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Newton N. Minow Quotes

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When television is good, nothing is better.
When it's bad, nothing is worse.
- Newton N. Minow

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

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

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

 

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to television, for the first time
the young are seeing history made
before it is censored by their elders.
- Margaret Mead

Television is democracy at its ugliest.
- Paddy Chayefsky

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

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

If your working television sits on top of your non-working television,
you might be a redneck.
- Jeff Foxworthy

Roger King is, without a doubt, the greatest salesman
in the history of anything.
And I don't ever limit him just to television.
He could sell you anything.
- Merv Griffin

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

I like radio better than television because if you make a mistake on radio,
they don't know.
You can make up anything on the radio.
- Phil Rizzuto

Television's not going read stories to you.
- Kurt Loder

We film in front of a live audience,
and I was a theater actor before I got into television,
so I like that.
- Jillian Bach

It's a good thing Winston Churchill was around before
the shallow age of television.
He might never have become one of the greatest leaders of all time.
- Neil Cavuto

I can't think of a performer who is better on television than in person.
- Mark Russell

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

I was so jazzed about sobering up
and starting a new life;
I had to stop at a bar
to get a drink just to calm down.
- the television series Glee

In television you go in with this operating system that it is a crapshoot.
- David Ogden Stiers

Why something in the public interest such as television news can be fought over,
like a chain of hamburger stands, eludes me.
- Jimmy Breslin

The best part of being on a television series for all
those years is that you really get to hone your craft.
- Steve Kanaly

Wouldn't it be great if you could only get AIDS by
giving money to television preachers?
- Elayne Boosler

No, I worked a lot for European television,
doing documentaries in Brazil.
- Walter Salles

They put me on television.
And the whole thing broke loose.
It was wild, I tell ya for sure.
- Elvis Presley

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

If there's anything unsettling to the stomach,
it's watching actors on television talk about their personal lives.
- Marlon Brando

If you want good sketches, go pick up Sid Caesar.
The best of Your Show of Shows.
That's the greatest sketch comedy you'll ever see on television.
- Jamie Farr

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

I believe I became one of the first singers to be launched via television exposure.
I guess I was a new kind of musical stylist for a new kind of media.
- Brenda Lee

Twin Peaks was special because it was so groundbreaking.
In the early '90s it really changed television a lot.
A bunch of weird shows, like Northern Exposure,
came on after that.
- Sherilyn Fenn

It gets so boring at home.
After all, how many reruns of Abbott and Costello movies
can a guy watch on television?
- Bud Abbott

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

I think a lot of people in television news look at
the cable networks with great envy.
- Chris Wallace

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

In 1949 there was a new thing called Television,
to which my agency and advisers opposed as a performance medium.
- Loretta Young

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

In Europe, there is no television filmmaking legislation
that could assist film production because private broadcasters
are not interested in supporting Polish film.
- 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

The sense of national catastrophe is inevitably heightened in a television age,
when the whole country participates in it.
- R. W. Apple, Jr.

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

The claim "I was only following orders" has been used
to justify too many tragedies in our history.
- Captain Picard of the television series
STAR TREK: The Next Generation

There is no dignity in television.
- Adam Savage

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

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

Those worship songs on the Christmas project will air on PBS television.
That's highly unusual.
- John Tesh

Television is a young person's medium.
- Bernard Cornwell

Life goes on pretty much the same way.
I've been working on a couple of films on the side.
You may see some more.
You may even see another television show.
- Norman Lear

It is impossible to disregard such an important medium as television.
We should know how to use it, learn to work in it and
express new values in it.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Television is in a different time because of reality television,
so it's not as exciting.
- Shemar Moore

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

I worked at a local television station and I got a
chance to direct and do all those things -
worked kiddie shows,
Ranger House show with the hand puppets and things like that.
- Barry Levinson

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

Well, I just finished starring in a new episode of
the new The Twilight Zone television series.
- Bill Mumy

I did not, like my children and people today,
grow up with television as part of my life.
- Robert Redford

Television is not real life.
In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
- Bill Gates

I got my heroes secondhand, from television and movies,
to a certain extent.
- Brad Bird

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

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

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

Year Two is a critical year for any television show.
- Josh Schwartz


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