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

The sea is the universal sewer.
Jacques Yves Cousteau sewer quote

A reformer is a guy who rides through the sewer in a glass bottom boat.
— Mayor Jimmy Walker

Show me one thing here on earth which has begun well and not ended badly. The proudest palpitations are engulfed in a sewer, where they cease throbbing, as though having reached their natural term: this downfall constitutes the heart's drama and the negative meaning of history.
— E. M. Cioran

All philanthropy... is only a savory fumigation burning at the mouth of a sewer. This incense offering makes the air more endurable to passers-by, but it does not hinder the infection in the sewer from spreading.
— sewer quotation by Ellen Key