Quotes and Sayings about Propaganda



"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
(Related: Propaganda, Will)

"Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda."
- Hannah Arendt
(Related: Mob, Propaganda)

"Nevertheless, this type of propaganda has a special value, for it serves to convince those who sign the appeal, of the necessity for carrying on propaganda; so a corps of propagandists, if I may use the term, is thus trained."
- Fredrik Bajer
(Related: May, Necessity, Propaganda, Value)

"Propaganda is to a democracy what violence is to a dictatorship."
- William Blum
(Related: Democracy, Dictatorship, Propaganda, Violence)

"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
(Related: Job, Propaganda, Theatre, Will)

"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
(Related: Men, Sex, Cooking, Examination, Fact, Jokes, Propaganda, Results, Will)

"Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television."
- Rita Mae Brown
(Related: Entertainment, Passion, Propaganda, Television)

"Art is moral passion married to entertainment. Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television."
- Rita Mae Brown
(Related: Art, Entertainment, Passion, Propaganda, Television)

"That's basically what's going on now: Everything is propaganda."
- Lindsey Buckingham
(Related: Propaganda)

"The truth is the best picture, the best propaganda."
- Robert Capa
(Related: Truth, Propaganda)

"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
(Related: People, Culture, Decisions, Popular, Pressure, Propaganda)

"Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state."
- Noam Chomsky
(Related: Democracy, Propaganda, State)

"I'm proud of our court. It knocks back a lot of the propaganda the Communists put out about the way America treats her Negroes."
- Nat King Cole
(Related: America, Court, Propaganda)

"Propaganda is that branch of the art of lying which consists in nearly deceiving your friends without quite deceiving your enemies."
- F. M. Cornford
(Related: Art, Enemies, Friends, Lying, Propaganda)

"Propaganda is that branch of the art of lying which consists in nearly deceiving your friends without quite deceiving your enemies."
- Frances Cornford
(Related: Art, Enemies, Friends, Lying, Propaganda)

"We did not call it propaganda, for that word, in German hands, had come to be associated with deceit and corruption."
- George Creel
(Related: Corruption, Deceit, Propaganda, Word)

"The orchestration of press, radio and television to create a continuous, lasting and total environment renders the influence of propaganda virtually unnoticed precisely because it creates a constant environment."
- Jacques Ellul
(Related: Environment, Influence, Press, Propaganda, Television)

"The goal of modern propaganda is no longer to transform opinion but to arouse an active and mythical belief."
- Jacques Ellul
(Related: Belief, Goal, Opinion, Propaganda)

"It is the emergence of mass media which makes possible the use of propaganda techniques on a societal scale."
- Jacques Ellul
(Related: Media, Propaganda)

"Textbooks are Soviet propaganda."
- Jerry Falwell
(Related: Propaganda)

"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
(Related: Hope, Now, Propaganda, Trouble, Visit, Words)

"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
(Related: Victory, Defeat, President, Propaganda, states, United)

"There's no denying that television is one of the most powerful propaganda media we've ever invented."
- Jim Fowler
(Related: Media, Propaganda, Television)

"To swallow and follow, whether old doctrine or new propaganda, is a weakness still dominating the human mind."
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman
(Related: Doctrine, Mind, Old, Propaganda, Weakness)

"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
(Related: People, Machine, Propaganda, states, United)

"And, consequently, the art of propaganda or public information becomes one of the most powerful forms of directive statesmanship."
- John Grierson
(Related: Art, Information, Propaganda, Public, Statesmanship)

"The oblique paradox of propaganda is that the lie in the throat becomes, by repetition, the truth in the heart."
- John Grierson
(Related: Truth, Lie, Heart, Paradox, Propaganda, Repetition)

"Is the president purposefully using propaganda and hyperbole to garner the American public for support?"
- Sean Hannity
(Related: American, President, Propaganda, Public, Support)

"I don't think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it."
- Keith Haring
(Related: Art, Imagination, Soul, People, Humanity, Propaganda)

"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
(Related: Life, People, Paradise, Hell, Propaganda)

"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
(Related: Cause, Propaganda, Right)

