quote by Napoleon Bonaparte

Never awake me when you have good news to announce, because with good news nothing presses; but when you have bad news, arouse me immediately, for then there is not an instant to be lost.

— Napoleon Bonaparte

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My advice to would-be young authors is to read a lot, write a lot, and not worry about creating a finished product. Keeping a journal is not a bad idea either.

Bad journalism quote One bad chapter does not mean your story is over.
One bad chapter does not mean your story is over.
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It is the role of good journalism to take on powerful abusers, and when powerful abusers are taken on, there's always a bad reaction. So we see that controversy, and we believe that is a good thing to engage in.

Bad journalism quote Persist to overcome. He that can't endure the bad, will not live to see the good
Persist to overcome. He that can't endure the bad, will not live to see the good.

Writing is for men who can think and feel, not mindless sensation seekers out of nightclubs and bars. But these are bad times. We are condemned to work with upstarts, clowns who no doubt got their training in a circus and then turned to journalism as the appropriate place to display their tricks.

Media is just a word that has come to mean bad journalism.


It's too bad failures don't give seminars.

Wouldn't that be valuable? If you meet a guy who has messed up his life for forty years, you've just got to say, 'John, if I bring my journal and promise to take good notes, would you spend a day with me?'

Bad journalism quote If you have a bad thought about yourself, tell it to go to hell because that is
If you have a bad thought about yourself, tell it to go to hell because that is exactly where it came from.

All good novelists have bad memories.

What you remember comes out as journalism; what you forget goes into the compost of the imagination.

I hope we never live to see the day when a thing is as bad as some of our newspapers make it.

Investigative journalism and reporting has become much more dangerous.

This is especially true for journalists and sources in National Security - but it has been getting pretty bad for beat reporters and small outlets doing local reporting, too.

Bad journalism quote Never regret a day in your life: good days give happiness, bad days give experie
Never regret a day in your life: good days give happiness, bad days give experience, worst days give lessons, and best days give memories.

Statistics are somewhat like old medical journals, or like revolvers in newly opened mining districts. Most men rarely use them, and find it troublesome to preserve them so as to have them easy of access; but when they do want them, they want them badly.


Frightening media messages...pervade the news business, which really ought to be called "the bad news business" for its preoccupation with disaster and destruction. In broadcast journalism, killing is almost always covered, while kindness is almost always ignored. The more alarming a news item is, the more attention it receives.

Journalism is just a gun. It’s only got one bullet in it, but if you aim right, that’s all you need. Aim it right, and you can blow a kneecap off the world.

Bad journalism quote There is a battle of two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealous
There is a battle of two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, lies, inferiority and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth. The wolf that wins? The one you feed.

I'm saying that the WMD reporting was not consciously evil.

It was bad journalism, even very bad journalism.

I wrote some bad poetry that I published in North African journals, but even as I withdrew into this reading, I also led the life of a kind of young hooligan.

There seems to me now to be the notion that you send something to a journal or an agent and months go by. It seems to me like that is a new piece of bad manners. Probably. Generally I assume that anything that happens now happened to Adam and Eve also.

Bad journalism quote If you love deeply, you're going to get hurt badly. But it's still worth it.
If you love deeply, you're going to get hurt badly. But it's still worth it.
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My reporting in Africa wouldn't be political per se, but it's certainly the point of my reporting - and of a lot of other reporters I know: Human suffering is bad, and if reporting stories about it brings it to light and someone does something, that's part of the point of journalism. And it's a thin line between that and activism, and you have to be careful about that.

The journals want the papers that make the sexiest claims.

And scientists believe that the way you succeed is having splashy papers in Science or Nature - it's not bad for them if a paper turns out to be wrong, if it's gotten a lot of attention.

I have so much more compassion for journalists and the work that they have to do, in order to do the jobs that they have to do. I am much more in awe of and am celebratory of great journalism when I see it, and I'm much more critical of bad journalism, or crap masquerading as journalism.

Bad journalism quote If you want to be good at something, you must first be willing to be bad at it.
If you want to be good at something, you must first be willing to be bad at it.
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I started to write because of my dream to become a filmmaker.

I got to know about a film school in Paris and it was my goal to get there. To do that I knew I had to learn French. In order to practice I started to write journals in French. The effort I made to master what I regarded a bad thing - a language owned by the rich Moroccans - brought me the ability to write.

I was never really satisfied with writing only text or with the way my texts looked when they were published. Most online journals have a pretty lame sense of typography - bad font, counter-intuitive margins and line spacing - that it makes me sour on my writing.


Every industry, there are rogues and bad actors.

There could be rogues and bad actors in journalism. Rogues and bad actors in medicine. Rogues and bad actors in the legal community.

Bad journalism quote You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren
You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren't paying attention to.

Conflict, when used as a device, makes for good television and bad journalism.

David [Halberstam] kept on doing what he did because he loved it.

One of the obituaries I read quoted him as saying that he did journalism for the same reason the great Julius Irving did basketball: He loved doing it even when he was having a bad day.

Would it not be better to have it understood that realism, in so far as the word means reality to life, is always bad art -- although it may possibly be very good journalism?

Bad journalism quote You have to fight through the bad days in order to earn the best days.
You have to fight through the bad days in order to earn the best days.

To write weekly, to write daily, to write shortly, to write for busy people catching trains in the morning or for tired people coming home in the evening, is a heartbreaking task for men who know good writing from bad. They do it, but instinctively draw out of harm's way anything precious that might be damaged by contact with the public, or anything sharp that might irritate its skin.


Being a journalist, I never feel bad talking to journalism students because it’s a grand, grand caper. You get to leave, go talk to strangers, ask them anything, come back, type up their stories, edit the tape. That’s not gonna retire your loans as quickly as it should, and it’s not going to turn you into a person who’s worried about what kind of car they should buy, but that’s kind of as it should be. I mean, it beats working.

We were badly held back not just by the technology, but by the culture of journalism.

Bad journalism quote Don't let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life.
Don't let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life.

Good stories flow like honey but bad stories stick in the craw [gullet].

What is a bad story? It's a story that cannot be absorbed in the first time of reading. It's a story that leaves questions unanswered.