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Too Many Anti-Television Quotes[edit]

I think there's far too many anti-television quotes in this article. Not only do I disagree that TV is the root of all problems, it's also not a good, balanced article to me. —This unsigned comment is by Occono (talkcontribs) .

It's not an article, it is a collection of quotes, if you can find some pro-television quotes then you should add them. —This unsigned comment is by (talkcontribs) .

It is called an article, isn't it? I'll try and add any good quotes I can find, I was just bringing attention to it.--Occono 10:12, 8 March 2007 (UTC)

  • I just call them pages because, unlike Wikipedia articles, the pages here aren't "a work of prose" like an essay or a research paper. But you are surely entitled to call it whatever you wish. As for the quotes being negatively focused on television, I'd have to agree. But I own about a dozen books on modern quotations, all of which I have been reading through which have not a single positive quotation about television. Additionally, there are very, very few noteworthy people (read: famous people) out there who say anything good about television, aside from "Be sure to tune into my show!" The article also needs loads of cleanup. Sweet Pinkette 08:09, 21 March 2007 (UTC)


  • It used to be that we in films were the lowest form of art. Now we have something to look down on. ~ Billy Wilder
  • Sex on television can’t hurt you – unless you fall off. ~ Woody Allen
  • Television is called a medium because it is neither rare or well done ~ Fred Allen
  • Television is for appearing on, not looking at. ~ Noel Coward
  • TV is like taking black spray paint to your third eye. ~ Bill Hicks
  • "Television - teacher, mother, secret lover" ~ Homer Simpson
  • Television is more interesting than people. If it were not, we should have people standing in the corners of our rooms. ~ Alan Coren
  • The best that can be said for Norwegian television is that it gives you the sensation of a coma without the worry and inconvenience ~ Bill Bryson
  • Television has raised writing to a new low. ~ Samuel Goldwyn (1882 - 1974)
  • There are many ways to talk about television. But in a "Business" perspective, let's be realistic : basically, TF1's job is to help Coca-Cola sell its product, for instance. To make the advertising message well received, the audience's brain must be available. Our shows are here to make the brain available, to entertain it, to relax it, to prepare it between two messages. What we're selling to Coca-Cola is available human brain time. Nothing is as difficult as getting this availability. ~ Patrick Le Lay, CEO of TF1, the main French TV-channel
  • Television is something the Russians invented to destroy American education. ~ Paul Erdös
  • If there's anything unsettling to the stomach, it's watching actors on television talk about their personal lives. ~ Marlon Brando
  • 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
  • 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
  • Television enables you to be entertained in your home by people you wouldn't have in your home. ~ David Frost
  • 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 (1924 - 1975)
  • Television? The word is half Greek and half Latin. No good will come of this device. ~ C. P. Scott 1936
  • My father hated radio and couldn't wait for television to be invented so he could hate that, too. ~ Peter De Vries, American novelist (1910-1993)
  • Television is America's jester. It has assumed the guise of an idiot while actually accruing power and authority behind the smoke screen of its self-degradation. ~Lawrence Mintz
  • The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television. ~Andrew Ross
  • 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.