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Rod Serling Quote: “I find dictating in the mass media particularly good because you’re writing for voice anyway; you’re writing for people to say a line and, consequently, saying a line through a machine is quite a valid test for the validity of what you’re saying.”

I find dictating in the mass media particularly good because you’re writing for voice anyway; you’re writing for people to say a line and, consequently, saying a line through a machine is quite a valid test for the validity of what you’re saying.

— Rod Serling



Rod Serling Quote: “It’s part of the business of really not caring about topping myself because I really don’t care what’s going to happen. I think just surviving is a major thing. I’d like to write something that my peers, my colleagues, my fellow writers would find a source of respect.”

It’s part of the business of really not caring about topping myself because I really don’t care what’s going to happen. I think just surviving is a major thing. I’d like to write something that my peers, my colleagues, my fellow writers would find a source of respect.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I find it very difficult to live through the censorship of profanity on television.”

I find it very difficult to live through the censorship of profanity on television.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I’ve never really topped myself, because awards in themselves really don’t reflect major accomplishment. It’s kind of a strange, backslapping ritual that we go through in this town where you get awards for almost everything. For surviving the day you’re going to get awards.”

I’ve never really topped myself, because awards in themselves really don’t reflect major accomplishment. It’s kind of a strange, backslapping ritual that we go through in this town where you get awards for almost everything. For surviving the day you’re going to get awards.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Writers, like most human beings, are adaptable creatures. They can learn to accept subordination without growing fond of it. No writer can forever stand in the wings and watch other people take the curtain calls while his own contributions get lost in the shuffle.”

Writers, like most human beings, are adaptable creatures. They can learn to accept subordination without growing fond of it. No writer can forever stand in the wings and watch other people take the curtain calls while his own contributions get lost in the shuffle.

— 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: “Most screenplays, most motion pictures, owe much more to the screenplay. Ingmar Bergman has such an economy of language, so little language in his piece, it is so visual, his moods are introduced and buttressed by camera rather than by word or character. But again, that’s unique.”

Most screenplays, most motion pictures, owe much more to the screenplay. Ingmar Bergman has such an economy of language, so little language in his piece, it is so visual, his moods are introduced and buttressed by camera rather than by word or character. But again, that’s unique.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Not since the British raided Cologne had so many bombs landed in such a small space in such a short time.”

Not since the British raided Cologne had so many bombs landed in such a small space in such a short time.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “All the Dachaus must remain standing.”

All the Dachaus must remain standing.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Personally, my daughter’s wedding gave me a tremendous pleasure.”

Personally, my daughter’s wedding gave me a tremendous pleasure.

— 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


Rod Serling Quote: “Our greatest responsibility is not to be pencils of the past.”

Our greatest responsibility is not to be pencils of the past.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Personally, my daughter’s wedding gave me a tremendous pleasure. And the wedding was a radiant event and I enjoyed it. I was afraid I’d cry. I’m given to crying at odd times, and I was very much afraid of the emotionalism of that moment, but I didn’t even come close to crying.”

Personally, my daughter’s wedding gave me a tremendous pleasure. And the wedding was a radiant event and I enjoyed it. I was afraid I’d cry. I’m given to crying at odd times, and I was very much afraid of the emotionalism of that moment, but I didn’t even come close to crying.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Do I want to start my own production company? No, I doubt it. I’m too old for that. I don’t want to start anything.”

Do I want to start my own production company? No, I doubt it. I’m too old for that. I don’t want to start anything.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I’m sufficiently independent to know that I can live well and comfortably all the rest of my life whether I’m rejected or not.”

I’m sufficiently independent to know that I can live well and comfortably all the rest of my life whether I’m rejected or not.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I miss the comraderie of live television – the fact that you were on the set, you worked closely with the director and the cast, that I miss. But, no, I’m happy, I’m happy doing film.”

I miss the comraderie of live television – the fact that you were on the set, you worked closely with the director and the cast, that I miss. But, no, I’m happy, I’m happy doing film.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Now death is with us in such abundance and hovers over us in so massive a form that we don’t have time to invent a mythology, nor is our creativity directed toward same. Now it’s to prevent death.”

