80 Best Clown Quotes To Make You Laugh

Georgia Stone
Dec 12, 2023 By Georgia Stone
Originally Published on Feb 20, 2021
Clown quotes are hilariously funny

Some funny clown quotes are all that we need for a good laugh.

Clown characters have been played by many famous actors in various films. All of them have given us some iconic clown quotes.

A clown is an entertainer who wears bold makeup and clothes, plays practical jokes, and uses physical humor to earn laughs in the circus. Did you know that a group of clowns can be called a shudder, an alley, or a pratfall? The most famous clown, Ronald McDonald, certainly does!

This article has some funny and amazing clown quotes and sayings to give you mirth and amusement. The list of quotes includes words of wisdom from authors like Stephen King, John Steinbeck, Angela Carter, Bob Dylan, and more.

For more great quotes, check out these 'The Greatest Showman' quotesand circus quotes too. But for now, can you find your favorite quote about clowns among these clown movie quotes, famous clown quotes, clown sayings, and clown book quotes?

The Best Clown Quotes

A list of the best clown quotes by famous authors, perfect to entertain you is given below. Why not share these quotes with a friend to make them laugh.

1. “If by chance some day you're not feeling well and you should remember some silly thing I've said or done and it brings back a smile to your face or a chuckle to your heart, then my purpose as your clown has been fulfilled.”

- Red Skelton.

2. “No clowns were funny. That was the whole purpose of a clown. People laughed at clowns, but only out of nervousness.”

― Terry Pratchett, ‘Men At Arms’.

3. “The cleverest character in comedy is the clown, for he who would make people take him for a fool, must not be one.”

- Miguel de Cervantes.

4. “The artist, like the idiot or clown, sits on the edge of the world, and a push may send him over it.”

- Osbert Sitwell.

5. “I was painfully shy, until fifth grade when I transferred to another school and befriended the class clown. And one day he was sick and I kinda stepped in for the class clown and I said, 'Wow, this is exciting, I'm a little bit nervous.'”

— Nathan Fillion.

6. “It's kind of fun to be a clown. I've always played the clown.”

- Roger Bart.

7. “You know how they say that clowns are very funny in public and are really sad at home? I'm really kind of stupid at home and more serious in public.”

- Roland Joffe.

8. “We've become so glorified in the movie-star system that it's become this artificial royalty. The truth is that we're circus clowns.”

- Nicolas Cage.

9. “I was always kind of a loudmouth and a class clown, and that kind of led to doing all the school plays and trying out all kinds of different stuff.”

- Dustin Milligan.

10. “Give a clown your finger, and he will take your hand.”

- George Herbert.

Popular Clown Quotes And Sayings

Here are some popular quotes and sayings by authors like John Steinbeck and others.

11. "The clowns come on, get the biggest, juiciest laughs, and then leave.”

- Roger Bart.

12. “People who know me, they know I have a sense of humor, I'm a bit of a joker, a bit of a clown really, and I would love someone to exploit that side of me and send me a romantic comedy.”

- Gary Oldman.

13. “It's really easy with makeup to look like you're trying too hard, like a clown. That's not what you want!”

- Becky G.

14. “Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals.”

- John Steinbeck.

15. “I remain just one thing, and one thing only - and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician.”

- Charlie Chaplin.

16. “All the world loves a clown.”

- Cole Porter.

17. “When fighting clowns, always go for the juggler.”

- Darynda Jones.

18. “A time will come when instead of shepherds feeding the sheep, the church will have clowns entertaining the goats.”

- Charles Spurgeon.

19. “You never turned around to see the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns when they all did tricks for you.”

- Bob Dylan.

20. “I'm a comedian. I'm not a clown.”

- Bernie Mac.

Funny Clown Quotes

Come face to face with everything we love about clowns in these quotes.

21. “When I'm with my friends I'm funny, but I don't feel like I'm a funny clown.”

- Nora Dunn.

22. “Though the clown is often deadpan, he is a connoisseur of laughter.”

- Mel Gussow.

23. “Clowns are the pegs on which the circus is hung.”

- P. T. Barnum.

24. “I was afraid of clowns.”

- Haley Bennett.

25. “I was obsessed with clowns... I thought there were clowns under my bed for years.”

- Haley Bennett.

26. “Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am.”

- Bob Dylan, 'Stuck In The Middle With You'.

27. “Making my class laugh and getting in trouble. I was the class clown.”

— R.L. Stine.

28. “Smart kid too, straight-A student, I was just a class clown.”

— Adrien Broner.

29. “The point of clowns was that, after watching them, anything else that happened seemed enjoyable.”

― Terry Pratchett, ‘Men At Arms’.

30. “I am a clown, just without the painted smile.”

- Chevy Chase.

31. “I would borrow my mom's red Borghese lipstick and smear it on like a clown!”

- Brooke Burns.

32. “Foolery, sir, does walk about the orb like the sun; it shines everywhere.”

– William Shakespeare.  'Twelfth Night', Act III, scene one.

33. “I think a lot of people assume from my music and stuff I'm constantly talking about deep and meaningful things, but then with my friends I'm just a class clown.”

- Ella Henderson.

34. “Who are a little wise the best fools be.”

– Dr. John Donne, ‘The Triple Fool’.

Meaningful Clown Quotes

Some meaningful and deep clown quotes by different authors are listed below. Read the quotes to understand the meaning behind these clown quotes.

35. “A clown needn't be the same out of the ring as he has to be when he's in it.”

― Enid Blyton, ‘Five Go Off In A Caravan’.

