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A collection of thoughts and quotations by John Waters on books, reading, wealth, films and art.

52 Top John Waters Quotes That Will Make Your Day

Quick Facts

Famous As: Film Director, Comedian, Art Collector

Born On: April 22, 1946

Born In: Baltimore

John Samuel Waters Junior is an American actor, writer, art collector, stand up comedian, visual artist, film director, journalist and screen writer who is particularly well-known for his transgressive cult films released in the 1970s. Waters had been interested in the craft of movie making right from the time that he was a child and the film ‘Lili’ was one of his earliest inspirations as far as filmmaking was concerned. Waters studied at the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland but he had always been more interested in becoming a film director and his first work was a little known short film ‘Hag in a Black Leather Jacket’. Other films of the time include ‘Desperate Living’, ‘Pink Fla-mingos’ and ‘Female Trouble’, which were part of the underground film movement of the period. Before long he became a mainstream filmmaker and some of the films he made after those include ‘Polyester’, ‘Serial Mom’, ‘Hair Spray’, ‘A Dirty Shame’ and ‘Pecker’ among others. Waters is a multi-faceted talent who has carved a name for himself in the film industry despite of the controversies and buzz attached to his films. We bring to you a treasure trove of quotes that have been excerpted from his films, writings and interviews. Read on to explore a compilation of some of the best known quotes by John Waters, covering various aspects of life. The quotes would surely leave a lasting impression on your mind and leave you inspired.

If you go home with somebody, and they don't have books, don't fuck 'em!

John Waters

It wasn't until I started reading and found books they wouldn't let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.

John Waters

Being rich is not about how much money you have or how many homes you own; it's the freedom to buy any book you want without looking at the price and wondering if you can afford it.

John Waters

We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don't have books, don't fuck them.

John Waters

Life is nothing if you're not obsessed.

John Waters

Collect books, even if you don't plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library.

John Waters

You have to remember that it is impossible to commit a crime while reading a book.

John Waters

True success is figuring out your life and career so you never have to be around jerks.

John Waters

Sometimes I wish I was a woman, just so I could have an abortion.

John Waters

I always wanted to be a juvenile delinquent but my parents wouldn't let me.

John Waters

Nothing is more impotent than an unread library.

John Waters

If you go home with somebody, and they don't have books, don't fuck 'em! Don’t sleep with people who don’t read!

John Waters

Contemporary art hates you.

John Waters

I could never kill myself. I approve of suicide if you have horrible health. Otherwise it's the ultimate hissy fit.

John Waters

I respect everything I make fun of.

John Waters

The only insult I've ever received in my adult life was when someone asked me, "Do you have a hobby?" A HOBBY?! DO I LOOK LIKE A FUCKING DABBLER?!

John Waters

My idea of an interesting person is someone who is quite proud of their seemingly abnormal life and turns their disadvantage into a career.

John Waters

To me, beauty is looks you can never forget. A face should jolt, not soothe.

John Waters

Catholics have more extreme sex lives because they're taught that pleasure is bad for you. Who thinks it's normal to kneel down to a naked man who's nailed to a cross? It's like a bad leather bar.

John Waters

My hobby is extreme Catholic behavior -- BEFORE the Reformation.

John Waters

Not wanting anyone to pop my bubble by speaking to me, I immediately began reading Lesbian Nuns, and that did the trick. No one attempted small talk.

John Waters

Without Obsession, Life Is Nothing

John Waters

There is right and there is wrong, I have NEVER been wrong.

John Waters

I`d love to sell out completely. It`s just that nobody has been willing to buy.

John Waters

Do we secretly idolize our imagined opposites, yearning to become the role models for others we know we could never be for ourselves?

John Waters

But feeling down can make you feel up if you’re the creative type. The emotional damage may have already been done to you, but stop whining. Use your insanity to get ahead.

John Waters

I love to read about anger. A "feel bad" book always makes me feel good. And no other novel in the history of literature is more depressing than Christina Stead's The Man Who Loved Children.

John Waters

Aren't maids the ultimate art critics?

John Waters

I mean, what is prison, really, except a good bar without the liquor?

John Waters

I’m so lucky to be having a happy childhood as an adult.

John Waters

Wealth is walking into any bookshop and buying any book you want without looking at the price tag.

John Waters

Get on the fashion nerves of your peers, not your parents - that is the key to fashion leadership.

John Waters

I'd rather have a daughter in a whorehouse than a son in the police force,' Esther used to rage to anyone who would listen.

John Waters

My idea of rich is that you can buy every book you ever want without looking at the price and you're never around assholes. That's the two things to really fight for in life.

John Waters

If you go home with someone and they don't have books, don't fuck them.

John Waters

Just because something 'happens', because it is 'true', because the 'facts' are correct, does not ensure that it is the truth.

John Waters

It wasn't until I started reading ... that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.

John Waters

I'm perpetual tourist, and that's the best way to travel. Nobody gets used to you, you make new friends without having to hear anyone's everyday problems, and you jet back still feeling like a know-it-all.

John Waters

But my abortion politics are simple. If you can’t love your child, don’t have it, because it will grow up and kill me.

John Waters

I never rewatch the great films of my favorite directors because I'm afraid they won't hold up.

John Waters

With humans it's abortion, but with chickens it's an omelet!

John Waters

Nothing is more important than an unread library.

John Waters

Why is Mommy crying?” the young boy asks his dad, all sugared up and bewildered with concern. “Because you’re an asshole,” barks back the father with exasperated logic.

John Waters

I sneak a look over and consider a blow job, but even I know giving head in the middle of a demolition derby is risky,

John Waters

Keep up with what's causing chaos in your own field.

John Waters

There’s a prison there, too, which always makes me feel included.

John Waters

I look out through the eyeholes and feel exactly the way Michael Jackson’s son Blanket must have felt

John Waters

Nora Ephron’s great line that “overtipping only costs a few dollars more.

John Waters

I believe that if a seven-year old kid has heard of Naked Lunch and is daring enough to want to read it, he’s old enough to read it.

John Waters

Don’t worry about doing research. Just search.

John Waters

Once I climb in, will they believe it’s me even if they know who I am, or think I’m just a John Waters impersonator? Which I am in a way every day… only older.

John Waters

Which she makes no move to clean up, I’m not sure what

John Waters