20 Famous John Cleese Quotes

20 Famous John Cleese Quotes

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John Cleese is a comedian, film producer, and actor from Somerset, England. He is most famous for co-founding Monty Python of the show Monty Python’s Flying Circus and the four notorious Monty Python films. Cleese has appeared in many film himself including James Bond, Harry Potter, and Shrek.

“A man will give up almost anything except his suffering.”

“A wonderful thing about true laughter is that it just destroys any kind of system of dividing people.”

“Because these people are operating at a very very low level of mental health, they are incapable of understanding the teaching.”

“But then acting is all about faking. We’re all very good at faking things that we have no competence with.”

“England is a fairly envious little country and it’s embodied in the press. They don’t like anyone being more distinguished than they are.”

“He who laughs most, learns best.”

“I find it rather easy to portray a businessman. Being bland, rather cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me.”

“I just think that sometimes we hang onto people or relationships long after they’ve ceased to be of any use to either of you. I’m always meeting new people, and my list of friends seems to change quite a bit.”

“I tend to have an odd split in my mind: I tend to look at it as a writer and when the writing thing is OK and I’m happy with it, then I put on my actor’s hat.”

“I think that money spoils most things, once it becomes the primary motivating force.”

“I was very sad to hear of the death of Ronnie Barker, who was such a warm, friendly and encouraging presence to have when I started in television. He was also a great comic actor to learn from.”

“If God did not intend for us to eat animals, then why did he make them out of meat?”

“If life were fair, Dan Quayle would be making a living asking ‘Do you want fries with that?’”

“I’m struck by how laughter connects you with people. It’s almost impossible to maintain any kind of distance or any sense of social hierarchy when you’re just howling with laughter. Laughter is a force for democracy.”

“Oh, I could spend my life having this conversation – look – please try to understand before one of us dies.”

“Six hundred years ago we would have been burned for this. Now, what I’m suggesting is that we’ve advanced.”

“The really good idea is always traceable back quite a long way, often to a not very good idea which sparked off another idea that was only slightly better, which somebody else misunderstood in such a way that they then said something which was really rather interesting.”

“When you get to my age, and I’m 66 now, you realize that the world is a madhouse and that most people are operating in fantasy anyway. So once you realise that, it doesn’t bother you much.”

“Wine is wonderful stuff. But so many people are put off by the snobbery of it.”

“You don’t have to be the Dalai Lama to tell people that life’s about change.”