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born June 28, 1926; American actor, film director and producer

I love mathematics! Add a bed, subtract our clothes, divide our legs, and multiply!
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Tragedy is when I have a hangnail. Comedy is when you accidentally walk into an open sewer
and die.
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I've been accused of vulgarity. I say that's bullshit.
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If Presidents don't do it to their wives, they do it to the country.
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If God had intended us to fly, He would have sent us tickets.
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Look, I really 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 got to jump around a lot, you got to make a lot of noise,
because life is the very opposite of death. And therefore, as I see it, if you're quiet, you're
not living. You've got to be noisy, or at least your thoughts should be noisy, colorful and
lively.
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Farts are a repressed minority. The mouth gets to say all kinds of things, but the other place
is supposed to keep quite. But maybe our lower colons have something interesting to say.
Maybe we should listen to them.
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The only thing we don't have a god for is premature ejaculation... but I hear that it's coming
quickly.
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My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of
creative alternatives.
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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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I'm the only Jew who ever made a buck off a "Hitler!"
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My parents worshipped old-world values: God and carpeting.
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Tragedy is when I stub my toe. Comedy is when you fall into an open manhole and die.
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As long as the world is turning and spinning, we're gonna be dizzy and we're gonna make
mistakes.
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He who hesitates is poor.
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Usually, when a lot of men get together, it's called war.
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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.
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Humor is just another defense against the universe.
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A cinema villain essentially needs a moustache so he can twiddle with it gleefully as he cooks
up his next nasty plan.
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I like Chris Rock. He's dangerous.
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If Einstein and Shaw couldn't beat death, what chance have I got? Practically none.
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You're young forever when you write. Alfred Hitchcock directed until the day he died. As long
as you don't have any dementia or Alzheimer's, if you have your All-Bran every day and clear
yourself out, I think your brains are gonna be all right.
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You're always a little disappointing in person because you can't be the edited essence of
yourself.
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Bad taste is simply saying the truth before it should be said.
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Look at Jewish history. Unrelieved lamenting would be intolerable. So for every ten Jews
beating their breasts, God designated one to be crazy and amuse the breast-beaters. By the
time I was five I knew I was that one.
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Hope for the best. Expect the worst. Life is a play. We're unrehearsed.
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Life literally abounds in comedy if you just look around you.
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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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Good taste is the enemy of comedy.
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There's a perfectly good explanation for this, which I'll make up later.
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Me? Not like the Germans? Why should I not like Germans? Just because they're arrogant and
have fat necks and do anything they're told so long as it's cruel, and killed millions of Jews in
concentration camps and made soap out of their bodies and lamp shades out of their skins?
Is that any reason to hate their fucking guts?
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You got to be brave. If you feel something, you've really got to risk it.
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Do you have a dollar on you? I hate to answer questions for nothing.
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I have always been a huge admirer of my own work. I'm one of the funniest and most
entertaining writers I know.
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Everything we do in life is based on fear, especially love.
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