Satire must always accompany any free society. It is an absolute necessity. Even in the most repressive medieval kingdoms, they understood the need for the court jester, the one soul allowed to tell the truth through laughter.— Joe Randazzo
Staggering Court Jester quotations
A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity
When the king gets depressed, he doesn't call for his wife.
He doesn't call for the cook. He calls for the court jester.
The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle;
the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true!
The advertiser is the overrewarded court jester and court pander at the democratic court.
Humor was a good way to hide the pain.
If poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world, science fiction writers are its court jesters. We are Wise Fools who can leap, caper, utter prophecies, and scratch ourselves in public. We can play with Big Ideas because the garish motley of our pulp origins make us seem harmless.
I'm a real paradox. Because I'm a very serious person, and I take my work very seriously. But I wrap it up in a court jester and a clown and make people laugh and make them feel good about themselves.
I'm the out-of-court jester who won't settle, I up the vigilante, I'm a law unto myself but break it anyway! I made a forced landing on the Moebius Strip and now I want to know, which side are you on?
I do consider myself a clown and a court jester, and I do love to make people laugh, whether they're laughing with me or at me.
It is unpardonable conceit not to laugh at your own jokes.
Joking is undignified; that is why it is so good for one's soul. Do not fancy you can be a detached wit and avoid being a buffoon; you cannot. If you are the Court Jester you must be the Court Fool.
There is no one force, no group, and no class that is the preserver of liberty.
Liberty is preserved by those who are against the existing chief power. Oppositions which do not express genuine social forces are as trivial, in relation to entrenched power, as the old court jesters.
A lot of people think that fame is the Band-Aid that cures their ills.
I'm no kid, and I knew long before I got famous that wasn't the deal. I'm the court jester, not the queen.
There is this false perception that comedians can never be serious.
It's like from like the era of court jesters.
Our society, like decadent Rome, has turned into an amusement society, with writers chief among the court jesters
He was the class clown, the court jester, because he'd learn early that if you cracked jokes and pretended you weren't scared, you usually didn't get beat up. Even the baddest gangster kids would tolerate you, keep you around for laughs. Plus, humor was a good way to hide the pain
The artist is still a little like the old court jester.
He's supposed to speak his vicious paradoxes with some sense in them, but he isn't part of whatever the fabric is that makes a nation.
The idea of vaudeville clowns and court jesters is always to show the flaw, to point out what's not working and why it's not coherent.
As for the petty little world of journalism, the media demonstrates how it, more than anyone, is careful to traffic only in authorized ideas and wares; while at the same time it fosters, through its antics, the illusion of a free circulation of ideas and opinions - not unlike jesters in a tyrant's court.
My way is the sensitive, emotional way, because that's who I am.
A day doesn't go by where I don't sit and cry, listening to the stories. I try to be the clown and court jester and make people laugh.
I'm ready to forgive him for the desire to be a king, but not for wanting to have 23 million court jesters.
It's been important to cultures throughout history with the court jester and the witch doctor and the shaman - all preach the same thing.
I consider myself a court jester - motivator.
I try to be the clown and court jester and make people laugh.
At the same time, you have people in the hospital who have had gastric bypass or lap-band surgery and they still have to work out. If you don't work out and eat healthy, you'll look like a melted candle.
My father was a small claims court jester.
One thing Della Valle taught me is the power to say no if something isn't right.
That mattered even over sales. Now it's rolling and finally, after having been PR, boutique director, operator, messenger, and everything else, I'm finally in the role I like the most - court jester. And that's what I was doing at Chanel before.
People need the court jester, so I keep that smile on and keep going out there to do what I do.
Oftentimes, actors are looked at as court jesters.
They are not looked at as deep-thinking, smart people who do many other things or have gifts in other areas.
JESTER, n. An officer attached to the king's household to amuse the court by ludicrous actions and utterances . . . the king's own conduct and decrees [being] sufficiently ridiculous for the amusement not only of his court but of all mankind.