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Quotations on Advertising

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

~ Bill Cosby

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

~ George Santayana

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

~ George Orwell

Sanely applied advertising could remake the world.

~ Stuart Chase

Promise, large promise, is the soul of an advertisement.

~ Samuel Johnson

- The Idler, 1759

Advertising is the life of trade.

~ Calvin Coolidge

You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.

~ Norman Douglas

- South Wind, 1917

We grew up founding our dreams on the infinite promise of American advertising.

~ Zelda Fitzgerald

- Save me the waltz, 1932

Ads push the principle of noise all the way to the plateau of persuasion. They are quite in accord with the procedures of brainwashing.

~ Marshall McLuhan

- Understanding Media, 1964

Time spent in the advertising business seems to create a permanent deformity like the Chinese habit of foot-binding.

~ Dean Acheson

Advertising is 85% confusion and 15% commission.

~ Fred Allen

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

~ Stephen Leacock

The product that will not sell without advertising will not sell profitably with advertising.

~ Albert Lasker

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

~ Derby Brown

Advertising is the foot on the accelerator, the hand on the throttle, the spur on the flank that keeps our economy surging forward.

~ Robert W. Sarnoff

Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing, but nobody else does.

~ Steuart H. Britt

Advertising is legalized lying.

~ H.G. Wells

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

~ Sinclair Lewis

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