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Ted Turner Quote: “All my life people have said that I wasn’t going to make it.”

All my life people have said that I wasn’t going to make it.

— Ted Turner



Ted Turner Quote: “Over a three year period, I gave away half of what I had. To be honest, my hands shook as I signed it away. I knew I was taking myself out of the race to be the richest man in the world.”

Over a three year period, I gave away half of what I had. To be honest, my hands shook as I signed it away. I knew I was taking myself out of the race to be the richest man in the world.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “Even when I started in 1970, I knew that television was having a negative effect on our society.”

Even when I started in 1970, I knew that television was having a negative effect on our society.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “If the Russian nuclear arsenal was fired at the United States and other targets, and we fired back at them with thousands of nuclear weapons, it would be the end of life on earth.”

If the Russian nuclear arsenal was fired at the United States and other targets, and we fired back at them with thousands of nuclear weapons, it would be the end of life on earth.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “I think Captain Cousteau might be the father of the environmental movement.”

I think Captain Cousteau might be the father of the environmental movement.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “I had more energy at 50. On the other hand, at 75, I’ve probably got a little more wisdom and good judgment than I had at 50 because I’ve got more experience. But I haven’t really changed. I’m still driven by the same philosophy.”

I had more energy at 50. On the other hand, at 75, I’ve probably got a little more wisdom and good judgment than I had at 50 because I’ve got more experience. But I haven’t really changed. I’m still driven by the same philosophy.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “At Time Warner, I had ten percent of the stock after the merger. But when we merged with AOL, I was diluted down to three percent.”

At Time Warner, I had ten percent of the stock after the merger. But when we merged with AOL, I was diluted down to three percent.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “To be happy in this world, first you need a cell phone and then you need an airplane. Then you’re truly wireless.”

To be happy in this world, first you need a cell phone and then you need an airplane. Then you’re truly wireless.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “The chance for mistakes is about equal to the number of crew squared.”

The chance for mistakes is about equal to the number of crew squared.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “I believe in pulling together to make the country better right rather than pulling, tearing it apart for partisan reasons. I think the country comes first.”

I believe in pulling together to make the country better right rather than pulling, tearing it apart for partisan reasons. I think the country comes first.

— Ted Turner



Ted Turner Quote: “If I sold all my liabilities, I wouldn’t own anything. My wife’s a liability, my kids are liabilities, and I haven’t sold them.”

If I sold all my liabilities, I wouldn’t own anything. My wife’s a liability, my kids are liabilities, and I haven’t sold them.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “The sad thing about destroying the environment is that we’re going to take the rest of life with us. The bluebirds will be gone, and the elephants will be gone, and the tigers will be gone, and the pandas will be gone.”

The sad thing about destroying the environment is that we’re going to take the rest of life with us. The bluebirds will be gone, and the elephants will be gone, and the tigers will be gone, and the pandas will be gone.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “The whole idea of television news or any kind of news is to inform people about things they need to know about.”

The whole idea of television news or any kind of news is to inform people about things they need to know about.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “The media is too concentrated, too few people own too much. There’s really five companies that control 90 percent of what we read, see and hear. It’s not healthy.”

The media is too concentrated, too few people own too much. There’s really five companies that control 90 percent of what we read, see and hear. It’s not healthy.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “I love CNN. I love the Cartoon Network. I mean, I thought these things up.”

I love CNN. I love the Cartoon Network. I mean, I thought these things up.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “I’m sure God, wherever he is, wants to see us get along with one another and love one another.”

I’m sure God, wherever he is, wants to see us get along with one another and love one another.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “Nuclear war would really set back cable.”

Nuclear war would really set back cable.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “Hell, we spent $200 Billion to get a scared guy who needed a shave out of a fox-hole! And he may even die of prostate cancer before we even get a chance to try him, dammit!”

Hell, we spent $200 Billion to get a scared guy who needed a shave out of a fox-hole! And he may even die of prostate cancer before we even get a chance to try him, dammit!

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “Every man sees a little of himself in Rhett Butler.”

Every man sees a little of himself in Rhett Butler.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “The Palestinians are fighting with human suicide bombers, that’s all they have. The Israelis they’ve got one of the most powerful military machines in the world. The Palestinians have nothing. So who are the terrorists? I would make a case that both sides are involved in terrorism.”

The Palestinians are fighting with human suicide bombers, that’s all they have. The Israelis they’ve got one of the most powerful military machines in the world. The Palestinians have nothing. So who are the terrorists? I would make a case that both sides are involved in terrorism.

— Ted Turner



Ted Turner Quote: “If you can get yourself where you’re not afraid of dying, then you can move forward a lot faster.”

If you can get yourself where you’re not afraid of dying, then you can move forward a lot faster.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “The reason that the World Trade Center got hit is because there are a lot of people living in abject poverty out there who don’t have any hope for a better life.”

The reason that the World Trade Center got hit is because there are a lot of people living in abject poverty out there who don’t have any hope for a better life.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “Most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals.”

Most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “If I only had a little humility, I would be perfect.”

If I only had a little humility, I would be perfect.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “If the perpetrators of the World Trade Center plane crashes had a nuclear weapon, there’s no doubt in my mind but that they would’ve detonated it in New York.”

