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6th August 2012

A: authors’ instructions            

Print it as it stands – beautifully (Henry James, 1843-1916)

B: books

If I have not read a book before, it is, for all intents and purposes, new to me whether it was printed yesterday or three hundred years ago.  (William Hazlitt, 1778-1830)

C: censorship

As long as I don't write about the government, religion, politics, and other institutions, I am free to print anything. [Pierre de Beaumarchais, 1732 -1799)

D: democracy

He who first shortened the labour of Copyists by device of Moveable Type was disbanding hired Armies, and cashiering most Kings and Senates, and creating a whole new Democratic world: he had invented the Art of Printing. (Thomas Carlyle, 1732-1799)

E: editors

Editor: a person employed by a newspaper, whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed. (Elbert Hubbard, 1856 - 1915)

F: freedom of the press

If we think to regulate Printing, thereby to rectifie manners, we must regulate all recreations and pastimes, all this is delightful to man . . . it will ask more than the work of twenty licencers to examine all the lutes, the violins, and the guitars in every house . . . and who shall silence all the airs and madrigals, that whisper softness in chambers? (John Milton, 1608-1674)

G: gunpowder

The three great elements of modern civilisation: Gunpowder, Printing and the Protestant Religion. (Thomas Carlyle, 1795-1881)

H: heaven sent

If another Messiah was born he could hardly do so much good as the printing-press. (George Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799)

I: inventions

The impact of television on our culture is. . . indescribable. There's a certain sense in which it is nearly as important as the invention of printing.  (Carl Sandburg, 1878-1967)

J: journalists

How is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print. (Karl Kraus, 1874-1936)

K: knowledge

I was in a Printing House in Hell and saw the method in which knowledge is transmitted from generation to generation. (William Blake,1757-1827)

L: life force

For books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them; they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.  (John Milton, 1608-1674)

M: misprints

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. (Mark Twain, 1835-1910)

A poet can survive everything but a misprint. (Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900)

N: name in print         

And I dream of the days when work was scrappy/ and rare in our pockets the mark of the mint/ when we were angry and poor and happy/ and proud of seeing our names in print. (G K Chesterton, 1874-1936)

O: offensive

If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed. (Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790)

P: printing press

The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, one sometimes forgets which. (James Matthew Barrie, 1860-1937)

Q: queer

There could hardly be a stranger commodity in the world than books. Printed by people who don’t understand them; sold by people who don’t understand them; bound, criticised and read by people who don’t understand them, and now even written by people who don’t understand them. (George Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799)

R: reading, writing & racing reports

Many are engaged in writing books and printing them, many desire to see their names in print, many read nothing but the race reports . . . (T S Eliot, 1888-1965)

S: small print

Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't. (Pete Seeger, 1919-)

T: typography

[Remark when someone said, ‘They’re ducking for apples at a Halloween party] 

There, but for a typographical error, is the story of my life. (Dorothy Parker, 1893-1967)

U: ugliness

Free us, for we perish in this ever-flowing monotony of ugly print marks, black upon white parchment. [Ezra Pound, 1885-1972)

V: value

For—and this is the moral of what I have been saying—well-printed books are just as scarce as well-written ones; and every author should remember that the most costly books in the world derive their value from the craft of the printer, and not from the genius of the author. (George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950)

W: writers

A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print. (Marguerite Yourcenar, 1856-1900)

X: xtraordinary

Television was the most extraordinary event of the century. Its importance was in a class with the discovery of gunpowder and the invention of the printing press, which changed the human condition for centuries afterward.  (Russell Baker, 1925-)

Y: youth

Thou hast most traitorously corrupted the youth of the realm in erecting a grammar school, and whereas before, our forefathers had no other books but the score and the tally, thou hast caused printing to be us’d and contrary to the King, his crown, and dignity, thou hast built a paper mill. (William Shakespeare, 1564-1616)

Z: z z z . . .

Trivial personalities decomposing into the eternity of print. (Virginia Woolf, 1882-1941)