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"Ordinary people have big TVs. Extraordinary people have big libraries." - Robin S. Sharma

"I'm sorry I'm crying again on national television." - Kelly Clarkson

"I never thought I'd sing or dance on national television." - Jane Krakowski

"I have a few TVs." - Wolf Blitzer

"I don't think there is a national pasttime. Watching TV is a national pasttime. Really. If there is a national pasttime, it is watching TV." - Michael Lewis

"You can't get any braver than going on national television to be weighed." - Caroline Rhea

"I actually called a touchdown on national TV in the NFL while going to the bathroom." - Joe Buck

"Going from college to being on national TV almost fresh outta school, it happened really fast." - Terrence J

"I told the truth, and I did it on national TV in a lie-detector test." - Paula Jones

"I'm on national TV in front of millions and I hate making mistakes." - Terry Bradshaw

"Donald Trump threatened to file a defamation suit against me for running a TV ad that consisted only entirely of his own words on national television. Now, that's really a remarkable theory, that it is defamation to show people what he said on national TV. I think the voters are smarter than that." - Ted Cruz

"Televisions are devices with screens that things appear on." - Tim Cook

"I have like fifteen televisions in my house." - Jimmy Kimmel

"Baseball hasn't been the national pastime for many years now - no sport is. The national pastime, like it or not, is watching television." - Bob Greene

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

"If you're doing a recipe on national television, there's really no room for being sloppy or a nonperfectionist." - Martha Stewart

"I am a stage actor. I do mostly improv comedy. The only national television stuff is 'Archer' and' Frisky Dingo.'" - Amber Nash

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

"I went from an innocent child to a national television star. My career took on a life of its own." - Donny Osmond

"Ordinary performers have giant TVs. Extraordinary performers have huge libraries." - Robin S. Sharma

"Break all the TVs, burn all the Bibles." - John Henrik Clarke

"Successful people have libraries. The rest have big screen TVs" - Jim Rohn

"Louis Freeh said on national TV that actionable intelligence could have allowed us to stop the hijackings." - Curt Weldon

"Rich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have small libraries and big TVs." - Zig Ziglar

"By the summer of 2012, the majority of the televisions you see in stores will have Google TV embedded." - Eric Schmidt

"Gross National Product is our Holy Grail." - Stewart Udall

"To this day it cracks me up to think that my debut on national British television as a reporter ends with me turning a trick." - RuPaul

"Television was supposed to be a national park. (Instead) it has become a money machine... It's a commodity now, just like pork bellies." - Fred W Friendly

"[Television executives] are afraid to advertise condoms that could save lives, but do not blush about telecasting a National Geographic special on President Reagan's pelvic plumbing." - Martin Nolan

"I think that's important to have in something like a national television show. It's important to portray a woman realistically, and not just as a bridezilla." - Cristin Milioti

"We know what Donald Trump has said and what he's done to women. But he also went after a disabled reporter, mocked and mimicked him on national television." - Hillary Clinton

"A lot of people don't know the first time I was ever on national television I was a 'Soul Train' dancer." - Nick Cannon

"I felt that it was my mission to see to it that black talent had an opportunity to get national television exposure." - Don Cornelius

"Television was supposed to be a national park. Instead it has become a money machine. It's a commodity now, just like pork bellies." - Fred W Friendly

"I could never have imagined that firing 67 people on national television would actually make me more popular, especially with the younger generation." - Donald Trump

"Lawns are a form of television" - Michael Pollan

"When you watch television, you never see people watching television. We love television because it brings us a world in which television does not exist." - Barbara Ehrenreich

"The time is soon coming, thinks Rusty, when fornication will be professional athletics, and everybody will watch the national eliminations on TV." - Norman Mailer

"I'm not one of those people that goes into details of my personal life on national TV to get attention. Some things are better left unsaid." - Mariah Carey

"National Geographic has awesome stuff. I like Court TV. Sometimes I'll watch Reality Mix because they have some interesting stuff on that." - Erik Estrada

"Almost anything is better than three network TV outlets completely controlling the national discourse with their nightly broadcasts. We've moved a long way from that, and that's important." - Jimmy Wales

"If my shirt's off all the time on national TV, with 20 million people watching, I want to look my best." - Jesse Metcalfe

"I think most people, no matter their status now, have big screen TVs, because they're the standard TVs now. And so why would you go to the cinema?" - Noel Clarke

