Why Journalism…

By | June 26, 2007

“Suppose, sir, that you wish to become a journalist? Well, and why not? Is it a small thing to desire the power of influencing day by day to better citizenship an unguessed number of men, using the best thought and applying it in the best language at your command?

“And, next, if you truly despise journalism, why then despise it, have done with it and leave it alone. But I pray you, do not despise it if you meant to practice it, though it be but as a step to something better. For while the ways of art are hard at the best, they will break you if you go unsustained by belief in what you are trying to do.”

— Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, “On the Art of Writing,” 1913-14


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