerous impairment of good breeding." - Jules Romains

"The ear is the avenue to the heart." - Voltaire

"It can always be transformed into an avenue of information." - Slick Rick

"We still haven't played Madison Square Garden. That's a benchmark. Something will have gone seriously wrong if we don't play Madison Square Garden for this album." - Dan Hawkins

"As a framer and defender of the Constitution [Madison] had no peer." - Garry Wills

"Madison lived in his head and public speaking did not come naturally to him." - Richard Brookhiser

"Everyone is treating it like a Hollywood story. In Madison, it's a neighborhood story." - Chris Farley

"It's amazing to see places like Madison Square Garden on the schedule again." - Roger Andrew Taylor

"As the great philosopher George Santayana would have said, 'those who cannot remember the past . . . should simply read Jan Van Meter's Tippecanoe and Tyler Too.' Van Meter's greatest hits collection of slogans is the catchiest ever retelling of American history. It's like the greatest minds of Madison Avenue sat down to write a history book. They don't make sound bites like they used to!" - Mo Rocca

"Calvin: Trick or Treat! Adult: Where's your costume? What are you supposed to be? Calvin: I'm yet another resource-consuming kid in an overpopulated planet, raised to an alarming extent by Madison Avenue and Hollywood, poised with my cynical and alienated peers to take over the world when you're old and weak! ...Boy, am I scary or what?" - Bill Watterson

"Don't order any of the faerie food," said Jace, looking at her over the top of his menu. "It tends to make humans a little crazy. One minute you're munching a faerie plum, the next minute you're running naked down Madison Avenue with antlers on your head. Not," he added hastily, "that this has ever happened to me." - Cassandra Clare

"My mother and her plans for my future. She had it all worked out. I would attend a nice college, then get a job in advertising. "You'll be one of those smart-looking fellows in their Madison Avenue suits." And I rebelled against [my mother] and her values and her plans for my future at every opportunity." - George Carlin

"I did large drawings of couples having sex! Men and woman enjoying intercourse and oral sex in a Madison Avenue Gallery? That was the first time I broke a barrier that made me think, some idiot is going to blow my brains out for sure." - Betty Dodson

"Nan Kempner wore one of the first Saint Laurent trouser suits to one of those fancy Madison Avenue restaurants and was denied access. She famously took off her pants and walked in wearing only the jacket. And it was that kind of revolution that was echoed in fashion and in life." - Suzy Menkes

"Hey! Guy with scary eyes?" Madison called out. "You know what a moose does when someone insults her family?" Ivan raised his eyebrows. "She does this." Madison crouched down and charged Ivan. Her head hit him in the stomach." - Rick Riordan

"Bill of Rights was Madison, I'm going with Madison." - Tim Kaine

"It's always been my dream to come to Madison Square Garden and be the warm-up act for Elvis." - Al Gore

"You're damn right I do. I'm in Madison Square Garden getting the s*** knocked out of me" - Willie Pastrano

"There's something about this place, about Madison and Wisconsin and the Midwest, that's really comforting, ... Malcolm in the Middle." - Jane Kaczmarek

"The reliance on social media as the avenue to get peer insight continues to increase." - Bob Johnson

"I have started down the avenue of death and depression of a new kind of flatmate." - Dennis Nilsen

"I don't look at money as success. I look at it as an avenue to freedom." - Scooter Braun

"We will remain steady. We will pursue every avenue in the search for peace and stability." - Ronald Reagan

"Any avenue that you follow leads to light. All roads lead to Rome." - Frederick Lenz

"A single James creation is worth the whole output of a 7th Avenue year's work." - James Galanos

"I, a miserable wretch, haunted by a curse that shut up every avenue to enjoyment." - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

"But there's still an avenue for smaller comics and personal expression" - Bill Sienkiewicz

"Extemporaneous speaking should be practised and cultivated. It is the lawyer's avenue to the public...." - Abraham Lincoln

"Bashfulness may sometimes exclude pleasure, but seldom opens any avenue to sorrow or remorse." - Samuel Johnson