If the perpetrators of the World Trade Center plane crashes had a nuclear weapon, there’s no doubt in my mind but that they would’ve detonated it in New York.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “War has been good to me from a financial standpoint but I don’t want to make money that way. I don’t want blood money.”

War has been good to me from a financial standpoint but I don’t want to make money that way. I don’t want blood money.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “I’m 68 and a half years old; I grew up with newspapers; I love newspapers; I love the news business. I started CNN; I’m a journalist and proud of it.”

I’m 68 and a half years old; I grew up with newspapers; I love newspapers; I love the news business. I started CNN; I’m a journalist and proud of it.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “Man should be judged by the deeds done to help his fellow man.”

Man should be judged by the deeds done to help his fellow man.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “I’ve had the good fortune to have a much more diverse life than most people would, professional sports and television and news and movies.”

I’ve had the good fortune to have a much more diverse life than most people would, professional sports and television and news and movies.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “There’s nothing wrong with being fired.”

There’s nothing wrong with being fired.

— Ted Turner



Ted Turner Quote: “I like snakes. I like hummingbirds. There’s nothing on earth I don’t like. Frogs. Salamanders. The bunnies, the giraffes, the hippopotamuses.”

I like snakes. I like hummingbirds. There’s nothing on earth I don’t like. Frogs. Salamanders. The bunnies, the giraffes, the hippopotamuses.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “I just love it when people say I can’t do it, there’s nothing that makes me feel better because all my life, people have said that I wasn’t going to make it.”

I just love it when people say I can’t do it, there’s nothing that makes me feel better because all my life, people have said that I wasn’t going to make it.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “Just because your ratings are bigger doesn’t mean you’re better.”

Just because your ratings are bigger doesn’t mean you’re better.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “If there is a God, he is not doing a good job of protecting the earth. He’s kind of checked out.”

If there is a God, he is not doing a good job of protecting the earth. He’s kind of checked out.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “When I was a publisher of CNN, I took responsibility for the actions of the network.”

When I was a publisher of CNN, I took responsibility for the actions of the network.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “It’s been a long time since anybody caught me saying something stupid.”

It’s been a long time since anybody caught me saying something stupid.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “I believe in a reasonable amount of “right to bear arms”. But private citizens of the United States are not allowed to own nuclear weapons. I always wanted a nuclear weapon, if I could have gotten one. I’m every other kind of power, but I’m not a nuclear power.”

I believe in a reasonable amount of “right to bear arms”. But private citizens of the United States are not allowed to own nuclear weapons. I always wanted a nuclear weapon, if I could have gotten one. I’m every other kind of power, but I’m not a nuclear power.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “If you had the most prestige and you were the network that everybody turned to in times of a crisis, that that was the most important position, in the news business, to hold.”

If you had the most prestige and you were the network that everybody turned to in times of a crisis, that that was the most important position, in the news business, to hold.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “Every few seconds it changes – up an eighth, down an eighth – it’s like playing a slot machine. I lose $20 million, I gain $20 million.”

Every few seconds it changes – up an eighth, down an eighth – it’s like playing a slot machine. I lose $20 million, I gain $20 million.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “It was a struggle financing CNN, but I did it without ever asking the government for a nickel.”

It was a struggle financing CNN, but I did it without ever asking the government for a nickel.

— Ted Turner



Ted Turner Quote: “When I was young and ocean-racing competitively, and working the rest of the time, I was going 24 hours. I was on the verge of collapsing. But you’ve got to slow down a bit.”

When I was young and ocean-racing competitively, and working the rest of the time, I was going 24 hours. I was on the verge of collapsing. But you’ve got to slow down a bit.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “The worst thing you can do if you want to start a fight is to use derogatory terminology.”

The worst thing you can do if you want to start a fight is to use derogatory terminology.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “I’d like to say that right now, in the last few years, the Democrats have been closer – have been more pro-environment. The coal industry is pretty well entrenched in the Republican Party and that’s one of the things that we need to phase out.”

I’d like to say that right now, in the last few years, the Democrats have been closer – have been more pro-environment. The coal industry is pretty well entrenched in the Republican Party and that’s one of the things that we need to phase out.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “I’ve never run into a guy who could win at the top level in anything today and didn’t have the right attitude, didn’t give it everything he had, at least while he was doing it; wasn’t prepared and didn’t have the whole program worked out.”

I’ve never run into a guy who could win at the top level in anything today and didn’t have the right attitude, didn’t give it everything he had, at least while he was doing it; wasn’t prepared and didn’t have the whole program worked out.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “Where’s the upside in opening your mouth?”

Where’s the upside in opening your mouth?

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “The Iranians don’t intimidate! They’re like the Vietnamese and the Iraqis. You want to start a war with them? They’ll still be fighting in fifty years!”

The Iranians don’t intimidate! They’re like the Vietnamese and the Iraqis. You want to start a war with them? They’ll still be fighting in fifty years!

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “I wanted to better inform the world.”

I wanted to better inform the world.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “I like something with ‘vice’ in it.”

I like something with ‘vice’ in it.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “CNN anchor Gwen Scott claimed it is common knowledge that Turner sits in his office and smokes marijuana.”

CNN anchor Gwen Scott claimed it is common knowledge that Turner sits in his office and smokes marijuana.

— Ted Turner


Ted Turner Quote: “The world and life have been mighty good to me. And I want to put something back.”

The world and life have been mighty good to me. And I want to put something back.

— Ted Turner


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