23 Best Rod Serling Quotes

23 Best Rod Serling Quotes

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Rod Serling was a producer, narrator, and screenwriter from Syracuse, New York. He is most famous for his television series, The Twilight Zone. He was also extremely active in politics which caused him to clash with many executives in Hollywood. He died on June 28, 1975 at the age of 50.

“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.”

“Being like everybody is the same as being nobody.”

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

“Hollywood’s a great place to live … if you’re a grapefruit.”

“I happen to think that the singular evil of our time is prejudice. It is from this evil that all other evils grow and multiply. In almost everything I’ve written there is a thread of this:
a man’s seemingly palpable need to dislike someone other than himself.”

“I think the destiny of all men is not to sit in the rubble of their own making but to reach out for an ultimate perfection which is to be had. At the moment, it is a dream. But as of the
moment we clasp hands with our neighbor, we build the first span to bridge the gap between the young and the old. At this hour, it’s a wish. But we have it within our power to make it a
reality. If you want to prove that God is not dead, first prove that man is alive.”

“I was a Christmas present that was delivered unwrapped.”

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

“Imagination… its limits are only those of the mind itself.”

“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 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 said that science fiction and fantasy are two different things. Science fiction is the improbable made possible, and fantasy is the impossible made probable.”

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

“It’s hardly a revelation to me that the young people in this country take a dim view of our current up-tightness when it comes to street rioting. They believe, and I think quite properly,
that on the scale of misbehavior the black man who takes a torch to a building or breaks a window to loot, and does so out of passion, is less the criminal than the white man who puts his
torch to human beings and does so with a cold, calculated, predatory pre-planned blueprint of destruction.”

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

“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.”

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

“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 nothing in the dark that isn’t there when the lights are on.”

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

“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’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!”