Friday, May 06, 2005

TV Turnoff Week Quotes

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  ~John Muir, 1913, in L.M. Wolfe, ed., John Muir, John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, 1938 Television was not intended to make human beings vacuous, but it is an emanation of their vacuity.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 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 SteinerAll 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 BrownIf 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'RourkeThese 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. 

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