Advertising Quotes


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

Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising. - Mark Twain

Much brass has been sounded and many cymbals tinkled in the name of advertising; but the advertisements which persuade people to act are written by men who have an abiding respect for the intelligence of their readers, and a deep sincerity regarding the merits of the goods they have to sell. - Bruce Fairchild Barton

Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill-bucket. - George Orwell

Advertising is the greatest art form of the twentieth century. - Marshall Mcluhan

In a nation that has developed to a high art advertising, the creator who refuses to advertise himself is immediately suspected of having no product worth selling. - Gore Vidal

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

Advertising companies hire the very brightest, wittiest young people to write for them. Not one single sentence of it is worth repeating. Why? Because it wasn’t meant. -Brenda Ueland

An advertising agency is 85 percent confusion and 15 percent commission. - Fred Allen

Society drives people crazy with lust and calls it advertising. - John Lahr

Advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero. -F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

Google never did any advertising. They're like dealers; they sell the stuff, but they know better than to use it themselves. -Paul Graham

The advertisements in a newspaper are more full of knowledge in respect to what is going on in a state or community than the editorial columns are.- Henry Ward Beecher

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

Advertising is immodesty turned to profit. - Abraham Miller

Advertising is the way great brands get to be great brands. - Al Ries & Laura Ries

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

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

No method of advertising is too expensive if it brings proper results. -S. Roland Hall

Advertising is image management. - Thomas John Reynolds & Jerry Corrie Olson

Advertising is an environmental striptease for a world of abundance. - Marshall Mcluhan

Advertising is like oxygen, you can't survive without it. - Donald E. Hults

Advertising is an addiction: Once you're hooked, it's very difficult to stop. You become accustomed to putting a fixed advertising cost into your budget, and you are afraid to stop because of a baseless fear that, if you do, your flow of new customers will dry up and your previous investments in advertising will have been wasted. - Michael Phillips & Salli Rasberry

Advertisers like to tell parents that they can always turn off the TV to protect their kids from any of the negative impact of advertising. This is like telling us that we can protect our children from air pollution by making sure they never breathe. Advertising is our environment. We swim in it as fish swim in water. We cannot escape it. Unless, of course, we keep our children home from school and blindfold them whenever they are outside of the house. And never let them play with other children. Even then, advertising's messages are inside our intimate relationships, our homes, our hearts, our heads. - Jean Kilbourne

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

The weakest link in any advertising program is its credibility. An advertising message has little believability with the average person. Advertising is taken for what it is--a biased message paid for by a company with a selfish interest in what the consumer consumes. - AL RIES & LAURA RIES

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

When advertising is great advertising, it fastens on the myths, signs, and symbols of our common experience and becomes, quite literally, a benefit of the product.... As a result of great advertising, food tastes better, clothes feel snugger, cars ride smoother. The stuff of semiotics becomes the magic of advertising. - Curt Suplee

Too little advertising is like sowing too little seed. A farmer in planting corn puts a number of grains into each hill and is satisfied if one good healthy stalk comes from each planting. It's the constant advertiser that is bound to attract attention. It's the succession of bright, catchy advertisements that refuse to be ignored. That time must be allowed for the fruit to grow, ripen and be gathered is as true as that wheat cannot be reaped the day after it is sown. - Byron W. Orr

As a profession advertising is young; as a force it is as old as the world. - Bruce Barton

Judicious advertising is the corner stone of success. - Byron W. Orr

Advertising is the genie which is transforming America into a place of comfort, luxury and ease for millions. Advertising is the Archimedean lever that is moving the world. If things were done in another and elder age that advertising is doing now, a whole mythology would gather about it, and we should witness the birth of a young God--powerful, restless, indomitable and wise, dominating. He would flash in the sylvan glades of the want advertisements and disport himself in the sunny whiteness of the department stores' wide spaces. But what a god he would be! How beneficent, how omnipresent, how powerful! - William Allen White

The fact is that much of advertising's power comes from this belief that advertising does not affect us. The most effective kind of propaganda is that which is not recognized as propaganda. Because we think advertising is silly and trivial, we are less on guard, less critical, than we might otherwise be. It's all in fun, it's ridiculous. While we're laughing, sometimes sneering, the commercial does its work. - Jean Kilbourne

