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J. B. Priestley Quotes and Sayings

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Comedy, we may say, is society protecting itself -
with a smile.
- J. B. Priestley

Related topics: Humor

We pay when old for the excesses of youth.
- J. B. Priestley

Living in an age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned.
The perfect life is spread before us every day,
but it changes and withers at a touch.
- J. B. Priestley

Western man is schizophrenic.
- J. B. Priestley

 

To show a child what once delighted you,
to find the child's delight added to your own -
this is happiness.
- J. B. Priestley

I know only two words of American slang,
'swell' and 'lousy'.
I think 'swell' is lousy, but 'lousy' is swell.
- J. B. Priestley

There are plenty of clever young writers.
But there is too much genius, not enough talent.
- J. B. Priestley

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Perhaps it would be better not to be a writer,
but if you must, then write.
- J. B. Priestley

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day,
a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of
magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.
- J. B. Priestley

Public opinion polls are rather like children in a garden,
digging things up all the time to see how they're growing.
- J. B. Priestley

When I was young there was no respect for the young,
and now that I am old there is no respect for the old.
I missed out coming and going.
- J. B. Priestley

The greatest writers of this age...
are aware of the mystery of our existence.
- J. B. Priestley

There was no respect for youth when I was young,
and now that I am old, there is no respect for age,
I missed it coming and going.
- J. B. Priestley

Our trouble is that we drink too much tea.
I see in this the slow revenge of the Orient,
which has diverted the Yellow River down our throats.
- J. B. Priestley

If we openly declare what is wrong with us,
what is our deepest need, then perhaps the death and
despair will by degrees disappear.
- J. B. Priestley

Accidents, try to change them - it's impossible.
The accidental reveals man.
- J. B. Priestley

Britain, which in the years immediately before this
war was rapidly losing such democratic virtues as it possessed,
is now being bombed and burned into democracy.
- J. B. Priestley

Be yourself is about the worst advice you can give to some people.
- J. B. Priestley

A novelist who writes nothing for 10 years finds his reputation rising.
Because I keep on producing books they say there must
be something wrong with this fellow.
- J. B. Priestley

The more we elaborate our means of communication,
the less we communicate.
- J. B. Priestley

She was a handsome woman of forty-five and would remain so for many years.
- J. B. Priestley

If you are a genius, you'll make your own rules,
but if not - and the odds are against it -
go to your desk no matter what your mood,
face the icy challenge of the paper -
write.
- J. B. Priestley

The greater part of critics are parasites,
who, if nothing had been written, would find nothing to write.
- J. B. Priestley

Many a man is praised for his reserve and so-called
shyness when he is simply too proud to risk making a fool of himself.
- J. B. Priestley

Marriage is like paying an endless visit in your worst clothes.
- J. B. Priestley

I never read the life of any important person without
discovering that he knew more and could do more than
I could ever hope to know or do in half a dozen lifetimes.
- J. B. Priestley

To different minds, the same world is a hell,
and a heaven.
- J. B. Priestley

In plain words: now that Britain has told the world
that she has the H-Bomb she should announce as early
as possible that she has done with it,
that she proposes to reject in all circumstances nuclear warfare.
- J. B. Priestley

We should like to have some towering geniuses,
to reveal us to ourselves in colour and fire,
but of course they would have to fit into the pattern
of our society and be able to take orders from sound administrative types.
- J. B. Priestley

The first fall of snow is not only an event,
it is a magical event.
You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different,
and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?
- J. B. Priestley

Life is not a tragedy, it is a comedy.
To be alive means to have a sense of humor.
- Osho

Comedy keeps the heart sweet.
- Mark Twain

God writes a lot of comedy... the trouble is,
he's stuck with so many bad actors
who don't know how to play funny.
- Garrison Keillor

Comedy has to be based on truth.
You take the truth and you put a little curlicue at the end.
- Sid Caesar

Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.
- Peter Ustinov

Tragedy is when I cut my finger.
Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.
- Mel Brooks

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool,
a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.
- Sholom Aleichem

If a movie isn't a hit right out of the gate,
they drop it.
Which means that the whole mainstream Hollywood product
has been skewed toward violence and vulgar teen comedy.
- Roger Ebert

Jackass: The Movie is great.
I think it's in the tradition of physical comedy,
which I'm really interested in.
Its relationship to gravity, and how gravity acts on the body.
- Matthew Barney

Good comedy is ageless.
- Ted Levine

Every student of comedy should see Dame Edna at least twice.
- Dick Cavett

With any half-hour comedy, it kind of takes on its
own life and finds itself.
- Seth MacFarlane

I was drafted and went to Korea where I had an opportunity
to create a production team that did dramatic and comedy shows.
I had also done a little disc jockeying.
- Casey Kasum

The one that was most fun was That's My Bush;
the part that I did for Comedy Central.
That was a hoot.
That was more fun that one should be allowed to have.
- Timothy Bottoms

I would recommend that anyone who wants to do comedy on TV to do radio first.
- David Walliams

With While You Were Sleeping, it was so much fun and such a Cinderella story,
that I didn't want to do another romantic comedy.
I wanted to do the opposite.
- Bill Pullman

I wear so many disguises on the show that only a real
comedy fan might spot me.
- Paul Putner

Comedy, at least the way I write comedy,
is just drama with jokes.
- Rob Walton

I never like to do parodies.
I never do.
It's just not my style of comedy.
- Ivan Reitman

I value comedy.
I value somebody who can be funny.
- James L. Brooks

It's a very tough time for the playwright.
Broadway has become almost a musical comedy theme park
with all these long-running shows.
- John Lithgow

The funny thing is, Dennis Miller got me back into comedy.
- Tommy Chong

I'm doing comedy development at National Lampoon.
- Kato Kaelin

In every tragedy, an element of comedy is preserved.
Comedy is just tragedy reversed.
- Wislawa Szymborska

You know, stand-up comedy is where I pretty much started out.
- Brion James

I think comedy is more my instinct and more what I'm geared towards.
- Austin Peck

The kinds of shows that seem to work now,
the comedy shows, are those which require very little attention.
They're superficial and I like articulate comedy.
- Mary Tyler Moore

If you work at comedy too laboriously,
you can kill what's funny in the joke.
- Richard Russo

The Comedy Store in LA, it's a really loose room and
it's really dark and creepy and a great place to explore
your own thoughts onstage.
- Joe Rogan

I had a flair for comedy and could give a sustained performance.
- Jessie Matthews

If you want to be an actor, you need to learn how to act first,
even in sketch comedy.
- Nicole Sullivan

I have an Italian comedy at the Venice Film Festival.
- Robert Englund

But comedy I'd love to do as much as humanly possible.
- Ben Kingsley

Without comedy as a defense mechanism I wouldn't be able to survive.
- Garry Shandling

The male image has been so pulled down by situation
comedy in the last 15 years,
it is frightening.
I don't like what has happened to the American male.
- Bill Bixby

Vegas means comedy, tragedy, happiness and sadness all at the same time.
- Artie Lange

When I first started acting, I started in opera and
had a great desire to play grand,
tragic characters.
I got sidetracked in musical theater and ended up doing a lot of comedy.
- Leslie Easterbrook

Friends applaud, the comedy is over.
- Ludwig van Beethoven

Physical comedy is my favorite thing in the world to do.
- Jason Biggs

My real name is Scott Thompson.
I could have gone by that name, but when I started
doing comedy I thought I needed to go by something
that has a little more of a hook.
- Carrot Top

My mom and dad are both in stand-up comedy,
so that's where I started, that's where I got everything.
My roots are holding the mic.
- Pauly Shore


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