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Rod Serling Quote: “Being like everybody is the same as being nobody.”

Being like everybody is the same as being nobody.

— Rod Serling



Rod Serling Quote: “Any state, any entity, any ideology that fails to recognize the worth, the dignity, the rights of man, that state is obsolete.”

Any state, any entity, any ideology that fails to recognize the worth, the dignity, the rights of man, that state is obsolete.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Fantasy is the impossible made probable. Science Fiction is the improbable made possible.”

Fantasy is the impossible made probable. Science Fiction is the improbable made possible.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Every Superstate has one iron rule: logic is an enemy and the truth is a menace.”

Every Superstate has one iron rule: logic is an enemy and the truth is a menace.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “It may be said with a degree of assurance that not everything that meets the eye is as it appears.”

It may be said with a degree of assurance that not everything that meets the eye is as it appears.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Somewhere between apathy and anarchy lies the thinking human being.”

Somewhere between apathy and anarchy lies the thinking human being.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I think I would like to be in Victorian times. Small town. Bandstands. Summer. That kind of thing. Without disease.”

I think I would like to be in Victorian times. Small town. Bandstands. Summer. That kind of thing. Without disease.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Writing is a demanding profession and a selfish one. And because it is selfish and demanding, because it is compulsive and exacting, I didn’t embrace it. I succumbed to it.”

Writing is a demanding profession and a selfish one. And because it is selfish and demanding, because it is compulsive and exacting, I didn’t embrace it. I succumbed to it.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “There is nothing in the dark that isn’t there when the lights are on.”

There is nothing in the dark that isn’t there when the lights are on.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead – your next stop, the Twilight Zone.”

You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead – your next stop, the Twilight Zone.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “The writer’s role is to menace the public’s conscience. He must have a position, a point of view. He must see the arts as a vehicle of social criticism and he must focus on the issues of his time.”

The writer’s role is to menace the public’s conscience. He must have a position, a point of view. He must see the arts as a vehicle of social criticism and he must focus on the issues of his time.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “An Ingmar Bergman film would probably owe a sizeable bulk of its import and its direction and its quality to the directorial end and to the director because it’s uniquely a Bergman film. But that again is not the general – no, that’s much more the exception than the rule.”

An Ingmar Bergman film would probably owe a sizeable bulk of its import and its direction and its quality to the directorial end and to the director because it’s uniquely a Bergman film. But that again is not the general – no, that’s much more the exception than the rule.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I write much better in the nonconfines of the early morning than I do the clutter of the day.”

I write much better in the nonconfines of the early morning than I do the clutter of the day.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Coming up with ideas is the easiest thing on earth. Putting them down is the hardest.”

Coming up with ideas is the easiest thing on earth. Putting them down is the hardest.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition.”

There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I just want people to remember me a hundred years from now. I don’t care that they’re not able to quote any single line that I’ve written. But just that they can say, “Oh, he was a writer.” That’s sufficiently an honored position for me.”

I just want people to remember me a hundred years from now. I don’t care that they’re not able to quote any single line that I’ve written. But just that they can say, “Oh, he was a writer.” That’s sufficiently an honored position for me.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Justice can span years. Retribution is not subject to a calendar.”

Justice can span years. Retribution is not subject to a calendar.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Science fiction makes the implausible possible, while science fantasy makes the impossible plausible.”

Science fiction makes the implausible possible, while science fantasy makes the impossible plausible.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Star Trek, I thought, was a very inconsistent show, which at times sparkled with true ingenuity and pure science fiction approaches, and other times was more carnival-like, and very much more the creature of television than the creature of a legitimate literary form.”

Star Trek, I thought, was a very inconsistent show, which at times sparkled with true ingenuity and pure science fiction approaches, and other times was more carnival-like, and very much more the creature of television than the creature of a legitimate literary form.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “But it makes you wonder, doesn’t it? Just how normal are we? Just who are the people we nod our hellos to as we pass on the street? A rather good question to ask – particularly in The Twilight Zone.”

But it makes you wonder, doesn’t it? Just how normal are we? Just who are the people we nod our hellos to as we pass on the street? A rather good question to ask – particularly in The Twilight Zone.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Whenever you write, whatever you write, never make the mistake of assuming the audience is any less intelligent than you are.”

Whenever you write, whatever you write, never make the mistake of assuming the audience is any less intelligent than you are.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “The ultimate obscenity is not caring, not doing something about what you feel, not feeling! Just drawing back and drawing in; becoming narcissistic.”

The ultimate obscenity is not caring, not doing something about what you feel, not feeling! Just drawing back and drawing in; becoming narcissistic.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “There are weapons that are simply thoughts. For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy.”

There are weapons that are simply thoughts. For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “For the record, suspicion can kill, and prejudice can destroy. And a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all its own, for the children and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone.”

For the record, suspicion can kill, and prejudice can destroy. And a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all its own, for the children and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I’m a Western-cultured man who subscribes to the ancient saw that men do not cry, I don’t cry either. I’ll go to a movie, for example, and not infrequently something triggers the urge to weep, but I don’t allow myself.”

I’m a Western-cultured man who subscribes to the ancient saw that men do not cry, I don’t cry either. I’ll go to a movie, for example, and not infrequently something triggers the urge to weep, but I don’t allow myself.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Why do I write? I guess that’s been asked of every writer. I don’t know. It isn’t any massive compulsion.”