"People turn to violence, because they have no other avenue left." - Robert Fisk

"Everyone knows That I'm just second hand Rose From Second Avenue." - Grant Clarke

"Come and meet those dancing feet On the avenue I'm taking you to Forty Second Street." - Al Dubin

"The simple truth is that perseverance in good policies is the only avenue to success..." - Dean Acheson

"I intentionally aided them by being there and blocking an avenue of escape for the victims." - Robert Iler

"i was born to hustle roses down the avenue of the dead." - Charles Bukowski

"Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society." - E L Doctorow

"Whatever avenue I feel like I can make a difference in, I'd love to do." - Tim Tebow

"Baseball was just the avenue that the Lord used so I can provide for my family," - Mariano Rivera

"I have never walked down Fifth Avenue alone without thinking of money." - Anthony Trollope

"But there's still an avenue for smaller comics and personal expression." - Bill Sienkiewicz

"After 'Urinetown,' 'Avenue Q' and now 'Mormon,' is there an envelope remaining to be pushed?" - Rich Sommer

"The whole idea of image is so confused. On the one hand, Madison Avenue is worried about the image of the players in a tennis tour. On the other hand, sports events are often sponsored by the makers of junk food, beer, and cigarettes. What's the message when an athlete who works at keeping her body fit is sponsored by a sugar-filled snack that does more harm than good?" - Martina Navratilova

"There is no question in my mind that we live in one of the truly bestial centuries in human history. There are plenty of signposts for the future historian, and what do they say? They say 'Auschwitz' and 'Dresden' and 'Hiroshima' and 'Vietnam' and 'Napalm.' For many years we all woke up to the daily body count on the radio. And if there were a way to kill people with the B Minor Mass, the Pentagon-Madison Avenue axis would have found it." - Erwin Chargaff

"My colleagues knew I was writing poems. I never hid it from them. I don't think they ever thought I was cheating on them. So, I think they probably saw it as being rather peculiar, that I was doing that sort of thing, but nobody ever suggested I shouldn't be doing it. I think that would be different on Madison Avenue or Wall Street, where you're really expected to be doing 110 percent for the company." - Ted Kooser

"My biggest thrill came the night Elgin Baylor and I combined for 73 points at Madison Square Garden. Elgin had 71 of them." - Rod Hundley

"As a hockey player, playing for an Original Six team at Madison Square Garden, where its packed every night, theres nothing like it." - Carl Hagelin

""Girl, are you on medication?" Nurse Debra asked."No, of course not," Madison answered impatiently."Maybe you should be," Debra muttered." - Kerrelyn Sparks

"Once a person knows a kiss and a kind word, you can't blame him for never wanting to live without them again. - "The Bridges of Madison County"" - Robert James Waller

"The sight of one man standing up to challenge God and country is something that Madison, Jefferson and Franklin would cheer, and every American can celebrate." - Kenneth C. Davis

"I got brown sandwiches and green sandwiches. Its either very new cheese or very old meat. - Oscar Madison, from The Odd Couple" - Neil Simon

"With Late Night Show I can begin the search for the real Stephen Colbert.I just hope I don't find him on Ashley Madison." - Stephen Colbert

"L.A. is always great. There's something special about L.A. And New York, for me, because it's home. There's nothing quite like walking onstage at Madison Square Garden." - Dave Gahan

"As a hockey player, playing for an Original Six team at Madison Square Garden, where it's packed every night, there's nothing like it." - Carl Hagelin

"I've owned a business for 26 years. My family isn't in politics and my supporters aren't special interest groups in Madison and Milwaukee." - Mark Neumann

"'Tempting the Best Man' centers around Madison Daniels, who's had a major crush on her brother's best friend since she was a girl." - Jennifer Armentrout

"We Americans think, in every country in transition, there's a Thomas Jefferson hiding behind some rock or a James Madison beyond one sand dune." - Joe Biden

"Professionally, I've never felt as strongly about a project, with the exception of 'The Bridges of Madison County,' as 'The Light in the Piazza.'" - Steven Pasquale

"Madison Square Garden sounds like crap." - Rick Nielsen

"I've played Madison Square Garden and Jones Beach several times, but I personally don't enjoy those larger venues. I much prefer theater or a performance space." - Jason Mraz

