by Jesse Mansfield

Since the invention of movable type printing technology around 1041 by Bi Sheng, printing has influenced the world greatly. Even some of history’s most notable figures have something to say about printing:

“Before printing was discovered, a century was equal to a thousand years.” – Henry David Thoreau

The American philosopher made a reference to printing being the first true method of mass communication.

“Break up the printing presses and you break up rebellion.” – Dudley Nichols

Dudley Nichols, a screenwriter responsible for such classics as “Stagecoach”, refers to the trustworthy characteristic of print – it is a very influential medium.

“What gunpowder did for war the printing press has done for the mind.” – Wendell Phillips

Wendell Phillips (a lawyer from the 1800’s), talks about the incredible way printing helps us learn.

“The printing press was at first mistaken for an engine of immortality by everybody except Shakespeare.” – Marshall McLuhan

Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan was referring to the timelessness and permanence of printed pieces.

“Print is the sharpest and the strongest weapon of our party.” – Joseph Stalin

Perhaps the most powerful quote among this group, Joseph Stalin captured the influence of print in this statement.

Have you heard any other great quotes about print? Share in the comments!