We’ve done our favorite Georgisms in the past, but I think posting my all time favorite quotes from George Carlin is long overdue. He’s perhaps the smartest, frankest and most honest comedian of all time. He’s not afraid to say anything, and in fact said things that made people cringe while at the same time wishing they had the courage to say that too. He changed comedy as we know it, and we’re wiser for having known him.
At any rate, here is the official F&J top 10:
- “Something is wrong here: War, disease, death, destruction, hunger, filth, poverty, torture, crime, corruption and the Ice Capades. Something is definitely wrong. This is not good work. If this is the best God can do, I am not impressed. Results like these do not belong on the resume of a supreme being. This is the kinda (expletive) you’d expect from an office temp with a bad attitude.”
- “I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older; then it dawned on me – they’re cramming for their final exam.”
- “Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?”
- “Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they?”
- “I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, “Where’s the self-help section?” She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.”
- “Why do they lock gas station bathrooms? Are they afraid someone will clean them?”
- “Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.” (my personal favorite)
- “How come when it’s us it’s ‘an abortion,’ but when it’s a chicken it’s an omelet?”
- “The best thing about getting old is you’re not responsible for remembering things anymore. Even important things. ‘But it was your daughter’s funeral.’ ‘I forgot!’ You can even make believe you have Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a lot of fun. You can look around the dining room table and say, ‘Who are you people and where is my horse?’
- “Religion has convinced people that there’s an invisible man… living in the sky, who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn’t want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer and burn and scream until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you and he needs money.”
His attitude towards religion, politics and stupidity strike me as genious. Agree or disagree? Post in the comments, along with your favorite Carlin quotes.