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Magazine Editors Quotes


"Editors are licensed to be curious." - William Zinsser

"What editors are obliged to appear to say that" - Naomi Wolf

"Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A Fourth Estate, of Able Editors, springs up." - Thomas Carlyle

"I do a lot of brainstorming with my editors." - Sara Shepard

"Fashion magazine disease articles. My personal Kryptonite." - Carolyn Crane

"Schiller, first published in Fraser's Magazine (1831)." - Thomas Carlyle

"I have 'Parents' magazine in my home." - Joe Biden

"I think I'm equally as abusive as the editors normally are for the "Letters and Tomatoes" column, which is the fan mail part of MAD Magazine and an ongoing feature." - Al Yankovic

"One of the things I regret is that magazines now are so lifestyle-orientated that the opportunity to do bigger projects is gone. This is a serious misjudgment on the part of magazine editors." - Martin Parr

"When I was in college, I was the editor of the literary magazine and insisted neither the editors nor the writers be specifically identified-only our student numbers appeared on the title page. I love that idea and still do." - Jonathan Carroll

"When I was 14, I entered 'British Vogue's annual talent contest and got a special mention. I went up to London to meet the editors and wrote about it in my high school magazine." - Hamish Bowles

"When I was 14, I entered British Vogue's annual talent contest and got a special mention. I went up to London to meet the editors and wrote about it in my high school magazine." - Hamish Bowles

"Writers would submit scripts to me, and if I liked one well enough to submit to magazine editors, I had the know-how whether the story was good or bad." - Julius Schwartz

"That's absolutely true, but one problem with the digital revolution, which may tie into what I said earlier, is that there can be a collapse of quality. You may not have liked the decisions made by publishers in the past, you may not have liked the decisions made by magazine editors or newspaper editors in the past. At least there was some quality control" - William Monahan

"Who are these bloggers? They're not trained editors at Vogue magazine. There are bloggers writing recipes that aren't tested that aren't necessarily very good, or are copies of what really good editors have created and done. Bloggers create a kind of a popularity but they are not the experts. We have to understand that." - Martha Stewart

"All science requires mathematics. [Editors' summary of Bacon's idea, not Bacon's wording.]" - Roger Bacon

"Great editors do not discover nor produce great authors; great authors create and produce great publishers." - John Farrar

"But editors are still the world's readers. And thus the eyes of the world." - Betsy Lerner

"Newspaper editors are men who separate the wheat from the chaff, and then print the chaff." - Adlai Stevenson

"Only kings, editors, and people with tapeworm have the right to use the editorial we." - Mark Twain

"Editors are constantly on the watch to discover new talents in old names." - Israel Zangwill

"The true Church of England, at this moment, lies in the Editors of the newspapers." - Thomas Carlyle

"Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial 'we.'" - Mark Twain

"He thinks that Schiller and St Paul were just two Partisan Review editors." - Randall Jarrell

"Very few editors worry about heresy - their goals are much too commercial, thank goodness." - Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

"A great magazine is sort of a net for ability ..." - Candace Wheeler

"A magazine is so much more beautiful than what's online," - Mike Mccue

"Garrett Hardin. Parenthood: Right or Privilege? Science Magazine." - Bob Marshall

"I was twelve when I read my first sf magazine" - Philip K Dick

"Paste may be the last great American music magazine left." - Patterson Hood

"Nobody cares if you're on the cover of a magazine!" - Devon Windsor

"Religion : Go Ye and Relax? in TIME magazine" - Halford E. Luccock

"I tripped and fell and posed naked for a magazine." - Gina Barberi

"My very first magazine cover was the National Enquirer." - Carrie Underwood

"As one of the first editors at 'Outside' magazine in 1975, it was my contention that most American writing going back to James Fennimore Cooper and then through Twain up to Hemingway had been outdoor writing. At that time, adventure writing meant stuff like 'Saga' or 'Argosy.' 'Death Race with the Jungle Leper Army!' That kind of thing." - Tim Cahill

"I think I've yet to do the big heave is because New York editors tend to think D.C. guys like me want to do political stories. And I hate politics for its own sake. Politics are so... I don't know, political. Which is an odd thing for a guy to say, I suppose, who has worked at a political magazine for fourteen years." - Matt Labash

"Anyone who thinks designers don't talk to editors, and editors don't talk to stores doesn't know what's happening...It's called crossover, sampling all references in music, art and fashion." - Marc Jacobs

"I wrote poems in my corner of the Brooks Street station. I sent them to two editors who rejected them right off. I read those letters of rejection years later and I agreed with those editors." - Carl Sandburg

