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Lynda Barry Quotes

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Lynda Barry quotes

In life there are always these things happening if you can just get the joke.

I remember my comic strips being called 'new wave.' It bugged me.

My goal on my bucket list is to write a romantic comedy movie.

I found myself compelled - like this weird, shameful compulsion - to draw cute animals.

I wasn't afraid to be laughed at or be loud.

I do love to eavesdrop. It's inspirational, not only for subject matter but for actual dialogue, the way people talk.

I need to be cheered up a lot. I think funny people are people who need to be cheered up.

I started doing cartoons when I was about 21. I never thought I would be a cartoonist. It happened behind my back. I was always a painter and drawer.

I listen like mad to any conversation taking place next to me just trying to hear why this is funny. Women's restrooms are especially great. I wash my hands twice waiting for people to come in and start talking.

Cartoonist was the weirdest name I finally let myself have. I would never say it. When I heard it I silently thought, what an awful word.

I grew up in a house that had a whole lot of trouble. As much trouble as you could imagine.

I live in constant fear of being fired or dropped for that dark part of my work I can't control.

Sometimes I think I'm the craziest person on the planet.

There was a beautiful time in the beginning when I just did it and didn't analyze the consequences, but I think that time ends in everyone's work.

Whenever I do a book, I'm usually guided by a question or something that I'm trying to tease out.

I do dumb stuff, like playing my favorite dumb Barry White song and lip-synching into the mirror so it looks like his voice is coming out of my mouth.

I've gotten a lot of livid letters about the awfulness of my work. I've never known what to make of it. Why do people bother to write if they hate what I do?

If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile.

If I didn't try to eavesdrop on every bus ride I take or look for the humor when I go for a walk, I would just be depressed all the time.

Humor is such a wonderful thing, helping you realize what a fool you are but how beautiful that is at the same time.