An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





We can put television in its proper light by supposing that Gutenberg's great invention had been directed at printing only comic books.


Robert M. Hutchins (1899-1977, American university president)


Anything, everything can be learned if you can just get yourself in a little patch of real ground, real nature, real woods, real anything ... and just sit still and watch.


Lauren Hutton


The business of a seer is to see; and if he involves himself in the kind of God-eclipsing activities which make seeing impossible, he betrays the trust which his fellows have tacitly placed in him.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


A healthful hunger for a great idea is the beauty and blessedness of life.


Jean Ingelow


Who would ever give up the reality of dreams for relative knowledge:


Alice James (1848-1892, American diarist, sister of William James)


Anyone afraid of what he thinks television does to the world is probably just afraid of the world.


Clive James (1939-, Australian-born writer, satirist, broadcaster, and critic)


So shine on through these days we have to fill.


Elton John (1947-, British musician, singer, songwriter)


I am going to build the kind of nation that President Roosevelt hoped for, President Truman worked for, and President Kennedy died for.


Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973, American President (36th))


All bona fide revolutions are of necessity revolutions of the spirit.


Sonia Johnson


The trouble with most people is they think there's only one right way to do anything.


Velda Johnston


Now that I'm here, where am I?


Janis Joplin (1943-, American folk singer)


Every day give yourself a good mental shampoo.


Sara Jordon


Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


Watching old movies is like spending an evening with those people next door. They bore us, and we wouldn't go out of our way to see them; we drop in on them because they're so close. If it took some effort to see old movies, we might try to find out which were the good ones, and if people saw only the good ones maybe they would still respect old movies. As it is, people sit and watch movies that audiences walked out on thirty years ago. Like Lot's wife, we are tempted to take another look, attracted not by evil but by something that seems much more shameful -- our own innocence.


Pauline Kael (1919-, American film critic)


Guido the plumber and Michelangelo obtained their marble from the same quarry, but what each saw in the marble made the difference between a nobleman's sink and a brilliant sculpture.


Bob Kali


Television, despite its enormous presence, turns out to have added pitifully few lines to the communal memory.


Justin Kaplan


Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.


Casey Kasem


Makers of empire, they have fought for bigger things than crowns and higher seats than thrones.


Herbert Kaufman


It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


Worse than being blind would be to be able to see but not have any vision.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


Nothing ever built arose to touch the skies unless some man dreamed that it should, some man believed that it could, and some man willed that it must.


Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958, American engineer, inventor)


I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the Promised Land.


Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Civil Rights leader, Nobel Prize winner, 1964)


One eye sees, the other feels.


Paul Klee (1879-1940, Swiss artist)


That larger vision is certain to make clear the value in our own lives of service to others.


Lucy Larcom


Do not, on a rainy day, ask your child what he feels like doing, because I assure you that what he feels like doing, you won't feel like watching.


Fran Lebowitz (1951-, American journalist)


There are lone figures armed only with ideas, sometimes with just one idea, who blast away whole epochs in which we are enwrapped like mummies. Some are powerful enough to resurrect the dead. Some steal on us unawares and put a spell over us which it takes centuries to throw off. Some put a curse on us, for our stupidity and inertia, and then it seems as if God himself were unable to lift it.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


Build it and they will come!


Fields of Dreams Movie


I believe that each work of art, whether it is a work of great genius, or something very small, comes to the artist and says, "Here I am. Enflesh me. Give birth to me."


Madeleine L'Engle


Underground issues from one relationship or context invariably fuel our fires in another.


Harriet Lerner


If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it; Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


The kingdom of God could be realized simply by daring to live differently from the normal conventions. The kingdom of God in the teachings of Jesus was not an apocalyptic or heavenly projection of otherworldly desire. It was driven by a desire to think that there must be a better way to live together than the present state of affairs. And it called for a change of behavior in the present on the part of individuals invested in the vision.


Burton L. Mack


The difference between writing a book and being on television is the difference between conceiving a child and having a baby made in a test tube.


Norman Mailer (1923-, American author)


Only eyes washed by tears can see clearly.


Louis L. Mann


The hand cannot reach higher than does the heart.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


The size of your accomplishments, the quality of your achievement, will depend very largely on how big a man you see in yourself, what sort of image you get of your possible self, yourself at your best.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


We cannot rise higher than our thought of ourselves.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


We lift ourselves by our thought. We climb upon our vision of ourselves. If you want to enlarge your life, you must first enlarge your thought of it and of yourself. Hold the ideal of yourself as you long to be, always everywhere.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


Sometimes a person has to go back, really back -- to have a sense, an understanding of all that's gone to make them -- before they can go forward.


Paule Marshall


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


Groucho Marx (1895-1977, American comic actor)


People with bad consciences always fear the judgment of children.


Mary McCarthy (1912-1989, American author, critic)


As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate lovingly, our own.


Margaret Mead (1901-1978, American anthropologist)


I made a pact with myself a long time ago: Never watch anything stupider than you. It's helped me a lot.


Bette Midler (1945-, American singer, entertainer, actress)


In the theater, while you recognized that you were looking at a house, it was a house in quotation marks. On screen, the quotation marks tend to be blotted out by the camera.


Arthur Miller (1915-, American dramatist)


Nine-tenths of our sickness can be prevented by right thinking plus right hygiene -- nine-tenths of it!


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


One cannot shut one's eyes to things not seen with eyes.


Charles Morgan (1894-1958, British writer)


Never turn down a job because you think it's too small; you never know where it may lead.


Julia Morgan


Her mind traveled crooked streets and aimless goat paths, arriving sometimes at profundity, other times at the revelations of a three-year-old.


Toni Morrison (1931-, African-American novelist)


Something that we think is impossible now will not be impossible in another decade.


