Television Quotes

Since writing JAWS, I've been lucky enough to do close to forty television shows about wildlife in the oceans, and yes, I have been attacked by sea creatures once in a while.

Peter Benchley

"Wilderness is the raw material out of which man has hammered the artifact called civilization." "Wilderness is a resource which can shrink but not grow... the creation of new wilderness in the full sense of the word is impossible." "For unnumbered centuries of human history the wilderness has given way. The priority of industry has become dogma. Are we as yet sufficiently enlightened to realize that we must now challenge that dogma, or do without our wilderness? Do we realize that industry, which has been our good servant, might make a poor master?" "The outstanding scientific discovery of the twentieth century is not television, or radio, but rather the complexity of the land organism. Only those who know the most about it can appreciate how little we know about it. The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: "What good is it?" If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not. If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering."

Aldo Leopold

If it weren't for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of the television, we'd still be eating frozen radio dinners.

Johnny Carson

I watched a rerun on television of a 1960s comedy programme called "Mr Ed", which was about a talking horse. Judging by the quality of the jokes, I would guess that Mr Ed wrote his own material.

William Cullen Bryant

The best that can be said for Norwegian television is that it gives you the sensation of a coma without the worry and inconvenience.

William Cullen Bryant

The remarkable thing about television is that it permits several million people to laugh at the same joke and still feel lonely.

T. S. Eliot

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

John Lennon

There's so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets?

Dick Cavett

Television is a gold goose that lays scrambled eggs; and it is futile and probably fatal to beat it for not laying caviar.

Lee Loevinger

Television is a corporate vulgarity

John Leonard

In general my children refuse to eat anything that hasn't danced on television.

Erma Bombeck

I have never seen a bad television program, because I refuse to. God gave me a mind, and a wrist that turns things off.

Jack Paar

Television was not intended to make human beings vacuous, but it is an emanation of their vacuity.

Malcolm Muggeridge

Television: A medium - so called because it is neither rare nor well done.

Ernie Kovacs

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

Nicholas Johnson

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