"If you not part of the solution then you are very much part of the problem. "
"Human language has a vocabulary suited to our daily needs and functions: the shape of any human language maps approximately to the needs and activities of our mundane lives. But few would deny that there is another dimension of human existence which transcends the mundane: call it the soul, the spirit: it is that part of the human frame which sees the shimmer of the numinous. "
"Newspapers are not giving proper weight and applying public interest standards to the way the news of the day is judged and displayed. And as traditional news-gathering fades in relevance, many journalists are being driven away from the basics towards cowboy behaviour."
"Communication is the conduit of leadership from the Prime Minister down to the leading hand of a small group of council workers fixing the roads. Leadership uncommunicated is leadership unrequited!"
"There is no better way to help the world than to help people communicate with each other."
"Writing reminds you that you're never alone. Writing and reading is to be optimistic."
"I yearn for human contact more than anything else. It provides a happy breeze through the window of my life. I feel stifled on my own, unless I am writing. Then, silence matters."
"Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate. "
"I'm a woman who gets paid to be nosey."
"Communication and relationships is everything and the breakdown of that is what has led to a lot of tragic things in our current society - homelessness and marriage breakdown, even early school dropouts, substance abuse. Things come about because there is no communication; and people don't feel heard, they don't feel understood. If you understand why somebody is behaving the way they do, you're more likely to be sympathetic. And that understanding really only comes from talking and perhaps even, more importantly, listening."
"Everyone has pain, everyone feels loneliness, everyone has challenges and hard times. Everyone feels some fear, some wondering about what it's all about, some joy in life. It's very lovely to hear what we have in common, and to recognise and celebrate the differences as well. "
"There is science and research, but there is also communicating a message. There's always in an argument two ends of the scale. I am very much for getting as much information and understanding from the other side, because there is always something good in the other side of an argument. I really don't like this I'm right your wrong fight fight gotcha gotcha gotcha, you know, the way our parliament and media operate. It's a disgrace. I'm very much into solutions. We take the best bits from both sides and we build up in the middle somewhere. I don't try to shove my opinions down people's throats in the social sense or even in a communication sense. I say here is my understanding of where we are; I'd love to hear what you reckon. Yes, good point you make - I will now incorporate that in my understanding. I have learned something from you. Thank you. It's how you talk and how you engage and how you communicate, as much as what you're talking about."
"People need to weep about what has happened to them, to rail and scream, and talk and write about it until they get to a place where they say, 'Yes that did happen to me, but that's it."
"There's a dance of mutual destruction going on between the media and politicians."
"There is nothing so awful it can't be shared."
"I've done more than 10,000 interviews, and I've learnt that you've got to do your homework. I bury myself in research beforehand. And you have to be genuinely interested in people; there's a cornucopia of great, ordinary people out there with wonderful, colourful stories."
"It's appalling. People aren't stupid: if you serve them quality, they'll take it over crap, but we give them crap. We think people are stupid, too busy or don't care but I think they do care. Just don't bore them."
"Each and every one of us will be confronted by a major challenge in our lives ... We can choose to shut down, retreat into our safety zone and not participate in life, or we can decide to learn from the experience and make a difference to the lives of those around us. "
"Most newspaper companies still have their heads in the sand, but other media companies are aggressive."
"News - communicating news and ideas, I guess - is my passion. And giving people alternatives so that they have two papers to read and alternative television channels."
"Intelligent media companies strive to provide both intellectual and comedy programs, groundbreaking and reflective articles, art house and popular movies. Not to be open minded in providing a full range of quality media would be a failure to serve the breadth and depth of the communities we live in."
"All forms of government ultimately are not going to succeed in trying to control or censor the Internet."
"There is no room for dictating taste in the diverse and dynamic world of media. To limit taste only limits the role we play for people of all kinds."
"The self-anointed media elite among us believe, somewhat self-servingly, that not only the act, or process of making a profit is positively sinister, but also that the very desire to do so is."
"Good journalism is good business practice; good business supports great journalism."
"The profit motive is not only fundamental to our ability to reward shareholders and pay employees; it's fundamental to excellent journalism. Far from corrupting the craft, profits enhance it. Expansion drives diversity and diversity protects and strengthens our craft."
"I have been privileged to grow up retaining the love of good journalism, the craft, while learning its business: the dollars and cents. I have learnt that they are not mutually exclusive but integrally self-reliant. Each dependent on the other."
"We all have to expand our capabilities to encompass the changing world, its growing diversity and, indeed, its complexity."
"There is so much media now with the Internet and people, and so easy and so cheap to start a newspaper or start a magazine, there's just millions of voices and people want to be heard."
"No matter who they are, I try to relate to interviewees on the human level, and as years have gone by, I've become less interested in haranguing them and more interested in getting into their heads. I've got away my whole journalistic life with asking one question: "Why?""
"I'm a great believer in new technology and I think new technology is very scary for newspaper companies."
"The history of media is the market share of advertising dollars has followed - albeit with a lag."
"It is expecting too much for a politician to be sincerely interested in the free flow of information."
"I have come to the realization that the essential healing element within the music I play for those who are sick and vulnerable, is the offering of love...love expressed musically. In my own simple way I now find that I am able to reach out to people through my music and draw them into an experience where they feel the loving presence of a caring stranger who offers tenderness, compassion, consolation and support in their difficulty. In a very short time we enter into an intimate communion with each other created through the musical offering and an attentive, caring presence. Words fall away, the experience needs none. The time together often concludes in comfortable, languid silence... a reverie that I don't want to disturb. The experience is very tangible. Mystery is encountered, but the outcomes are measurable. "
"Perhaps the most reliable route to meaning and joy, to plunging below the surface and seeking more than the superficiality of material ambition, is connection with people, places, ideas and issues. Of these, the most important are people and relationships. And the most reliable route to relationships is conversation."
"Sexual harassment is becoming the modus operandi of the new world (on-line)... It is the means by which some males are conquering and claiming the new territory as their own."
"If tears were a commodity, mothers would own the world."
"Thinking is the third person in a long distance relationship, it conjures a difficult crowd."
"Childbirth is an unbearable isolation that concludes in the most profound togetherness."
"... the world is crammed with messages. We'll never have time to read them all."