Eric Idle quotes

  • I believe in the separation of church and planet.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Believe #Church #Separation

  • Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will make me go in a corner and cry by myself for hours.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Domestic Violence #May #Stones

  • No day of my life passes without someone saying the words 'Monty Python' to me. It's not bad.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Python #Monty

  • Life is a comedy when watching and a tragedy when experiencing. I try and share anything I have.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Tragedy #Trying #Comedy

  • A lot has been said about politics; some of it complimentary, but most of it accurate
    -- Eric Idle

    #Witty #Political #Said

  • I listen to the audience and try and bounce with them. All audiences are different. But they are all ***** sapiens.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Trying #Different #Audience

  • Talent is always more interesting - ambition is not interesting. If you have talent, you have to find ways of expressing it, but you may not be a success in the world's terms.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Ambition #Interesting #World

  • Nobody gets irony anymore, as we are now living in the post-ironic age. Once George Bush gets a library, our irony is dead.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Ironic #Age #Library

  • You initially become funny as a kid because you're looking for attention and love. Psychologists think that's all to do with mother abandonment. I think John Cleese has his depressions, and Terry Gilliam's the same. All of us together make one completely insane person.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Mother #Kids #Thinking

  • John Cleese once told me he'd do anything for money. So I offered him a pound to shut up, and he took it.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Pounds #Shut Up

  • Life took over 4 billion years to evolve into you, and you've about 70 more years to enjoy it. Don't just pursue happiness, catch it.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Years #Enjoy #Evolve

  • Reading Alan Zweibel makes me laugh out loud. And yet it is not a particularly funny name.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Reading #Names #Laughing

  • I've always found bad films more enjoyable than good ones.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Film #Found #Enjoyable

  • If the studios paid the artists, how would they ever be able to afford the executives?
    -- Eric Idle

    #Artist #Able #Executives

  • People can tell the truth much more freely when they're apparently lying.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Lying #People #Telling The Truth

  • Americans like to think 'Python' is how English people really are. There is an element of truth to that.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Thinking #Python #People

  • I like being a foreigner. For me, to live in California is very pleasant - I'm more comfortable not feeling a part of everything, not feeling responsible for the government or the roads or the health system.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Government #California #Feelings

  • I won't read scripts because I have a limited amount of time. Why should I help other people do lame stuff when I can just go out and put on lame stuff of my own?
    -- Eric Idle

    #Helping Others #People #Lame

  • I will jump on anybody's private plane at the drop of a hat. I'm an old-fashioned lower-middle-class boy.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Boys #Class #Hats

  • I never think in terms of target audience. I try to write what makes me laugh, so I'm the target audience. I guess I just hope there's another person in America like me.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Writing #Thinking #America

  • The dreadful thing about getting older is you cry at the drop of a hat.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Getting Older #Hats #Cry

  • Pattycake, pattycake, baker's man; good morning, madam, I'm a psychiatrist
    -- Eric Idle

    #Morning #Men #Bakers

  • The next step will be for the colonists on Mars to throw off the hand of the United States. There will be this wonderful historical irony. When the people on Mars write a declaration of independence saying, 'We hold these truths to be self-evident...', the US will be rather pissed off
    -- Eric Idle

    #Writing #Self #Hands

  • Life doesn't make any sense, and we all pretend it does. Comedy's job is to point out that it doesn't make sense, and that it doesn't make much difference anyway.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Inspirational #Funny #Life

  • Know what I mean? Eh, eh, Nudge nudge, Say no more?
    -- Eric Idle

    #Mean #Nudge

  • Life has a very simple plot: first you're here and then you're not.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Graduation #Simple #Plot

  • Of the sparkling wines, the most famous is Perth Pink. This is a bottle with a message in, and the message is "beware". This is not a wine for drinking; this is a wine for laying down and avoiding.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Drinking #Wine #Laying Down

  • What's brown and sounds like a bell? DUNG!
    -- Eric Idle

    #Sound #Bells #Brown

  • A nod's as good as a wink to a blind bat!
    -- Eric Idle

    #Bats #Blind

  • I love being an older comic now. It's like being an old soccer or an old baseball player. You're in the Hall of Fame and it's nice, but you're no longer that person in the limelight on the spot doing that thing.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Soccer #Baseball #Nice

  • Learn to trust yourself. That's very vital. ... Just stand with yourself. Remember, in his lifetime, Van Gogh sold only two paintings. I personally sold even fewer.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Two #Funny Graduation #Remember

  • I think the special thing about Python is that it's a writers' commune. The writers are in charge. The writers decide what the material is.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Thinking #Python #Special

  • Typical Hollywood crowd - all the kids are on drugs, and all the adults are on roller skates.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Kids #Drug #Typical

  • Bear in mind the simple rule, X squared to the power of two minus five over the seven point eight three times nineteen is approximately equal to the cube root of MCC squared divided by X minus a quarter of a third percent. Keep that in mind, and you can't go very far wrong.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Simple #Two #Roots

  • I like the idea of being out there regularly with an audience and with a funny gang of people. That's what I grew up with - doing television, doing shows every week.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Ideas #People #Television

  • To me, the musical is best when it's a musical comedy. So if you have a very, very funny show, and very good, funny songs, that's what the musical does best.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Song #Musical #Doe

  • At least in America, you have freedom of speech, which is a good thing. It's just a question of whether you're allowed to use it on 'Fox News'.
    -- Eric Idle

    #America #Freedom Of Speech #News

  • I got used to dealing with groups of boys and getting on with life in unpleasant circumstances and being smart and funny and subversive at the expense of authority.
    -- Eric Idle

    #Smart #Boys #Groups

  • The Minister of Transport issued this appeal to motorists: Can anyone give him a lift to Leicester?
    -- Eric Idle

    #Giving #Leicester #Ministers