The Best Mel Brooks quotes

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Few people in the entertainment industry have had a career as long, varied, and successful as Mel Brooks. Over the past six decades, he has written, directed, and starred in some of the most popular films and stage shows of all time. In this quotes compilation, we’ll take a look at his life and work, and see what makes him one of the most beloved entertainers of our time.

Discover the most known Genius, Taste, Films, Love, Direct, Comedy quotes from Mel Brooks, and much more.


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About Mel Brooks

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June 28, 1926

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Actor, Comedian, Director, Producer, Screenwriter And More.

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United States

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1104Th Engineer Battalion, 78Th Infantry Division, Xix Corps Engineers

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World War Ii, Battle Of The Bulge


Rhetoric does not get you anywhere, because Hitler and Mussolini are just as good at rhetoric. But if you can bring these people down with comedy, they stand no chance. โ€” Mel Brooks

Tragedy is what happens to me; comedy is what happens to you. โ€” Mel Brooks

Life literally abounds in comedy if you just look around you. โ€” Mel Brooks

Comedy is protest. It’s ‘I beg to differ,’ if you’re fancy, or if you’re Jewish, ‘Hey, listen to this! โ€” Mel Brooks

tragedy is what happens to me comedy is what happens to you Mel Brooks quote

When you get big special effects pictures, sciโ€“fi and things, there’s little or no comedy. Or it’s a domestic comedy and there’s not one special effect. But very rarely do these things fuse and come out right. โ€” Mel Brooks

Tragedy is when i cut my finger. comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die. โ€” Mel Brooks

Mad About You’ was very fun. โ€” Mel Brooks

Look, I had to take chances or it wasn’t fun being funny. โ€” Mel Brooks

What in the wide, wide world of sports is aโ€“goin’ on here? โ€” Mel Brooks

life literally abounds in comedy if you just look around you Mel Brooks quote


Anybody can direct, but there are only eleven good writers. โ€” Mel Brooks

I only direct in selfโ€“defense. โ€” Mel Brooks

Basically, I’m a writer. I’m the proprietor of the vision. I alone know what I eventually want to happen on the screen. So if you have a valuable idea, the only way to protect it is to direct it. โ€” Mel Brooks

All right, I am often brash, rude and brutally direct. Someday I’m going to die and I don’t have time to toeโ€“dance around the periphery of hatred. โ€” Mel Brooks

Everything starts with writing. And then to support your vision, your ideas, your philosophy, your jokes, whatever, you’ve gotta perform them and/or direct them, or sometimes just produce them. โ€” Mel Brooks

anybody can direct but there are only eleven good writers Mel Brooks quote


Bad taste is simply saying the truth before it should be said. โ€” Mel Brooks

Good taste is the enemy of comedy. โ€” Mel Brooks

But I have bad taste with a deep fount of intellectuality. โ€” Mel Brooks

There’s not enough bad taste! I LOVE bad taste! I live for bad taste! I am the spokesman for bad taste! โ€” Mel Brooks

I’ll accept bad taste in a minute, as long as there’s some great comedy minds and performances. โ€” Mel Brooks

bad taste is simply saying the truth before it should be said Mel Brooks quote

It would be hypocritical of me to take issue with anything in questionable taste, seeing that I invented bad taste in films. โ€” Mel Brooks

If you’re quiet, you’re not living. You’ve got to be noisy and colorful and lively. โ€” Mel Brooks


In every spoof I make real love to the things I am spoofing. โ€” Mel Brooks

I’m always stunned when I find out people like Roosevelt and Tolstoy weren’t Jewish. How could I love them so much? โ€” Mel Brooks

You cannot have fun with anything that you don’t love or admire or respect. โ€” Mel Brooks

in every spoof i make real love to the things i am spoofing Mel Brooks quote

Everything we do in life is based on fear, especially love. โ€” Mel Brooks

I also try to surround myself with people I loveโ€“make a family out of the company. So I tend to use the same people over and over. There’s a sort of Mel Brooks Repertory Company. โ€” Mel Brooks

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I love writing songs. I’m a songwriter. โ€” Mel Brooks

I love gentiles. In fact, on of my favorite activities is Protestant spotting. โ€” Mel Brooks

I love spaghetti and sex, sometimes together. My dream of heaven is walking naked through fields of pasta fazool. โ€” Mel Brooks

you cannot have fun with anything that you don t love or admire or respect Mel Brooks quote

I knew it… I’m surrounded by assholes! โ€” Mel Brooks

I’ve always loved songwriting, and I vowed to be a songwriter like Cole Porter when I was only 9 years old. โ€” Mel Brooks


Oh, I’m not a true genius. I’m a near genius. I would say I’m a short genius. I’d rather be tall and normal than a short genius. โ€” Mel Brooks

Any man’s greatness is a tribute to the nobility of all mankind, so when we celebrate the genius of [Leo] Tolstoy, we say, ‘Look! One of our boys made it! Look what we’re capable of! โ€” Mel Brooks

My God, I’d love to smash into the casket of Dostoyevsky, grab that bony hand and scream at the remains, ‘Well done, you godโ€“damn genius.’ โ€” Mel Brooks

it s talent either you got it or you ain t Mel Brooks quote

It’s talent. Either you got it or you ain’t. โ€” Mel Brooks


I loved Westerns as a little kid, and I loved horror films. โ€” Mel Brooks

There’s an army story in me, and I think there’s a WWII Brooks film somewhere. โ€” Mel Brooks

Sir, I have seen your film and it is vulgar! Madame, my film rises below vulgarity. โ€” Mel Brooks

Merchandising, merchandising, where the real money from the movie is made. โ€” Mel Brooks

i loved westerns as a little kid and i loved horror films Mel Brooks quote

I know how to make it a great musical. I’ve got to. It’s like I’ve got to see it on stage. โ€” Mel Brooks

A cinema villain essentially needs a moustache so he can twiddle with it gleefully as he cooks up his next nasty plan. โ€” Mel Brooks

MEL BROOKS Quotes Take Away

Mel Brooks is one of the most successful comedians in history, and his quotes are as inspiring as they are funny. If youโ€™re feeling down, or just need a little motivation to get your work done, take a look at some of these famous Mel Brooks quotes. And if you want to learn more about how to be successful in life and business, check out our courses page โ€“ we have plenty of great resources that can help you achieve your goals.

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