"If I need to buy a TV, I'll definitely buy a Japanese TV. A Chinese TV might explode." - Jackie Chan

"Our Times, a Brief History: As televisions became flatter, People became rounder." - Demetri Martin

"I tend to avoid televisions, politics, and places with velvet ropes." - Demetri Martin

"Once typecast as the indispensable altarpiece of a well-appointed living room, TVs have infected every human environment. The average American household has more television sets than people." - Seth Shostak

"Old beach houses sometimes don't have TVs, or you don't get cellphone reception." - Jim Rash

"At the beginning of 1955 only about 60 percent of American homes had TVs." - Annette Funicello

"The president is on national TV apologizing for getting oral sex. Why didn't he just stick with his lie? You got to stick with your lie. If you lie, you have to believe that lie whole-heartedly. It has to become the truth for you. But this man, the most powerful man in the world, is on national TV apologizing for receiving oral sex. He's an idiot. There are men sitting in here right now who would gladly accept oral sex on national TV." - Wanda Sykes

"If I want a television, I would love the buy American-made televisions like they used to have where they had GE and Sylvania and all of the different. Today, it's Samsung, it's LG, it's Sony. We don't make televisions anymore." - Donald Trump

"The first presidential debate was down in Florida. Residents spent all day putting plywood on their televisions." - David Letterman

"People often try to disguise televisions. I always think that makes it worse. It is what it is!" - L'Wren Scott

"Televisions and movies have made many Americans into habitual consumers of synthetic experience-audiovisual fantasies that simply pass the time." - Karl Albrecht

"There's nothing a priori good about equality. One person has three televisions, the other has two, so what?" - Catherine Wilson

"Apparently, when Twin Peaks was on the air in Spain, something like 50 percent of televisions were tuned to it." - Kyle Maclachlan

"Surrounded by noises from televisions, airplanes, subways and automobiles, most of us 'tune out' for self-protection." - Michael J. Gelb

"People often try to disguise televisions. I always think that makes it worse. It is what it is!" - Lwren Scott

"National Health? Socialized pension funds? State-controlled television? Search and seizure laws? Forfeiture laws? If we're not living in the Soviet Union of the United States we certainly have returned to 1776 and 'taxation without representation.'" - Michael Moriarty

"My friends and I would get up early and take our horses through the national forest. My mom was very free. It was always Out of the house! There was no watching television on weekends." - Anna Torv

"The question is, why are politicians so eager to be president? What is it about the job that makes it worth revealing, on national television, that you have the ethical standards of a slime-coated piece of industrial waste?" - Dave Barry

"I got a call from an agent to come to New York City, and write for the 'Ford Star Revue.' Because at the time there wasn't much 'national television'." - Norman Lear

"I still remember vividly watching television coverage of the Democratic National Convention in the summer of 1992 (when he was 17) when Bill Clinton got the nomination. That was certainly a part of my growing interest in politics." - Josh Earnest

"Whenever anyone does as this ad does, plays the actual words of Donald Trump on national television, his response is to yell, "Liar." Their strategy is simply to yell, "Liar, liar, liar."" - Ted Cruz

"After studying in Sheffield, I went down to London to do my post-graduate degree at the National Film and Television School, embarking on the movie that would eventually become 'A Grand Day Out.'" - Nick Park

"Laura Bush went on national television during the week of my father's funeral and spoke out against embryonic stem cell research, pointing out that where Alzheimer's is concerned, we don't have proof that stem-cell treatment would be effective." - Patti Davis

"In my early life, I was a professional folk singer. I used to sing on the national television and radio in Canada. Nobody knows that - but now I've said it, haven't I? I'm strictly a shower singer at the minute." - Mary Gordon

"I love football and it's the sport I would really like to play. I've said on national television here that I would really love to play for one of our football clubs when I finished my tennis career." - Novak Djokovic

"We don't have access to a national forum that we had in those days, through the news magazines which were the television news of the time. It's very disturbing to me that we've sort of been pushed to the corners." - Carlisle Floyd

"After studying in Sheffield, I went down to London to do my post-graduate degree at the National Film and Television School, embarking on the movie that would eventually become 'A Grand Day Out." - Nick Park

