A Year of Creating Dangerously, Day 273: Saturday Life Quotes – Groucho


“Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light.”

Groucho Marx (born Julius Henry Marx, 1890-1977) was a genius in the art of comedy, wordplay and the classic one-liner. He was the inspiration for Alan Alda’s Hawkeye Pierce and a sort of “patron saint” of all comics. Groucho Marx glasses remain a symbol of subversive silliness and despite being a funnyman of long ago his words still resonate with contemporary irony and satire.

For today’s Saturday Life Quotes, I give you Groucho Marx, the man who once said, “Humor is reason gone mad”. Thank God for his brand of unreasonable madness!

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”

“From the moment I picked up your book until I put it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.”

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.”

“The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.”

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”

“Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them…well I have others.”

“If you’re not having fun, you’re doing something wrong.”

“Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men — the other 999 follow women.”

“I’m not crazy about reality, but it’s still the only place to get a decent meal.”

“While money can’t buy happiness, it certainly lets you choose your own form of misery.”

“Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot.”

“I intend to live forever, or die trying.”

“Life is a whim of several billion cells to be you for a while”

“Time wounds all heels.”

“Marriage is a wonderful institution…but who wants to live in an institution?”

“A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running.”

“If you find it hard to laugh at yourself, I would be happy to do it for you.”

“My plans are still in embryo, a town on the edge of wishful thinking.”

“All people are born alike… except Republicans and Democrats.”

“Everyone must believe in something. I believe I’ll have another beer.”

“Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.”


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