50+ Mel Brooks Quotes

Martha Martins
Sep 29, 2023 By Martha Martins
Originally Published on Mar 15, 2023
Be inspired by Mel Brooks quotes.

Mel Brooks was an American actor and comedian whose career spanned decades.

Mel Brooks was a genius in his own right. He was the creator of broad farces as well as parodies that were popularly considered among the best comedies ever created.

When you read Mel Brooks quotes, you will find that he was a true genius and a successful actor. Brooks had served in the Army before becoming an actor.

Though Brooks began his career as an actor he soon turned to direct movies and TV series. As a director, he created the famous parody 'Robin Hood: Men in Tights' which resulted in several TV series later. Here are some famous quotes made by the versatile actor, director and comedian.

Mel Brooks Quotes On Life

(Discover interesting Mel Brooks quotes on life and love.)

Check out some of the most inspiring quotes on life by Mel Brooks, which will surely motivate you.

"You got to be brave. If you feel something, you've really got to risk it."

"Everything we do in life is based on fear, especially love."

"Look, I don't want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you're alive you've got to flap your arms and legs, you've got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death."

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

"As long as the world is turning and spinning, we're gonna be dizzy and we're gonna make mistakes."

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

"I have always been a huge admirer of my own work. I'm one of the funniest and most entertaining writers I know."

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

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

"Even though it seems foolish and silly and crazy, comedy has the most to say about the human condition. Because if you can laugh, you can get by. You can survive when things are bad if you have a sense of humor."

- ‘All About Me!: My Remarkable Life in Show Business’

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

"You’re always a little disappointing in person because you can’t be the edited essence of yourself."

"Humor is just another defense against the universe."

"Never retire! Do what you do and keep doing it. But don’t do it on Friday. Take Friday off. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday go fishing…Then Monday to Thursday, do what you’ve been doing all your life. My point is: Live full and don’t retreat."

"He who hesitates is poor."


Mel Brooks Quotes On Comedy And Genius

Some interesting quotes on comedy and genius from Mel Brooks are mentioned below.

"My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives."

"Anybody can direct, but there are only eleven good writers."

"Laughter is a protest scream against death, against the long goodbye. It’s a defense against unhappiness and depression."

- 'All About Me!: My Remarkable Life in Show Business'

"We mock the things we are to be."

-'The 2000 Year Old Man'

"Comedy is protest. It's "I beg to differ," if you're fancy, or if you're Jewish, “Hey, listen to this!”

“Oh, I’m not a true genius. I’m a near genius. I would say I’m a short genius. I’d rather be tall and normal than a short genius.”

"Could be worse ... could be raining."

- Igor, 'Young Frankenstein'.

"Evil will always triumph because good is dumb"

- 'Dark Helmet.'

“Comedy made me friends, big friends to protect me from bullies. I made them laugh, and you don’t hit the kid that makes you laugh.”

- 'All About Me!: My Remarkable Life in Show Business'

Funny Quotes By Mel Brooks

You will surely enjoy these hilarious quotes by Mel Brooks which will tickle you for sure.

"I always thought a rich lie is better than a poor truth."

- 'All About Me!: My Remarkable Life in Show Business'

"Mais oui, it's good to be the king."

- 'It's Good to Be the King'

"We mock the things we are to be."

- The 2000 Year Old Man

“But I have bad taste with a deep fount of intellectuality.”

"My job is to go out and entertain the most people possible."

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

"I’m rather secular. I’m basically Jewish. But I think I’m Jewish not because of the Jewish religion at all."

"If Shaw and Einstein couldn’t beat death, what chance have I got?"

"I’ve always loved songwriting, and I vowed to be a songwriter like Cole Porter when I was only 9 years old."

“' I don’t know what to say so I’ll just say what’s in my heart…badoom, badoom, badoom."

"My favorite expression is: When you go up to the bell, ring it? Or don’t go up to the bell."

"A cinema villain essentially needs a mustache so he can twiddle with it gleefully as he cooks up his next nasty plan."

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

"My mother is very short – four-eleven. She could walk under tables and never hit her head."

"Critics can’t even make music by rubbing their back legs together."

Mel Brooks Quotes on Aging

Deep dive into the quotes from Mel Brooks on aging which will surely give you something to think.

"My liveliness is based on an incredible fear of death. In order to keep death at bay, I do a lot of ‘Yah! Yah! Yah!’ And death says, ‘All right. He’s too noisy and busy. I’ll wait for someone who’s sitting quietly, half asleep."

"You got to be brave. If you feel something, you've really got to risk it."

"Cat angels are the reason there are no mice angels."

"I was born on the kitchen table. We were so poor my mother couldn’t afford to have me; the lady next door gave birth to me."

"I don’t think in terms of results at all. I think: what next insanity can I shock the world with?"

"Being short never bothered me for three seconds. The rest of the time I wanted to commit suicide."

"There’s not enough bad taste! I LOVE bad taste! I live for bad taste! I am the spokesman for bad taste!"

"All short women have a delayed fuse. Marry a taller woman: My wife was an inch or 2 taller than me; it’s a sign of security."

"I know how to make it a great musical. I’ve got to. It’s like I’ve got to see it on stage."

"A lot of music is mathematics. It’s balance."

"Angel of Death ain’t kissing me! I’m full of garlic!"

"When you come to Germany as a Jew you have an uneasy feeling, but I’ve always felt okay in Berlin."

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Written by Martha Martins

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

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Martha MartinsBachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

Martha is a full-time creative writer, content strategist, and aspiring screenwriter who communicates complex thoughts and ideas effectively. She has completed her Bachelor's in Linguistics from Nasarawa State University. As an enthusiast of public relations and communication, Martha is well-prepared to substantially impact your organization as your next content writer and strategist. Her dedication to her craft and commitment to delivering high-quality work enables her to create compelling content that resonates with audiences.

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