110+ Rod Serling Quotes On Twilight Zone Creator, Mind And Imagination
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- We're developing a new citizenry. One that will be very selective about cereals and automobiles, but won't be able to think.
- In almost everything I've written there is a thread of this: man's seemingly palpable need to dislike someone other than himself.
- There is nothing in the dark that isn't there when the lights are on.
- Any state, any entity, any ideology that fails to recognize the worth, the dignity, the rights of Man, that state is obsolete.
- Being like everybody is the same as being nobody.
- I found that it was all right to have Martians saying things Democrats and Republicans could never say.
- 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.
- Coming up with ideas is the easiest thing on earth. Putting them down is the hardest.
- for civilization to survive, the human race has to remain civilized.
- There are weapons that are simply thoughts. For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy.
Rod Serling Image Quotes
Being like everybody is the same as being nobody. — Rod Serling
Rod Serling Short Quotes
- Every writer is a frustrated actor who recites his lines in the hidden auditorium of his skull.
- It may be said with a degree of assurance that not everything that meets the eye is as it appears.
- All the Dachaus must remain standing.
- Fantasy is the impossible made probable. Science Fiction is the improbable made possible.
- You unlock the door with the key of imagination.
- Justice can span years. Retribution is not subject to a calendar.
- If you need drugs to be a good writer, you are not a good writer.
- Bias and prejudice make me angry...more than anything.
- Hollywood's a great place to live... if you're a grapefruit.
- Somewhere between apathy and anarchy lies the thinking human being.
Rod Serling Quotes On Life
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
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
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 Quotes On Mind
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
Imagination... its limits are only those of the mind itself. — Rod Serling
You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension - a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into the Twilight Zone. — Rod Serling
Rod Serling Famous Quotes And Sayings
For the record, prejudices can kill, and suspicion 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
This highway leads to the shadowy tip of reality: you're on a through route to the land of the different, the bizarre, the unexplainable...Go as far as you like on this road. Its limits are only those of mind itself. Ladies and Gentlemen, you're entering the wondrous dimension of imagination. . . Next stop The Twilight Zone. — Rod Serling
All the Dachaus must remain standing. The Dachaus, the Belsens, the Buchenwalds, the Auschwitzes - all of them. They must remain standing because they are a monument to a moment in time when some men decided to turn the Earth into a graveyard. Into it they shoveled all of their reason, their logic, their knowledge,,then we become the gravediggers. — Rod Serling
Being like everybody is the same as being nobody. — Rod Serling
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
When I dig back through memory cells, I get one particularly distinctive feeling-and that's one of warmth, comfort and well-being. For whatever else I may have had, or lost, or will find-I've still got a hometown. This, nobody's gonna take away from me. — Rod Serling
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
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
If you have the temerity to try to dramatize a theme that involves any particular social controversy currently extant. . . then you're in deep trouble. — Rod Serling
Some people possess talent, others are possessed by it. When that happens, a talent becomes a curse. — Rod Serling
The Chancellor, the late Chancellor, was only partly correct, he was obsolete. But so was the State, the entity he worshipped. Any state, any entity, any ideology that fails to recognize the worth, the dignity, the rights of man, that state is obsolete. A case to be filed under 'M' for mankind... in the Twilight Zone. — Rod Serling
The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices . . . . And the pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone. — Rod Serling
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
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
Ideas come from the Earth. They come from every human experience that you’ve either witnessed or have heard about, translated into your brain in your own sense of dialogue, in your own language form. Ideas are born from what is smelled, heard, seen, experienced, felt, emotionalized. Ideas are probably in the air, like little tiny items of ozone. — Rod Serling
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
If you're really a good writer and deserve that honored position, then by God, you'll write, and you'll be read, and you'll be produced somehow. It just works that way. If you're just a simple ordinary day-to-day craftsman, no different than most, then the likelihood is that you probably won't make it in writing. — Rod Serling
Apparently on the screen I look tall, ageless, and damned close to omniscient-delivering jeopardy-laden warnings through gritted teeth. But when people see me on the street, they say 'by God, this kid is 5 foot 5, he's got a broken nose, and looks about as foreboding as a bank teller on a lunch break.' — Rod Serling
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
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
If in any quest for magic, in any search for sorcery, witchery, legerdemain, first check the human spirit. — Rod Serling
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
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
How can you put on a meaningful drama when every fifteen minutes proceedings are interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits with toilet paper? — Rod Serling
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
Just drawing back and drawing in; becoming narcissistic. — Rod Serling
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
The most important thing about the first sale is for the very first time in your life something written has value and proven value because somebody has given you money for the words that you've written, and that's terribly important, it's a tremendous boon to the ego, to your sense of self-reliance, to your feeling about your own talent. — Rod Serling
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
How can you put out a meaningful drama when every fifteen minutes proceedings are interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits with toilet paper? No dramatic art form should be dictated and controlled by men whose training and instincts are cut of an entirely different cloth. The fact remains that these gentlemen sell consumer goods, not an art form. — Rod Serling
