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All Quotes by author - Mel Brooks
" A brushstroke of vanity is good to add into the mix, to balance your timidity. We're all blessed with a lot of timidity and a lot of worry and anxiety, and vanity is a good antidote. "
" A cinema villain essentially needs a moustache so he can twiddle with it gleefully as he cooks up his next nasty plan. "
" All short women have a delayed fuse. Marry a taller woman: My wife was an inch or two taller than me; it's a sign of security. "
" A lot of music is mathematics. It's balance. "
" Anybody can direct, but there are only eleven good writers. "
" As far as songwriters, I've always been a fan of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin; those guys mean a lot to me. "
" As long as the world is turning and spinning, we're gonna be dizzy and we're gonna make mistakes. "
" Bad taste is simply saying the truth before it should be said. "
" But I have bad taste with a deep fount of intellectuality. "
" Dom DeLuise was a big man in every way. He was big in size and created big laughter and joy. "
" Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with him. "
" Everything starts with writing. And then to support your vision, your ideas, your philosophy, your jokes, whatever, you've gotta perform them and/or direct them, or sometimes just produce them. "
" Everything we do in life is based on fear, especially love. "
" He who hesitates is poor. "
" Humor is just another defense against the universe. "
" I don't believe in this business of being behind, better to be in front. "
" I don't have a mission. I don't have a torch to burn. "
" If God wanted us to fly, He would have given us tickets. "
" If presidents can't do it to their wives, they do it to their country. "
" If Shaw and Einstein couldn't beat death, what chance have I got? Practically none. "
" If you're quiet, you're not living. You've got to be noisy and colorful and lively. "
" If you stand on a soapbox and trade rhetoric with a dictator you never win. "
" I know how to make it a great musical. I've got to. It's like I've got to see it on stage. "
" I like Chris Rock. He's dangerous. "
" I'll accept bad taste in a minute, as long as there's some great comedy minds and performances. "
" I loved Westerns as a little kid, and I loved horror films. "
" I love writing songs. I'm a songwriter. "
" Immortality is a by-product of good work. "
" I'm rather secular. I'm basically Jewish. But I think I'm Jewish not because of the Jewish religion at all. "
" I'm still a horse that can run. I may not be able to win the Derby, but what do you do when you retire? People retire and they vegetate. They go away and they dry up. "
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