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23 Bad News Quotes (Even Though We Hate Bad News)

Bad News Quotes Graphic: “Bad news travels at the speed of light; good news travels like molasses.” — Tracy Morgan

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Here are the best quotes about bad news (even though we prefer good news) —

“The brains of humans contain a mechanism that is designed to give priority to bad news.”
— Daniel Kahneman

Bad News Quote Graphic: “The brains of humans contain a mechanism that is designed to give priority to bad news.” — Daniel Kahneman

“The bad news is nothing lasts forever,
The good news is nothing lasts forever.”
— J. Cole

“Bad news travels at the speed of light; good news travels like molasses.”
— Tracy Morgan

Quote Graphic: Bad news travels at the speed of light; good news travels like molasses.” — Tracy Morgan

“A lot of times good news happens slowly and bad news happens all at once. And so we tend to focus on the bad news that’s crashing over us in waves, and not on the slow long-term work that people are doing together to try to make a better world for us to share.”
John Green, in conversation with Steve Levitt on People I (Mostly) Admire

“The good news is hopeful doesn't mean dumb. The bad news is cynical doesn't mean smart.”
— Sarah Silverman

Quote Graphic: “The good news is hopeful doesn't mean dumb. The bad news is cynical doesn't mean smart.” — Sarah Silverman

“Headlines, in a way, are what mislead you because bad news is a headline, and gradual improvement is not.”
— Bill Gates

Bad News Quote Graphic: “Headlines, in a way, are what mislead you because bad news is a headline, and gradual improvement is not.” — Bill Gates

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“The news media are, for the most part, the bringers of bad news... and it's not entirely the media's fault, bad news gets higher ratings and sells more papers than good news.”
— Peter McWilliams

Quote Graphic: “The news media are, for the most part, the bringers of bad news... and it's not entirely the media's fault, bad news gets higher ratings and sells more papers than good news.” — Peter McWilliams

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“I'd rather get bad news from an honest man than lies from a flatterer.”
— Ursula K. Le Guin

“Bad news travels faster than good.”
Catherine the Great, via “Catherine the Great: Life and Legend” by John T. Alexander, 1989

“Sometimes, I think my most important job as a CEO is to listen for bad news. If you don't act on it, your people will eventually stop bringing bad news to your attention and that is the beginning of the end.”
— Bill Gates

“Bad news travels fast. Good news takes the scenic route.”
— Doug Larson

Quote Graphic: “Bad news travels fast. Good news takes the scenic route.” — Doug Larson

“More information is always better than less. When people know the reason things are happening, even if it's bad news, they can adjust their expectations and react accordingly. Keeping people in the dark only serves to stir negative emotions.”
— Simon Sinek

“Better to have bad news that's true than good news we made up.”
— Eric Ries

“This is what I say: I've got good news and bad news.
The good news is, you don't have to worry, you can't change the past.
The bad news is, you don't have to worry, no matter how hard you try, you can't change the past.
The universe just doesn't put up with that. We aren't important enough. No one is. Even in our own lives. We're not strong enough, willful enough, skilled enough in chronodiegetic manipulation to be able to just accidentally change the entire course of anything, even ourselves.”

— Charles Yu, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

“Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.”
— Douglas Adams

Quote Graphic: “Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.” — Douglas Adams

“Bad news sells because the amygdala is always looking for something to fear.”
— Peter Diamandis

“When bad news is riding high and despair in fashion, when loud mouths and corruption seem to own center stage, when some keep crying that the country is going to the dogs, remember it’s always been going to the dogs in the eyes of some, and that 90 percent, or more, of the people are good people, generous-hearted, law-abiding, good citizens who get to work on time, do a good job, love their country, pay their taxes, care about their neighbors, care about their children’s education, and believe, rightly, as you do, in the ideals upon which our way of life is founded.”
— David McCullough, The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For

“Bad news is bad news because it drops your willingness to carry on.”
— Meir Ezra

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“A media diet of hostility, blame, confrontation and violence corrodes your civic outlook.”
— Mark Gerzon

“Don't let the bearers of bad news become the pallbearers of your happiness.”
— Stewart Stafford

Quote Graphic: “Don't let the bearers of bad news become the pallbearers of your happiness.” — Stewart Stafford

“Never awake me when you have good news to announce, because with good news nothing presses; but when you have bad news, arouse me immediately, for then there is not an instant to be lost.”
— Napoleon Bonaparte

“If news is not really news unless it is bad news, it may be difficult to claim we are an informed nation.”
— Norman Cousins

“The bad news is that yesterday sucked. The good news is that yesterday is gone. Today's a new day. Own it! Shape it! Live it!”
— Steve Maraboli

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