"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
(Related: Life, People, Paradise, Heaven, Hell, Propaganda)

"All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach."
- Adolf Hitler
(Related: Popular, Propaganda)

"Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves."
- Eric Hoffer
(Related: People, Propaganda)

"Political art expresses the cliches you agree with, unlike propaganda, which expresses the cliches you don't."
- Brad Holland
(Related: Art, Cliches, Propaganda)

"If it comes to be believed that we are simply a propaganda organ of some kind, as a lot of people believe about some of our competitors, that would be a problem."
- Brit Hume
(Related: People, Propaganda)

"Propaganda, to be effective, must be believed. To be believed, it must be credible. To be credible, it must be true."
- Hubert H. Humphrey
(Related: Propaganda)

"I believe sustainable use is the greatest propaganda in wildlife conservation at the moment."
- Steve Irwin
(Related: Conservation, Propaganda, Wildlife)

"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
(Related: Film, Propaganda, Want)

"When I make a film, I never want the film to become a vehicle of social propaganda. If I wanted to do that, I'd make documentaries."
- Norman Jewison
(Related: Film, Propaganda, Want)

"In medicine, as in statecraft and propaganda, words are sometimes the most powerful drugs we can use."
- Sara Murray Jordan
(Related: Drugs, Medicine, Propaganda, Words)

"Furthermore, it is not distorting history to say that it was largely through the efforts and propaganda of our International Federation that the government of the U.S.S.R. was recognized by the majority of the great powers."
- Leon Jouhaux
(Related: Government, History, Majority, Propaganda)

"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
(Related: June, Propaganda)

"We have to stop the propaganda, the shameful propaganda used by Kremlin to rehabilitate these old types."
- Garry Kasparov
(Related: Old, Propaganda)

"Under no stretch of imagination can war be regarded as an ethical process; yet war, force, terror, and propaganda were the evolutionary means employed to weld the German people into a tribal whole."
- Arthur Keith
(Related: Imagination, War, People, Force, Propaganda, Terror)

"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
(Related: Death, War, Belief, Future, Judgment, Mankind, Propaganda, Road, Shadow)

"Writing detective stories is about writing light literature, for entertainment. It isn't primarily a question of writing propaganda or classical literature."
- Steig Larsson
(Related: Entertainment, Light, Literature, Propaganda, Question, Writing)

"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
(Related: Society, People, Propaganda, Sense, Suspicion)

"The reporting of news has to be understood as propaganda for commodities, and events by images."
- Christopher Lasch
(Related: Events, News, Propaganda)

"News represents another form of advertising, not liberal propaganda."
- Christopher Lasch
(Related: Advertising, Liberal, News, Propaganda)

"Loud peace propaganda makes war seem imminent."
- David Herbert Lawrence
(Related: Peace, War, Propaganda)

"I think there are many times when it would be most efficient to use nuclear weapons. However, the public opinion in this country and throughout the world throw up their hands in horror when you mention nuclear weapons, just because of the propaganda that's been fed to them."
- Curtis Lemay
(Related: Country, Horror, Opinion, Propaganda, Public, Public opinion, Weapons, World)

"Our program necessarily includes the propaganda of atheism."
- Vladimir Lenin
(Related: Atheism, Propaganda)

"Our country is now geared to an arms economy bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and an incessant propaganda of fear."
- Douglas MacArthur
(Related: War, Fear, Country, Economy, Now, Propaganda)

"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
(Related: War, Opinion, Present, Press, Propaganda, Public, Public opinion, Support, Wage)

"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
(Related: War, Policy, Fear, Country, Economy, Now, Propaganda)

"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
(Related: Act, Contention, Deed, Effect, May, Propaganda, Violence, Will)

"They make revolutionary propaganda because they know the privileged class can never be overturned peacefully."
- Johann Most
(Related: Class, Propaganda)

"It is claimed, but with what truth we cannot say, that there is a well-defined propaganda among the aliens of colour to bring about the degeneration of the white race."
- Emily Murphy
(Related: Truth, Propaganda, Race)