"Going to university is only one avenue to gain knowledge. There are others. A degree isn't insurance against ignorance." - Julie Garwood

"Literature is an avenue to glory, ever open for those ingenious men who are deprived of honours or of wealth." - Isaac D'Israeli

"Literature is an avenue to glory, ever open for those ingenious men who are deprived of honors or of wealth." - Benjamin Disraeli

"Eugenics is the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems." - Margaret Sanger

"I can't stop traffic on Fifth Avenue, not unless I walk in front of an oncoming cab." - Benedict Cumberbatch

"I used to let the olde english 8- suds bubble in the last car of the Franklin Avenue shuttle" - KRS-One

"158 Lewis Avenue between Lafayette and Van Buren, that was back durin days of hangin' on my bed-stuy block" - Big Daddy Kane

"And that, to me, is the main attraction to comics. It's an avenue to say what you want to say" - Bill Sienkiewicz

"I wanted to be complete, because I figured that, visually, there was an avenue to explore with painted stuff" - Bill Sienkiewicz

"[On Hollywood:] It looks, it feels, as though it had been invented by a Sixth Avenue peepshow man." - Ethel Barrymore

"If envy were the cause of terrorism, Beverly Hills [and] Fifth Avenue ... would have become targets long ago." - Fareed Zakaria

"I ca' stop traffic on Fifth Avenue, not unless I walk in front of an oncoming cab." - Benedict Cumberbatch

"It was one of the mixed blocks over on Central Avenue, the blocks that are not yet all Negro." - Raymond Chandler

"Eugenics is ... the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems." - Margaret Sanger

"I asked a Jewish man, "Do you know where Michigan Avenue is?" He said, "Yes", and walked away." - Henny Youngman

"Literature is an avenue to glory, ever open for those ingenious men who are deprived of honours or of wealth." - Isaac Disraeli

"There must be freedom for all to live, to think, to worship, no book, no avenue must be closed." - James Larkin

"Believe it or not, I kind of went into professional wrestling so I could get an avenue into acting." - Kurt Angle

"My major league debut came at old Busch Stadium on Grand Avenue in St. Louis against the Pittsburgh Pirates." - Steve Carlton

"I have a more direct avenue to expression as an artist than I ever would as a politician." - Serj Tankian

"I was brought up at 3525 Decatur Avenue, in the north Bronx, right next to Woodlawn Cemetery." - Robert Klein

"Social media provides an avenue to build relationships with media outlets and have an ongoing relationship with reporters." - Amy Jo Martin

"First Avenue is one of my favorite places to play. All along, they've treated me with respect." - Lizzo

"I take football as an avenue to different opportunities. Football is not using me; I'm using football." - Adrian Peterson

"I've always loved music and felt connected to it, but was too afraid to explore that avenue." - Nikki Reed

"And that, to me, is the main attraction to comics. It's an avenue to say what you want to say." - Bill Sienkiewicz

"I wanted to be complete, because I figured that, visually, there was an avenue to explore with painted stuff." - Bill Sienkiewicz

"Comedy does offer an avenue to television and film careers for untelegenic people that great drama does not." - John Hodgman

"In my hometown there is a pub named after me - The Frome Flyer on Jenson Avenue. How cool is that?!" - Jenson Button

"'Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream' is an intentionally angry film. How could it not be when the chance of an infant dying is five times greater on the Bronx Park Avenue than on Manhattan's Park Avenue just across the Harlem River?" - Alex Gibney

"...several of the first presidents, including Jefferson and Madison, generally refused to issue public prayers, despite importunings to do so. Under pressure, Madison relented in the War Of 1812, but held to his belief that chaplains shouldn't be appointed to the military or be allowed to open Congress." - James Madison

"How did Madison get separation through Virginia and later Congress? The Baptists, the Presbyterians, and the smaller sects hated Jefferson; to them he was a secularist of the worst kind. But Madison could get Jefferson's bill passed because the Baptists, the Presbyterians, and smaller sects who were excluded in New England and in the South got together for their own protection." - John Rawls

