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Jean BaudrillardLaughter on American television has taken the place of the chorus in Greek tragedy.

—  Jean Baudrillard, 1929-2007, French intellectual

Dave LettermanI cannot sing, dance or act; what else would I be but a talk show host.

—  Dave Letterman, 1947-, American TV talk show host

Laurence J PeterTelevision has changed the American child from an irresistible force into an immovable object.

—  Laurence J Peter, 1919-1990, Canadian writer & educator

Woody AllenLife doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television.

—  Woody Allen, 1935-, American actor & film director

Andy WarholWhen I got my first television set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships

—  Andy Warhol, 1928-1987, American artist

Gore VidalTelevision is now so desperately hungry for material that they're scraping the top of the barrel.

—  Gore Vidal, 1925-2012, American writer

Gore VidalNever pass up a chance to have sex or appear on television.

—  Gore Vidal, 1925-2012, American writer

Jean-Luc GodardI would never see a good movie for the first time on television.

—  Jean-Luc Godard, 1930-, French film director

Fred AllenTelevision is the triumph of machine over people.

—  Fred Allen, 1894-1956, American comedian

Arthur ClarkeCNN is one of the participants in the war. I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected president but refuses because he doesn't want to give up power.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

Eleanor RooseveltIf the use of leisure time is confined to looking at TV for a few extra hours every day, we will deteriorate as a people.

—  Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, American politician & wife of the 32nd USA president

Zig ZiglarRich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have small libraries and big TVs.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Funny Quotes

Groucho MarxI find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book.

—  Groucho Marx, 1890-1977, American comedian

Jerry SeinfeldMen don't care what's on TV. They only care what else is on TV.

—  Jerry Seinfeld, 1954-, American comedian

George CarlinIn TV today, you can say I pricked my finger, but you can't say it the other way around.

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

Fred AllenTelevision is a medium because anything well done is rare.

—  Fred Allen, 1894-1956, American comedian

Kurt VonnegutOne of the few good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us.

—  Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007, American writer

Fred AllenImitation is the sincerest form of television.

—  Fred Allen, 1894-1956, American comedian

Fred AllenTelevision is a device that permits people who haven't anything to do to watch people who can't do anything.

—  Fred Allen, 1894-1956, American comedian


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