I believe in the separation of church and planet.— Eric Idle
The most jaw-dropping Eric Idle quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening
I love being an older comic now. It's like being an old soccer or an old baseball player. You're in the Hall of Fame and it's nice, but you're no longer that person in the limelight on the spot doing that thing.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will make me go in a corner and cry by myself for hours.
Learn to trust yourself. That's very vital. ... Just stand with yourself. Remember, in his lifetime, Van Gogh sold only two paintings. I personally sold even fewer.
Life has a very simple plot: first you're here and then you're not.
I've got soggy thighs. It must be dinner time.
Of the sparkling wines, the most famous is Perth Pink.
This is a bottle with a message in, and the message is "beware". This is not a wine for drinking; this is a wine for laying down and avoiding.
No day of my life passes without someone saying the words 'Monty Python' to me. It's not bad.
Many years ago I also bought a house in Provence for about 70,000 francs.
It had no electricity or running water, and no road leading to the house, but gradually we made improvements. It's my escape and I love it.
Know what I mean? Eh, eh, Nudge nudge, Say no more?
The next step will be for the colonists on Mars to throw off the hand of the United States. There will be this wonderful historical irony. When the people on Mars write a declaration of independence saying, 'We hold these truths to be self-evident...', the US will be rather pissed off.
Monty Python only became valuable when it was sold to Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in America. They didn't pay much either, but the series has been shown repeatedly, which led to lucrative tapes, CDs and DVDs.
If anything can survive the probe of humour it is clearly of value, and conversely all groups who claim immunity from laughter are claiming special privileges which should not be granted.
I got used to dealing with groups of boys and getting on with life in unpleasant circumstances and being smart and funny and subversive at the expense of authority.
The Minister of Transport issued this appeal to motorists: Can anyone give him a lift to Leicester?
I think you often learn from failure.
Success just teaches you how great you were, but in fact it's knowing what will fail that will help you to make the right choices.
A nod's as good as a wink to a blind bat!
Well we were lucky because we started in Canada where everybody has a sense of humour! We flirted a little while with Josh Groban. He was personally interested in it. He said oh I'd love to do something different, and I said well it's pretty different! But in the end the dates didn't work out.
I think the special thing about Python is that it's a writers' commune.
The writers are in charge. The writers decide what the material is.
I like the idea of being out there regularly with an audience and with a funny gang of people. That's what I grew up with - doing television, doing shows every week.
At Cambridge, you have to kiss the vice-chancellor's fingers.
But I missed out on that, 'cause I was doing a matinee. I don't want to kiss a strange man's fingers anyway.
I like being a foreigner. For me, to live in California is very pleasant - I'm more comfortable not feeling a part of everything, not feeling responsible for the government or the roads or the health system.
My father, who was a sergeant in the RAF during the Second World War, was killed in a hitchhiking accident while returning home on compassionate leave. As a result, my mother had to get work, as a nurse, and at seven the RAF put me into a boarding school and ex-orphanage called the Royal Wolverhampton School.
I live in a Spanish-style hillside home in Los Angeles, California.
I paid $900,000 in 1995. It's perhaps worth about $3m now. Thankfully, I paid off my mortgage before the crash because I could see it coming. I worried that I would be caught having to pay off a very high mortgage for a house I couldn't sell.
What's brown and sounds like a bell? DUNG!
Don't want to turn into mini-me.
Subversion is what I do.
You initially become funny as a kid because you're looking for attention and love. Psychologists think that's all to do with mother abandonment. I think John Cleese has his depressions, and Terry Gilliam's the same. All of us together make one completely insane person.
Even if you've written something for print, I think it's good to try [it] out on someone because it changes. You can think it's hilarious and they can tell you it's not.
Monty Python paid me £20,000 to write, direct and assemble them - the cheapskates! I told them I'd never earned less in a year since leaving Cambridge. The first show sold out in 43 seconds and we ended up performing ten in total. We had no idea there would be such demand.
There's animals like us existing and thinking and giving interviews on Australian television.
I just believe in a huge universe of billions of miles.
John Cleese once told me he'd do anything for money.
So I offered him a pound to shut up, and he took it.
Filming a pirate film is always good fun, with ships and indecent clothing.
I will jump on anybody's private plane at the drop of a hat.
I'm an old-fashioned lower-middle-class boy.
I liked doing live things, and with the Circus we had a live audience.
Americans like to think 'Python' is how English people really are.
There is an element of truth to that.
I try to not to be a celebrity as much as possible.
Reading Alan Zweibel makes me laugh out loud. And yet it is not a particularly funny name.
We learnt a lot because we got in with real choreographers who tell you what they need from a song, because a song has to advance the story. Then real directors like Mike Nichols tell you where you can have 'B themes' and 'C themes', and we go oh yes, B themes and C themes! So we were taught in the finest school amongst the finest people. And also by the school of experience.
We never have that thought! The whole object is to bite off more than you can chew. John [Du Prez] always says, Eric thinks of something completely insane and insists we go in that direction. It's the correct way to look at things and the correct place to start, I think.
You could write a joke in the pub at lunchtime and watch it performed on television that evening.
You could feel the place going crazy because we hadn't been on stage together for maybe 35 years and the audience could just feel us in the darkness come on and they went nuts. It made the little hairs stand up on the back of my neck and we sang Sit on My Face, which I thought was wonderfully appropriate for George's memorial, and then we bowed and we showed our bare asses.
I used to collect Persian rugs and real estate - you should be able to walk on and live in your money. I had to give up the rugs because I'm allergic to mould.
Talent is always more interesting - ambition is not interesting.
If you have talent, you have to find ways of expressing it, but you may not be a success in the world's terms.
Having little money to spend was a valuable learning experience.
My schooling also shaped my work ethic because while other children were listening to the Goons, I was studying, which enabled me to go to Cambridge University.
I get to be the first doctor in the family [because of the honorary degree they're giving me].
You get interviewed when you're out promoting something.
My wife, Tania, is very big on dogs, so I'm always paying out to animal charities.
I'm not really a celebrity; I'm just vestigially left over from doing stuff from before.