Friday, January 22, 2010

Quotable: Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks is a member of the short list of entertainers with the distinction of having won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award. Three of his films (Blazing Saddles, The Producers and Young Frankenstein) ranked in the Top 20 on the American Film Institute's list of the Top 100 comedy films of all-time. --Wikipedia

1. Bad taste is simply saying the truth before it should be said.

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

If presidents can't do it to their wives, they do it to their country.

4. If you're quiet, you're not living. You've got to be noisy and colorful and lively.

Life literally abounds in comedy if you just look around you.

Hope for the best, expect the worst. Life is a play. We're unrehearsed.

7. He who hesitates is poor.

8. If God wanted us to fly, He would have given us tickets.

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

10. 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.


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

    I like being given an excuse

  2. I love #1.

    Thanks for the laughs today!

  3. I love and live by #4.


  4. "Excuse me while I whip this out" is one of the funniest moments in cinema...not to mention the campfire scene from the same movie. I got the Mel Brooks box set for christmas. Love him.

  5. It's good to be the King!

    Put. Za Candle. Back.


    It's Hedley!

    Yeah, so these aren't Mel Brooks quotes but they're from Mel Brooks movies and that's my story and I'm sticking to it!

  6. Thanks so much for sharing these. I needed some laughs on this dreary, wet day. Mel Brooks is a national treasure. Blazing Saddles is still one of my all-time favorite movies.

  7. Love Mel! He is a great comedian.Did you know that Mels real name is Melvin Kamensky? Yeah, there is some bio notes about him from where he was born, to his 3 kids.If you want to read the bio go to and click on to mel-brooks comedian profile.

    Just Love Mel Brooks

  8. Wow. Good ol Mel ... have always loved him.

  9. I had to stop by when I saw the title of the post. I am such a Mel Brooks fan. From Blazing Saddles to Space Balls to Silent Movie to Young Frankenstein to History of the World. I love them all. Best scene: when he's standing at Mount Sinai talking to God and drops two of the 12 commandments. Of course, there's also, "Where's the Piss Boy?"

  10. Love number 3. Sometimes I wonder do Presidents have time for sex...HA HA HA :)

  11. Mel Brooks is just such a unique guy. Blazing Saddles is one of the funniest movies ever!


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