When we talk about standup comedy, it's simply not possible to not mention George Carlin. When people were getting weary of the comic one-liner and the perspectives of the younger generation were changing, it was George Carlin who brought about a revolution with his standup comedy.
Considered as a comedian who was influential not just in his line of work but in making people think, George Carlin spoke on a variety of subjects considered as taboo by many including politics and religion. In his lifetime, he has managed to release nearly 20 albums and has always been found challenging the political outset of America and the thinking of people.
George Carlin is well known for his black comedy and yet he was not just a comedian but also a philosopher, atheist and much more which made his comedy stand out. His comedy was always raw and never censored which made it always on the point. He has also written a few books, featured in movies and has even been arrested. He also has the record for being court-martialed while working in the Air Force.
He is very famous for his provocative and yet funny one line quotes across multiple subjects. The wisdom he has gained through his experience in various phases of life reflected in his comedy shows and it was often found to be thought-provoking. His comedy has won him many accolades including a Grammy award and has managed to outlive the time with his witty one-liners.
"Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups."
"If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?"
"By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth."
"Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity."
"Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath."
"Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things."
"Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist."
"The reason I talk to myself is that I'm only one whose answers I accept."
"It's never just a game when you're winning."
"I think people should be allowed to do anything they want. We haven't tried that for a while. Maybe this time it'll work."
"We've added years to life, not life to years."
"The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity."
"Some people have no idea what they're doing, and a lot of them are really good at it."
"People who see life as anything more than pure entertainment are missing the point."
"Men are from Earth, women are from Earth. Deal with it."
"Careful, if you think too much, they'll take you away."
"Death is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time."
"Some people see the glass half full, others see it half empty. I see a glass that's twice as big as it needs to be. "
"If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten."
George Carlin, the perfect comedian of all time had us always surprised with his hysterically funny wisdom. Being a philosopher and an atheist, he knew to ace in the stand -up comedy and here are some of his thought-provoking quotes.