quotations about advertising
Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing but nobody else does.
STUART HENDERSON BRITT, attributed, Marketing Management and Administrative Action
It did what all ads are supposed to do: create an anxiety relievable by purchase.
DAVID FOSTER WALLACE, Infinite Jest
Advertising is a tax paid for being unremarkable.
ROBERT STEPHENS, attributed, Hug Your Haters: How to Embrace Complaints and Keep Your Customers
The man who stops advertising to save money is the man who stops the clock to save time.
An advertising agency is 85 percent confusion and 15 percent commission.
FRED ALLEN, Treadmill to Oblivion
Let advertisers spend the same amount of money improving their product that they do on advertising, and they wouldn't have to advertise it.
WILL ROGERS, Will Rogers Speaks
The only business that is worth advertising is the business that would succeed without advertising.
N. W. AYER, Better Business
Advertising is a business within a business and the man who neglects it will soon find himself with a business without a business.
FRANK FARRINGTON, The Spatula, May, 1909
The only people who care about advertising are the people who work in advertising.
GEORGE PARKER, Confessions of a Mad Man
The climate of advertising responds instantly to any social change, making ads in themselves an invaluable means of knowing "where it's at."
MARSHALL MCLUHAN, Culture Is Our Business
Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill-bucket.
GEORGE ORWELL, Keep the Aspidistra Flying
The main purpose of advertising is to undermine markets. If you go to graduate school and you take a course in economics, you learn that markets are systems in which informed consumers make rational choices. That's what's so wonderful about it. But that's the last thing that the state corporate system wants. It is spending huge sums to prevent that.
NOAM CHOMSKY, speech, Jan. 26, 2005
Society drives people crazy with lust and calls it advertising.
JOHN LAHR, The Guardian, Aug. 1989
Google never did any advertising. They're like dealers; they sell the stuff, but they know better than to use it themselves.
PAUL GRAHAM, "How to Start a Startup"
I gave someone a perverse argument not so long ago about why advertising is better than movies. You want to hear it? Movies operate from a really disingenuous premise, that people are heroes. I know a lot of people and have had an opportunity over the years to observe them. Are they heroes...? Let's put it this way. Advertising tries something simpler and more believable: Products as heroes. I guess the idea is: When all else fails, put your faith in conditioner.
ERROL MORRIS, Boards Magazine, Aug. 1, 2000
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, attributed, Advertising in America
Advertising is a valuable factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless.
SINCLAIR LEWIS, attributed, Selling the Dream
Time spent in the advertising business seems to create a permanent deformity, like the Chinese habit of foot-binding.
DEAN ACHESON, attributed, Selling the Dream
Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell, and advertise.
TED TURNER, Call Me Ted
As a profession advertising is young; as a force it is as old as the world.
BRUCE BARTON, The Man Nobody Knows