Quotes And Sayings About Screen-Free Week, a.k.a. Digital Detox, TV Turnoff

If you read a lot of books, you’re considered well-read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you’re not considered well-viewed. ~Lily Tomlin

After these two, Dr. Diet and Dr. Quiet, Dr. Merriman is requisite to preserve health. ~James Howell

We all need empty hours in our lives or we will have no time to create or dream. ~Robert Coles

To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations – such is a pleasure beyond compare. ~Kenko Yoshida

A journey of a thousand sites begins with a single click. ~Author Unknown

There are days when any electrical appliance in the house, including the vacuum cleaner, seems to offer more entertainment possibilities than the TV set. ~Harriet van Horne

I think you might dispense with half your doctors if you would only consult Dr. Sun more. ~Henry Ward Beecher

When I play too many video games I begin to feel chubby-minded, caffeinated, bad. ~Tom Bissell

A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world. ~Paul Dudley White

If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger. ~Frank Lloyd Wright

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. ~Charles W. Eliot

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

I’ve never known any trouble that an hour’s reading didn’t assuage. ~Charles de Secondat, Baron de la Brède et de Montesquieu, Pensées Diverses

First we thought the PC was a calculator. Then we found out how to turn numbers into letters with ASCII — and we thought it was a typewriter. Then we discovered graphics, and we thought it was a television. With the World Wide Web, we’ve realized it’s a brochure. ~Douglas 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

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. ~Mary Wortley Montagu

We listen too much to the telephone and we listen too little to nature. The wind is one of my sounds. A lonely sound, perhaps, but soothing. Everybody should have his personal sounds to listen for—sounds that will make him exhilarated and alive, or quiet and calm… As a matter of fact, one of the greatest sounds of them all—and to me it is a sound—is utter, complete silence. ~André Kostelanetz

Television is really what we’ve been looking for all our lives…. [It’s] perfect. You turn a few knobs and lean back and drain your mind of all thought. And there you are watching the bubbles in the primordial ooze. ~Raymond Chandler, 1950

If it weren’t for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn’t get any exercise at all. ~Joey Adams

The same media people that claim violence on TV doesn’t influence people, are perfectly willing to sell you advertising time. ~Author Unknown

Books – the best antidote against the marsh-gas of boredom and vacuity. ~George Steiner

If you surveyed a hundred typical middle-aged Americans, I bet you’d find that only two of them could tell you their blood types, but every last one of them would know the theme song from The Beverly Hillbillies. ~Dave Barry

The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life. ~Andrew Brown

Every time you think television has hit its lowest ebb, a new type program comes along to make you wonder where you thought the ebb was. ~Art Buchwald, “Adding Insult to Injury,” Have I Ever Lied to You?, 1966

The only social networking I did this weekend was with my family. I actually let the battery on my laptop completely die. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon, www.wildthymecreative.com

TV. If kids are entertained by two letters, imagine the fun they’ll have with twenty-six. Open your child’s imagination. Open a book. ~Author Unknown

Television is now so desperately hungry for material that they’re scraping the top of the barrel. ~Gore Vidal

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

Theatre is life. Cinema is art. Television is furniture. ~Author Unknown

Television has changed a child from an irresistible force to an immovable object. ~Author Unknown

We cannot blame the schools alone for the dismal decline in SAT verbal scores. When our kids come home from school do they pick up a book or do they sit glued to the tube, watching music videos? Parents, don’t make the mistake of thinking your kid only learns between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. ~George Bush

Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life! ~Albert Einstein

Ninety-eight percent of American homes have TV sets, which means the people in the other 2% have to generate their own sex and violence. ~Attributed to Gene Baylos

Kids don’t remember their best day of television. ~Author Unknown

When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers

I suppose I should get a VCR, but the only thing I like about television is its ephemerality. ~P.J. O’Rourke

Fresh air impoverishes the doctor. ~Danish Proverb

Everything is for the eye these days – TV, Life, Look, the movies. Nothing is just for the mind. The next generation will have eyeballs as big as cantaloupes and no brain at all. ~Fred Allen

Television: A medium – so called because it is neither rare nor well done. ~Ernie Kovacs

The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them. ~Samuel Butler

What compels you to stare, night after night, at all the glittering hokum that has been deliberately put together for you? ~J.B. Priestley

[A]ny notion of the serious life of leisure, as well as men’s taste and capacity to live it, had disappeared. Leisure became entertainment. ~Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind

Some things can only be understood when you’re in a tree house. With a pile of warm chocolate chip cookies. And a book. ~Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com

Technology… is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other. ~C.P. Snow, New York Times, 15 March 1971

I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go into the library and read a good book. ~Groucho Marx

It is a happy talent to know how to play. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lord! when you sell a man a book you don’t sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue – you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night – there’s all heaven and earth in a book, a real book. ~Christopher Morley

I wish there was a knob on the TV so you could turn up the intelligence. They got one marked “brightness” but it don’t work, does it? ~Leo Anthony Gallagher

If you came and you found a strange man… teaching your kids to punch each other, or trying to sell them all kinds of products, you’d kick him right out of the house, but here you are; you come in and the TV is on, and you don’t think twice about it. ~Jerome Singer

Welcome to the internet’s first website with a section of quotations dedicated to TV Turnoff Week. It’s too bad we don’t have more than one week per year to remind ourselves to play outdoors, read a good book, or talk with our families. Digital Detox Week — newly named Screen-Free Week — in May is a great opportunity to recharge our own batteries and get a rebalanced perspective. Better yet, simply take your own breaks from technology and digital entertainment throughout the year, a.k.a low-tech vacations. If you haven’t yet, unplug and try it out! —tεᖇᖇ¡·g

The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they’ll ease
Your will they’ll mend
And charge you not a shilling.
~Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990

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

Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn’t have in your home. ~David Frost

I like my new telephone, my computer works just fine, my calculator is perfect, but Lord, I miss my mind! ~Author Unknown

I had a life once… now I have a computer. ~Author Unknown

In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~John Muir, 1913, in Linnie Marsh Wolfe, ed., John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, 1938

When television came roaring in after the war (World War II) they did a little school survey asking children which they preferred and why – television or radio. And there was this 7-year-old boy who said he preferred radio “because the pictures were better.” ~Alistair Cooke

Books had instant replay long before televised sports. ~Bern Williams

unplug iPod
music stops abruptly
cricket song instead
~Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice… and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart. ~Gilbert Highet

Spending an evening on the World Wide Web is much like sitting down to a dinner of Cheetos… two hours later your fingers are yellow and you’re no longer hungry, but you haven’t been nourished. ~Clifford Stoll

I saw a news report recently that measured average video game use by American men between the ages of twenty-five and thirty-five: twenty hours per week. Do you mean the flower of America’s masculinity can’t think of anything more important to do with twenty hours a week than sit in front of a video screen? Folks, this ain’t normal. Can’t we unplug already? ~Joel Salatin

I have come to the feeling about television the way I do about hamburgers: I eat a lot of hamburgers and I don’t remember a single one of them. ~John Barrow, 1973

Some days, we just need to turn the quiet up. ~Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com

The television, that insidious beast, that Medusa which freezes a billion people to stone every night, staring fixedly, that Siren which called and sang and promised so much and gave, after all, so little. ~Ray Bradbury, The Golden Apples of the Sun

Art is moral passion married to entertainment. Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television. ~Rita Mae Brown

Technology: “the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it.” ~Max Frisch, c.1960s