People try to look for deep meanings in my work. I want to say, 'They're just cartoons, folks. You laugh or you don't.' Gee, I sound shallow. But I don't react to current events or other stimuli. I don't read or watch TV to get ideas. My work is basically sitting down at the drawing table and getting silly.— Gary Larson
The most thrilling Gary Larson quotes to get the best of your day
Every week when my batch of weekly cartoons would go to FedEx, it felt like a small miracle. Then in a few days, it's 'Here we go again.'
I don't believe in the concept of hell, but if I did I would think of it as filled with people who were cruel to animals.
The Bluebird of Happiness long absent from his life, Ned is visited by the Chicken of Depression.
My future plans are hazy, and I've yet to experience how much cartooning is in my blood and therefore how much I'll miss it. But I have some other interests, especially in music, and I will probably take the opportunity to delve into those things more deeply.
It is a known fact that the sheep that give us steel wool have no natural enemies.
Great moments in science: Einstein discovers that time is actually money.
The picture's pretty bleak, gentlemen.
.. The world's climates are changing, the mammals are taking over, and we all have a brain about the size of a walnut.
Charters give public school teachers the flexibility to design programs to the individual student needs. They no longer have to go to a distant bureaucracy to ask for permission. By being allowed to make their own decisions the teachers are able to create strong partnerships with parents.
A long time ago, I became aware that many of us have a tendency to lump nature into simplistic categories, such as what we consider beautiful or ugly, important or unimportant. As human a thing as that is to do, I think it often leads us to misunderstand the respective roles of life forms and their interconnectedness.
Humans have changed ecosystems more rapidly and extensively than in any comparable period of time in human history, largely to meet rapidly growing demands for food, fresh water, timber, fiber and fuel. This has resulted in a substantial and largely irreversible loss in the diversity of life on Earth.
The problem, Mr. Fudd, is that you've been having a sublimal effect on everyone in the factory. We're proud of our product, Mr. Fudd, and there's no company in the world that build a finer skwoo dwivuh. ... Dang! Now you got me doing it!
The fuel light's on, Frank! We're all going to die! Wait, wait.
.. Oh, my mistake - that's the intercom light.
Hot oil! We need hot oil!... Forget the water balloons!
Of course, living in an all-glass house has its disadvantages.
..but you should see the birds smack it.
I get a couple cups of coffee into me and weird things just start to happen.
I don't know where my ideas come from.
I will admit, however, that one key ingredient is caffeine. I get a couple cups of coffee into me and weird things just start to happen.
I never liked my own species. On why so many of his comics are about animals, in an interview.
He has been known by many names: Lucifer, Beelzabub, Belial, the Prince of Lies, Satan, and at a party once an obnoxious drunk kept calling him "Dude."
What is that mountain goat doing way up here in the clouds?
I've always considered music stores to be the graveyards of musicians.
If a tree falls in the woods, and nobody is around to hear it, and it hits a mime, does anyone care?
On Career Day in high school, you don't walk around looking for the cartoon guy.
The message is not so much that the worms will inherit the Earth, but that all things play a role in nature, even the lowly worm.
Wait a minute! This is grass! We've been eating grass!
I actually find a lot of parallels in jazz and cartooning.
You always hear a headline like this, 'Man Killed By Shark', you never hear it from the other perspective, 'Man Swims in Shark Infested Waters, Forgets He's Shark Food'.
I think I'm maintaining the quality, but internally I'm paying for it.
Man Swims in Shark Infested Waters, Forgets He's Shark Food.
It would be hard to get worse. I had only one direction to go.
Theme-park approach to nature. We judge plants and animals by whether they're entertaining to us. We gravitate toward animals and plants that are big, dramatic, beautiful and at eye-level.
Perspective was always important. There are some cartoonists who can stand at the foot of a building looking straight up and they'll capture it perfectly. And then there are those of us who do the same drawing and it's the goofiest-looking thing in the world. But after a while I guess you just learn what you're capable of and what you can and can't do.
Thunderstick?... You actually said, 'Thunderstick?'... That, my friend is a Winchester 30.06.
This was more than just a cow - this was an entire career I was looking at.
Things can be low on the food chain, but that doesn't mean they're lowly.
I never liked my own species.
Cartooning was a good fit for me. And yet now, years later, I almost never think about it.
By the time they had diminished from 50 to 8, the other dwarves began to suspect 'Hungry'.
Usually when I sat down to draw a cartoon, it would be more of a reflection of things in my past. Or it could be something I had experienced that morning, or that week, or something I might know that's part of my background.
I think it's vital to be honest with yourself.
You do have to satisfy yourself first. If you're drawing something, you have to ask yourself if it's something you genuinely think is funny. Or is it starting to fall into just a category, just kind of a shtick thing? I think it's important for all cartoonists to be honest with themselves about their own sense of humor and what they're doing.
The great thing about this jungle of ours is that anyone of you could grow up to be Lord of the apes.
You know those little snow globes that you shake up? I always thought my brain was sort of like that. You know, where you just give it a shake and watch what comes out and shake it again. It's like that.
I thought some of my earlier cartoons were not exactly great shakes at the time I drew them. Now I see a certain innocence in them. The humor has a kind of purity to it, I guess. And it works better on some level for me now.
You should always leave the party 10 minutes before you actually do.
The idea for any cartoon (my experience, anyway) is rarely spontaneous.
Good ideas usually evolve out of pretty lame ones, and vice versa.
I don't read cartoons because I think for the most part the comics don't have an interest for me. There's just nothing there these days that makes me want to go seek them out. I'm not trying to say my work wouldn't have sparked that same reaction from somebody else. There's just nothing there for me personally.