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    I'm not sentimental about war. I see nothing noble in widows.
    — Paddy Chayefsky
    tags: war  noble 
     
    The first dead man on Omaha Beach must be a sailor!
    — Paddy Chayefsky
    tags: men 
     
    It's always the generals with the bloodiest records who are the first to shout what a hell it is. And it's always the war widows who lead the Memorial Day parades.
    — Paddy Chayefsky
    tags: hell  war 
     
    Television will do anything for a rating... anything!
    — Paddy Chayefsky
    You don't send a man to his death because you want a hero.
    — Paddy Chayefsky
    tags: death  men  hero 
     
    Television is the menace that everyone loves to hate but can't seem to live without.
    — Paddy Chayefsky
    tags: live  hate 
     
    We've established the most enormous medical entity ever conceived... and people are sicker than ever. We cure nothing! We heal nothing!
    — Paddy Chayefsky
    tags: people 
     
    I'm a human being, god-dammit. My life has value!
    — Paddy Chayefsky
    tags: human 
     
    Don't think of it as art, think of it as work.
    — Paddy Chayefsky
    tags: work 
     
    Television is democracy at its ugliest.
    — Paddy Chayefsky
    tags: democracy 
     
    The best thing that can happen is for the theme to be nice and clear from the beginning.
    — Paddy Chayefsky
    I'm afraid to look in the mirror. I'm afraid I'm going to see an old lady with white hair, just like the old ladies in the park. Alittle bundle in a black shawl just waiting for the coffin.
    — Paddy Chayefsky
    tags: afraid  black 
     
    You British plundered half the world for your own profit. Let's not pass it off as the Age of Enlightenment.
    — Paddy Chayefsky
    tags: world  age  enlightenment 
     
    I'm not a great writer. I'm a great rewriter.
    — Paddy Chayefsky
    It's not greed and ambition that makes wars-it's goodness. Wars are always fought for the best of reasons, for liberation or manifest destiny, always against tyranny and always in the best interests of humanity. So far this war, we've managed to butcher some 10,000,000 people in the interest of humanity. The next war, it seems we'll have to destroy all of man in order to preserve his damn dignity.
    — Paddy Chayefsky
    I don't know what's good, or bad, or true. I let God worry about truth. I just want to know the momentary fact of things. Life isn't good, or bad, or true. It's merely factual. It's sensual. It's alive!
    — Paddy Chayefsky
    tags: truth  true  worries  bad  facts  god 
     
    Artists don't talk about art. Artists talk about work. If I have anything to say to young writers, it's stop thinking of writing as art. Think of it as work.
    — Paddy Chayefsky
    tags: work  young  thinking  writing  artist 
     
    All my brothers, my brothers-in-law, they're always telling me what a good-hearted guy I am. You don't get to be good-hearted by accident. You get kicked around long enough, you get to be a real professor of pain.
    — Paddy Chayefsky
    tags: pain  real 
     
    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
    tags: people  right  broken  god 
     
    Americans don't want drama, especially good drama, they just want their boredom killed.
    — Paddy Chayefsky
    tags: drama  american 
     
    The worst kind of censorship is the kind that takes place in your own mind before you sit down to a typewriter.
    — Paddy Chayefsky
    tags: mind 
     
    We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable bylaws of business...There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM, and ITT, and AT&T, and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide, and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today.
    — Paddy Chayefsky
    Stop thinking about writing as art. Think of it as work. If you're an artist, whatever you do is going to be art. If you're not an artist, at least you can do a good day's work.
    — Paddy Chayefsky
    tags: work  thinking  writing  artist 
     
    Ma, sooner or later there comes a point in a man's life when he's gotta face some facts. And one fact I've got to face is whateverit is women like, I ain't got it.
    — Paddy Chayefsky
    tags: women  facts 
     
    Television is not the truth. Television is a goddamned amusement park.
    — Paddy Chayefsky
    tags: truth  amusement 
     
    This was the story of Howard Beale: The first known instance of a man who was killed because he had lousy ratings.
    — Paddy Chayefsky
    tags: men  stories 
     
    Howard Beale is processed, instant God, and right now it looks like he might just go over bigger than Mary Tyler Moore.
    — Paddy Chayefsky
    tags: right  god 
     
    You're not such a dog as you think you are.
    — Paddy Chayefsky
    tags: dog 
     
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