36. “Being a funny person does an awful lot of things to you... You're not entitled to be serious, you're a clown.”

- Fanny Brice.

37. “The clown may be the source of mirth, but - who shall make the clown laugh?”

- Angela Carter.  

38. “'Kill you all!' The clown was laughing and screaming. 'Try to stop me and I'll kill you all! Drive you crazy and then kill you all! You can't stop me!'”

― Stephen King, ‘It’.

39. “Everything's a lot tougher when it's for real.”

― Stephen King, ‘It’.

40. “Never underestimate a clown with a book.”

- Rawi Hage.

41. “To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain and play with it!”

–  Charlie Chaplin.

42. “Kings kill; clowns don't; therefore the clowns of the kings are more valuable than the kings!”

- Mehmet Murat Ildan.

43. “When the heroes go off the stage, the clowns come on.”

- Heinrich Heine.

44. “Does the clown ever cry? He does, alone but!”

- Kazeronnie Mak.

Clown Quotes To Make You Laugh And Think

Here are some clown quotes and sayings to make you laugh. Some of these quotes are truly funny!

45. “ I'm gonna be a new kind of clown. I'm gonna stand in the middle of the ring and laugh at the folks.”

- Harper Lee, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’.

46. “I see myself as an intelligent, sensitive human, with the soul of a clown which forces me to blow it at the most important moments.”

- Jim Morrison.

47. “I don't care about how I look; I'm dedicated to the laughs. You know, I used to be a clown, so - my name was Smoothie the Clown. All the training I had, all my training is geared toward making people laugh, and I didn't care about being cool.”

- Bernie Mac.

48. “I just love making a fool out of myself. I made my living as a clown at kids' parties for about three years.”

- Hugh Jackman.

49. “The child's laughter is pure until he first laughs at a clown.”

― Angela Carter.

50. “I think we all have the urge to be a clown, whether we know it or not.”

- Ernest Borgnine.

51. "I suppose that I'm fairly comfortable with the clown hat on."

- Nick Rhodes.

52. “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”

- Victor Borge.

53. “Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society.”

- William Thackeray.

54. “We are all here for a spell, get all the good laughs you can.”

- Will Rogers.

55. “My son has been a class clown and it sort of ran in the family.”

- Robert Klein.

56. “Is it true that cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny?”

- Steven Wright.

Laughter Quotes About Clowns

Some laughter quotes about clowns and some quotes by clowns are given below.

57. “A red nose is the clown's mask and my moustache is mine.”

― Nuno Roque.

58. “The role of a clown and a physician are the same - it's to elevate the possible and to relieve suffering.”

- Patch Adams.

59. “For a long time, I debated about whether I would make movies or join the circus and work as a clown.”

- Denis Lavant.

60. “A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.”

- Malcolm X.

61. “Laughter is a celebration of our failings. That's what clowns are for.”

- Emma Thompson.

62. “I used to love being the class clown. I loved to make jokes and make people laugh.”

Issa Rae.

63. “ If you look at photographs of clowns when they're just being ordinary men, they've got quite sad faces.”

― Enid Blyton, ‘Five Go Off In A Caravan’.

64. “Don’t try to make everyone happy; you can’t. The only ones who try are clowns.”

― Matshona Dhliwayo.

65. “I made a living out of being a class clown.”

- Shannon Hoon.

66. “The thing I gravitated to was being the class clown. It was very competitive.”

- John Leguizamo.

67. “At this point, if I were to psychoanalyze myself, I'd have to say I am a clown, cleverly disguised as a regular person.”

- Tim Duncan.

68. “I was probably the one who tattled on the class clown. To get in good with the teachers.”

- Christine Lavin.

69. “If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.”

- Jimmy Buffet.

Top Clown Quotes

Are you enjoying these clown quotes? A list of the top quotes by clowns is given below.

70. “Nobody likes a clown at midnight.”

- Stephen King.

71. “I'm more of a clown, a tragic clown. Yeah. I just like humor to come out of characters.”

- Amy Sedaris.

72. “I don't have a negative perception of clowns.”

- Andy Muschietti.

73. “I was the class clown type of guy.”

- Bobb'e J. Thompson.

74. “I was like the class clown in school so I guess I would say I did like the attention."

- Snoop Dogg.

75. “I was a timid little guy when I was a kid. I used humor as a defense; I became the class clown. But deep inside, I felt real vulnerable.”

— Mike Huckabee.

76. “I was the class clown so I was used to performing and fooling around in front of my friends.”

— Dominic Monaghan.

77. “Well, the clown suit is a riot, too.”

- Michael Chiklis.

78. “I wasn't a class clown, I just found at an early age that I was able to make people laugh.”

— Alan Zweibel.

79. “Let those that play your clowns speak no more than is set down for them.”

- William Shakespeare.

80. “Comedy is obviously a matter of personal taste and the world always needs a clown and some people have no taste at all and any clown will do.”

- Marc Maron.

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Written by Georgia Stone

Bachelor of Arts specializing in French with Film Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Year Abroad) specializing in Literature, History, Language, Media, and Art

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Georgia StoneBachelor of Arts specializing in French with Film Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Year Abroad) specializing in Literature, History, Language, Media, and Art

Georgia is an experienced Content Manager with a degree in French and Film Studies from King's College London and Bachelors degree from Université Paris-Sorbonne. Her passion for exploring the world and experiencing different cultures was sparked during her childhood in Switzerland and her year abroad in Paris. In her spare time, Georgia enjoys using London's excellent travel connections to explore further afield.

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