Television Quotes

Virtual Reality is like mainlining television.
William Gibson
I think that parents only get so offended by television because they rely on it as a babysitter and the sole educator of their kids.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park, Death, 1997

Television is simultaneously blamed, often by the same people, for worsening the world and for being powerless to change it.
Clive James
Television A medium. So called because it is neither rare nor well done.
Ernie Kovacs
Television is a medium because anything well done is rare.
Fred Allen
It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.
Rod Serling

Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.
Ann Landers
You have to work years in hit shows to make people sick and tired of you, but you can accomplish this in a few weeks on television.
Walter Slezak
Noel coward - television is for appearing on - not for looking...
Peter de vries - my father hated radio and could not wait for...
Television has raised writing to a new low.
Samuel Goldwyn
I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book.
Groucho Marx
Television is the triumph of machine over people.
Fred Allen
I find women with well developed flesh very attractive. The scrawny little things doing commercials on my television set are slightly repulsive - - Like famine victims.
Dana Hatch
Unknown - the human race is faced with a cruel choice work...
We are drawn to our television sets each April the way we are drawn to the scene of an accident.
Vincent Canby, on the Academy Awards
I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.
Groucho Marx
The great thing about television is that if something important happens anywhere in the world, day or night, you can always change the channel.
From "Taxi".
A computer terminal is not some clunky old television with a typewriter in front of it. It is an interface where the mind and body can connect with the universe and move bits of it about. from Mostly Harmless.
Douglas Noel Adams
Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television.
Rita Mae Brown
The human race is faced with a cruel choice: work or daytime television.
Unknown
Television is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome.
T. S. Eliot
Television is the first truly democratic culture - - The first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want.
Clive Barnes
Everyone has a purpose in life. Perhaps yours is watching television.
David Letterman
I can think of nothing more boring for the American people than to have to sit in their living rooms for a whole half hour looking at my face on their television screens.
Dwight David Eisenhowe
The trouble was, all people saw on television were a few of my outspoken supporters out front and they came away thinking that was me.
George Stanley McGovern
Television: chewing gum for the eyes.
Frank Lloyd Wright
The car trip can draw the family together, as it was in the days before television when parents and children actually talked to each other.
Andrew H. Malcolm
One of the few good things about modern times If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us.
Kurt Vonnegut
Television is chewing gum for the eyes.
Unknown
Television is more interesting than people. If it were not, we would have people standing in the corners of our rooms.
Alan Corenk
The whole problem with news on television comes down to this: all the words uttered in an hour of news coverage could be printed on page of a newspaper. And the world cannot be understood in one page.
Neil Postman
Television has brought murder back into the home - - where it belongs.
Alfred Hitchcock
Imitation is the sincerest form of television.
Fred Allen
One of the few good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us.
Kurt Vonnegut, "Cold Turkey", In These Times, May 10, 2004
Ants are so much like human beings as to be an embarrassment. They farm fungi, raise aphids as livestock, launch armies into war, use chemical sprays to alarm and confuse enemies, capture slaves, engage in child labor, exchange information ceaselessly. They do everything but watch television.
Lewis Thomas
There are, however, people in this world who seldom pick up a newspaper, people who, when watching television, sneer in displeasure and change channels at the first glimpse of an anchorperson. While such willfully uninformed citizens are rare, emerging from seclusion only to serve on juries in trials of great national significance, they do exist.
Joe Keenan
Television is democracy at its ugliest.
Paddy Chayefsky
Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.
Alfred Hitchcock
Television is the first truly democratic culture - The first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want.
Clive Barnes