"After the killing of Osama Bin Laden, the Obama administration steadfastly refused to say which element of the U.S. military had participated in the assault. Until Vice President Joe Biden decided to talk about it on national television, that is." - Ben Shapiro

"Television has given Pakistan a truly open national forum for the first time in its history. Ideas are debated, leaders are assessed and criticised, and a nation of 170 million people is finally discovering, together, what it thinks." - Mohsin Hamid

"My friends and I would get up early and take our horses through the national forest. My mom was very free. It was always 'Out of the house!' There was no watching television on weekends." - Anna Torv

"I'm not saying writing comedy's brain surgery, but there is a certain pressure to it. It's the equivalent of doing homework that's going to end up on national television." - Miranda Hart

"I would argue that television and particularly the BBC were instrumental in puffing up the Royal Family to a level where they were inflated out of all, all proportion to their relevance on the national scene." - Andrew Morton

"National isolation breeds national neurosis." - Hubert Humphrey

"National isolation breeds national neurosis." - Hubert H Humphrey

"Every area had their own superstar. The TV was not national, it was localized. So you could develop in one place, or the next place and be a better star, go to the next place and be a superstar." - George Steele

"I think things like YouTube and Twitter are really cool and really good in some ways, but the fact that the news is cutting to a YouTube clip on national TV, I think is really weird." - Andrew VanWyngarden

"I had that perfect deadpan ... for these commercials. Within the first eight months I had eight national TV commercials. I'm a true Hollywood success story - knew no one, had no connections." - Leslie Jordan

"I don't watch TV dramas. I watch ESPN, HBO boxing, National Geographic Channel and I kind of like to get some DVDs, movies that I haven't seen and I just pop them in." - Dominic Purcell

"There is no such thing as national advertising. All advertising is local and personal. It's one man or woman reading one newspaper in the kitchen or watching TV in the den." - Morris Hite

"I went on national television - went on national television and said. 'I'm sick and tired of people saying that taking drugs is a sickness. When you put something of your own free will in your own body knowing that it's harmful against the body, it's against the law and all it will do is lead you down the path of destruction, that is a weakness.'" - Tommy Lasorda

"Have you noticed that families on TV never watch television?" - Henny Youngman

"I don't watch television. I'm not a TV guy." - Gary Lockwood

"Well, certainly I think American television is - that's proper TV." - Graham Norton

"I don't have television so I don't watch TV." - Paul Wesley

"All television is children's television." - Richard Adler

"All television is children's television." - Richard P. Adler

"The illusion of companionship sits waiting in the television set. We keep our televisions on more than we watch them - an average of more than seven hours a day. For background. For company." - Louise Bernikow

"I have five television sets. (I like to think of them as a set of five televisions.) I have two DVR boxes, three DVD players, two VHS machines and four stereos. I have nineteen remote controls, mostly in one drawer." - Rick Moranis

"I think that televisions are unnecessarily complex. The irony is that as the pictures get better and the choice of content gets broader, that the complexity of the experience of using the television gets more and more complicated." - John Sculley

"In the 1970s, Japan moved into the U.S. turf with its televisions, cars, chips, and steel. But if you think about it, the only business Japan destroyed was the U.S. television industry." - Fujio Mitarai

"The world has too many automobiles and televisions. Now the standard is there should be one car and TV for every person. This is not healthy for the environment or our souls." - Charles Hartshorne

" is growing its audience by forming partnerships with traditional TV manufacturers and a new breed of company in the set-top box market that lets consumers connect to the Internet via their televisions." - Adam Ostrow

"The Bush campaign for re-election has officially begun. They're actually running television commercials. Have you seen any of the television commercials? In one of the commercials, you see George Bush for thirty seconds. In another commercial, you get to see George Bush for sixty seconds - kind of like his stint in the National Guard." - David Letterman

"You saw on your TV what happened in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The Reserves or National Guard are usually the people we use for those national emergencies. They weren't here, they were over in Iraq, and so we were less protected." - Joseph Stiglitz

"TV can reach broad audiences, mass audiences, niche audiences; it can be local, regional, national; it can be spots, sponsorship, interactive. It can be anything you want it to be. I tend to think of TV as the Swiss Army knife of media, it's got something for everybody." - Nick Manning

"As TV embedded itself into the national consciousness, it got us to remember how more than just the facts transmits truth and reality - and in fun, engaging ways. TV also showed us how telling our stories, confronting our own truths makes us and the people with whom we're sharing feel less lonely and alienated." - Lee Gutkind

