| "If the freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."
- George Washington37
| "The very basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter."
- Thomas Jefferson, 178738
| "The smarter the journalists are, the better off society is. [For] to a degree, people read the press to inform themselves-and the better the teacher, the better the student body."
- Investor Warren Buffett39
| "The press is like the peculiar uncle you keep in the attic — just one of those unfortunate things."
- G. Gordon Liddy, conservative commentator and convicted mastermind of the 1972 Watergate burglary, 198640
| "Print is dead."
- Dr. Egon Spengler, in Ghostbusters, 198441