Advertising Quotes

Most popular advertising quotes

Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.
Advertising is legalized lying.
An ad should be an appetizer, not a buffet.
Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.
Advertisers are the interpreters of our dreams.
Advertising nourishes the consuming power of men.
Advertising—a judicious mixture of flattery and threats.
Promise, large promise, is the soul of an advertisement.
You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.
Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill-bucket.
Advertising is the greatest art form of the twentieth century.
Society drives people crazy with lust and calls it advertising.
Advertising is the art of making whole lies out of half truths.
The art of advertisement—untruthfulness combined with repetition.
In good times people want to advertise; in bad times they have to.
In our factory we make lipstick. In our advertising, we sell hope.
Advertising has annihilated the power of the most powerful adjectives.
Advertising isn't a science. It's persuasion.  And persuasion is an art.


An advertising agency is 85 percent confusion and 15 percent commission.
Unless your campaign has a big idea, it will pass like a ship in the night.
We've got to know what we've got a choice of. This is the function of advertising.
There is no such thing as a bad client. But there is such a thing as bad advertising.
A (Television) viewer who skips the advertising is the moral equivalent of a shoplifter.
Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half.
It used to be that people needed products to survive. Now products need people to survive.


Advertising is the ability to...put the very heart throbs of a business into type, paper, and ink.
Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need.
Advertising tries to be a pyromaniac, igniting conflagrations of desires for instant gratification.
Few people at the beginning of the nineteenth century needed an adman to tell them what they wanted.
Advertising promotes that divine discontent which makes people strive to improve their economic status.


Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better.
The longest word in the English language is the one that follows the phrase, "And now a word from our sponsor."


A good ad should be like a good sermon: it must not only comfort the afflicted—it must afflict the comfortable.
Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.
You have to do a little bragging on yourself even to your relatives-man doesn't get anywhere without advertising.
Time spent in the advertising business seems to create a permanent deformity like the Chinese habit of footbinding.
Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing but nobody else does.
Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark.  You know what you are doing, but nobody else does.
The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned into advertising copy.


I think that I shall never see a billboard lovely as a tree. Perhaps, unless the billboards fall, I'll never see a tree at all.


It takes more than capital to swing business. You've got to have the AID degree to get by— Advertising, Initiative, and Dynamics.


Advertising is the foot on the accelerator, the hand on the throttle, the spur on the flank that keeps our economy surging forward.
Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless.
Let advertisers spend the same amount of money improving their products that they do on advertising and then they wouldn't have to advertise.
Nothing's so apt to undermine your confidence in a product as knowing that the commercial selling it has been approved by the company that make it.
We don't stand a chance of advertising with features and benefits and with RAMs and with charts and comparisons. The only chance we have of communicating is with a feeling.
I have discovered the most exciting, the most arduous literary form of all, the most difficult to master, the most pregnant in curious possibilities.  I mean the advertisement.
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.
It is 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.
Copywriters may struggle to distill their messages of enthusiasm in bright prose and snappy slogans, but the one word favored by advertisers over the years, is still the old word new.
We grew up founding our dreams on the infinite promise of American advertising.  I still believe that one can learn to play the piano by mail and that mud will give you a perfect complexion.
When images and information have as their sole objective the intent of provoking consumption or manipulating people...we find ourselves in front of an assault, an act of violence, a kidnapping.
If you ever have the good fortune to create a great advertising campaign, you will soon see another agency steal it. This is irritating, but don't let it worry you; nobody has ever built a brand by imitating somebody else's advertising.

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Advertisements are now so numerous that they are very negligently perused, and it is therefore become necessary to gain attention by magnificence of promises, and by eloquence sometimes sublime and sometimes pathetic. Promise, large Promise, is the soul of an Advertisement.
A vice-president in an advertising agency is a "molehill man." A molehill man is a pseudo-busy executive who comes to work at 9 a.m. and finds a molehill on his desk. He has until 5 p.m. to make this molehill into a mountain. An accomplished molehill man will often have his mountain finished even before lunch.
An acquaintance who was seated next to R.J. Wrigley on a flight to Chicago asked the multimillionaire why he continued to advertise his chewing gum when it was far and away the most successful product in its field. Wrigley replied, "For the same reason that the pilot keeps this plane's engine running even though we are already in the air."