The Best Ted Turner Quotes

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      Ted Turner quotes on give


      The more good I do, the more money has come in. You have to learn to give. You’re not born to give. You’re born selfish. -Ted Turner

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      What the Bible says is really true-it’s better to give than to receive. -Ted Turner

      CNN is one of the participants in the war. I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected president but refuses because he doesn’t want to give up power. -Arthur C

      Ted Turner said: “Television violence is the single most significant factor contributing to violence in America. -Dave Grossman

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      I’m no genius. I’m not at all; I just happen to look five or 10 years ahead and think things through. -Ted Turner

      When I started ‘CNN,’ I made the decision to stay out of endorsing candidates, and let the doers make up their own minds about politics, that it wasn’t going to come from me. -Ted Turner

      I’m hard of hearing. I miss a lot. It’s really tough. -Ted Turner

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      Where’s the upside in opening your mouth? -Ted Turner

      Do something. Either lead, follow or get out of the way. -Ted Turner

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

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      Never set goals you can reach in your lifetime. -Ted Turner

      When I got my statement in January, I was worth $2.2 billion. Then I got another statement in August that said I was worth $3.2 billion. So I figure it’s only nine months’ earnings, who cares? -Ted Turner

      I’ve got a virtually limitless supply of bullshit. -Ted Turner

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

      You should set goals beyond your reach so you always have something to live for. -Ted Turner

      I was gonna go broke if I didn’t get things turned around real fast. -Ted Turner

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      I lost 80 percent of my wealth and then gave away over half of the rest. So I’m a man of modest means now. But if you budget carefully and watch your expenditures, you can get by on a couple billion dollars. -Ted Turner

      I travel a lot. I’m on the move. -Ted Turner

      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

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

      I mean, there’s no point in sittin’ around and cryin’ about spilt milk. Gotta move on. -Ted Turner

      I like Obama. I don’t know who could do a better job. He’s got an incredibly tough situation, and a good heart and mind. I’d like to see him rally support a little better. -Ted Turner

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      We have to do more than keep media giants from growing larger; they’re already too big. We need a new set of rules that will break these huge companies to pieces. -Ted Turner

      Even if we didn’t have greenhouse gases, were going to have to move away from fossil fuels, as we’re going to run out. They’re finite, whereas solar and wind are infinite. -Ted Turner

      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

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      Ted Turner quotes on world


      Rupert Murdoch is the most dangerous man in the world. -Ted Turner

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      I wanted to better inform the world. -Ted Turner

      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

      When our time’s up, it’s up. All the money in the world won’t buy you one more day. -Ted Turner

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      There is no greater legacy that we can leave our children and grandchildren than a peaceful and safer world. -Ted Turner

      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

      I think George Bush is the most dangerous man in the world. -Ted Turner

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      We won’t be signing off until the world ends. We’ll be on, and we will cover the end of the world, live, and that will be our last event . . . we’ll play ‘Nearer, My God, to Thee’ before we sign off. -Ted Turner

      It’s going to cost trillions of dollars to rework the energy sources all over the world. Were going to have to move away from fossil fuels. -Ted Turner

      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

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      Ted Turner quotes on people


      The happiest people are those who are contributing to society. -Ted Turner

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

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

      There are too many people, that’s why we have global warming. We have global warming because too many people are using too much stuff. -Ted Turner

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      It was okay for people to write negative things about me just as long as they spelled my name right. -Ted Turner

      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

      We’ll be eight degrees hotter in ten–not ten, but thirty or forty years, and basically none of the crops will grow. Most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals. -Ted Turner

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      Over-population is the ’cause of drive-by shootings’ and other social ills, but the root of the problem is Christianity, which posits that people are more important than sea otters and elephants. -Ted Turner

      We’re too many people; that’s why we have global warming…on a voluntary basis, everybody in the world’s got to pledge to themselves that one child is it. -Ted Turner

      The United States has got some of the dumbest people in the world. I want you to know that we know that. -Ted Turner

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      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