I think Willa Cather did a short story called "Paul's Case," and in it, when he finally commits suicide, it says, "He surrendered to the black design of things." And that's what I anticipate death will be: a totally unconscious void in which you float through eternity with no particular consciousness of anything. I think once around is enough. I don't want to start it all over again. — Rod Serling
a basic “must” for every writer: A simple solitude-physical & mental. — Rod Serling
I don't believe in reincarnation. That's a cop-out. . . . I anticipate death will be a totally unconscious void in which you float through eternity with no particular consciousness of anything. — Rod Serling
The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices, to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of 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
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
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
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
If you want to prove that God is not dead, first prove that man is alive. — Rod Serling
(on being born on Christmas Day, 1924) I was a Christmas present that was delivered unwrapped. — Rod Serling
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
Personally, my daughter's wedding gave me a tremendous pleasure. — Rod Serling
When I first went into freelancing, I think there was a period of about eight months when nothing happened. Everything that I wrote crumbled up, and then it became a self-destructive thing - when you begin to doubt yourself, when doubt turns into - it's sort of like impotence. Once impotent, you're forever impotent. Because you're always worried about being impotent. — Rod Serling
I guess Requiem for a Heavyweight as old as it is was as honest a piece as I've ever done. — Rod Serling
If you write, fix pipes, grade papers, lay bricks or drive a taxi - do it with a sense of pride. And do it the best you know how. Be cognizant and sympathetic to the guy alongside, because he wants a place in the sun, too. And always...always look past his color, his creed, his religion and the shape of his ears. Look for the whole person. Judge him as the whole person. — Rod Serling
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
You know, writer can write about the Foreign Legion without ever having been in the Foreign Legion, but that doesn't necessarily mean that what he's written doesn't necessarily reflect the nature of him as an individual - or her. Using the male gender because it's me speaking. I don't mean to put down the female. — Rod Serling
Writers vary tremendously. Was it Tom Wolfe who stood up or was it [Ernest] Hemingway who had to stand up? I don't know. — Rod Serling
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
I would guess that the price of the script really is secondary. The credit is much more the essence. — Rod Serling
Seeing is not always believing. — Rod Serling
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
Science fiction makes the implausible possible, while science fantasy makes the impossible plausible. — Rod Serling
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
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
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
Ideas are born from what is smelled, heard, seen, experienced, felt, emotionalized. — Rod Serling
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
Not since the British raided Cologne had so many bombs landed in such a small space in such a short time. — Rod Serling
I think I would like to be in Victorian times. Small town. Bandstands. Summer. That kind of thing. Without disease. — Rod Serling
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
Our greatest responsibility is not to be pencils of the past. — Rod Serling
I don't have any system. I dictate a lot, through a machine, and I also have a secretary. But I used to type just like everybody else. — Rod Serling
I don't have close relationships with agents. They're friends, but they're not confidants. — Rod Serling
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
I don't feel, God dictated that I should write. — Rod Serling
Whenever you write, whatever you write, never make the mistake of assuming the audience is any less intelligent than you are. — Rod Serling
I'd love to be able to write an in-depth piece of what causes men like [Richard] Nixon and [H.R.]Haldeman and [John] Ehrlichman and all the rest of them not only to run, but what causes us to vote for them. — Rod Serling
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
You could do much more in movies than you could on TV, and even movies were heavily censored. But in television, the areas of timorousness were fairly laid out. Race relations. Sex. Politics. There was a whole conglomeration of taboo themes. And even to date, though television has become a much freer medium, it's still far less free, far less creatively untrammeled than are the movies. They're infinitely more adult in that respect. — Rod Serling
I write much better in the nonconfines of the early morning than I do the clutter of the day. — Rod Serling
You're looking at a species of flimsy little two-legged animals with extremely small heads whose name is Man...Very tiny undeveloped brain; comes from primitive planet named Earth. Calls himself 'Samuel Conrad'. And he will remain here in his cage with the running water and the electricity and the central heat- as long as he lives. Samuel Conrad has found the Twilight Zone. — Rod Serling
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
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
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
I don't believe in reincarnation. That's a cop-out, I know. I don't really want to be reincarnated. — Rod Serling
Good evening, and welcome to a private showing of three paintings, displayed here for the first time. Each is a collectors' item in its own way - not because of any special artistic quality, but because each captures on a canvas, and suspends in time and space, a frozen moment of a nightmare. — Rod Serling
Infinitely more taboos, on television. — Rod Serling
A word to the wise to all the children of the twentieth century, whether their concern be pediatrics or geriatrics, whether they crawl on hands and knees and wear diapers or walk with a cane and comb their beards. There's a wondrous magic to Christmas, and there's a special power reserved for little people. In short, there's nothing mightier than the meek, and a merry Christmas to each and all. — Rod Serling
If it sounds good as you say it, likely as not it'll sound good when an actor's saying it. — Rod Serling
Seeing does not always believe. — Rod Serling
Life Lessons by Rod Serling
- Rod Serling taught us to be open-minded and to think critically about the world around us. He showed us that it is important to be aware of the consequences of our actions and to consider the impact they may have on others.
- He also encouraged us to be tolerant of different perspectives and to embrace diversity in all forms. He believed that by understanding and accepting each other, we can create a better world.
- Lastly, he showed us that it is important to take a stand for what we believe in and to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.
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