"Art is more engaging that propaganda."
- Larry Norman
(Related: Art, Propaganda)

"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
(Related: War, Fear, Gods, Destruction, First, Hatred, May, Neurosis, Propaganda)

"All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting."
- George Orwell
(Related: War, People, Fighting, Hatred, Lies)

"It's so easy for propaganda to work, and dissent to be mocked."
- Harold Pinter
(Related: Work, Dissent, Propaganda)

"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
(Related: Government, Abuse, Attention, Enemy, Propaganda, Terrorism)

"Pacifist propaganda and the resolutions of the parliamentarians encouraged such treaties, and toward the end of the nineteenth century their number had increased considerably."
- Ludwig Quidde
(Related: End, Propaganda)

"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
(Related: Home, Actions, Agitation, Class, English, Propaganda)

"These films however, have ambiguity built into them, because it's too easy in film to make a strident work of propaganda or advertising, which are really the same thing anyway, meaning the message is unmistakable."
- Godfrey Reggio
(Related: Work, Advertising, Ambiguity, Film, Meaning, Propaganda)

"It is very easy to make clear what you want a film to say, but I did not wish to engage in overt propaganda, even for the right cause. I wanted to create an experience through the films, something where people could have the freedom of their own response to them."
- Godfrey Reggio
(Related: Experience, People, Cause, Film, Freedom, Propaganda, Right, Want)

"In fact, because of this deep desire for peace, the ruling class leaders of this land, from 1945 on, stepped up the hysteria and propaganda to drive into American minds the false notion that danger threatened them from the East."
- Paul Robeson
(Related: Peace, American, Class, Danger, Deep, Desire, Fact, Land, Leaders, Propaganda)

"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
(Related: Peace, Action, Argument, Causes, Doctrine, Feeling, Propaganda)

"Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?"
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Successful, Feeling, Hatred, Propaganda)

"I was brought in, not in the photographic department at all, I was brought in on a thing called Special Skills. I was to do posters, pamphlets, murals, propaganda in general, you know."
- Ben Shahn
(Related: Propaganda)

"In Russia we only had two TV channels. Channel One was propaganda. Channel Two consisted of a KGB officer telling you: Turn back at once to Channel One."
- Yakov Smirnoff
(Related: Propaganda, Russia)

"Cases of sickness made up a very small percentage which in my opinion was normal. However, propaganda pamphlets dropped from aircraft were telling the workers to feign illness, and detailed instructions were given to them on how to do it."
- Albert Speer
(Related: Illness, Opinion, Propaganda, Sickness, Workers)

"Do not forget birthdays. This is in no way a propaganda for a larger population."
- Gertrude Stein
(Related: Forget, Population, Propaganda)

"I remember Nazi election propaganda posters showing a hateful Jewish face with crooked nose."
- Jack Steinberger
(Related: Propaganda)

"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
(Related: Countries, Illusion, Propaganda, Will)

"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
(Related: People, Consideration, Minority, Nation, Persecution, Propaganda, Understanding)

"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
(Related: Force, Machine, Navy, Police, President, Propaganda, Will)

"I was caught up in the hysteria during the Vietnam era, which was brought about through Marxist propaganda underlying the so-called peace movement."
- Jon Voight
(Related: Peace, Propaganda, Vietnam)

"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
(Related: Truth, American, Fact, Fascism, Newspapers, Propaganda)

"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
(Related: Ideas, Being, Propaganda)

"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 Welch
(Related: Americans, First, Forget, Propaganda, Thinking)

"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
(Related: Experience, Canada, Force, Logic, Pressure, Propaganda, states, United)

"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
(Related: Women, Class, Consciousness, Importance, Propaganda, Questions, Struggle)

"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
(Related: Work, Women, Congress, May, Now, Party, Propaganda)

"For an event that was wholly created in the poisonous psychological warfare kitchens of the Second World War, run by the ministries of propaganda in many countries, not just by the British or the Americans, but also the Russians and undoubtedly the world Jewish organizations."
- Ernst Zundel
(Related: War, Americans, Countries, Propaganda, World, World war)