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John Cleese
October 27, 1939 -
Nationality: English
Category: Actor
Subcategory: English Actor

Comedy always works best when it is mean-spirited.


I want to write a book which is the history of comedy.


I tend to have an odd split in my mind: I tend to look at it as a writer and when the writing thing is OK and I'm happy with it, then I put on my actor's hat.


I used to desire many, many things, but now I have just one desire, and that's to get rid of all my other desires.


If I can get you to laugh with me, you like me better, which makes you more open to my ideas. And if I can persuade you to laugh at the particular point I make, by laughing at it you acknowledge its truth.


A man will give up almost anything except his suffering.


You don't have to be the Dalai Lama to tell people that life's about change.


It seems astounding to me now that the video games are perhaps as important as the movie themselves. And people will spend 2 or 3 years obsessing about the video game in exactly the same way that they'd be obsessing about the movie if they were working on that.


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


He who laughs most, learns best.


The thrill I got discovering Buster Keaton when I was growing up was so exciting. He was one of the greats.


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

    Topics: Funny, Animal

Don't let anyone tell you what you ought to like... Some wines that some experts think are absolutely exquisite don't appeal to me at all.


The English contribution to world cuisine - the chip.


I can't tell you how scary it can be walking onto a movie and suddenly joining this family, it's like going to somebody else's Christmas dinner, everyone knows everyone, and you're there and you're not quite sure what you're supposed to be doing.


But then acting is all about faking. We're all very good at faking things that we have no competence with.


When the target audience is American teenage kids, you can have problems. My generation prized really fine acting and writing. Sometimes you have to go back to the basic principles which underpin great visual comedy.


Wine is wonderful stuff. But so many people are put off by the snobbery of it.


God was treated like this powerful, erratic, rather punitive father who has to be pacified and praised. You know, flattered.


Who's ever going to write a film in which I get the girl? Me!


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