50 Thought-Provoking Quotes About Printing and Printing Press

We all need the inspiration to overcome problems at some point in life. Sometimes a Quote is enough to give the right push we require to move on. I have compiled a list of 50  inspirational and thought-provoking quotes about Printing and Printing Presses for the people working in printing industry and printing aspirants.

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

“Similar to computer technology in the ’60s, 3-D printing is a universal technology that has the potential to revolutionize our life by enabling individuals to design and manufacture things.”
– Hod Lipson

“The press is not only free; it is powerful. That power is ours. It is the proudest that man can enjoy. It was not granted by monarchs, it was not gained for us by aristocracies; but it sprang from the people, and, with an immortal instinct, it has always worked for the people.”
– Benjamin Disraeli

Printing quotes

“The invention of the printing press was one of the most important events in human history.”
– Ha-Joon Chang

“The pianoforte is the most important of all musical instruments: its invention was to music what the invention of printing was to poetry”
– George Bernard Shaw

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

“Our printing press is the Internet. Our coffee houses are social networks.”
– Heather Brooke

“The printing press is the greatest weapon in the armoury of the modern commander.”
– T. E. Lawrence

“Ink is the blood of the printing-press.”
– John Milton

“The three great elements of modern civilization, Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion.”
– Thomas Carlyle

“The press, watchful with more than the hundred eyes of Argus, strong with more than the hundred arms of Briareus, not only guards all the conquests of civilization, but leads the way to future triumphs.”
– Charles Sumner

“Printing…is the preservative of all arts.”
– Isaiah Thomas

“To convey in the print the feeling you experienced when you exposed your film – to walk out of the darkroom and say: ‘This is it, the equivalent of what I saw and felt!’. That’s what it’s all about.”
-John Sexton

“We are the children of a technological age. We have found streamlined ways of doing much of our routine work. Printing is no longer the only way of reproducing books. Reading them, however, has not changed.”
– Lawrence Clark Powell

“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

“It’s called a pen. It’s like a printer, hooked straight to my brain.”
– Dale Dauten

“Humans have always used our intelligence and creativity to improve our existence. After all, we invented the wheel, discovered how to make fire, invented the printing press and found a vaccine for polio.”
– Naveen Jain

“The negative is comparable to the composer’s score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways.”
– Ansel Adams

“The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, sometimes one forgets which it is.”
– E. F. Schumacher

“The thing that is ironic is that the new digital technologies, to my mind, are way and away the finest printing processes that have ever existed – they are better than anything that has existed in the past. I find myself very, very excited to use this new technology that is going to destroy photography to make the best versions of it I’ve ever seen.”
– Richard Benson

“We can put television in its proper light by supposing that Gutenberg’s great invention had been directed at printing only comic books.”
– Robert M. Hutchins

“When we developed written language, we significantly increased our functional memory and our ability to share insights and knowledge across time and space. The same thing happened with the invention of the printing press, the telegraph, and the radio.”
– Jamais Cascio

“You can’t have an industrial revolution, you can’t have democracies, you can’t have populations who can govern themselves until you have literacy. The printing press simply unlocked literacy.”
– Howard Rheingold

“In one sense, the Internet is like the discovery of the printing press, only it’s very different. The printing press gave us access to recorded knowledge. The Internet gives us access, not just to knowledge, but to the intelligence contained in people’s crania, access to the intelligence of people on a global basis.”
– Don Tapscott

“China’s history is marked by thousands of years of world-changing innovations: from the compass and gunpowder to acupuncture and the printing press. No one should be surprised that China has re-emerged as an economic superpower.”
– Gary Locke

“Would the Protestant Reformation have happened without the printing press? Would the American Revolution have happened without pamphlets? Probably not. But neither printing presses nor pamphlets were the heroes of reform and revolution.”
– Rebecca MacKinnon

“The Protestant Reformation had a lot to do with the printing press, where Martin Luther’s theses were reproduced about 250,000 times, and so you had widespread dissemination of ideas that hadn’t circulated in the mainstream before.”
– Nate Silver

“People’s social networks do not consist only of people they see face to face. In fact, social networks have been extending because of artificial media since the printing press and the telephone.”
– Howard Rheingold

“Basically, books were a luxury item before the printing press.”
– Nate Silver

“Every technology, including the printing press, comes at some price.”
– Bill Keller

“Since the printing press came into being, poetry has ceased to be the delight of the whole community of man; it has become the amusement and delight of the few.”
– John Masefield

“Everything great in science and art is simple. What can be less complicated than the greatest discoveries of humanity – gravitation, the compass, the printing press, the steam engine, the electric telegraph?”
– Jules Verne

“The digital revolution is far more significant than the invention of writing or even of printing.”
– Douglas Engelbart

“Another time factor is output: proofing and printing. That is, getting your work out of the computer and onto paper and having it satisfy you. It can be time consuming and expensive.”
– Buffy Sainte-Marie

“3D printing will massively reduce the cost of certain products as the cost of labor is removed.”
– Peter Diamandis

printing quotes

“I was in a printing-house in Hell, and saw the method in which knowledge is transmitted from generation to generation.”
– William Blake

“The only way to make something cheaply today is to have it mass-produced. For example, you wear the same shoes as everyone else. If you had a fabber, you could custom-make shoes that perfectly fit your feet. Three-dimensional printing will help us move away from the mass consumption that is so deeply ingrained in our culture.”
– Hod Lipson

“The next episode of 3D printing will involve printing entirely new kinds of materials. Eventually we will print complete products – circuits, motors, and batteries already included. At that point, all bets are off.”
– Hod Lipson

“3D printing has digitized the entire manufacturing process.”
– Peter Diamandis

“Before the widespread rise of the Internet and easy publishing tools, influence was largely in the hands of those who could reach the widest audience, the people with printing presses or access to a wide audience on television or radio, all one-way mediums that concentrated power in the hands of the few.”
– Matt Mullenweg

“3D printing is already shaking our age-old notions of what can and can’t be made.”
– Hod Lipson

“Unlike sitting at a computer screen, printing is very direct and hands-on.”
– Christian Marclay

“Books are fatal: they are the curse of the human race. Nine-tenths of existing books are nonsense, and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense. The greatest misfortune that ever befell man was the invention of printing.”
– Benjamin Disraeli

“We have always moved with this approach of sharing and educating people with what they can unlock with 3D printing.”
– Bre Pettis

“We started MakerBot in 2009 and made a conscious decision to educate people with the possibilities they could do with 3D printing and share with people what is possible.”
– Bre Pettis

“Writing or printing is like shooting with a rifle; you may hit your reader’s mind, or miss it – but talking is like playing at a mark with the pipe of an engine; if it is within reach, and you have time enough, you can’t help hitting it”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

“The greatest inventions were produced in the times of ignorance, as the use of the compass, gunpowder, and printing”
– Jonathan Swift

“The coming of the printing press must have seemed as if it would turn the world upside down in the way it spread and, above all, democratized knowledge.”
– James E. Burke

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