Now death is with us in such abundance and hovers over us in so massive a form that we don’t have time to invent a mythology, nor is our creativity directed toward same. Now it’s to prevent death.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.”

It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I don’t know what my friends do. Generally they become producers. That way they can stop writing!”

I don’t know what my friends do. Generally they become producers. That way they can stop writing!

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “The tendency when you dictate is to overwrite, because you’re not counting pages, you don’t really know what the hell the page count is.”

The tendency when you dictate is to overwrite, because you’re not counting pages, you don’t really know what the hell the page count is.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “If the producer doesn’t like you, consequently he reads the script with a very negative view. But I wouldn’t preoccupy myself with that, I don’t give a damn. You can be a hunchback and a dwarf and whatall.”

If the producer doesn’t like you, consequently he reads the script with a very negative view. But I wouldn’t preoccupy myself with that, I don’t give a damn. You can be a hunchback and a dwarf and whatall.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I would guess that the price of the script really is secondary. The credit is much more the essence.”

I would guess that the price of the script really is secondary. The credit is much more the essence.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Infinitely more taboos, on television.”

Infinitely more taboos, on television.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Ideas are born from what is smelled, heard, seen, experienced, felt, emotionalized.”

Ideas are born from what is smelled, heard, seen, experienced, felt, emotionalized.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I don’t have close relationships with agents. They’re friends, but they’re not confidants.”

I don’t have close relationships with agents. They’re friends, but they’re not confidants.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I couldn’t direct because I’m too impatient and I couldn’t put together a package because I don’t understand money. I’d rather just do what I’m doing.”

I couldn’t direct because I’m too impatient and I couldn’t put together a package because I don’t understand money. I’d rather just do what I’m doing.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Just drawing back and drawing in; becoming narcissistic.”

Just drawing back and drawing in; becoming narcissistic.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “The good agent probably is not the reader, he’s just the guy who can put together a deal.”

The good agent probably is not the reader, he’s just the guy who can put together a deal.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “If you need drugs to be a good writer, you are not a good writer.”

If you need drugs to be a good writer, you are not a good writer.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I’m an affluent screenwriter and all that – I’m a known screenwriter, but I’m not in the fraternity of the very, very major people. I would say a guy like Ernie Lehman, William Goldman, and a few others are quite a cut above.”

I’m an affluent screenwriter and all that – I’m a known screenwriter, but I’m not in the fraternity of the very, very major people. I would say a guy like Ernie Lehman, William Goldman, and a few others are quite a cut above.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “If you write beautifully, you write beautifully, that’s all.”

If you write beautifully, you write beautifully, that’s all.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I was a Christmas present that was delivered unwrapped.”

I was a Christmas present that was delivered unwrapped.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I remember the first sale I made was a hundred and fifty dollars for a radio script, and, as poor as I was, I didn’t cash the check for three months. I kept showing it to people.”

I remember the first sale I made was a hundred and fifty dollars for a radio script, and, as poor as I was, I didn’t cash the check for three months. I kept showing it to people.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I don’t think it’s man’s function to write. I don’t think it’s a normal thing like teeth-brushing and going to the bathroom. It’s a supered position on the animal.”

I don’t think it’s man’s function to write. I don’t think it’s a normal thing like teeth-brushing and going to the bathroom. It’s a supered position on the animal.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “The major difference frequently is in time. The motion picture, for example, gives you considerably more freedom of expression than does the confined thirty-minute television show. But in essence, they’re not that dissimilar.”

The major difference frequently is in time. The motion picture, for example, gives you considerably more freedom of expression than does the confined thirty-minute television show. But in essence, they’re not that dissimilar.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I’ve written all that I’ve wanted to write to date.”

I’ve written all that I’ve wanted to write to date.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I’m frequently surprised, sometimes bugged off, and sometimes happy, depending on the actor. It’s a fact of life that just as often as not an actor can breathe life into a line as he can destroy it by misinterpretation, and I’ve been blessed frequently by having good actors.”

