Top George Carlin Quotes

3 min read
George Carlin Quotes

George Carlin was a well-loved comedian who won four Grammy awards for his comedy albums. Carlin is noted for his political insights, his black humor and his observations on language, psychology, religion and on many taboo subjects. He told many hilarious stories, such as the difference between football and baseball, the 7 words you cannot say on TV, and solving the prison over-population problem by confiscating golf courses and building prisons on them. But he was also known for some biting, memorable one-liners. Here are some of the best of those one-liners:

  • If it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then I’d have to say that the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.
  • I think it’s the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.
  • “Frisbeetarianism” is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck.
  • I’m completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death.
  • It’s never just a game when you’re winning.
  • Some national parks have long waiting lists for camping reservations. When you have to wait a year to sleep next to a tree, something is wrong.
  • Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they?
  • The very existence of flamethrowers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said, “You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.”
  • Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.
  • Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?
  • 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.
  • I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older; then it dawned on me – they’re cramming for their final exam.
  • Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town.
  • One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.
  • People who say they don’t care what people think are usually desperate to have people think they don’t care what people think.
  • The reason I talk to myself is that I’m the only one whose answers I accept.
  • The status quo sucks.
  • When you’re born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front row seat.
  • You know an odd feeling? Sitting on the toilet eating a chocolate candy bar.
  • “I am” is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that “I do” is the longest sentence?

Carlin died June 22, 2008 at the age of 71. There will never be another like him.