Television knows no night. It is perpetual day. TV embodies our fear of the dark, of night, of the other side of things.
There is nothing more mysterious than a TV set left on in an empty room. It is even stranger than a man talking to himself or a woman standing dreaming at her stove. It is as if another planet is communicating with you.
Sometimes, because of its immediacy, television produces a kind of electronic parable. Berlin, for instance, on the day the Wall was opened. Rostropovich was playing his cello by the Wall that no longer cast a shadow, and a million East Berliners were thronging to the West to shop with an allowance given them by West German banks! At that moment the whole world saw how materialism had lost its awesome historic power and become a shopping list.
TV is a fickle business. I'm only good for the length of my contract.
So by all means let's have a television show quick and long, even if the commercial has to be delivered by a man in a white coat with a stethoscope hanging around his neck, selling ergot pills. After all the public is entitled to what it wants, isn't it? The Romans knew that and even they lasted four hundred years after they started to putrefy.
Television's perfect. You turn a few knobs, a few of those mechanical adjustments at which the higher apes are so proficient, and lean back and drain your mind of all thought. And there you are watching the bubbles in the primeval ooze. You don't have to concentrate. You don't have to react. You don't have to remember. You don't miss your brain because you don't need it. Your heart and liver and lungs continue to function normally. Apart from that, all is peace and quiet. You are in the man's nirvana. And if some poor nasty minded person comes along and says you look like a fly on a can of garbage, pay him no mind. He probably hasn't got the price of a television set.
What is a television apparatus to man, who has only to shut his eyes to see the most inaccessible regions of the seen and the never seen, who has only to imagine in order to pierce through walls and cause all the planetary Baghdad's of his dreams to rise from the dust.
Television thrives on unreason, and unreason thrives on television. It strikes at the emotions rather than the intellect.
So why do people keep on watching? The answer, by now, should be perfectly obvious: we love television because television brings us a world in which television does not exist. In fact, deep in their hearts, this is what the spuds crave most: a rich, new, participatory life.
It is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome.
Let's face it, there are no plain women on television.
I got sick of turning on the TV and seeing my face.
Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your Living room by people you wouldn't have in your house.
Television is an excellent system when one has nothing to lose, as is the case with a nomadic and rootless country like the United States, but in Europe the affect of television is that of a bulldozer which reduces culture to the lowest possible denominator.
A three -- to four -- to five-hour experience with nothingness.
There's a good deal in common between the mind's eye and the TV screen, and though the TV set has all too often been the boobtube, it could be, it can be, the box of dreams.
Television has brought back murder into the home -- where it belongs.
Television is becoming a collage -- there are so many channels that you move through them making a collage yourself. In that sense, everyone sees something a bit different.
We can put television in its proper light by supposing that Gutenberg's great invention had been directed at printing only comic books.
Anyone afraid of what he thinks television does to the world is probably just afraid of the world.
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.
Television, despite its enormous presence, turns out to have added pitifully few lines to the communal memory.
Television -- a medium. So called because it is neither rare nor well done.
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.
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.
I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book.
I made a pact with myself a long time ago: Never watch anything stupider than you. It's helped me a lot. I made a pact with myself a long time ago: Never watch anything stupider than you. It's helped me a lot.
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.
Television was not invented to make human beings vacuous, but is an emanation of their vacuity.
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.
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?
Man watches his history on the screen with apathy and an occasional passing flicker of horror or indignation.
Television is actually closer to reality than anything in books. The madness of TV is the madness of human life.
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.
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?
Performing doesn't turn me on. It's an egomaniac business, filled with prima donnas -- including this one.
The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television.
Television has lifted the manufacture of banality out of the sphere of handicraft and placed it in that of a major industry.
People assume you can't be shy and be on television. They're wrong.
The answers to life's problems aren't at the bottom of a bottle, they're on TV!
If we had had the right technology back then, you would have seen Eva Braun on the Donahue show and Adolf Hitler on Meet the Press.
I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts.