Constance Baker Motley


St. Teresa of Avila described our life in this world as like a night at a second-class hotel.


Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990, British broadcaster)


St. Teresa of Avila described our life in this world as like a night at a second-class hotel.


Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990, British broadcaster)


Television was not invented to make human beings vacuous, but is an emanation of their vacuity.


Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990, British broadcaster)


The cities and mansions that people dream of are those in which they finally live.


Lewis Mumford (1895-1990, American social philosopher)


Much of what passes for quality on British television is no more than a reflection of the narrow elite which controls it and has always thought that its tastes were synonymous with quality.


Rupert Murdoch (1931-, Australian-born American media magnate)


The obscure we see eventually, the completely apparent takes longer.


Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965, American journalist, broadcaster)


If I have been able to see farther than others, it was because I stood on the shoulders of giants.


Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727, British scientist, mathematician)


If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.


Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727, British scientist, mathematician)


I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp, in-focus picture of it in my head. First I see the ball where I want it to finish, nice and white and sitting up high on the bright green grass. Then the scene quickly changes, and I see the ball going there: its path, trajectory, and shape, even its behavior on landing. Then there is a sort of fade-out, and the next scene shows me making the kind of swing that will turn the previous images into reality.


Jack Nicklaus (1940-, American golfer)


I know my fate. One day there will be associated with my name the recollection of something frightful -- of a crisis like no other before on earth, of the profoundest collision of conscience, of a decision evoked against everything that until then had been believed in, demanded, sanctified. I am not a man I am dynamite.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


I will not be just a tourist in the world of images, just watching images passing by which I cannot live in, make love to, possess as permanent sources of joy and ecstasy.


Anais Nin (1914-1977, French-born American novelist, dancer)


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


Camille Paglia (1947-, American author, critic, educator)


Only when men are connected to large, universal goals are they really happy -- and one result of their happiness is a rush of creative activity.


Joyce Carol Oates (1938-, American author)


The television screen, so unlike the movie screen, sharply reduced human beings, revealed them as small, trivial, flat, in two banal dimensions, drained of color. Wasn't there something reassuring about it! -- that human beings were in fact merely images of a kind registered in one another's eyes and brains, phenomena composed of microscopic flickering dots like atoms. They were atoms -- nothing more. A quick switch of the dial and they disappeared and who could lament the loss?


Joyce Carol Oates (1938-, American author)


Man watches his history on the screen with apathy and an occasional passing flicker of horror or indignation.


Conor Cruise O'Brien (1917-, Irish historian, critic, and statesman)


The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it emotionally.


Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964, American author)


Art is a wicked thing. It is what we are.


Georgia O'Keeffe (American painter)


The song that we hear with our ears is only the song that is sung in our hearts.


Ouida (1838-1908, British writer)


The engineering is secondary to the vision.


Cynthia Ozick (1928-, American novelist, short-story writer)


True vision is always twofold. It involves emotional comprehension as well as physical perception.


Ross Parmenter


A great novel is a kind of conversion experience. We come away from it changed.


Katherine Paterson


If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes.


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973, Spanish artist)


For light I go directly to the Source of light, not to any of the reflections.


Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981, American peace activist)


If the vision is there, the means will follow.


Faith Popcorn


Beware of the danger signals that flag problems: silence, secretiveness, or sudden outburst.


Eleanor H. Porter


Unfortunately, sometimes people don't hear you until you scream.


Stephanie Powers


You should always know when you're shifting gears in life. You should leave your era; it should never leave you.


Leontyne Price (1927, American opera singer)


Already we Viewers, when not viewing, have begun to whisper to one another that the more we elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.


J. B. Priestley (1894-1984, American writer)


When you go to buy, use your eyes not your ears.


Czechoslovakian Proverb (Sayings of Czech origin)


A bad cause requires many words.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


One may have good eyes and yet see nothing.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.


Japanese Proverb (Sayings of Japanese origin)


Every day is a messenger of God.


Russian Proverb (Sayings of Russian origin)


Stubbornness is the greatest ill.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.


Ayn Rand (1905-1982, Russian philosopher, author, "Atlas Shrugged")


The great networks are there to prove that ideas can be canned like spaghetti. If everything ends up by tasting like everything else, is that not the evidence that it has been properly cooked?


Frederic Raphael (1931-, British author, critic)


Performing doesn't turn me on. It's an egomaniac business, filled with prima donnas -- including this one.


Dan Rather (1931-, American TV personality)


Create a vision and never let the environment, other people's beliefs, or the limits of what has been done in the past shape your decisions. Ignore conventional wisdom.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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We have thought that because children are young they are silly. We have forgotten the blind stirring, the reaching outward of our own youth.


Mabel Louise Robinson


The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television.


Andrew Ross


Sometimes it takes years to really grasp what has happened to your life.


Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994, American track athlete)


Dreams are the sources of action, the meeting and the end, a resting place among the flight of things.


Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980, American writer)


Some men see things as they are and say, "Why?" I of dream things that never were, and say, "Why not?"


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Great imaginations are apt to work from hints and suggestions and a single moment of emotion is sometimes sufficient to create a masterpiece.


Margaret Sackville (1881-1963, British poet)


Lycurgus, Numa, Moses, Jesus Christ, Mohammed, all these great rogues, all these great thought-tyrants, knew how to associate the divinities they fabricated with their own boundless ambition.


Marquis De Sade (1740-1814, French author)


Television has lifted the manufacture of banality out of the sphere of handicraft and placed it in that of a major industry.


Nathalie Sarraute (1902-1999, Russian writer)


People assume you can't be shy and be on television. They're wrong.


Diane Sawyer (1945-, American TV personality)


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