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Quotations about Television


Television, a revolutionary invention of the 20th century, has indelibly shaped our world by bringing global events into our living rooms, creating shared cultural moments, and providing a platform for countless voices and stories. It has been a mirror reflecting societal values, norms, and struggles, and a window offering glimpses into lives, realities, and imaginations far from our own. But like any powerful medium, it is multifaceted, eliciting a spectrum of views, and has thus been the subject of discourse, critique, and analysis from many quarters.

Whether it's considered a 'boob tube', an 'idiot box', a cultural barometer, or a tool of enlightenment, television has undoubtedly left its mark on each one of us. The following list of quotations offers a rich, varied, and insightful exploration of television from a multitude of perspectives. You will find the thoughts of writers, artists, scholars, philosophers, and public figures, shedding light on the profound influence, both positive and negative, that television has exerted on our lives and society. From quips and jests to philosophical musings and critical observations, these quotations will make you reflect on the role television plays in your life.

quotations about television

"I always say film is art, theater is life and television is furniture." Kenny Leon (American director, 1956-)

"If it weren't for electricity, we'd all be watching television by candlelight." George Gobel (American comedian, 1919-1991)

If your working television sits on top of your non-working television, you might be *a redneck.*a politician.*homesick.* Jeff Foxworthy (American actor, 1958-)

"Television is chewing gum for the eyes." Frank Lloyd Wright (American architect, 1867-1959)

"Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television." Woody Allen (director and actor, 1935-)

"Television is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome." T. S. Eliot (American-born British poet, critic, and dramatist, 1888-1965)

I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can't stop *eating peanuts.*watching it.*you watching it.* Orson Welles (American actor and film director, 1915-85)

The space between the television set and the viewer is *holy ground.*not far enough.*4 yards.* Fred Rogers (American television host, 1928-2003)

"Imitation is the sincerest form of television." Fred Allen (American humorist, 1894-1956)

"Television has brought back murder into the home – where it belongs." Alfred Hitchcock (British-born film director, 1899-1980)

"Television: A medium. So called because it's neither rare nor *well done.*sought after.*needed.* Ernie Kovacs (Hungarian-American comedian, 1919-1962)

"TV: a clever contraction derived from the words "Terrible Vaudeville". We call it a medium because nothing's well done." Goodman Ace (American humorist, 1899-1982)

"Television is a triumph of equipment over people, and the minds that control it are so small that you could put them in a gnat's navel with room left over for two caraway seeds and an agent's heart." Fred Allen (American humorist, 1894-1956)

"Theatre actors look down on film actors, who look down on TV actors. Thank God for reality shows or we wouldn't have anybody to look down on." George Clooney (American actor and director, 1961-)

"Television is more interesting than people. If it were not, we should have people standing in the corners of our rooms." Alan Coren (English humorist, 1938-2007)

"Television is for appearing on, not looking at." Noel Coward (English dramatist, actor, and composer, 1899-1973)

"Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn't have in your home." David Frost (English broadcaster and writer, 1939-2013)

Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than *each other.*the walls.*the sky.* Ann Landers (American advice columnist, 1918-2002)

"I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book." Groucho Marx (American film comedian, 1890-1977)

"Television? The word is half Greek, half *Latin.*German.*Spanish.* No good can come of it." C. P. Scott (British journalist, 1846-1932)

"It used to be that we in films were the lowest form of art. Now we have something to look down on." Billy Wilder (American screenwriter and director, 1906-2002) talking about television

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