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Television is democracy at its ugliest. ...
by Paddy Chayefsky

Television is democracy at its ugliest.
- Paddy Chayefsky

Related topics: Politics

You British plundered half the world for your own profit.
Let's not pass it off as the Age of Enlightenment.
- Paddy Chayefsky

It's always the generals with the bloodiest records
who are the first to shout what a hell it is.
And it's always the war widows who lead the Memorial Day parades.
- Paddy Chayefsky

I'm a man without a corporation.
- Paddy Chayefsky

 

God save us from people who do the morally right thing.
It's always the rest of us who get broken in half.
- Paddy Chayefsky

Artists don't talk about art.
Artists talk about work.
If I have anything to say to young writers,
it's stop thinking of writing as art.
Think of it as work.
- Paddy Chayefsky

You don't send a man to his death because you want a hero.
- Paddy Chayefsky

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To deny the facts would be illogical.
- the character Spock in the television series Star Trek

Humans do have an amazing capacity
for believing what they choose,
and excluding that which is painful.
- Spock (character in Star Trek television series)

Where there is no emotion,
there is no motive for violence.
- the character Spock in the Star Trek television series

I think people have a vague sense that the television system is changing.
- Michael K. Powell

If everyone demanded peace
instead of another television set,
then there'd be peace.
- John Lennon

Television is a medium because anything well done is rare.
- Fred Allen

Why should people go out and pay money to see bad films
when they can stay at home and see bad television for nothing?
- Samuel Goldwyn

Television is chewing gum for the eyes.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Is it bigger than breadbox?
- the early television show Twenty Questions

Television has a real problem. They have no page two.
- Art Buchwald

Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television.
- Woody Allen

The car trip can draw the family together,
as it was in the days before television when parents
and children actually talked to each other.
- Andrew H. Malcolm

Television has brought back murder into the home -
where it belongs.
- Alfred Hitchcock

Many of our own people here in this country do not ask about computers,
telephones and television sets.
They ask - when will we get a road to our village.
- Thabo Mbeki

I never really wanted to be an actor.
And that was the beginning of it, I began to write
things down and eventually became a writer on a television show.
- Barry Levinson

Supermodels are over, and the new picture girl has
become the television actress.
- Portia de Rossi

I went on television and I wouldn't say a word;
I feel so stupid when I watch them again.
- Charlotte Gainsbourg

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

Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda,
and entertainment without moral passion is television.
- Rita Mae Brown

Nothing could be recorded in those days except by aiming
a movie camera at the television screen.
It was at least another 10 years before they had any
kind of recording medium.
- Nigel Kneale

I come from an everyday middle class family in India.
The film industry reached us only through our television sets and cinema halls.
- Lavrenti Lopes

I'm not up on today's television for children,
because it's mostly cartoons that don't seem to interest me.
- William Jackson

I never weigh myself, but the brutal truth of television
is that they don't employ old people or fat people.
- Ruby Wax

Life is so fast these days, and we're exposed to so much information.
Television makes us a witness to such misery.
- Gates McFadden

Washington is the only city in the world where you
can go to a black-tie dinner and there at the foot
of the table is a television set up to catch a press conference.
- Hugh Newell Jacobsen

I hope to continue working in film, television and theatre.
- Jeremy Bulloch

I don't think there is enough educational programming,
but unfortunately, television is built around advertising
and those shows don't get the big ratings.
- Will McDonough

Time is money, as they say, and it was never more apropos
than on a television show,
where a minute is worth about $200!
- Dirk Benedict

Television is actually closer to reality than anything in books.
The madness of TV is the madness of human life.
- Camille Paglia

There's not a whole lot of events out there on television,
especially in the years between Olympic Games.
- Shannon Miller

Richard Lloyd of Television is one of my favorite guitarists.
His mentor was Jimi Hendrix when he was just 14.
Jimi was always pounding everything he knew into that kid.
- Tina Weymouth