Why do I write? I guess that’s been asked of every writer. I don’t know. It isn’t any massive compulsion.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I’d rather go along with this sense of illusion that I’m a neutral beast going along through life doing everything that’s preordained.”

I’d rather go along with this sense of illusion that I’m a neutral beast going along through life doing everything that’s preordained.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I guess we all have a little vaunting itch for immortality, I guess that must be it.”

I guess we all have a little vaunting itch for immortality, I guess that must be it.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “It has forever been thus: So long as men write what they think, then all of the other freedoms – all of them – may remain intact. And it is then that writing becomes a weapon of truth, an article of faith, an act of courage.”

It has forever been thus: So long as men write what they think, then all of the other freedoms – all of them – may remain intact. And it is then that writing becomes a weapon of truth, an article of faith, an act of courage.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Every writer is a frustrated actor who recites his lines in the hidden auditorium of his skull.”

Every writer is a frustrated actor who recites his lines in the hidden auditorium of his skull.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Up there, up there in the vastness of space, in the void that is sky, up there is an enemy known as isolation. It sits there in the stars waiting, waiting with the patience of eons, forever waiting in the Twilight Zone.”

Up there, up there in the vastness of space, in the void that is sky, up there is an enemy known as isolation. It sits there in the stars waiting, waiting with the patience of eons, forever waiting in the Twilight Zone.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “If you want to prove that God is not dead first prove that man is alive.”

If you want to prove that God is not dead first prove that man is alive.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Someplace between apathy and anarchy is the stance of the thinking human being. He does embrace a cause, he does take a position, and can’t allow it to become business as usual. Humanity is our business.”

Someplace between apathy and anarchy is the stance of the thinking human being. He does embrace a cause, he does take a position, and can’t allow it to become business as usual. Humanity is our business.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Some people possess talent, others are possessed by it. When that happens, a talent becomes a curse.”

Some people possess talent, others are possessed by it. When that happens, a talent becomes a curse.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “We’re developing a new citizenry. One that will be very selective about cereals and automobiles, but won’t be able to think.”

We’re developing a new citizenry. One that will be very selective about cereals and automobiles, but won’t be able to think.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “According to the Bible, God created the heavens and the Earth. It is man’s prerogative – and woman’s – to create their own particular and private hell.”

According to the Bible, God created the heavens and the Earth. It is man’s prerogative – and woman’s – to create their own particular and private hell.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “You unlock the door with the key of imagination.”

You unlock the door with the key of imagination.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “If survival calls for the bearing of arms, bear them you must. But the most important part of the challenge is for you to find another means that does not come with the killing of your fellow man.”

If survival calls for the bearing of arms, bear them you must. But the most important part of the challenge is for you to find another means that does not come with the killing of your fellow man.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I guess Requiem for a Heavyweight as old as it is was as honest a piece as I’ve ever done.”

I guess Requiem for a Heavyweight as old as it is was as honest a piece as I’ve ever done.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “You can become much more independent, much more courageous with a bank account. And also, much more independent and self-reliant when you know you have money behind you.”

You can become much more independent, much more courageous with a bank account. And also, much more independent and self-reliant when you know you have money behind you.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I’m afraid that if I started to ponder who I am and what I am, I might not like what I find.”

I’m afraid that if I started to ponder who I am and what I am, I might not like what I find.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I don’t enjoy any of the process of writing. I enjoy it when it goes on if it zings and it has great warmth and import and it’s successful.”

I don’t enjoy any of the process of writing. I enjoy it when it goes on if it zings and it has great warmth and import and it’s successful.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “You can be a hunchback and a dwarf and what-all. If you write beautifully, you can write beautifully.”

You can be a hunchback and a dwarf and what-all. If you write beautifully, you can write beautifully.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “The writer’s no different. When he’s rejected, that paper is rejected, in a sense, a sizeable fragment of the writer is rejected as well. It’s a piece of himself that’s being turned down.”

The writer’s no different. When he’s rejected, that paper is rejected, in a sense, a sizeable fragment of the writer is rejected as well. It’s a piece of himself that’s being turned down.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I don’t feel, God dictated that I should write.”

I don’t feel, God dictated that I should write.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Somehow, some way, incredibly enough, good writing ultimately gets recognized. If you’re a really good writer and deserve that honored position, then by God, you’ll write, and you’ll be read.”

Somehow, some way, incredibly enough, good writing ultimately gets recognized. If you’re a really good writer and deserve that honored position, then by God, you’ll write, and you’ll be read.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “If in any quest for magic, in any search for sorcery, witchery, legerdemain, first check the human spirit.”

If in any quest for magic, in any search for sorcery, witchery, legerdemain, first check the human spirit.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I found that it was all right to have Martians saying things Democrats and Republicans could never say.”

I found that it was all right to have Martians saying things Democrats and Republicans could never say.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I don’t believe in reincarnation. That’s a cop-out, I know. I don’t really want to be reincarnated.”

I don’t believe in reincarnation. That’s a cop-out, I know. I don’t really want to be reincarnated.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “There are millions of ways to not be writing. You say you’re not in the mood, you’ll pick it up tomorrow.”

There are millions of ways to not be writing. You say you’re not in the mood, you’ll pick it up tomorrow.

— Rod Serling

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