My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.

— Mel Brooks

The most proven Mel Brooks quotes that are little-known but priceless

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

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I've been accused of vulgarity. I say that's bullshit.

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The only thing we don't have a god for is premature ejaculation.

.. but I hear that it's coming quickly.

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

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Humor is just another defense against the universe.

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I don't know what to say so I'll just say what's in my heart...badoom, badoom, badoom.

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Never retire! Do what you do and keep doing it.

But don't do it on Friday. Take Friday off. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, go fishing...Then Monday to Thursday, do what you've been doing all your life. My point is: Live full and don't retreat.

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You got to be brave. If you feel something, you've really got to risk it.

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When we got to our hotel rooms, mosquitoes as big as George Foreman were waiting for us. They were sitting in armchairs with their legs crossed.

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I love spaghetti and sex, sometimes together.

My dream of heaven is walking naked through fields of pasta fazool.

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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.

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Merchandising, merchandising, where the real money from the movie is made.

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About Mel Brooks

Quotes 128 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Comedian
Birthday October 16

Now thyself is more important than “Know thyself.

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There's not enough bad taste! I LOVE bad taste! I live for bad taste! I am the spokesman for bad taste!

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I have been lucky that some critics joined the mob in loving something I've done, or in appreciating it. I've been lucky. But most of the critics don't like what the people like. I think they have a very strange job, and they are meant to criticize.

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I have always been a huge admirer of my own work.

I'm one of the funniest and most entertaining writers I know.

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When I'm writing a script, I don't worry about plot as much as I do about people. I get to know the main characters - what they need, what they want, what they should do. That's what gets the story going. You can't just have action, you've got to find out what the characters want. And then they must grow, they must go somewhere.

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Comedy is lively, comedy is joy, and that's what keeps us [people] going, we've got to look forward to little, little happiness's. Little, little joys, and comedy is very, very important, it's a vital. We underestimate its value, but we should see more comedies. Comedy is life giving, it's invigorating. I really believe it.

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I was adored [as a kid]. I was always in the air, hurled up and kissed and thrown in the air again. Until I was six, my feet didn't touch the ground. "Look at those eyes! That nose! Those lips! That tooth! Get that child away from me, quick! I'll eat him!" Giving that up was very difficult later on in life.

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The thing is to be brave and move the audience with you, instead of cater to the lowest common denominator, you know, slipping on a banana peel and falling on your ass. You got to move the audience a little further ahead in terms of their appreciation of what is comedy. It's complicated.

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I'm always stunned when I find out people like Roosevelt and Tolstoy weren't Jewish. How could I love them so much?

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THE 2,000-YEAR-OLD MAN'S SECRETS OF LONGEVITY 1.

Don't run for a bus - there'll always be another. 2. Never, ever touch fried food. 3. Stay out of a Ferrari or any other small Italian car. 4. Eat fruit - a nectarine - even a rotten plum is good.

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I love [Nikolai] Gogol's great eye for idiot behavior.

Gogol said that life is so tragic, so stupendously sad that we'd better laugh a lot and enjoy ourselves. You either get a sense of humor going or you go under.

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I had low blood sugar, a chemical imbalance, plus the normal nervous breakdown everyone goes through from adolescence to adulthood.

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I only direct in self-defense.

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Humor keeps the elderly rolling along, singing a song.

When you laugh, its an involuntary explosion of the lungs. The lungs need to replenish themselves with oxygen. So you laugh, you breathe, the blood runs, and everything is circulating. If you dont laugh, youll die.

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One day, God said 'Let there be prey.' And he created pigeons, rabbits, lambs and Gene Wilder.

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I like people with big talents and small neuroses - not always an easy combination to find. I've discovered that if the neurosis is too big, it diminishes the talent and you wind up working too hard for what you get.

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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.

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An egg cream can do anything. An egg cream to a Brooklyn Jew is like water to an Arab. A Jew will kill for an egg cream. It's the Jewish malmsey.

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You want to be as smart as you can about being stupid.

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American sex is generally straight. It happens at 11 o'clock Saturday night. In the rural areas, it happens at nine and it happens pretty fast. Got to get up the next morning, especially if there're kids. Can't make noise, either, wake the kids.

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Why should I waste my good time making a straight dramatic film? The people who can't make you laugh can do that.

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Look at Jewish history. Unrelieved lamenting would be intolerable. So for every ten Jews beating their breasts, God designated one to be crazy and amuse the breast-beaters. By the time I was five I knew I was that one.

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Immortality is a by-product of good work.

Masterpieces are not for artists, they're for critics. Critics can't even make music by rubbing their back legs together. My message to the world is 'Let's swing, sing, shout, make noise! Let's not mimic death before our time comes! Let's be wet and noisy!'

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Usually when a lot of men get together, it's called a war.

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I was born on the kitchen table. We were so poor my mother couldn't afford to have me; the lady next door gave birth to me.

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You're young forever when you write. Alfred Hitchcock directed until the day he died. As long as you don't have any dementia or Alzheimer's, if you have your All-Bran every day and clear yourself out, I think your brains are gonna be all right.

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Don’t be stupid, be a smarty / Come and join the Nazi Party!

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I make people laugh for a living. I believe I can say objectively that what I do I do as well as anybody. Just say I'm one of the best broken field runners that ever lived. For 35 years I was a cult hero, an underground funny.

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My liveliness is based on an incredible fear of death.

In order to keep death at bay, I do a lot of "Yah! Yah! Yah!" And death says, "All right. He's too noisy and busy. I'll wait for someone who's sitting quietly, half asleep."

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In every spoof I make real love to the things I am spoofing.

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

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Some critics are emotionally desiccated, personally about as attractive as a year-old peach in a single girl's refrigerator.

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All right, I am often brash, rude and brutally direct.

Someday I'm going to die and I don't have time to toe-dance around the periphery of hatred.

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We mock the things we are to be.

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I don't think in terms of results at all. I think: what next insanity can I shock the world with?

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I'm married to a beautiful and talented woman who can lift your spirits just by looking at you.

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Look, I had to take chances or it wasn't fun being funny.

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