Russell Baker: Television’s basic American education

“By the age of six the average child will have completed the basic American education. … From television, the child will have learned how to pick a lock, commit a fairly elaborate bank holdup, prevent wetness all day long, get the laundry twice as white, and kill people with a variety of sophisticated armaments.”

Russell Baker, columnist and author (b. 14 Aug 1925) .

Television set for Wikipedia userbox icons, or...

Television set for Wikipedia userbox icons, or other things. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Stevie Wonder: Eyes lie…

Salvador (BA) - O Cantor Stevie Wonder fala na...

Salvador (BA) – O Cantor Stevie Wonder fala na abertura da 2ª Conferência de Intelectuais da África e da Diáspora em Salvador. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Eyes lie if you ever look into them for the character of the person. ”
Stevie Wonder.

Oscar Wilde: Friends, acquaintances and enemies

Oscar Wilde, three-quarter length portrait, fa...

Oscar Wilde, three-quarter length portrait, facing front, seated, leaning forward, left elbow resting on knee, hand to chin, holding walking stick in right hand, wearing coat. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.”
Oscar Wilde.

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Kurt Vonnegut, Jr: Moderate giftedness

Moderate giftedness has been made worthless by the printing press and radio and television and satellites and all that. A moderately gifted person who would have been a community treasure a thousand years ago has to give up, has to go into some other line of work, since modern communications put him or her into daily competition with nothing but world’s champions. -Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., novelist (1922-2007)