"All writers should strive to deliver something fresh-something editors or readers won't know they want until they see it." - William Zinsser

"Authors who moan with praise for their editors always seem to reek slightly of the Stockholm syndrome." - Christopher Hitchens

"Be persistent. Editors change; tastes change; editorial markets change. Too many beginning writers give up too easily." - John Jakes

"When both my editors say 'This is really bad, you need to change this,' I ignore that at my peril." - Robin Hobb

"Don't be dismayed by the opinions of editors, or critics. They are only the traffic cops of the arts." - Gene Fowler

"When you pick up your first magazine you definitely hope you can be like the guy on the magazine. That's usually why you start lifting." - Phil Heath

"Time magazine put Chris Christie on the cover with the caption, 'The Elephant in the Room.' And People magazine named him 'Sexiest Garbage Truck in a Suit.'" - Bill Maher

"I wrote for a weekly magazine and then edited a literary magazine, but I did not really feel comfortable with the profession of journalism itself" - Guillermo Cabrera Infante

"The cover story of the magazine [TIME magazine] depicting a few individuals who are acting contrary to most Myanmar, is creating misconceptions of Buddhism." - Thein Sein

"The trade magazine and all was banned in my house. The first time I read a film magazine was when I was 18." - Abhishek Bachchan

"I wrote a letter to the magazine [Time magazine] pointing out that [Richard] Corliss's comparison of Christopher Lee's Saruman to Osama Bin Laden, and the vastly outnumbered defenders of Helm's Deep united against the Orcs to the "Coalition of the Willing" fighting the good fight against Muslim hordes, displayed the simplistic, xenophobic, and arrogant worldview that makes the government of the United States feared and mistrusted around the world. The editors claimed they had no space to print my brief letter, which I felt was dishonest and cowardly." - Viggo Mortensen

"The book of books, the storehouse and magazine of life and comfort, the holy Scriptures." - George Herbert

"You really have got lots of issues! Yeah, of 'What Car Magazine'!" - Steve Coogan


"She's got electric boots, a mohair suit, you know I read it in a magazine." - Elton John

"The Lady' is a piddling little magazine that no one cares about or buys." - Rachel Johnson

"What is a magazine? A small body of Literature entirely surrounded by advertisements." - Carolyn Wells

"Architecture is not just for the moment, it is not just for the next fashion magazine" - Daniel Libeskind

"Any magazine editor will tell you, Colin Farrell still sells better than Colin Powell," - William Bastone

"I've been on the cover of every magazine in the world," - Janice Dickinson

"It is a documented fact. I read it in People magazine." - Meg Cabot

"I don't care very much for the People Magazine approach to applied economics." - Paul Samuelson

"Direct mail - it falls out of every magazine you open these days" - Derek Jameson

"Once I posed nude for a magazine. I've never been back to THAT newstand." - Emo Philips

"Do you subscribe to the Weekly Standard? Does that magazine hate America?" - David Shuster

"People who read my magazine wax their turtles all the time. - as Larry Flynt" - Bill Allred

"It shocks me when young kids still say, 'I want to do a magazine,'" - Scott Schuman

"You shouldn't presume that all quotes that are in a magazine or a newspaper are accurate." - Andrew Card

"The worst thing to do is to die while reading LIFE magazine." - Bill Cosby

"I find it exhausting to administer a magazine without an office or paid staff." - John Barton

"A magazine is simply a device to induce people to read advertising." - James Collins

"Objective journalism and an opinion column are about as similar as the Bible and Playboy magazine." - Walter Cronkite

"I was editor of my high school literary magazine and a reporter for the school newspaper." - Jeffery Deaver

"I started in 1957 when I sold my first story to a magazine." - Jean Giraud

"Before that I wanted to be a magazine illustrator - I probably would have painted Gothic scenes." - Ira Levin

"'The New Yorker' didn't invent the magazine cartoon, but it did really establish it." - Robert Mankoff

"The American advertiser has made the superior American magazine of today possible." - Edward Bok

"Slate is not a political magazine but a lot of what it does is politics." - David Plotz

"There is no regional art. The only region left is the art magazine." - Walter Darby Bannard

"Just be yourself and forget all of the stuff you read in 'GQ' magazine." - Chris Pratt

"I always go for 'SPIN' magazine because I'm such a music buff." - Reid Scott

"I just enjoy lying on the couch and reading a magazine." - David Sedaris

"I would proclaim that the vast majority of what [say, Scientific American] is true-yet my ability to defend such a claim is weaker than I would like. And most likely the readers, authors, and editors of that magazine would be equally hard pressed to come up with cogent, non-technical arguments convincing a skeptic of this point, especially if pitted against a clever lawyer arguing the contrary. How come Truth is such a slippery beast?" - Douglas Hofstadter