Advertising is not fraud; people are not fools. Advertising is light, and knowledge and education. - N. W. Ayer

Advertising is judged not by what it says, but by what the consumer thinks it says. - Kenneth Roman

In contemporary society, advertising is everywhere. We cannot walk down the street, shop, watch television, go through our mail, log on to the Internet, read a newspaper or take a train without encountering it. Whether we are alone, with our friends or family, or in a crowd, advertising is always with us, if only on the label of something we are using. - Guy W. D. Cook

Advertising is not a rifle; it is a shotgun, and any campaign featuring outdoor boards of a cartoon animal inevitably will catch children in its spray. - Bob Garfield

Advertising doesn't cause addictions. But it does create a climate of denial and it contributes mightily to a belief in the quick fix, instant gratification, the dreamworld, and escape from all pain and boredom. All of this is part of what addicts believe and what we hope for when we reach for our particular substance.... Addiction begins with the hope that something "out there" can instantly fill up the emptiness inside. Advertising is all about this false hope. - Jean Kilbourne

The only business that is worth advertising is the business that would succeed without advertising. N. W. Ayer

It is this emphasis on value which for many people excludes ads from admission into the canons of art. The value of art, moreover, especially in literature, is often associated with opposition to our detachment from the dominant values of society. In comparison with literature, ads accept and glorify the dominant ideology while literature often rejects and undermines it. The simple fact that ads answer the brief of their clients accounts for the common perception that while art is a vehicle of honesty, advertising is more likely to be a vehicle of deceit. - GUY W. D. COOK

Advertising is the fuel of enterprise. - George French

The base of advertising is the mob movement ... to make a mass of people move in a certain direction. - Thomas E. Dockrell

Although contemporary advertising is relatively young, it already has a considerable tradition. Each new ad is encountered against a background of thousands of earlier ads. - Guy W. D. Cook
Advertising is prima facie evidence that the man who pays believes that advertising is good. It has brought great results to others, it must be good for him. So he takes it like some secret tonic which others have endorsed. If the business thrives, the tonic gets the credit. Otherwise, the failure is due to fate. - Claude C. Hopkins

Advertising is the through express train of modern publicity. It is by this medium that all good things, all things worthwile, are accomplished. From sunrise to sunrise, through the daily press, a new product is introduced, a new thought created and the complexion of a nation changed. - Sam Dobb
I find that I am growing in the advertising business in proportion as I realize and expound the theory and practice that there is no such thing as advertising. Thomas E. Dockrell
Advertising is utterly unprofitable, and I could prove it to you in one week. End an ad with an offer to pay five dollars to anyone who writes you that he read the ad through. The scarcity of replies will amaze you. - Claude C. Hopkins

Good advertising is advertising that gets the money. - Julius Schneider

Advertising is a highly visible form of public culture, as conspicuous in its absence--as when advertising is removed from a metro station or a sporting event venue temporarily--as it is in its apparent ever-presence. Without advertising, space is refigured and opens up a glimpse of what feels like a quite different society. -Iain Macrury

Advertising is the principal reason why the business person has come to inherit the earth. - James R. Adams

Advertising is an impersonal projection of the personal salesman. - H. S. Snyder

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

I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things. - Franz Kafka

Advertising is an expected part of everyday life, but it is also alien to it: the ever-expected but uninvited guest; on magazine pages, during TV programmes, and round each city corner. - Iain Macrury

We read advertisements to discover and enlarge our desires. - Daniel J. Boorstin

It's pretty obvious that the debasement of the human mind caused by a constant flow of fraudulent advertising is no trivial thing. There is more than one way to conquer a country. - Raymond Chandler

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

Advertising is the best insurance that you can take out on your business. You can buy fire insurance on your stock of goods, but no company will issue a policy covering your business, the good will as they sometimes call it. You must insure yourself, and the best way to do it is by advertising. Good advertising kept up for a number of years gives you something that no fire can take away. - Frank Farringto