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American white nationalist 1933 - 2002

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—  Ted Nelson American information technologist, philosopher, and sociologist; coined the terms "hypertext" and "hypermedia" 1937

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„Publish and be damned.“

—  Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington British soldier and statesman 1769 - 1852
His response in 1824 to John Joseph Stockdale who threatened to publish anecdotes of Wellington and his mistress Harriette Wilson, as quoted in Wellington — The Years of the Sword (1969) by Elizabeth Longford. This has commonly been recounted as a response made to Wilson herself, in response to a threat to publish her memoirs and his letters. This account of events seems to have started with Confessions of Julia Johnstone In Contradiction to the Fables of Harriette Wilson (1825), where she makes such an accusation, and states that his reply had been "write and be damned".

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„«Everything that has been published is false, except something, which is what the media has published.»“

—  Mariano Rajoy Spanish politician 1955
Note: 4 February, 2013, during a press conference with Angela Merkel, when asked about the Bárcenas Case. Source: El País https://politica.elpais.com/politica/2013/02/04/actualidad/1359990966_366780.html


„A Wrinkle in Time was almost never published. You can't name a major publisher who didn't reject it.“

—  Madeleine L'Engle American writer 1918 - 2007
Context: A Wrinkle in Time was almost never published. You can't name a major publisher who didn't reject it. And there were many reasons. One was that it was supposedly too hard for children. Well, my children were 7, 10, and 12 while I was writing it. I'd read to them at night what I'd written during the day, and they'd say, "Ooh, mother, go back to the typewriter!" A Wrinkle in Time had a female protagonist in a science fiction book, and that wasn't done. And it dealt with evil and things that you don't find, or didn't at that time, in children's books. When we'd run through forty-odd publishers, my agent sent it back. We gave up. Then my mother was visiting for Christmas, and I gave her a tea party for some of her old friends. One of them happened to belong to a small writing group run by John Farrar, of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, which at that time did not have a juvenile list. She insisted that I meet John any how, and I went down with my battered manuscript. John had read my first novel and liked it, and read this book and loved it. That's how it happened.

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„My lectures are published and not published; they will be intelligible to those who heard them, and to none beside.“

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -322 a.C.
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„Fuck Dacre. Publish.“

—  Rupert Murdoch Australian-American media mogul 1931
Response to Sunday Times editorial team who asked whether they should continue to publish the paper containing the Hitler diaries, after Lord Dacre (who had previously authenticated them) now declared they were fake. Robert Harris, Selling Hitler

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„There is a marvelous peace in not publishing.“

—  Jerome David Salinger American writer 1919 - 2010
Context: There is a marvelous peace in not publishing. … It's peaceful. Still. Publishing is a terrible invasion of my privacy. I like to write. I live to write. But I write just for myself and my own pleasure. … I don't necessarily intend to publish posthumously, but I do like to write for myself. … I pay for this kind of attitude. I'm known as a strange, aloof kind of man. But all I'm doing is trying to protect myself and my work. Statements to New York Times reporter Lacey Fosburgh, as quoted in Salinger : A Biography (2000) by Paul Alexander; also in If You Really Want to Hear About It : Writers on J.D. Salinger and His Work (2006) by Catherine Crawford.

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„Can't publish. Don't rhyme, don't scan.“

—  Clement Attlee Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1883 - 1967
Harold Wilson, Memoirs 1916-1964: The Making of a Prime Minister (Weidenfeld & Nicolson and Michael Joseph, London, 1986), p. 128. Response to John Strachey who had to ask permission to publish a collection of poems while a Minister.