Thursday, May 12, 2005

TV Turnoff Week Quotes

  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 MorleyTime 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 Television:  chewing gum for the eyes.  ~Frank Lloyd Wright 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

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