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Quotations About / On: TELEVISION

  • 1.
    Never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television.
    (Gore Vidal (b. 1925), U.S. novelist, critic. Attributed, Macmillan Dictionary of Quotations (1989).)
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  • 2.
    The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.
    (William Gibson (b. 1948), U.S. science fiction (cyberpunk) writer. Neuromancer, ch. 1, Ace Science Fiction (1984). Infamous opening sentence of the quintessential "cyberpunk" novel.)
  • 3.
    See, it's okay. He saw it on the television.
    (Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928), U.S. director, screenwriter. Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), The Shining, after describing a violent murder in front of his son and the mother is concerned (1980).)
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  • 4.
    ... there is no reason to confuse television news with journalism.
    (Nora Ephron (b. 1941), U.S. author and humorist. Scribble Scrabble, ch. 5 (1978). Written in 1975 at the end of an essay harshly criticizing CBS-TV for paying H. R. Haldeman, a key figure in the "Watergate" political scandal, to appear on its 60 Minutes news program.)
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  • 5.
    Television was not invented to make human beings vacuous, but is an emanation of their vacuity.
    (Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), British broadcaster. "I Like Dwight," Tread Softly for You Tread on My Jokes (1966).)
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  • 6.
    Television has brought back murder into the home—where it belongs.
    (Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980), Anglo-American filmmaker. Observer (London, Dec. 19, 1965).)
  • 7.
    Let's face it, there are no plain women on television.
    (Anna Ford (b. 1943), British television personality. quoted in Observer (London, Sept. 23, 1979).)
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  • 8.
    Europe has a press that stresses opinions; America a press, radio, and television that emphasize news.
    (James Reston (b. 1909), U.S. journalist. "The President and the Press," The Artillery of the Press (1966).)
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  • 9.
    Television could perform a great service in mass education, but there's no indication its sponsors have anything like this on their minds.
    (Tallulah Bankhead (1903-1968), U.S. actress. Tallulah, ch. 1 (1952). At this point, Bankhead had never appeared on television. Later, she would.)
  • 10.
    Television, despite its enormous presence, turns out to have added pitifully few lines to the communal memory.
    (Justin Kaplan (b. 1925), U.S. literary historian, biographer, editor. Quoted in Observer (London, June 9, 1991). On editing the 1992 edition of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations.)
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