Tommy Smothers quotes

  • The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen.
    -- Tommy Smothers

    #Ideas #People #Censorship

  • I heard there were two local guys in town doing songs and comedy so I thought I'd take a look....they took my breath away...with their music, comedy, and showmanship.... 'Dakaboom'.. is the genuine article! Two voices in perfect harmony, and with joyful abandon and humor, they take you on a magical, musical, modern day vaudeville tour!! Ben McLain and Paul Peglar are headed for stardom. They are unique, they are original, and they are known as 'Dakaboom.' Don't miss 'em 'cause you're in for a treat!
    -- Tommy Smothers

    #Song #Unique #Two

  • When you don't know what you're talking about, it's hard to know when you're finished.
    -- Tommy Smothers


  • The ultimate censorship is the flick of the dial.
    -- Tommy Smothers

    #Censorship #Ultimate

  • I'm an American, I don't have to see something to know it's stupid!
    -- Tommy Smothers


  • You can say the dirty words now, but there is no content - political satire is limited to small podiums and little soap boxes.
    -- Tommy Smothers

    #Dirty #Political #Atheism

  • There's one word that exists in every language on the face of the Earth and in every society since man began to speak. And the word is truth. And in every language it means exactly the same thing. Truth is . . . what you get other people to believe.
    -- Tommy Smothers

    #Believe #Mean #Men

  • Red meat is not really bad for a person. Now, blue-green meat - that's damaging of you!
    -- Tommy Smothers

    #Blue #Meat #Green

  • Professor Irwin Corey had some of the best timing in the world, and that is something you can't steal. He talked nonsense, not punch-lines, per se. It was a great performance thing he did and his timing was impeccable. Pat Paulsen was a master of comedy too. The Smothers Brothers' strength was not in the content, but how it was said. We had a couple of our albums, including the Purple Onion album, translated in script form. It didn't work at all. It is no wonder that writers had a hard time writing for the Smothers Brothers, because they wrote impressions, but there was something else.
    -- Tommy Smothers

    #Brother #Couple #Writing

  • I tried the paleo diet, which is the caveman diet - lots of meat. And I tried the calorie restriction diet: The idea is that if you eat very, very little - if you're on the verge of starvation, you will live a very long time, whether or not you want to, of course.

  • My idea of the perfect bottom would be nice, bubbly, curvy, firm, maybe a little bit bouncy.

  • To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.

  • Together, these advocates create a pro-Israeli case so compelling that the idea and reality of Israel has worked itself deep into American culture, politics and foreign policy. Many American Jews refuse to accept it, but the real debate between Israel’s supporters and detractors in America is all but over.

  • Like most parents, I've been stumped by homework, the big questions, such as: 'What is the point of geography - the pilot always knows where we are going?'. Answer: 'If you didn't know any geography, people would think you were an American, and you wouldn't be able to put them right because you wouldn't know where they live.'

  • My goal has been to encourage jointness, to push people to think of affiliations rather than to operate as solo entrepreneurs.

  • Major sports are major parts of society. It's not anomalous to have people who love sports come from other parts of that society.

  • The bells they sound on Bredon, And still the steeples hum. "Come all to church, good people"- Oh, noisy bells, be dumb; I hear you, I will come.

  • Pontius Pilate was the first great censor and Jesus Christ the first great victim of censorship

  • The only thing that is obscene is censorship.