Mel Brooks - Quotes

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If you're quiet, you're not living. You've got to be noisy and colorful and lively.

If you're quiet, you're not living. You've got to be noisy and colorful and lively.

Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.

Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.

A cinema villain essentially needs a moustache so he can twiddle with it gleefully as he cooks up his next nasty plan.

A cinema villain essentially needs a moustache so he can twiddle with it gleefully as he cooks up his next nasty plan.

If God wanted us to fly, He would have given us tickets.

If God wanted us to fly, He would have given us tickets.

Look, I don't want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you're alive you've got to flap your arms and legs, you've got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death, and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully, or you're not alive.

Look, I don't want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you're alive you've got to flap your arms and legs, you've got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death, and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully, or you're not alive.

Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with him. ---->>>

As long as the world is turning and spinning, we're gonna be dizzy and we're gonna make mistakes.

As long as the world is turning and spinning, we're gonna be dizzy and we're gonna make mistakes.

A lot of music is mathematics. It's balance.

A lot of music is mathematics. It's balance.

Well, just being stupid and politically incorrect doesn't work. You can be politically incorrect if you're smart. ---->>>

Humor is just another defense against the universe.

Humor is just another defense against the universe.

If presidents can't do it to their wives, they do it to their country. ---->>>

Bad taste is simply saying the truth before it should be said. ---->>>

Life literally abounds in comedy if you just look around you. ---->>>

Everything we do in life is based on fear, especially love.

Everything we do in life is based on fear, especially love.

Rhetoric does not get you anywhere, because Hitler and Mussolini are just as good at rhetoric. But if you can bring these people down with comedy, they stand no chance.

Rhetoric does not get you anywhere, because Hitler and Mussolini are just as good at rhetoric. But if you can bring these people down with comedy, they stand no chance.

I only direct in self-defense. ---->>>

If Shaw and Einstein couldn't beat death, what chance have I got? Practically none. ---->>>

You got to be brave. If you feel something, you've really got to risk it. ---->>>

Immortality is a by-product of good work.

Immortality is a by-product of good work.

You're always a little disappointing in person because you can't be the edited essence of yourself. ---->>>

I'll accept bad taste in a minute, as long as there's some great comedy minds and performances. ---->>>

If you stand on a soapbox and trade rhetoric with a dictator you never win. ---->>>

Everything starts with writing. And then to support your vision, your ideas, your philosophy, your jokes, whatever, you've gotta perform them and/or direct them, or sometimes just produce them. ---->>>

But I have bad taste with a deep fount of intellectuality. ---->>>

We want to get people laughing; we don't want to offend anybody. ---->>>

Dom DeLuise was a big man in every way. He was big in size and created big laughter and joy.

Dom DeLuise was a big man in every way. He was big in size and created big laughter and joy.

Oh, I'm not a true genius. I'm a near genius. I would say I'm a short genius. I'd rather be tall and normal than a short genius. ---->>>

When you come to Germany as a Jew you have an uneasy feeling, but I've always felt okay in Berlin. ---->>>

All short women have a delayed fuse. Marry a taller woman: My wife was an inch or two taller than me; it's a sign of security. ---->>>

I don't have a mission. I don't have a torch to burn. ---->>>

I know how to make it a great musical. I've got to. It's like I've got to see it on stage. ---->>>

I was a soldier in WWII. The last couple of months of the war I was actually in combat. ---->>>

It's talent. Either you got it or you ain't. ---->>>

A brushstroke of vanity is good to add into the mix, to balance your timidity. We're all blessed with a lot of timidity and a lot of worry and anxiety, and vanity is a good antidote. ---->>>

Well, you know, 'Spaceballs' is a weird combination, because it's a simple, sweet little fairytale, and it's crazy and out-there and making fun of and taking apart sci-fi, 'Star Wars', and 'Star Trek'. ---->>>

The brilliance of Max Brooks is that he always quotes authorities at the back of his books that never existed. Like a Russian professor he made up that validates a story or character. ---->>>

These men both publicly and privately have done so much for me. Without Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick I would be living in a little motel just around the corner here, trying to make ends meet. ---->>>

I'm still a horse that can run. I may not be able to win the Derby, but what do you do when you retire? People retire and they vegetate. They go away and they dry up. ---->>>

He who hesitates is poor.

He who hesitates is poor.

Anybody can direct, but there are only eleven good writers.

Anybody can direct, but there are only eleven good writers.

I don't believe in this business of being behind, better to be in front. ---->>>

I love writing songs. I'm a songwriter. ---->>>

Judd Apatow is pretty good, both as a producer and as a director. ---->>>

My job is to go out and entertain the most people possible. ---->>>

As far as songwriters, I've always been a fan of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin; those guys mean a lot to me. ---->>>

I loved Westerns as a little kid, and I loved horror films. ---->>>

I was in the army, and to me it was like a newsreel. ---->>>

'Mad About You' was very fun. ---->>>

I wish I was better looking. ---->>>

I'm rather secular. I'm basically Jewish. But I think I'm Jewish not because of the Jewish religion at all. ---->>>

We rest our case on the production numbers. ---->>>

No, no, the songs write themselves, almost.

No, no, the songs write themselves, almost.

I like Chris Rock. He's dangerous. ---->>>

There's an army story in me, and I think there's a WWII Brooks film somewhere. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 06-28, 1926
Birthplace: in Brooklyn, New York, The United States
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Occupation: Comedian
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Melvin Brooks (né Kaminsky, born June 28, 1926) is an American actor, writer, producer, director, comedian, and composer. He is known as a creator of broad film farces and comic parodies. Brooks began his career as a comic and a writer for the early TV variety show Your Show of Shows. He became well known as part of the comedy duo with Carl Reiner in the comedy skit The 2000 Year Old Man (wikipedia)