Paddy Chayefsky Quotes

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Television is democracy at its ugliest. -Paddy Chayefsky
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God save us from people who do the morally right thing. It's always the rest of us who get broken in half. -Paddy Chayefsky
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You British plundered half the world for your own profit. Let's not pass it off as the Age of Enlightenment. -Paddy Chayefsky
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I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. Everybody's out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TV's while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that's the way it's supposed to be. We know things are bad - worse than bad. They're crazy. It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, 'Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone.' Well, I'm not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot - I don't want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad. You've got to say, 'I'm a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!' So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, 'I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!' I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell - 'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Things have got to change. But first, you've gotta get mad!... You've got to say, 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!

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We've established the most enormous medical entity ever conceived... and people are sicker than ever. We cure nothing! We heal nothing! -Paddy Chayefsky
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Americans don't want drama, especially good drama, they just want their boredom killed. -Paddy Chayefsky
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You're not such a dog as you think you are. -Paddy Chayefsky
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I'm a human being, god-dammit. My life has value! -Paddy Chayefsky
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Television is the menace that everyone loves to hate but can't seem to live without. -Paddy Chayefsky
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I'm not sentimental about war. I see nothing noble in widows. -Paddy Chayefsky
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You don't send a man to his death because you want a hero. -Paddy Chayefsky
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