      I see what keeps people young: work! -Ted Turner

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

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      If you treat people with dignity, respect and friendliness, you can turn enemies into friends. An enemy is nothing but a friend in disguise. -Ted Turner

      Music has a great power for bringing people together. With so many forces in this world acting to drive wedges between people, it’s important to preserve those things that help us experience our common humanity. -Ted Turner

      I’d rather be smart and poor than rich and dumb. -Ted Turner

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      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

      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

      The U.N. had such lofty goals to eliminate poverty and stop war and cure diseases and help refugees-things that no one country could do. -Ted Turner

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      Ted Turner quotes on love


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

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

      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

      I didn’t get here for my acting… but I love show business. -Ted Turner

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      I love this planet I want to see the environment preserved and I want to see the human race preserved. And I’d like to see everybody living decently in a more equitable, kind-hearted, thoughtful, generous world. -Ted Turner

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

      Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell, and advertise -Ted Turner

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      Ted Turner quotes on life


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

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      I didn’t care what, how much adversity life threw at me. I intended to get to the top. -Ted Turner

      Life is a game. Money is how we keep score. -Ted Turner

      Life is like a B-movie. You don’t want to leave in the middle of it but you don’t want to see it again. -Ted Turner

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      Women? I love women. Life would have been virtually zero without them. Journalism? I really feel like I am a journalist… And courage? I had a boat named Courageous. -Ted Turner

      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

      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

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      I haven’t been in a store to buy anything for five years. -Ted Turner

      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

      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

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      Ted Turner quotes on news


      I don’t watch entertainment. I haven’t watched in years. I want to see serious news. -Ted Turner

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      I fantasize about everything; being a fireman, an Indian chief, climbing mountains. Anything is possible. -Ted Turner

      Struggling hard to achieve something is the most fun I get. -Ted Turner

      If I only had a little humility, I’d be perfect. -Ted Turner

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      That’s the main symptoms, and, forgetfulness. -Ted Turner

      There’s nothing wrong with being fired. -Ted Turner

      Sports is like a war without the killing. -Ted Turner

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      I like something with ‘vice’ in it. -Ted Turner

      If you panic that’s a good way to lose. You have to stay in control. -Ted Turner

      I was cable when cable wasn’t cool. -Ted Turner

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      If you never quit, you’re never beaten. -Ted Turner

      There’s really five companies who control 90% of what we read, see, and hear. -Ted Turner

      I know what I’m having ’em put on my tombstone: ‘I have nothing more to say’. -Ted Turner

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      I’ve always tried to do the smartest and best thing. -Ted Turner

      I have both sleep apnea and atrial fibrillation, which are both debilitating conditions. -Ted Turner

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

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      I regret that I wasn’t more successful with my marriages, but it is what it is. -Ted Turner

      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

      You can never quit. Winners never quit, and quitters never win. -Ted Turner

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

      I think they’re stickin’ with politics a little too much, they’d do better to have-a more balanced-agenda. but that’s, you know, just one person’s opinion. -Ted Turner

      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

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

      Once you decide to do something, and you’re pretty sure you’re right, then you gotta go ahead and do it. Because if you piddle around, somebody else will beat you to it. -Ted Turner

      My son is now an ‘entrepreneur.’ That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job. -Ted Turner

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      Many times through the ages, like as not the chance appears, but because of indecision, man’s fond hopes are drowned in tears. -Ted Turner

      Every man sees a little of himself in Rhett Butler. -Ted Turner

      The worst sin, the ultimate sin for me, in anything, is to be bored. -Ted Turner

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      I’m just a socialist at heart. -Ted Turner

      There’s a fine line between being colorful and being an asshole, and I hope I’m still just colorful. -Ted Turner

      To succeed you have to be innovative. -Ted Turner

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

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

      Exposure to defeat is a very important thing. Anyone who doesn’t look to get beaten is doing a disservice to himself. -Ted Turner

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      Make a way, find a way or get out of the way. -Ted Turner

      The biggest thing I learned from losing? Winning’s better. -Ted Turner

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

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