"Why are we seeing George Bush on TV every two hours for nine or ten days at a time, like some kind of mutated Mr. Rogers clone? Something is dangerously wrong in any country where a monumentally-failed backwoods politician can scare our national TV networks so totally that they will give him anything he wants." - Hunter S Thompson

"I don't have any TVs with their over-the-air receivers connected in my house. But when I'm in a hotel room or other places that have a TV, then I turn it on and flip the channels just like everybody else. I'm not immune to the lures of television. I just try to stay away from it because I like to read." - Bill Gates

"I don't want to do television. A TV show sitcom? I don't even watch TV." - China Chow

"I abhor television. Notice how i said 'television' and not 'TV' because TV is a nickname and nicknames are for friends and television is no friend of mine." - Nick Valensi

"I abhor television. Notice how i said "television" and not "TV" because TV is a nickname and nicknames are for friends and television is no friend of mine." - Nick Valensi

"Donald Trump is the kind of guy that wants you to like him. He wants to be the centre of attention. A TV reporter is somebody who gives him a very grand stage, and I was the first national television correspondent following his campaign. So he wanted to charm me - and when he couldn't do that, he attacked. And it's the same thing he does every day with senators; he'll be charming with them and the next day he will go out and attack them on Twitter and if they don't fall in line. He toggles back and forth between these two aspects of his personality." - Katy Tur

"I would watch 'The Dukes of Hazzard' on loop. At one point I had 30 televisions in my bedroom and I would watch it over and over." - Sean William Scott

"I ordered all of these sets [ from South Korea] and I'm thinking to myself, this is ridiculous. We don't even make televisions here [in U.S]." - Donald Trump

"Most Canadians don't understand the House of Commons. They turn on their televisions, see us yelling at one another, and dismiss us as a bunch of fools." - Jean Chretien

"There is a revolution happening, and within two years I think that Wi-Fi and Netflix will be built into all the televisions." - Reed Hastings

"I would watch 'The Dukes of Hazzard' on loop. At one point I had 30 televisions in my bedroom and I would watch it over and over." - Seann William Scott

"Movies are movies, television is television." - Dirk Benedict

"I liked television, and television liked me." - Joel Siegel

"On the lip of the Grand Canyon. I've always wanted to do that. My very first TV special out of the Olympics was on a glacier in Alaska. Right after that one, I went and pitched this idea to skate in three National Parks. Like Voyageurs National Park, because it freezes over and you have these little islands that you can skate around. [The networks] were like, 'Way too expensive.'" - Brian Boitano

"The new world lies before her eyes like an opened chest of treasure, a flock of birds over Africa, a thousand TVs all playing at once." - Douglas Coupland

"People are going to be seeing me a lot everywhere: TVs, music, movies, festivals. You name it, I'm gonna be there." - AraabMuzik

"When most people turn on their TVs, they don't expect a frank discussion of philosophical ideas in their practical context. Or any context." - David O Russell

"By the end of the millenium five men controlled the world's media. And the people rejoiced, because their TVs told them to." - Michael Moore

"My husband wanted one of those big-screen TVs for his birthday. So I just moved his chair closer to the one we have already." - Wendy Liebman

"It's hard not to get down on the government when you see dysfunction play out on our TVs every day. Frankly, sometimes at every level of government." - Chuck Todd

"Whenever I read statistical reports, I try to imagine my unfortunate contemporary, the Average Person, who, according to these reports, has 0.66 children, 0.032 cars, and 0.046 TVs." - Kató Lomb

"If people would turn their TVs off for half the time, study science and practice an instrument, they'd be virtuosos and have Ph.Ds!" - Philippe Kahn

"Actually, 3D is really the most normal thing because it's how those of us with two eyes usually see the world. TVs are the unusual things in 2D!" - Shigeru Miyamoto

"I don't go crazy buying expensive technology. I'd probably say my laptops and TVs are the most expensive things I've bought." - Joel David Moore

"The problem, when comparing contemporary television to television in 1974, is that TV has become not just bad but sad." - P J Orourke

"Internet TV is replacing linear TV." - Mary Meeker

"But people turn on their televisions. They turn on their televisions and they see what's happening in Iraq. The American people are not stupid. And the one thing they understand, they understand how incredibly mismanaged and bungled this war has been by the civilians in this administration. And - I mean, you can't paper over that, any more than you can paper over Katrina." - Joe Biden