"As a private person, I have a passion for landscape, and I have never seen one improved by a billboard. Where every prospect pleases, man is at his vilest when he erects a billboard. When I retire from Madison Avenue, I am going to start a secret society of masked vigilantes who will travel around the world on silent motor bicycles, chopping down posters at the dark of the moon. How many juries will convict us when we are caught in these acts of beneficent citizenship?" - David Ogilvy

"Wrong' training can be a very innocent thing. Consider a father who allows his child to read good books. That child may soon cease to watch television or go to the movies, nor will he eventually read Book-of-the-Month Club selections, because they are ludicrous and dull. As a young man, then, he will effectually be excluded from all of Madison Avenue and Hollywood and most of publishing, because what moves him or what he creates is quite irrelevant to what is going on: it is too fine. His father has brought him up as a dodo." - Paul Goodman

"The 1960s was probably the first time in history that young people were recognized as a big group of consumers and as a commercial proposition for Madison Avenue. Advertising played a major role in creating the ethos of that era - the idea that, "Here it is, and you can have it now." I know that many kids thought that the ethos of the 1960s was due to their own peculiar virtues, but, in fact, it had a lot to do with the realities of the marketplace and commerce." - Doris Lessing

"Probably every subject is interesting if an avenue into it can be found that has humanity and that an ordinary person can follow." - William Zinsser

"Along the avenue of cypresses, All in their scarlet cloaks and surplices Of linen, go the chanting choristers, The priests in gold and black, the villagers. . . ." - D H Lawrence

"Sex is a very narrow avenue. You only have so many holes and parts, and eventually, you run out of things to do." - Doug Stanhope

"The egg creams of Avenue A in New York and the root beer float....are among the high points of American gastronomic inventiveness." - Mark Kurlansky

"It's always fun to try something new. People think every avenue has been explored on TV, but this has never been done. That, in itself, really excites me." - William Moseley

"Well, little old Noisyville-on-the-Subway is good enough for me... Me for it from the rathskellers up. Sixth Avenue is the West now to me." - O Henry

"William Sylvanus Baxter paused for a moment of though in front of the drug-store at the corner of Washington Street and Central Avenue." - Booth Tarkington

"Della Wetherby tripped up the somewhat imposing steps of her sister's Commonwealth Avenue home and pressed an energetic finger against the electric-bell button." - Eleanor H. Porter

"Instead, he sat in the parlor of his family's Fifth Avenue mansion, growing older by the minute just like everybody else." - Anna Godbersen

"Get your pockets dug from all your chemical bank ends caught him at the red light - on Putman Avenue and Franklin" - GZA

"I jumped up in the bubble, yo kid where are you? (114 between Manhattan and Morningside Avenue) This happened just right out the blue" - Big Noyd

"When you first run up First Avenue in New York, if you don't get goose bumps, theres something wrong with you." - Frank Shorter

"In the swirling rain that came at dusk the broad avenue glistened with that deep bluish tint which is so widely condemned when it is put into pictures." - Stephen Crane

"Nothing is more limiting than a closed circle of acquaintanceship where every avenue of conversation has been explored and social exchanges are fixed in a known routine." - A.J. Cronin

"If one gets his life together, there will be enough love and bounty to take care of every avenue of life." - Harold Klemp

"The low-ceiling price bazaar for sexual relief was a street called Middie Alley. You could barely get a pushcart through this avenue. Top price-twenty-five cents." - W C Fields

"A city where everyone seemed to live in a bungalow on a broad avenue lined with palm, pepper or eucalyptus trees, where there was never any snow." - Kevin Starr

"Walking with God down the avenue of prayer we acquire something of His likeness, and unconsciously we become witnesses to others of His beauty and His grace." - Edward Mckendree Bounds

"I want my gay life to not wind up on the streets-on Second Avenue. But at the same time, I don't care if it does." - Jack Pierson

"The literary sensibility is geared to the timeless, that is, to the now only as an avenue by which all time can be reached." - John Simon

"Even on Central Avenue, not the quietest dressed street in the world, he looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food." - Raymond Chandler



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