Making cartoons means very hard work at every step of the way, but creating a successful cartoon character is the hardest work of all.

— Joseph Barbera

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I cannot say who, precisely, came up with the idea of a Stone Age family.

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My marriage had been impulsive. That marriage should have been short-lived instead of the 23 years it spanned.

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I learned long ago to accept the fact that not everything I create will see the light of day.

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I never got tired of Tom and Jerry, but I did have a dream of doing more with my life than making cartoons.

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In those days, boxing was very glamorous and romantic.

You listened to fights on the radio, and a good announcer made it seem like a contest between gladiators.

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Creating fantasy is a very personal thing, but you can't take the process too personally.

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I was 82 years old before Who's Who thought I was enough of a big shot to do a piece on me.

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Bill Hanna and I owe an awful lot to television, but we both got our start and built the first phase of our partnership in the movies.

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After I had done a handful of cartoons I was satisfied with, I started submitting them to the magazines.

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What about Mickey Mouse? Disney tried very hard to make him a star.

But Mickey Mouse is more of a symbol than a real character.

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I don't know that I spent any more time alone than any other kid, but being by myself never bothered me.

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My biggest kick comes from the individual fans I run into.

Middle-aged men ask me when we're going to do more Johnny Quest cartoons.

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About Joseph Barbera

Quotes 27 sayings
Profession Animator
Birthday March 24, 1911

My last days at MGM were like the fall of the Roman Empire in fast motion.

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While I have never been a regular churchgoer, I'm anything but immune to the power and the majesty of the religious experience.

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So the stock market could have a negative wealth effect and weigh on capital spending, but a sharp decline in long-term interest rates would be an important counterweight.

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I have spent a lot of years on the outside looking in.

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Parents look at me like I'm somebody pretty important, and say, We were raised on your characters, and now we're enjoying them all over again with our children.

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There is no law that says a man who earned a hundred million dollars in his first half-dozen years on the job has to be a decent human being, but Mike Eisner is that and more.

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What the real world of 1941 needed most was the release and relief provided by laughter.

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The Christmas parties were orgies of drinking and singing and groping and pawing. Cartoon staffers invested their own money in preparatory liquor.

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One of the most attractive things about writing your autobiography is that you're not dead.

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Except for me, no one in my family could draw.

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Publicity gets more than a little tiring.

You want it, you need it, you crave it, and you're scared as hell when it stops.

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When animators weren't sleeping, they were drinking.

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Not once in six years did I make it to the office by 9 on the dot.

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I was convinced there as only one actor to play Templeton the Rat, and that was Tony Randall.

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