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John Cleese Quotes

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John Cleese quotes

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

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

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.

The most creative people have this childlike facility to play.

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.

Michael Palin decided to give up on his considerable comedy talents to make those dreadfully tedious travel shows. Have you ever tried to watch one?

Well, the only way I can get a leading-man role is if I write it.

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.

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

If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.

I used to desire many, many things, but now I have just one desire, and that's to get rid of all my other desires.

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

He who laughs most, learns best.

A man will give up almost anything except his suffering.

God was treated like this powerful, erratic, rather punitive father who has to be pacified and praised. You know, flattered.

The English contribution to world cuisine - the chip.

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

Comedy always works best when it is mean-spirited.

Don't let anyone tell you what you ought to like... Some wines that some experts think are absolutely exquisite don't appeal to me at all.