„Forbidden to write anything critical of the Fascist regime, they could only report what the hierarchy wanted them to report. The clever and honest American and British journalists, however, did insinuate startling facts in their stories; these insinuations, unfortunately, were between the lines and not for those who read as they run, and the American public is mostly a running reading public.“

Can These Things Be! (1931)

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—  Samanta Schweblin Argentine writer 1978

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„However, if I shall live to be eighty I shall probably be the only person left in England who reads anything but newspapers and scientific publications.“

—  Matthew Arnold English poet and cultural critic who worked as an inspector of schools 1822 - 1888

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„Precisely because our political speeches are meant to be reported, they are not worth reporting. Precisely because they are carefully designed to be read, nobody reads them.“

—  G. K. Chesterton, livro All Things Considered

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Contexto: For fear of the newspapers politicians are dull, and at last they are too dull even for the newspapers. The speeches in our time are more careful and elaborate, because they are meant to be read, and not to be heard. And exactly because they are more careful and elaborate, they are not so likely to be worthy of a careful and elaborate report. They are not interesting enough. So the moral cowardice of modern politicians has, after all, some punishment attached to it by the silent anger of heaven. Precisely because our political speeches are meant to be reported, they are not worth reporting. Precisely because they are carefully designed to be read, nobody reads them.

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„I sometimes think that the American story is the one about the reading of the will.“

—  Lewis H. Lapham American journalist 1935

Fonte: Money And Class In America (1989), Chapter 2, Protocols of Wealth, p. 56

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„In the four quarters of the globe, who reads an American book? Or goes to an American play? or looks at an American picture or statue?“

—  Sydney Smith English writer and clergyman 1771 - 1845

Referring to the lack of established culture and the established institution of slavery in the United States, in "Review of Seybert’s Annals of the United States", published in The Edinburgh Review (1820)
Contexto: In the four quarters of the globe, who reads an American book? Or goes to an American play? or looks at an American picture or statue? What does the world yet owe to American physicians or surgeons? What new substances have their chemists discovered? Or what old ones have they advanced? What new constellations have been discovered by the telescopes of Americans? Who drinks out of American glasses? Or eats from American plates? Or wears American coats or gowns? or sleeps in American blankets? Finally, under which of the old tyrannical governments of Europe is every sixth man a slave, whom his fellow-creatures may buy and sell and torture?

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„Jefferson said the states are the laboratories of democracy. But the problem is, nobody reads the lab reports.“

—  Angus King United States Senator from Maine 1944

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Contexto: Jefferson said the states are the laboratories of democracy. But the problem is, nobody reads the lab reports.
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„After all, facts are facts, and although we may quote one to another with a chuckle the words of the Wise Statesman, "Lies — damned lies — and statistics," still there are some easy figures the simplest must understand, and the astutest cannot wriggle out of. So we may be led to the serious consideration of change by the evolution of materials of conviction which those who run may read, though some who read may wish to run away from them.“

—  Leonard H. Courtney British politician 1832 - 1918

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