Advertising Quotes

The simplest definition of advertising, and one that will probably meet the test of critical examination, is that advertising is selling in print.

Daniel Starch

The business that considers itself immune to the necessity for advertising sooner or later finds itself immune to business.

Derby Brown

The sole purpose of business is service. The sole purpose of advertising is explaining the service which business renders.

Leo Burnett

The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned to advertising copy.

Louis Kronenberger

When the historian of the Twentieth Century shall have finished his narrative, and comes searching for the subtitle which shall best express the spirit of the period, we think it not at all unlikely that he may select "The Age of Advertising" for the purpose.

Printers' Ink

Advertising is the greatest art form of the twentieth century.

Marshall McLuhan

Advertising is "the lubricant for the free-enterprise system."

Leo-Arthur Kelmenson

As advertising blather becomes the nation's normal idiom, language becomes printed noise.

George Will

The very first law in advertising is to avoid the concrete promise and cultivate the delightfully vague.

Bill Cosby

Advertising is a business of words, but advertising agencies are infested with men and women who cannot write. They cannot write advertisements, and they cannot write plans. They are helpless as deaf mutes on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera.

David Ogilvy

A viewer who skips the advertising is the moral equivalent of a shoplifter.

Nicholas Johnson

As surprising as it seems, at some level all this advertising we see around us must work, or companies would not engage in it so much.

Morris Hite

Until the rise of American advertising, it never occurred to anyone anywhere in the world that the teenager was a captive in a hostile world of adults.

Gore Vidal

History will see advertising as one of the real evil things of our time. It is stimulating people constantly to want things, want this, want that.

Malcolm Muggeridge

Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better.

George Santayana
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