Well, you'll find the most boring part of it is the waiting,
at least if it's in films anyway.
Television's a lot faster, but the product...
I don't think it's as good as a film.
- Lee Hazlewood

I don't really get a chance to watch much television.
- Will Estes

I'd say without a doubt I've had the most sex scenes in any television show,
ever.
Last season I did eight sex scenes in one day -
I haven't topped that yet.
- Julian McMahon

I don't know how to do the other, so I won't even consider
television until the audience's taste changes.
- Mary Tyler Moore

I've got about 27 gigs right now.
I've got radio, I've got television,
I've got The Washington Post.
- Tony Kornheiser

I have been inundated with offers to move into a career in television or film,
and these, too, are tempting.
- David Ginola

Violence and smut are of course everywhere on the airwaves.
You cannot turn on your television without seeing them,
although sometimes you have to hunt around.
- Dave Barry

I haven't killed anyone on television in years and years.
Must have been twenty something years.
- Gavin MacLeod

And I tried it and I felt, I guess I must have been
pulled in by the red light of television and now I've been on TV since 1992.
- Star Jones

I think it's impossible for any of us not to find television,
and the political process at its best on television,
compelling.
- Peter Jennings

There is something supremely reassuring about television;
the worst is always yet to come.
- Jack Gould

I had - all my life, everybody who knew me thought
that I would probably grow up to be a reporter,
a newspaper reporter because we didn't have much television in those days.
- Bob Schieffer

I know I'm an actor, but I'm not at all a believer
in people watching a lot of TV.
I've never had television in my home.
- Alexandra Paul

Violent behavior exists in one's psychological makeup
much deeper than the level that receives information
from television or movies.
- Richard King

I have this phobia: I don't like mirrors.
And I don't watch myself on television.
If anything comes on, I make them shut it off,
or I leave the room.
- Pamela Anderson

Well I'm not much of a singer.
But it's been a really nice time to do film,
television, theater and have it all happening at once.
That wasn't planned but it just happens.
- Peter Krause

In television, everything is gone with the speed of light,
literally.
It is no field for anybody with intimations of immortality.
- Charles Kuralt

Television has changed the American child from an irresistable
force to an immovable object.
- Laurence J. Peter

I grew up in the theatre.
It's where I got my start.
Writing a television drama with theatrical dialogue
about the theatre is beyond perfection.
- Aaron Sorkin

On the one hand, young theatre directors were coming to television theatre,
because they wanted to get closer to the cinema,
despite having studied and worked for the theatre.
- Andrzej Wajda

I want to make smart television.
- Michael Ironside

The demand for standup in the eighties was created
by how easy it was to exploit 'comedians' and create
very cheap television programming.
- Marc Maron

The music and everything we're doing on the stage and
on television backs itself up.
If that's what gets people's curiosity going or brings their attention to us,
that's fine.
- Tina Yothers

Television is more of a business.
You can't take as many risks, because there's so many channels now,
and the advertising's dropping.
- Dana Delany

I'm more offended when someone's killed on television
than when there's something that's sensuous or sexual.
So what?
- Calvin Klein

Pete Rozelle used television to get the game to the
American public by creating the Super Bowl and making
it the biggest sporting event in the world.
- Will McDonough

My first Top of the Pops I didn't want to do.
I was terrified.
I'd never done television before.
Seeing the video afterwards was like watching myself die.
- Kate Bush

But reality television is here to stay.
- Cilla Black

Some news managers have been slow to grasp that good
television news is always substance over form.
- Jessica Savitch

Television makes so much at its worst that it can't afford to do its best.
- Fred W. Friendly

Recently I've been participating in radio and television
talk programs doing broadcasts and conferences,
and shooting my mouth off and really going to town.
- Peter Maxwell Davies

Television theatre, as is implied in its name,
should rely on adaptations of scripts written for the theatre.
- Andrzej Wajda

But I think the image that's thrown out on television is a bad image.
Because you see players who want to imitate hip-hop stars.
And the NBA is taking advantage of the situation.
- Oscar Robertson


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