"...Skyscraper National Park" - Kurt Vonnegut

"They'll nail anyone who ever scratched his ass during the national anthem." - Humphrey Bogart

"I would make the movie industry more like the television industry. TV is more material driven. In TV, you can break new stars. TV can take more chances." - Stephen Chbosky

"To try something longer, I entered a half-hour radio drama contest with the national public broadcaster, CBC. To my surprise, I won. And that opened doors in film and television, because that broadcaster was looking to cultivate new Canadian talent, especially women who could write." - Karen Walton

"Masochists are people that have pleasure confused with pain. In a world that has television confused with entertainment, doritoes confused with food, and Dan Quayle confused with a national political leader, masochists are clearly less mixed-up than the rest of us." - P. J. O'Rourke

"[Political] conventions lend themselves to pandering, as few politicians can resist the temptation to tell a national television audience how well they will run the country if elected. The problem is that government is not supposed to run the country - we're supposed to be free." - Ron Paul

"In the Rather/Bush incident, it was totally unfair. CBS was trying him and convicting him and trying to execute him on national television. They had made up their minds. CBS made the fatal error of trying to become the political opposition to George Bush. And, when they did that, they put themselves in an arena where they can get knocked on their fanny." - Roger Ailes

"When I said on national television I still struggle, a reparative therapist called me and said if you'll come into therapy with me I can cure you of your temptations and attractions 100 percent. And then there are the offers of using homosexual pornography within the therapeutic process to help people understand why they're struggling." - Alan Chambers

"I saw Vicente Fox use the word that he used. I can only tell you, if I would have used even half of that word, it would have been national scandal. This guy used a filthy, disgusting word on television, and he should be ashamed of himself, and he should apologize, OK?" - Donald Trump

"I never stopped feeling abject terror until I got on television and went on a national ad campaign and realized, "I will be able to feed my children. I have somehow averted the destiny that awaited me, which is endless, crippling debt forever."" - John Hodgman

"Remember how he handled the Iran-contra Never Ending Scandal from Hell? He went on national television, the President of the United States, and said it wasn't his fault, because he was not aware, at the time, of what his foreign policy was." - Dave Barry

"Today, National Geographic has a membership side with a magazine and some television side, and they generate about a billion dollars in revenue, and they're profitable. And so at the end of the year they have some bottom line profit which they can then reinvest, because they're running it as a not-for-profit in charitable endeavors." - Steve Case

"I feel like more than 80% of the world wouldn't get up in front of 40 million people and dance on national television, and if I have the confidence to do that then that's a step ahead in my life for me in terms of personal goals. I will gain a lot of confidence on all aspects right there." - Rob Kardashian

"If all our political and intellectual elite offers by way of a national culture is "pop music, gambling, fashionable clothes or television," then we can neither mount a convincing intellectual defense against our enemies, nor hope to integrate intelligent, inquiring, and unfulfilled Muslim youths young men principally, of course to our way of life." - Anthony Daniels

"I have a big problem when the sanctimonious, holier than thou congressmen and women go on national television for six hours and beat somebody up with a stick, and not because I'm 'Ms. Manners.' That's not what bothers me. People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones." - Bernard Goldberg

"I was on 'Desperate Housewives' and that was my crash course on being on national television topless. Also, I do what I can in between scenes: push-ups, a little free weights. I knew going in it would be a big part of the show." - Josh Henderson

"I remember once saying in a television interview that the only things I hadn't been in were the opera and the ballet. Two days later, I got a call from Lord Harewood, of the English National Opera, saying "Would you like to be in 'Ariadne auf Naxos?'"" - Donald Sinden

"Thanks to presidential immunity and executive control of the Justice Department, there are no consequences to executive branch lawbreaking. And when it comes to presidential lawbreaking, the sitting president could literally strangle someone to death on national television and meet with no consequences." - Ben Shapiro

"Television is a passivity." - John Green

"Radio is the theater of the mind; television is the theater of the mindless." - Steve Allen

"Television can only destroy." - Paul Virilio

"The human race is faced with a cruel choice: work or daytime television." - Anonymous

"Isn't television glamorous?" - Adam Savage

"I'm a television junkie." - Candice Accola



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