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Mel Brooks Quotes and Sayings

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Humor is just another defense against the universe.
- Mel Brooks

Related topics: Humor

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

Bad taste is simply saying the truth before it should be said.
- Mel Brooks

If God wanted us to fly, He would have given us tickets.
- Mel Brooks

 

Rhetoric does not get you anywhere, because Hitler
and Mussolini are just as good at rhetoric.
But if you can bring these people down with comedy,
they stand no chance.
- Mel Brooks

If presidents can't do it to their wives,
they do it to their country.
- Mel Brooks

He who hesitates is poor.
- Mel Brooks

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I don't believe in this business of being behind,
better to be in front.
- Mel Brooks

Everything we do in life is based on fear,
especially love.
- Mel Brooks

Anybody can direct, but there are only eleven good writers.
- Mel Brooks

Life literally abounds in comedy if you just look around you.
- Mel Brooks

If Shaw and Einstein couldn't beat death,
what chance have I got? Practically none.
- Mel Brooks

We want to get people laughing; we don't want to offend anybody.
- Mel Brooks

Look, I don't want to wax philosophic,
but I will say that if you're alive you've got to flap your arms and legs,
you've got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death,
and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully,
or you're not alive.
- Mel Brooks

As long as the world is turning and spinning,
we're gonna be dizzy and we're gonna make mistakes.
- Mel Brooks

I only direct in self-defense.
- Mel Brooks

You're always a little disappointing in person because
you can't be the edited essence of yourself.
- Mel Brooks

If you're quiet, you're not living.
You've got to be noisy and colorful and lively.
- Mel Brooks

We rest our case on the production numbers.
- Mel Brooks

Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin.
The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names,
identities, personalities and have them relate to other
characters living with him.
- Mel Brooks

These men both publicly and privately have done so much for me.
Without Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick I would be
living in a little motel just around the corner here,
trying to make ends meet.
- Mel Brooks

Life's burdens are lighter when I laugh at myself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward PHOTO

You can turn painful situations around through laughter.
If you can find humor in anything, even poverty,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

A person without a sense of humor
is like a wagon without springs.
It's jolted by every pebble on the road.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Through humor, you can soften some
of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter,
no matter how painful your situation might be,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

You grow up the day you have
your first real laugh - at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore

A willingness to laugh at itself is what distinguishes
a compassionate religion from a cult.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A sense of humor... is needed armor.
Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips
is a sign that the person down deep
has a pretty good grasp of life.
- Hugh Sidey

Good humor is the health of the soul,
sadness is its poison.
- Lord Chesterfield

There is hope for the future because God has a sense
of humor and we are funny to God.
- Bill Cosby

So long as you have courage and a sense of humor,
it is never too late to start life afresh.
- Freeman Dyson

A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
- William James

Humor is mankind's greatest blessing.
- Mark Twain

One can never speak enough of the virtues,
the dangers, the power of shared laughter.
- Francoise Sagan

Humor is everywhere, in that there's irony in just
about anything a human does.
- Bill Nye

Humor can alter any situation and help us cope at the
very instant we are laughing.
- Allen Klein

This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor:
to change the character of our thought.
- Lin Yutang

If I had no sense of humor,
I would long ago have committed suicide.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully.
- Max Eastman

Puns are a form of humor with words.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

I have a fine sense of the ridiculous,
but no sense of humor.
- Edward Albee

In conversation, humor is worth more than wit and easiness more than knowledge.
- George Herbert

A pun is the lowest form of humor, unless you thought of it yourself.
- Doug Larson

Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog.
Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.
- E. B. White

Humor does not diminish the pain - it makes the space around it get bigger.
- Allen Klein

The secret to humor is surprise.
- Aristotle

Humor distorts nothing, and only false gods are laughed
off their earthly pedestals.
- Agnes Repplier

What a strange world this would be if we all had the same sense of humor.
- Bern Williams

There seems to be no lengths to which humorless people
will not go to analyze humor.
It seems to worry them.
- Robert Benchley

Humor is richly rewarding to the person who employs it.
It has some value in gaining and holding attention,
but it has no persuasive value at all.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it.
- Langston Hughes

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not;
a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
- Francis Bacon

When humor goes, there goes civilization.
- Erma Bombeck

A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor,
for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.
- Jessamyn West

Humor brings insight and tolerance.
Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.
- Agnes Repplier

Humor is a serious thing.
I like to think of it as one of our greatest earliest natural resources,
which must be preserved at all cost.
- James Thurber

A laugh is a surprise.
And all humor is physical.
I was always athletic, so that came naturally to me.
- Chevy Chase

A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles.
- Mignon McLaughlin

The more I live, the more I think that humor is the saving sense.
- Jacob August Riis

Humor is something that thrives between man's aspirations and his limitations.
There is more logic in humor than in anything else.
Because, you see, humor is truth.
- Victor Borge

Humor is the affectionate communication of insight.
- Leo Rosten

All I know about humor is that I don't know anything about it.
- Fred Allen

I think the next best thing to solving a problem is
finding some humor in it.
- Frank Howard Clark

Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth,
the air and you.
- Langston Hughes

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

A joke is a very serious thing.
- Winston Churchill

If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life,
choose a sense of humor.
- Jennifer Jones

Humor is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn.
- Irvin S. Cobb

Gags die, humor doesn't.
- Jack Benny

Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.
- James Thurber


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