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Television is more interesting than people.
by Alan Coren

Television is more interesting than people.
If it were not we should have people standing in the corner of our room.
- Alan Coren

Democracy consists of choosing your dictators,
after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear.
- Alan Coren

The Act of God designation on all insurance policies;
which means,
roughly, that you cannot be insured for the accidents
that are most likely to happen to you.
- Alan Coren

I wonder sometimes if manufacturers of foolproof items
keep a fool or two on their payroll to test things.
- Alan Coren

 

Since both its national products, snow and chocolate,
melt, the cuckoo clock was invented solely in order
to give tourists something solid to remember it by.
- Alan Coren

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

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

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

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

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

Television is democracy at its ugliest.
- Paddy Chayefsky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you believe that your thoughts originate inside your brain,
do you also believe that television shows are made
inside your television set?
- Warren Ellis

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

My father was invited to play on a television show
when I was 17 or 18 that was an early equivalent of educational television,
a Sunday afternoon kind of variety art show.
- John Sebastian

I'd really been wanting to do a television series.
I was looking for a comedy.
- Jeanne Tripplehorn

We're one of the forces that causes actors to fasten
seat belts before they take off chasing the bad guy in the car...
or removes some of the cigarette smoking on television.
- Gerald McRaney

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

Television: A medium.
So called because it's neither rare nor well done.
- Ernie Kovacs

I want to make smart television.
- Michael Ironside

Look at television and how comparatively few minorities are out there.
- Gedde Watanabe

I really hate sitcoms on television with canned laughter and stuff.
What really makes me laugh is the real-life stuff.
I've got a dry sense of humor.
- Katie Price

It is about this very abstract sense of displacement
that he feels the moment he turns off the television.
- Atom Egoyan

The latest wrinkle is on wrinkles.
There is a widespread belief that women can't grow old in television news.
- Jessica Savitch

I don't think I miss anything by not watching television.
- Alexandra Paul

Have you ever seen a candidate talking to a rich person on television?
- Art Buchwald

Being on a television series is sort of life-altering on every level.
- Victor Garber

I was mostly interested in it as a theatrical film.
Personally, I am not so interested in television,
simply because I don't watch television myself.
I'm into movies.
- Bille August

I mean, on the television, I've got to continue to be Star Jones Reynolds.
And I enjoy that.
But in my real life, I'm a wife now.
You can't really be bossy when you're married.
- Star Jones

Cinema, radio, television, magazines are a school of inattention:
people look without seeing,
listen in without hearing.
- Robert Bresson

I like to stay home and watch television.
The Game Show channel, mostly.
- Harry Dean Stanton

I do love television.
But the business is accelerating and people are not
getting the chance to fail.
- Dick Wolf

I think the roles in television are better for women right now.
At this point, I don't want to continue doing the same
things I've been doing in film because it's very limited.
- Sandra Oh

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

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

It's the first war we've ever fought on the television
screen and the first war that our country ever fought
where the media had full reign.
- William Westmoreland

Television's very dependent on images.
That's not what news is.
- Kurt Loder

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

Television studios bet the farm on reality shows,
where they didn't need any actors and movie studios
had no plans for any quality movies that required the presence of me.
- Alfre Woodard

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

Sometimes it's like watching a train wreck.
You're uncomfortable, but you just can't help yourself.
Some of those so-called bad interviews actually turned
into compelling television.
- Tony Danza

Live theater to me is much more free than the movies or television.
- Eartha Kitt

We are drawn to our television sets each April the
way we are drawn to the scene of an accident.
- Vincent Canby

I think television defeats ventriloquism.
- Paul Winchell

Actually, the kids at school don't treat me any differently
at all just because I'm on television.
- Beverley Mitchell

I've always had an inquisitive mind about everything
from flowers to television sets to motor cars.
Always pulled them apart - couldn't put 'em back,
but always extremely interested in how things work.
- Craig Johnston

Television doesn't make stars.
It's the written media, the press, that makes stars.
- Chevy Chase

It's not that I'm knocking the movie and television work.
- George Peppard

Television is the triumph of machine over people.
- Fred Allen

But, I don't know, the violence, I can't even talk about.
We don't do a lot of violent shows.
When I started in television, breaking a pencil was a violent act.
- Aaron Spelling

There is no dignity in television.
- Adam Savage

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

You know, it is a terrible thing to appear on television,
because people think that you actually know what you're talking about.
- David Attenborough

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

We don't perceive a contradiction between writing books,
making films or producing a television program.
These days you can't choose how you want to express yourself anymore.
- Alexander Kluge

You do show after show after show and get them done and on the air.
Television devours material.
We work a minimum of 12, 14 hours, and often 15,
18 hours a day.
- Parker Stevenson

I hate television.
I hate it as much as peanuts.
But I can't stop eating peanuts.
- Orson Welles

Television is like the American toaster,
you push the button and the same thing pops up everytime.
- Alfred Hitchcock

I do still like television very much,
but the theatre does really have something special about it.
- Sarah Sutton

The television critic, whatever his pretensions,
does not labour in the same vineyard as those he criticizes;
his grapes are all sour.
- Frederic Raphael

Everything has been homogenized.
Over time, with television and jet travel,
everybody has blended together.
Some of our wonderful charm has been lost.
- Bruce Paltrow

All television is educational television.
The question is: what is it teaching?
- Nicholas Johnson

Anyway, that was the germ of the idea and of course...
you know this was early days of sociology and whatever,
especially on television.
- Michael Apted


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