Television Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old television quotes, television sayings, and television proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Television is a populous, derivative, democratic medium.     

Dan Harmon

Television is a medium because anything well done is rare.     

Fred Allen

Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn't change people's habits. It just kept them inside the house.     

Alfred Hitchcock

Television probably has become the most evocative, widely observed signpost we have.     

Robert Adams

Today, watching television often means fighting, violence and foul language – and that's just deciding who gets to hold the remote control.     

Donna Gephart

Television is the triumph of machine over people.     

Fred Allen

Good journalism, good television, can make our world a better place.     

Christiane Amanpour

Television is an instrument which can paralyze this country.     

William Westmoreland

Television could perform a great service in mass education, but there's no indication its sponsors have anything like this on their minds.     

Tallulah Bankhead

Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.     

Ann Landers

Television provides the opportunity for an ongoing story, the opportunity to meld the cast and the characters and a world, and to spend more time there.     

David Lynch

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.     

Groucho Marx

Television is more interesting than people.  If it were not, we should have people standing in the corners of our rooms.      


Television enjoys a de facto monopoly on what goes into the heads of a significant part of the population and what they think.      

Pierre Bourdieu

Network television has been attempting to lure viewers for years with its low-interest programming only to have those viewers discover later that their brains are bankrupt.     

P. J. O'Rourke

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

Nicholas Johnson

Television is the most perfect democracy. You sit there with your remote control and vote.     

Aaron Brown

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 has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.     

Alfred Hitchcock

Television has made dictatorship impossible, but democracy unbearable.     

Shimon Peres

Television contracts the imagination and radio expands it.     

Terry Wogan

Television is simply automated daydreaming.     

Lee Loevinger

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

Alfred Hitchcock

Television is chewing gum for the eyes.     

Frank Lloyd Wright

Television has been the single greatest shaper of emptiness.     

Ravi Zacharias

The most corrosive piece of technology that I've ever seen is called television – but then again, television, at its best, is magnificent.     

Steve Jobs

Television is by nature the dominator drug par excellence. Control of content, uniformity of content, repeatability of content make it inevitably a tool of coercion, brainwashing, and manipulation.     

Terence McKenna

All you see on television are debased images.     

Prince Rogers Nelson

In television, everything is gone with the speed of light, literally. It is no field for anybody with intimations of immortality.     

Charles Kuralt

Television is actually closer to reality than anything in books. The madness of TV is the madness of human life.     

Camille Paglia