Burgess Meredith quotes

  • I take the most wrenchingly painful moments of my life, brush them off and present them for the amusement of others. Luckily for me, my childhood was torture.

  • About California... "I thought it was an appalling place. Then I went through a period of being amused by it. Now it`s sort of both. Californians don`t have that marvelous British cynicism, but then the British can be so patronizing at times". Alex Kingston.

  • Every producer in Hollywood had set me down as a type. I was both amused and disappointed. Bela Lugosi.

  • I'll just take amusement at being a paradox.

  • If you allowed yourself to hear or feel amusement, you would hear and feel pain.

  • If you study the writings of the mystics, you will always find things in them that appear to be paradoxes, as in Zen, particularly.

  • The 20th century gave rise to one of the greatest and most distressing paradoxes of human history: that the greatest intolerance and violence of that century were practiced by those who believed that religion caused intolerance and violence.

  • The paradox of simplicity is that making things simpler is hard work.

  • A society, in the process of moving forward, often appears to be tearing itself apart. Certainly, an age of rapid change, such as ours, produces many paradoxes. But perhaps the most tragic paradox of our time is to be found in the failure of nation-states to recognize the imperatives of internationalism.

  • Two paradoxes are better than one they may even suggest a solution.