"I'm sketching ideas. They're a completely different way of working than working with editors at a magazine where you're always working with permission; approval. I'm willing to make a gentle separation. I still need to do that work since I enjoy it. It gives me access to a lot of energy in life and culture. But also, there's a part of me that is dark, sarcastic, funny. Unpredictable, even naughty." - Max Vadukul

"That is the person you want publishing your book. To be in it, you really have to believe in books and love whatever it is you're publishing. Both on the book side and especially on the magazine side, I've had editors that I did not get the same feeling from. That feeling of, "This is something I believe in, I don't care how long, I'm going to publish it" - that kind of passion and commitment means a lot to you." - Clancy Martin

"But, in the end, we editors just pass through. We all know that you, the readers, are the real carriers of the flame." - Alan Rusbridger

"The credibility of the work depends on copy editors. I would argue with the copy desk, but I would thank them more." - Bill Kovach

"What editors are obliged to appear to say that men want from women is actually what their advertisers want from women." - Naomi Wolf

"What a pity when editors review a woman's book, that they so often fall into the error of reviewing the woman instead." - Fanny Fern

"There are plenty of bad editors who try to impose their own vision on a book. (...) A good novel editor is invisible." - Terri Windling

"One should fight like the devil the temptation to think well of editors. They are all, without exception - at least some of the time, incompetent or crazy." - John Gardner

"On a book like 'X-Men,' you have to stay true to the established fiction, working with editors to ensure continuity, sometimes across multiple titles." - Joe Madureira

"I want to be a writer. I do not want to spend 40 hours a week handling e-mails, formatting covers, finding editors, etc." - Amanda Hocking

"The key to not getting rejected if you're writing for a magazine, is to know to read that magazine and know everything about them before you ever make a submission." - Homer Hickam

"Time magazine has selected their person of the year. Guess what, it's President-elect Barack Obama. Yeah, ironically, Ebony magazine announced their person of the year, and it's Ed Begley Jr." - Conan O'Brien

"I think there's an important difference between the newspaper and a magazine. I view the role of the magazine as providing the deeper reporting and the thoughtful analysis to help you make sense of why that news is important." - Chris Hughes

"One association with the arts that I vividly remember was a magazine called Normal Instructor, a teachers' magazine, that Miss George would hold up with illustrations of great artworks like [Vincent] van Gogh and Rembrandt [van Rijn]." - Paul Smith

"Time magazine announced its person of the year. It's health workers who treat Ebola. That's a person of the year. Time magazine told the health workers, 'No need to pick up your award, we'll mail it to you.'" - Conan O'Brien

"At an early age I discovered the beauty in pictures in 'Vogue' magazine and Ebony magazine, and I would read 'The New York Times.' I had to make my own world within my world because I was an only child." - Andre Leon Talley

"I think if we keep on doing good music and people like us and they buy the magazine because we are in the magazine then they cant basically hate us hopefully." - Ville Valo

"Some of the French surrealists at the beginning of the war had come over to New York and they brought out this magazine. It was a big, glossy magazine full of surrealist things." - Kenneth Koch

"The fact must never be forgotten that no magazine publisher in the United States could give what it is giving to the reader each month if it were not for the revenue which the advertiser brings the magazine." - Edward Bok

"The market for short stories is hard to break into, but a magazine editor isn't always looking for big names with which to sell his magazine - they're more willing to try stories by newcomers, if those tales are good." - Eric Brown

"My mother had taken me to photographer Paul Hesse, who used some of my pictures on magazine covers." - Margaret O'Brien

"With this magazine, you could change the 'H' to 'G', it may be funnier and better for sales." - Wladimir Klitschko

"I always wrote; my first story was published in the magazine The American Girl when I was 11" - Sara Paretsky

"I don't want no lies, I don't watch TV. I don't waste my time, won't read a magazine." - Madonna Ciccone

"I first decided architecture was for me when I saw Le Corbusier's designs in a Japanese magazine in the 1930s." - Kenzo Tange

"A magazine to have style, must need and understand and invest in what jingles - not jiggles - in designer jeans." - Frances Lear

"Men have better self-images than women. You know what I've never seen in a men's magazine? A makeover." - Rita Rudner

"It's been a strange [summer].... I was sent by a magazine to photograph famous photographers.... Of course, I included myself." - Weegee

"Leafing through Forbes or Fortune [magazine]s is like reading the operating manual of a strangely sanctimonious pirate ship" - Adam Gopnik

