Advertising Quotes

Advertising is legalized lying.

H. G. Wells

Society drives people crazy with lust and calls it advertising.

John Lahr

Advertising is the art of making whole lies out of half truths.

Edgar A. Shoaff

Advertising is of the very essence of democracy. An election goes on every minute of the business day across the counters of hundreds of thousands of stores and shops where the customers state their preferences and determine which manufacturer and which product shall be the leader today, and which shall lead tomorrow.

Bruce Barton

There is a huge difference between journalism and advertising. Journalism aspires to truth. Advertising is regulated for truth. I'll put the accuracy of the average ad in this country up against the average news story any time.

Jef I. Richards

Marriage is a good deal like a circus: there is not as much in it as is represented in the advertising

Edgar Watson Howe

In advertising, sex sells. But only if you're selling sex.

Jef I. Richards

Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.

Stephen Butler Leacock

The critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.

Pauline Kael

I warn you against believing that advertising is a science.

William Bernbach

Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless

Sinclair Lewis

In advertising, not to be different is virtual suicide.

William Bernbach

What you say in advertising is more important than how you say it.

David Ogilvy

The most common trouble with advertising is that it tries too hard to impress people.

James Randolph Adams

If advertising had a little more respect for the public, the public would have a lot more respect for advertising.

James Randolph Adams

Advertising is 85% confusion and 15% commission

Fred Allen

Advertising is totally unnecessary. Unless you hope to make money.

Jef I. Richards

Good advertising does not just circulate information. It penetrates the public mind with desires and belief.

Leo Burnett

Advertising is the most fun you can have with your clothes on.

Bill Cosby

Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.

George Orwell

Advertising is what you do when you can't go see somebody. That's all it is.

Fairfax Cone

Advertising is the ability to sense, interpret . . . to put the very heart throbs of a business into type, paper and ink.

Leo Burnett

Advertising is the ability to sense, interpret... to put the very heart throbs of a business into type, paper and ink.

Leo Burnett

Human beings today ... are surrounded by huge institutions we can never penetrate: the City [London's Wall Street], the banking system, political and advertising conglomerates, vast entertainment enterprises. They've made themselves user friendly, but they define the tastes to which we conform. They're rather subtle, subservient tyrants, but no less sinister for that.

James Graham Ballard
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