A. J. Liebling Quotes


The primary requisite for writing well about food is a good appetite.

I can write better than anyone who can write faster

It is an anomaly that information the one thing most necessary to our survival as choosers of our own way should be a commodity subject to the same merchandising rules as chewing gum.

Newspapers write about other newspapers with circumspection ... about themselves with awe and only after mature reflection.

No ascetic can be considered reliably sane.

If you just try long enough and hard enough you can always manage to boot yourself in the posterior.

An Englishman teaching an American about food is like the blind leading the one-eyed.

The country's present supply of foreign news depends largely on how best a number of dry goods merchants in New York think they can sell underwear.

Chicago seems a big city instead of merely a large place.

Last week I had to offer my publisher a bottle that was far too good for him simply because there was nothing between the insulting and the superlative.

Any city may have one period of magnificence like Boston or New Orleans or San Francisco but it takes a real one to keep renewing itself until the past is perennially forgotten.

The world isn't going backward if you can just stay young enough to remember what it was really like when you were really young.

Inconsiderate to the last Josef Stalin a man who never had to meet a deadline had the bad taste to die in installments.

Freedom of the press belongs to the man who owns one.

If there is any way you can get colder than you do when you sleep in a bedding roll on the ground in a tent in southern Tunisia two hours before dawn I don't know about it.

I take a grave view of the press. It is the weak slat under the bed of democracy

Cynicism is often the shamefaced product of inexperience.

Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one.

There is no concept more generally cherished by publishers than that of the Undeserving Poor.

A city with one newspaper... is like a man with one eye and often the eye is glass.

A city with one newspaper or with a morning and an evening paper under one ownership is like a man with one eye and often the eye is glass.

I had an attack of the gout two days before pulling out and I went limping off to the war instead of coming limping back from it.

People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.

My old friend looked at me with a new respect. He was discovering in me a capacity for hypocrisy that he had never credited me with before.

The only way to write is well and how you do it is your own damn business.

A Louisiana politician can't afford to let his animosities carry him away and still less his principles although there is seldom difficulty in that department.

Henry Miller may write about revelers self-woven into a human hooked rug because his ecstasy is solemn.

I used to be shy about ordering a steak after I had eaten a steak sandwich but I got used to it.

The science of booby-trapping has taken a good deal of the fun out of following hot on the enemy's heels.

The function of the press in society is to inform but its role in society is to make money.

Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.

I can write better than anybody who can write faster and I can write faster than anybody who can write better.

The way to write is well and how is your own business.