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For me, the great problem growing up in England was
by John Cleese

For me, the great problem growing up in England was
that I had a very narrow concept of what God can be,
and it was damn close to an old man with a beard.
- John Cleese

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

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.
- John Cleese

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

 

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

A man will give up almost anything except his suffering.
- John Cleese

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.
- John Cleese

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

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.
- John Cleese

Comedy always works best when it is mean-spirited.
- John Cleese

The English contribution to world cuisine -
the chip.
- John Cleese

If life were fair, Dan Quayle would be making a living
asking 'Do you want fries with that?'
- John Cleese

I can never do better than Fawlty Towers whatever I do.
Now I very much want to teach young talent some rules of the game.
- John Cleese

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

I was very sad to hear of the death of Ronnie Barker,
who was such a warm, friendly and encouraging presence
to have when I started in television.
He was also a great comic actor to learn from.
- John Cleese

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

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.
- John Cleese

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

He who laughs most, learns best.
- John Cleese

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

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

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.
- John Cleese

I think that sometimes you do something that makes
a small group of people laugh,
which is all we were trying to do; we were just trying
to make each other laugh.
- John Cleese

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

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.
- John Cleese

The really good idea is always traceable back quite a long way,
often to a not very good idea which sparked off another
idea that was only slightly better,
which somebody else misunderstood in such a way that
they then said something which was really rather interesting.
- John Cleese

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.
- John Cleese

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
- Reinhold Niebuhr (Serenity Prayer)

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Let me bring peace into moments of chaos.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Let there be peace on earth.
And let it begin with me.
- Jill Jackson Miller

At the end of a matter ask,
"What will I learn from this to make me better?"
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

I Receive ALL of Life with Thanksgiving -
I have gratitude for EVERYTHING
that has ever occurred to bring me to this moment.
I give thanks for the joys and the sufferings,
the moments of peace and the flashes of anger,
the compassion and the indifference,
the roar of my courage and the cold sweat of my fear.
I accept gratefully the entirety of my past and my present life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Truth is absolute, but only to one person.
My truth is absolute to me, and your truth is absolute to you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What is it about sameness that so draws me,
and how could I begin to have
that same kind of attraction to change?
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Love me when I least deserve it,
because that's when I really need it.
- Swedish Proverb

If there ever comes a day when we can't be together,
keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Only that in you which is me can hear what I'm saying.
- Ram Dass

It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness
of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
- Albert Einstein

Life is 10 percent what happens to me
and 90 percent how I react to it.
- Charles Swindoll

Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I am not what happened to me,
I am what I choose to become.
- Carl Jung

I have found out that though the ways in which
I can make myself useful are few,
yet the work open to me is endless.
- Helen Keller

Today is your day to laugh at life,
laugh at what's funny - laugh at what's sad,
laugh loud - laugh often,
laugh at me - laugh at you - laugh at life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei

When ordinary life shackles me,
I escape, one way or another. No more walls.
- Anais Nin

What doesn't kill me, makes me stronger.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

What you think of me is none of my business.
- Terry Cole-Whittaker

Laugh Loud - Laugh Often
Laugh At What's Funny - Laugh At What's Sad
Laugh At Me - Laugh At You - Laugh At Life
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When I examine myself and my methods of thought,
I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy
has meant more to me than
any talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

I have no need to conform to the stereotypes
others have defined for me.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When one gets angry, it is always angry AT someone -
perhaps a friend or spouse, perhaps a stranger,
perhaps the nameless "they" - "those people at the bank wronged me,"
perhaps God, or perhaps oneself.
In any case, when one gets angry,
they want to find someone to be "responsible" for what happened.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't believe me,
don't believe yourself,
and don't believe anyone else.
- don Miguel Ruiz

IF it is to be, it is up to me.
- Anonymous

Give me a place to stand and I will move the earth.
- Aristotle

Give me a lever long enough
and a fulcrum on which to place it,
and I shall move the world.
- Archimedes

If you would lift me up you must be on higher ground.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tell me what company thou keepst,
and I'll tell thee what thou art.
- Miguel de Cervantes

We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me,
that man with all his noble qualities...
still bears in his bodily frame
the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
- Charles Darwin

Grant That I May Radiate Thy Light, Thy Love,
Thy Healing, Thy Joy, and Thy Peace,
to All Those Around Me
and All Those in My Thoughts
This Day and Ever More.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People understand me so poorly that they don't even understand
my complaint about them not understanding me.
- Soren Kierkegaard

If I try to be like him, who will be like me?
- Yiddish proverb

What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.
- Helen Keller

I want it said of me by those who knew me best,
that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.
- Abraham Lincoln

Guilt says I've done something wrong;
... shame says there is something wrong with me.
Guilt says I've made a mistake;
... shame says I am a mistake.
Guilt says what did was not good;
... shame says I am no good.
- John Bradshaw

Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best
that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.
- Abraham Lincoln

Personal importance, or taking things personally,
is the maximum expression of selfishness
because we make the assumption that everything is about me.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Life is no brief candle to me.
It is a sort of splendid torch
which I have got a hold of for the moment,
and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible
before handing it on to future generations.
- George Bernard Shaw

People sort themselves into groups
of happy people and unhappy people
through two different, but complementary mechanisms,
influence and affinity.
I influence those around me
with my emotional state, either happy or unhappy.
At the same time, I feel an affinity
for others who are like me in some way -
in this case by sharing my emotional outlook on life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine,
a possession for all time.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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