Watch the Quotes

I’m reading A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper, by John Allen Paulos.

I’ll write something more on the actual book later.  Right now I have to comment on one of his quotations.  Paulos quotes Thomas Jefferson as saying

“Were it left to me to decide whether we should  have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate to choose the latter.”

This statement is made in a chapter in favor on newspapers in general.  However, I believe Jefferson’s quote is more about government than it is about newspapers, as he also said:

“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”

Quotations add some spice to writing, but you have to take them with a grain of salt, as they are generally used without context.

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