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A collection of quotes and sayings by John Cleese on humor, life, death, comedy, absurd, learning, laughter, work, play, thinking, inspiration, funny and creativity.

32 Great Quotes By John Cleese For Your Doze Of Laughter

Quick Facts

Famous As: Actor & Comedian

Born On: October 27, 1939

Born In: Weston-super-Mare

John Cleese is the most admired British comedian, producer, voice actor and screenwriter who is known for being innovatively humorous. He started off as a scriptwriter in a show called ‘Cambridge Circus’ which turned out to be a great success and ran on the Broadway for few weeks. He further went on to work with BBC Radio where he worked as a sketch writer for ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’, and wrote for the comedy show ‘I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again’. His show ‘Fawlty Towers’ topped the list of ‘100 Greatest British Television Programmes’. ‘The Frost Report’ written by John introduced him to television as a performer. He went on to write various other shows which added on to his fame. He co-founded the ‘Python Group’ which came up with a super-hit show ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’. This encouraged him to write for two films inspired by the show. John starred in various movies including a couple of James Bond movies. We bring to you a treasure trove of quotations by John Cleese which have been excerpted from his writings, books, films, interviews and thoughts. Go through these quotes by John Cleese which portrays his intellect on creativity.

He who laughs most, learns best

John Cleese

And now for something completely different . . .

John Cleese

Life is a terminal disease, and it is sexually transmitted.

John Cleese

Oh, I could spend my life having this conversation - look - please try to understand before one of us dies

John Cleese

Too many people confuse being serious with being solemn.

John Cleese

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

John Cleese

How to defend yourself against a banana

John Cleese

Nothing will stop you being creative more effectively as the fear of making a mistake.

John Cleese

It's not the despair, Laura. I can take the despair. It's the hope I can't stand. ~ Brian Stimpson, Clockwise

John Cleese

I find it rather easy to portray a businessman. Being bland, rather cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me.

John Cleese

I can do anything I want, I'm eccentric!

John Cleese

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

John Cleese

I think the problem with people like this is that they are so stupid that they have no idea how stupid they are.

John Cleese

Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.

John Cleese

We don't know where we get our ideas from. What we do know is that we do not get them from our laptops.

John Cleese

This is the extraordinary thing about creativity: If just you keep your mind resting against the subject in a friendly but persistent way, sooner or later you will get a reward from your unconscious.

John Cleese

Your Mother was A Hamster and you Father Smelled of elder berries

John Cleese

Laughter is a force for democracy.

John Cleese

What's the bleedin' point?

John Cleese

Why write about the past? Well, there's more of it.

John Cleese

The sad thing about true stupidity is that you can do absolutely nothing about it.

John Cleese

OTTO. Apes don't read philosophy. WANDA. Yes they do, Otto. They just don't understand it.

John Cleese

Whose fault is it, then? Dennis Compton's (Basil Fawlty)

John Cleese

Only a few things in life matter a little. The rest don’t matter at all.

John Cleese

The French have so many civil wars, they can win one now and again.

John Cleese

The idea that you have to be protected from any kind of uncomfortable emotion is what I absolutely do not subscribe to.

John Cleese

One of our professors described a lecture as 'a mystical process by which the notes on the pad of the lecturer pass on to the pad of the student, without passing through the mind of either'.

John Cleese

We moved back to the Raffles', then back to Devon (to Horrabridge, where I saw a spider so big I could hear its footsteps).

John Cleese

One minute, I was saying, “Hello, Mr. Bunny!” and smiling at its sweet little face and funny floppy ears. The next, the fucker savaged me.

John Cleese

It was not fair and therefore unworthy of my respect. It was as simple as that.

John Cleese

British journalists tend to believe that people who become good at something do so because they seek fame and fortune. This is because these are the sole motives of people who become British journalists.

John Cleese

Yes, I know it’s easy to make fun of the organised churches, but has it occurred to anyone to wonder why it’s so easy?

John Cleese