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27 Television Quotations

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


''Imitation is the sincerest form of television.''
- Fred Allen


'' [Television is] the triumph of machine over people.''
- Fred Allen


''If there's anything unsettling to the stomach, it's watching actors on television talk about their personal lives.''
- Marlon Brando


''The one function TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were.''
- David Brinkley


''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


''If it weren't for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television, we'd still be eating frozen radio dinners.''
- Johnny Carson


''Television news is like a lightning flash. It makes a loud noise, lights up everything around it, leaves everything else in darkness and then is suddenly gone.''
- Hodding Carter


''Television is more interesting than people. If it were not, we would have people standing in the corners of our rooms.''
- Alan Corenk


''Television is for appearing on - not for looking at.''
- Noel Coward


''My father hated radio and could not wait for television to be invented so he could hate that too.''
- Peter de Vries


''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 D. Eisenhower


''MTV is the lava lamp of the 1980's.''
- Doug Ferrari


''Television enables you to be entertained in your home by people you wouldn't have in your home.''
- David Frost


'' [The 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


''Don't you wish there were a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence? There's one marked 'Brightness,' but it doesn't work.''
- Gallagher


''Television has raised writing to a new low.''
- Samuel Goldwyn


''Seeing a murder on television... can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.''
- Alfred Hitchcock


''Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.''
- Alfred Hitchcock


''Television - a medium. So called because it is neither rare nor well-done.''
- Ernie Kovacs


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


''I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.''
- Groucho Marx


''Imagine what it would be like if TV actually were good. It would be the end of everything we know.''
- Marvin Minksy


''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


''Dealing with network executives is like being nibbled to death by ducks.''
- Eric Sevareid


''The human race is faced with a cruel choice: work or daytime television.''
- Unknown


''TV is chewing gum for the eyes.''
- Frank Lloyd Wright






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