The most puzzling thing about TV is the steady advance of the sponsor across the line that has always separated news from promotion, entertainment from merchandising. The advertiser has assumed the role of originator, and the performer has gradually been eased into the role of peddler.
Television hangs on the questionable theory that whatever happens anywhere should be sensed everywhere. If everyone is going to be able to see everything, in the long run all sights may lose whatever rarity value they once possessed, and it may well turn out that people, being able to see and hear practically everything, will be specially interested in almost nothing.
TV -- chewing gum for the eyes.
What do a few lies on TV matter? They can be swallowed, digested and excreted, or follow people when they doze off to sink into oblivion.
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
Why should you be content with so little? Why shouldn't you reach out for something big?
No vision and you perish; No Ideal, and you're lost; Your heart must ever cherish Some faith at any cost. Some hope, some dream to cling to, Some rainbow in the sky, Some melody to sing to, Some service that is high.
The ultimate function of prophecy is not to tell the future, but to make it. Your successful past will block your visions of the future.
Your successful past will block your visions of the future.
Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.
Perhaps our eyes are merely a blank film which is taken from us after our deaths to be developed elsewhere and screened as our life story in some infernal cinema or dispatched as microfilm into the sidereal void.
Where there is no vision, the people perish. [Proverbs 29:18]
As a man is, so he sees. As the eye is formed, such are its powers.
When the sun rises, do you not see a round disc of fire somewhat like a guinea? O no, no, I see an innumerable company of the heavenly host crying Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty.
We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.
Envisioning the end is enough to put the means in motion.
You have to think big to be big.
The only limits are, as always, those of vision.
It takes someone with a vision of the possibilities to attain new levels of experience. Someone with the courage to live his dreams.
You don't need an explanation for everything, Recognize that there are such things as miracles -- events for which there are no ready explanations. Later knowledge may explain those events quite easily.
Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans. Aim high in hope and work. Remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die.
The road winds up the hill to meet the height; Beyond the locust hedge it curves from sight -- And yet no man would foolishly contend. That where he sees it not, it makes an end.
No man sees far, most see no farther than their noses.
I have seen gleams in the face and eyes of the man that have let you look into a higher country.
Aim for the highest.
Objects close to the eye shut out much larger objects on the horizon; and splendors born only of the earth eclipse the stars. So it is with people who sometimes cover up the entire disc of eternity with a dollar, and so quench transcendent glories with a little shining dust.
The world values the seer above all men, and has always done so. Nay, it values all men in proportion as they partake of the character of seers. The Elgin Marbles and a decision of John Marshall are valued for the same reason. What we feel in them is a painstaking submission to facts beyond the author's control, and to ideas imposed upon him by his vision. So with Beethoven's Symphonies, with Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations -- with any conceivable output of the human mind of which you approve. You love them because you say, These things were not made, they were seen.
The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Vision -- It reaches beyond the thing that is, into the conception of what can be. Imagination gives you the picture. Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own.
Faith is the confidence, the assurance, the enforcing truth, the knowing...
We do not need more intellectual power, we need more spiritual power. We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen.
It's easy to say no! when there's a deeper yes! burning inside.
Nothing is so easy to fake as the inner vision.
What every man needs, regardless of his job or the kind of work he is doing, is a vision of what his place is and may be. He needs an objective and a purpose. He needs a feeling and a belief that he has some worthwhile thing to do. What this is no one can tell him. It must be his own creation. Its success will be measured by the nature of his vision, what he has done to equip himself, and how well he has performed along the line of its development.
Hitch your wagon to a star. Let us not fag in paltry works which serve our pot and bag alone.
Commerce is of trivial import; love, faith, truth of character, the aspiration of man, these are sacred.
I always looked ahead.
The best vision is insight.
Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.
I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could.
You have to see the pattern, understand the order and experience the vision.
We need to give ourselves permission to act out our dreams and visions, not look for more sensations, more phenomena, but live our strongest dreams -- even if it takes a lifetime.
It is never safe to look into the future with eyes of fear.
Cherish you visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blue prints of your ultimate achievements.