"Josh speculated about the hypothetical contents of an imaginary porn magazine for intelligent trees that would be entitled Enthouse." - Lev Grossman

"It was a story called 'The Hero' which I sold to Galaxy magazine in 1970, for $94." - George R R Martin

"Reusing pieces of code is like picking off sentences from other people's stories and trying to make a magazine article." - Bob Frankston

"The hand that rules the press, the radio, the screen and the far-spread magazine, rules the country." - Learned Hand

"Have you seen that magazine Barely Legal? That means when you look at it, you're almost a pedophile." - Dave Attell

"It was a story called "The Hero" which I sold to Galaxy magazine in 1970, for $94." - George R R Martin

"Only two people have been on the cover of Time Magazine in bare feet. I'm one, the other is Gandhi." - Marc Andreessen

"I feel like everything great that's beginning to happen in my career started with the 'ink' Paste Magazine gave me!" - Meiko

"I decided to make my living as a magazine writer. And I found that it was really easy and fun." - Ann Patchett

"I pretty much keep everything; we have drawers full of samples and tests and every old catalogue and magazine." - Patricia Piccinini

"I like my mug shot. I think I have a really great mug shot. It looks like a magazine shoot." - Paris Hilton

"The New Yorker will be the magazine which is not edited for the old lady from Dubuque." - Harold Ross

"I think what we should have done is integrate the web site with the magazine much earlier in the process." - James Daly

"My mother had taken me to photographer Paul Hesse, who used some of my pictures on magazine covers." - Margaret Obrien

"I always wrote; my first story was published in the magazine The American Girl when I was 11." - Sara Paretsky

"If I'm slimmer, I feel better about myself, but I don't lose weight for anybody else or for a magazine." - Lucy Davis

"I got $30 from Nation magazine for a poem and $500 for my first book of poems." - Jim Harrison

"My first ambition was to be an animator for Walt Disney. Then I wanted to be a magazine cartoonist." - John Updike

"I don't like expensive things... I just can't help looking in a magazine for the splurge and the save." - Tyra Banks

"Don't overpack your carry-on. You're never going to read that second book or that fourth magazine." - Jen Kirkman

"I just saw a copy of a cover of a magazine that I'm on, and it's very weird and unusual." - Mia Kirshner

"Growing up in a house of five girls, I couldn't help but glance at a fashion magazine or two." - Karlie Kloss

"My belief is that you live your life by example, and not by a caption on a magazine!" - Jonathan Knight

"The pieces I've written for 'Outside' magazine are definitely my best work, and they're virtually all about the outdoors." - Jon Krakauer

"I could learn how to press 'Record' on a tape recorder and write for a newspaper or a magazine." - Barry Bonds

"It was a story called 'The Hero' which I sold to Galaxy magazine in 1970, for $94." - George R R Martin

"Talking to all those great writers and artists for the magazine was a form of graduate school for me." - Christopher Bollen

"98% of the people who get the magazine say they read the cartoons first - and the other 2% are lying." - David Remnick

"I love writing traditional magazine pieces, and especially their breadth of reporting and the deliberateness of the writing." - Susan Orlean

"I have belly fat like everybody else, and I don't want to be airbrushed on the cover of a magazine." - Amanda Seyfried

"I don't subscribe to the 'Doctor Who' magazine and we've only got the normal amount of 'Doctor Who' fridge magnets." - Arabella Weir

"I'm not trying to live a social media life or a life to just be in a magazine." - Tika Sumpter

"America puts killers on the cover of 'TIME' magazine, giving them as much notoriety as our favorite movie stars." - Marilyn Manson

"I've been interviewed for hundreds of magazine articles, and they come out incredibly goofy about 90 percent of the time." - David D Burns

"We were to found a University magazine. A pair of little, active brothers-Livingstone by name, great skippers on the foot, great rubbers of the hands, who kept a book-shop over against the University building-had been debauched to play the part of publishers. We four were to be conjuct editors and, what was the main point of the concern, to print our own works; while, by every rule of arithmetic-that flatterer of credulity-the adventure must succeed and bring great profit. Well, well: it was a bright vision." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"Does advertising corrupt editors? Yes it does, but fewer editors than you may suppose... the vast majority of editors are incorruptible." - David Ogilvy

"For while agents and editors often misunderstand their market and sometimes reject good or even great works, they do prevent a vast quantity of truly execrable writing from being published." - Laura Miller

"I'm thoroughly convinced that editors don't help authors." - H L Mencken

"You have to look at fashion from the perspective of high end editors and publications. Read all the magazines-commercial and underground-and your voice will evolve from what you see there." - Thakoon Panichgul



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