I’m frequently surprised, sometimes bugged off, and sometimes happy, depending on the actor. It’s a fact of life that just as often as not an actor can breathe life into a line as he can destroy it by misinterpretation, and I’ve been blessed frequently by having good actors.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Seeing does not always believe.”

Seeing does not always believe.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I choose to think of tv audience as nameless, formless, faceless people who are all like me. And anything that I write, if I like it, they’ll like it.”

I choose to think of tv audience as nameless, formless, faceless people who are all like me. And anything that I write, if I like it, they’ll like it.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “In terms of screenwriting adaptations it’s trying to cut out stuff that’s extraneous, without doing damage to the original piece, because you owe a debt of some respect to the original author. That’s why it was bought.”

In terms of screenwriting adaptations it’s trying to cut out stuff that’s extraneous, without doing damage to the original piece, because you owe a debt of some respect to the original author. That’s why it was bought.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I think I’d rather win, for example, a Writer’s Guild award than almost anything on earth. And the few nominations I’ve had with the guild, and the few awards I’ve had, represented to me a far more legitimate concrete achievement than anything.”

I think I’d rather win, for example, a Writer’s Guild award than almost anything on earth. And the few nominations I’ve had with the guild, and the few awards I’ve had, represented to me a far more legitimate concrete achievement than anything.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “There are a lot I’m proud of, and a lot I wish the hell I’d never written.”

There are a lot I’m proud of, and a lot I wish the hell I’d never written.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Most shows, buying shows, have a standard fee for the first shot of the writer and if you have a very militant agent, I suppose he might jack it up four percent or something. But in essence, you sell for what is the going rate.”

Most shows, buying shows, have a standard fee for the first shot of the writer and if you have a very militant agent, I suppose he might jack it up four percent or something. But in essence, you sell for what is the going rate.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I think the essence of the argument has always been, first of all, the Guild doesn’t want writing on spec. And that’s been a major problem over the years. But obviously, to the young writer that’s unfair and it’s discriminatory, and it can be very hurtful to one’s career.”

I think the essence of the argument has always been, first of all, the Guild doesn’t want writing on spec. And that’s been a major problem over the years. But obviously, to the young writer that’s unfair and it’s discriminatory, and it can be very hurtful to one’s career.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “You see. No shock. No engulfment. No tearing assunder. What you feared would come like an explosion is like a whisper. What you thought was the end is the beginning.”

You see. No shock. No engulfment. No tearing assunder. What you feared would come like an explosion is like a whisper. What you thought was the end is the beginning.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Over the long haul I’d say that most directors I’ve worked with have been pretty sensitive to the quality of the interpreted scenes.”

Over the long haul I’d say that most directors I’ve worked with have been pretty sensitive to the quality of the interpreted scenes.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “If it sounds good as you say it, likely as not it’ll sound good when an actor’s saying it.”

If it sounds good as you say it, likely as not it’ll sound good when an actor’s saying it.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “I ask for your indulgence when I march out quotations. This is the double syndrome of men who write for a living and men who are over forty. The young smoke pot – we inhale from our Bartlett’s.”

I ask for your indulgence when I march out quotations. This is the double syndrome of men who write for a living and men who are over forty. The young smoke pot – we inhale from our Bartlett’s.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “A sickness known as hate; not a virus, not a microbe, not a germ – but a sickness nonetheless, highly contagious, deadly in its effects. Don’t look for it in the Twilight Zone – look for it in a mirror. Look for it before the light goes out altogether.”

A sickness known as hate; not a virus, not a microbe, not a germ – but a sickness nonetheless, highly contagious, deadly in its effects. Don’t look for it in the Twilight Zone – look for it in a mirror. Look for it before the light goes out altogether.

— Rod Serling


Rod Serling Quote: “Every man is put on earth condemned to die. Time and method of execution unknown.”

Every man is put on earth condemned to die. Time and method of execution unknown.

— Rod Serling

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