The riders in a race do not stop when they reach the goal. There is a little finishing canter before coming to a standstill. There is time to hear the kind voices of friends and say to oneself, The work is done.
The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.
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.
So shine on through these days we have to fill.
I am going to build the kind of nation that President Roosevelt hoped for, President Truman worked for, and President Kennedy died for.
Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.
Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.
Makers of empire, they have fought for bigger things than crowns and higher seats than thrones.
It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring this endeavor will light our bounty and all who serve it, and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.
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.
One eye sees, the other feels.
If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it; Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth.
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.
Only eyes washed by tears can see clearly.
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.
The hand cannot reach higher than does the heart.
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.
We cannot rise higher than our thought of ourselves.
Nine-tenths of our sickness can be prevented by right thinking plus right hygiene -- nine-tenths of it!
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.
Build it and they will come!
St. Teresa of Avila described our life in this world as like a night at a second-class hotel.
Faith is power to believe and power to see...
The cities and mansions that people dream of are those in which they finally live.
We go where our vision is.
The obscure we see eventually, the completely apparent takes longer.
If I have seen further... it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.
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.
Our first journey is to find that special place for us.
If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes.
For light I go directly to the Source of light, not to any of the reflections.
When you go to buy, use your eyes not your ears.
Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.
Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.
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.
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.
In a narrow circle the mind grows narrow. The more one expands, the larger their aims.
Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world.
Three people were at work on a construction site. All were doing the same job, but when each was asked what the job was, the answers varied. Breaking rocks, the first replied. Earning my living, the second said. Helping to build a cathedral, said the third.
I was once ask if a big business man ever reached his objective. I replied that if a man ever reached his objective he was not a big business man.
A man to carry on a successful business must have imagination. He must see things as in a vision, a dream of the whole thing.
Some men see things as they are and say, Why? I of dream things that never were, and say, Why not?
Man cannot aspire if he looked down; if he rise, he must look up.
Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.
Every age needs men who will redeem the time by living with a vision of the things that are to be.
Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.
When I think of vision, I have in mind the ability to see above and beyond the majority.
Most of us have jobs that are too small for our spirits.
I would give all the wealth of the world, and all the deeds of all the heroes, for one true vision.
It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.
All successful people are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.
It is the ultimate wisdom of the mountains that a man is never more a man than when he is striving for what is beyond his grasp.
Its marvelous what you can see when you open your eyes.
Yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision, but today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your own path, and don't worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest.
The man with vision always goes ahead of the man with visions.
The ideal life is in our blood and never will be still. Sad will be the day for any man when he becomes contented with the thoughts he is thinking and the deeds he is doing -- where there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something larger; which he knows he was meant and made to do.
Three levels of organizational vision: 1. The Do-able 2. The Conceivable 3. The Previously Unthinkable.
Dwell in though upon the Grandest, And the Grandest you shall see; Fix your mind upon the Highest, And the Highest you shall be.
When it comes to spotting a blonde hair on a man's coat, every wife has 20-20 vision.
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
Better to aim at a star than shoot down a well; you'll hit higher.
A vision without a task is but a dream. A task without a vision is drudgery. A vision with a task is the hope of the world.
Capital isn't scarce; vision is.
If you want to look with only one eye then you will only see part of the picture.
No man that does not see visions will ever realize any high hope or undertake any high enterprise.
I want to use television not only to entertain, but to help people lead better lives.
Vision looks inwards and becomes duty. Vision looks outwards and becomes aspiration. Vision looks upwards and becomes faith.
To come to be you must have a vision of Being, a Dream, a Purpose, a Principle. You will become what your vision is.
I would rather live my life than watch another person's life on T.V.
Watching television as a passive viewer is like going on vacation for a while, and leaving all of the doors to your house unlocked. Any crap that wants to get in - will.
Remember that everything you see on television is an illusion - and you're only seeing what the magician wants you to see.
The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something, and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion, [[#151]] all in one.
Do not look too far for you will see nothing.
There are no clear borders, only merging invisible to the sight.
Your vision of the future is largely what determines your level of optimism today.