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Quotations for TV Turnoff Week


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All television is educational television.  The question is:  what is it teaching?  ~Nicholas Johnson


TV.  If kids are entertained by two letters, imagine the fun they'll have with twenty-six.  Open your child's imagination.  Open a book.  ~Author Unknown


If you surveyed a hundred typical middle-aged Americans, I bet you'd find that only two of them could tell you their blood types, but every last one of them would know the theme song from The Beverly Hillbillies.  ~Dave Barry


Books had instant replay long before televised sports.  ~Bern Williams


If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger.  ~Frank Lloyd Wright


If it weren't for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn't get any exercise at all.  ~Joey Adams


The same media people that claim violence on TV doesn't influence people, are perfectly willing to sell you advertising time.  ~Author Unknown


I wish there was a knob on the TV so you could turn up the intelligence.  They got one marked "brightness" but it don't work, does it?  ~Leo Anthony Gallagher


And there is no question but that you can't sustain a mood, a dramatic mood of any particular kind, when at the end of the climactic moment of the scene, out come a couple of dancing rabbits with toilet paper. ~Rod Serling, quoted in Teaching Literature to Adolescents: Plays by Alan B. Howes, 1968; various wordings exist, including "How can you put on a meaningful drama or documentary that is adult, incisive, probing, when every fifteen minutes the proceedings are interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper?" ~Rod Serling, speech at Ithaca College (New York), quoted in Reader's Digest, vol.121, 1982


Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.  ~Ann Landers


I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go into the library and read a good book. ~Groucho Marx


We cannot blame the schools alone for the dismal decline in SAT verbal scores.  When our kids come home from school do they pick up a book or do they sit glued to the tube, watching music videos?  Parents, don't make the mistake of thinking your kid only learns between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  ~George Bush


No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.  ~Mary Wortley Montagu


If you came and you found a strange man... teaching your kids to punch each other, or trying to sell them all kinds of products, you'd kick him right out of the house, but here you are; you come in and the TV is on, and you don't think twice about it.  ~Jerome Singer


A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.  ~Paul Dudley White


Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.  ~Charles W. Eliot


Television:  A medium - so called because it is neither rare nor well done.  ~Ernie Kovacs


Television has changed a child from an irresistible force to an immovable object.  ~Author Unknown


Today, watching television often means fighting, violence and foul language - and that's just deciding who gets to hold the remote control.  ~Donna Gephart


Technology... is a queer thing.  It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.  ~C.P. Snow, New York Times, 15 March 1971


Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn't have in your home.  ~David Frost


What is being lost is the magic of the word.  I am not an image person.  Imagery belongs to another civilization:  the caveman.  Caveman couldn't express himself so he put images on walls.  ~Elie Wiesel, 1995


Lord! when you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life.  Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book.  ~Christopher Morley


Time has convinced me of one thing.  Television is for appearing on, not looking at.  ~Noel Coward, attributed


We can put it in its proper perspective by supposing that Gutenberg's great invention had been directed at printing only comic books.  ~Robert M. Hutchins, News Summaries, 31 December 1977


The television, that insidious beast, that Medusa which freezes a billion people to stone every night, staring fixedly, that Siren which called and sang and promised so much and gave, after all, so little.  ~Ray Bradbury, The Golden Apples of the Sun


The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them.  ~Samuel Butler


So much of TV seems to be chewing gum for the eyes.... TV desperately needs more self-reliance and pride in the medium. ~John Mason Brown, January 1955, modification of an earlier statement by Henri Peyre about radio, see quoteinvestigator.com/2013/11/30/tv-gum


I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage.  ~Charles de Secondat, Baron de la Brède et de Montesquieu, Pensées Diverses


Every time you think television has hit its lowest ebb, a new type program comes along to make you wonder where you thought the ebb was.  ~Art Buchwald, "Adding Insult to Injury," Have I Ever Lied to You?, 1966


Ninety-eight percent of American homes have TV sets, which means the people in the other 2% have to generate their own sex and violence.  ~Attributed to Gene Baylos


To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations - such is a pleasure beyond compare.  ~Kenko Yoshida


The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television.  ~Andrew Ross


Television has raised writing to a new low.  ~Samuel Goldwyn


I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.  ~John Muir, 1913, in L.M. Wolfe, ed., John Muir, John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, 1938


Television was not intended to make human beings vacuous, but it is an emanation of their vacuity.  ~Malcolm Muggeridge


Everything is for the eye these days - TV, Life, Look, the movies.  Nothing is just for the mind.  The next generation will have eyeballs as big as cantaloupes and no brain at all.  ~Fred Allen


Television is now so desperately hungry for material that they're scraping the top of the barrel.  ~Gore Vidal


What compels you to stare, night after night, at all the glittering hokum that has been deliberately put together for you?  ~J.B. Priestley


There are days when any electrical appliance in the house, including the vacuum cleaner, seems to offer more entertainment possibilities than the TV set.  ~Harriet van Horne


Theatre is life.  Cinema is art.  Television is furniture.  ~Author Unknown


I have had my television aerials removed.  It is the moral equivalent of a prostate operation.  ~Malcolm Muggeridge


Television is really what we've been looking for all our lives.... [It's] perfect.  You turn a few knobs and lean back and drain your mind of all thought.  And there you are watching the bubbles in the primordial ooze.  ~Raymond Chandler, 1950


Books - the best antidote against the marsh-gas of boredom and vacuity.  ~George Steiner


All television is children's television.  ~Richard P. Adler


Art is moral passion married to entertainment.  Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television.  ~Rita Mae Brown


If you read a lot of books, you're considered well-read.  But if you watch a lot of TV, you're not considered well-viewed.  ~Lily Tomlin


I suppose I should get a VCR, but the only thing I like about television is its ephemerality.  ~P.J. O'Rourke


These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.  From each of them goes out its own voice... and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart.  ~Gilbert Highet


I have come to the feeling about television the way I do about hamburgers:  I eat a lot of hamburgers and I don't remember a single one of them.  ~John Barrow, 1973


When television came roaring in after the war (World War II) they did a little school survey asking children which they preferred and why - television or radio.  And there was this 7-year-old boy who said he preferred radio "because the pictures were better." ~Alistair Cooke



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