lenny bruce Quotes

I don't have an act. I just talk. I'm just Lenny Bruce.
— Lenny Bruce
I'm not a comedian. And I'm not sick. The world is sick, and I'm the doctor. I'm a surgeon with a scalpel for false values.
tags: world value doctor
— Lenny Bruce
I don't read enough books, so I guess I'm pretty shallow. I'm a lot into the physical. With me, first attraction is never intellectual.
tags: attraction book read
— Lenny Bruce
If God made the body, and the body is dirty, then the fault lies with the manufacturer.
tags: lies body god
— Lenny Bruce
All my humor is based on destruction and despair. If the whole world were tranquil, without disease and violence, I'd be standing in the bread line - right in back of J. Edgar Hoover.
tags: humor world violence despair right destruction
— Lenny Bruce
Trying to figure things out was my gig. Without the human condition, there's no struggle, no pain and that means no laughter.
tags: laughter pain human struggle
— Lenny Bruce
Every group, every system has a set of values and morals and when you get outside those, then the alarms ring. I was politically incorrect to 95% of the country; luckily my 5% had the bread to come see me.
tags: value morals
— Lenny Bruce
If something about the human body disgusts you, the fault lies with the manufacturer.
tags: lies human body
— Lenny Bruce
Anyone who has two shirts when someone has none is not a christian.
tags: christian
— Lenny Bruce
Koolaid is goyish. All Drake's Cakes are goyish. Pumpernickel is Jewish, and, as you know, white bread is very goyish. Instant potatoes - goyish. Black cherry soda's very Jewish. Macaroons are very Jewish - very Jewish cake. Fruit salad is Jewish. Lime Jell-O is goyish. Lime soda is very goyish. Trailer parks are so goyish that Jews won't go near them.
tags: black
— Lenny Bruce
If you're from New York and you're Catholic, you're still Jewish. If you're from Butte Montana and you're Jewish, you're still goyisch. The Air Force is Jewish, the Marine Corps dangerous goyisch. Rye Bread is Jewish, instant potatoes, scary goyisch. Eddie Cantor is goyisch, George Jessel is goyisch-Coleman Hawkins is Jewish.
tags: dangerous
— Lenny Bruce
Faith is to the human what sand is to the ostrich.
tags: human faith
— Lenny Bruce
There are never enough I Love You's.
— Lenny Bruce
Let me tell you the truth: The truth is what is. And what should be is a fantasy a terrible, terrible lie that someone gave the people long ago.
tags: fantasy truth people lies
— Lenny Bruce
Dig: I'm Jewish. Count Basie's Jewish. Ray Charles is Jewish. Eddie Cantor's goyish. B'nai B'rith is goyish; Hadassah, Jewish. If you live in New York or any other big city, you are Jewish. It doesn't matter even if you're Catholic; if you live in New York, you're Jewish. If you live in Butte, Montana, you're going to be goyish even if you're Jewish.
tags: live
— Lenny Bruce
My only challenge was to tell my truth, man... figure out what I had to say. These days, it's not enough to boost that roomful of strangers. The young comic spends all their time trying to sound different from the million other jokesters grabbing for the mic.
tags: time truth men young challenge
— Lenny Bruce
If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.
tags: children child jesus school year
— Lenny Bruce
To say whatever nonsense comes into your head without any repercussions has got to be a bigger high than heckling a movie screen in a darkened theater.
tags: movie
— Lenny Bruce
That's where the conflict starts. We all want for a wife a combination Sunday school teacher and a $500-a-night hooker.
tags: conflict school wife
— Lenny Bruce
It's the suppression of the word that gives it the power, the violence, the viciousness.
tags: power violence
— Lenny Bruce
There's a lot of money in wars, except in the war on poverty. Can't make any bread helping the poor.
tags: poverty poor war money
— Lenny Bruce
Freedom of speech is a two way street, man. You have the right to say whatever you want and the Boss has a right to tell the police to arrest you.
tags: men freedom right speech
— Lenny Bruce
Guys are like dogs. They keep comin' back. Ladies are like cats. Yell at a cat one time, they're gone.
tags: time gone cat dog
— Lenny Bruce
You can't do anything with anybody's body to make it dirty to me. Six people, eight people, one person - you can do only one thing to make it dirty: kill it. Hiroshima was dirty.
tags: people body
— Lenny Bruce
I think it's about time we gave up religion and got back to God.
tags: time god
— Lenny Bruce
The 'what should be' never did exist, but people keep trying to live up to it. There is no 'what should be,' there is only what is.
tags: people live
— Lenny Bruce
Darwin's theory is as dead as he is. Everyone is surviving, fit or not. Years ago, any kid dumb enough to chase a shiny object down a well was dead, and out of the gene pool. Now they got the technology and medicine to save the fool so he can breed more open mouth breathers.
tags: medicine technology kids year fools
— Lenny Bruce
Marijuana will be legal some day, because the many law students who now smoke pot will someday become congressmen and legalize it in order to protect themselves.
tags: law smoke
— Lenny Bruce
The American Constitution was not written to protect criminals; it was written to protect the government from becoming criminals.
tags: government american criminal
— Lenny Bruce
A lot of people say to me, 'Why did you kill Christ?' I dunno, it was one of those parties, got out of hand, you know.
tags: people
— Lenny Bruce
I am influenced by every second of my waking hour.
— Lenny Bruce
Once you sleep on feathers you can't go back to sleeping on the floor.
tags: sleep
— Lenny Bruce
I would become a priest or a rabbi or a monk or whatever the hell was necessary to perform miracles such as taking money from someone else's pocket and putting it into mine, still remaining within the confines of the law.
tags: law hell miracle money
— Lenny Bruce
Part of the kick of making people laugh was doing something different. We were a rare breed - spotting one of us was like pinning a space alien, or abdominal snowman. There were maybe a hundred stand-ups in the whole country when I was doing it.
tags: people space
— Lenny Bruce
I won't say ours was a tough school, but we had our own coroner. We used to write essays like: What I'm going to be if I grow up.
tags: school write
— Lenny Bruce
My mother-in-law broke up my marriage. My wife came home from work one day and found me in bed with her.
tags: work marriage wife
— Lenny Bruce
If there was absolute freedom, people would run over babies and charge admission.
tags: people freedom
— Lenny Bruce
The thing with Catholicism, the same as all religions, is that it teaches what should be, which seems rather incorrect. This is what should be. Now, if you're taught to live up to a what should be that never existed - only an occult superstition, no proof of this should be - then you can sit on a jury and indict easily, you can cast the first stone, you can burn Adolf Eichmann, like that!
tags: live
— Lenny Bruce
Never trust a preacher with more than two suits.
tags: trust
— Lenny Bruce
Satire is tragedy plus time. You give it enough time, the public, the reviewers will allow you to satirize it. Which is rather ridiculous, when you think about it.
tags: time satire tragedy
— Lenny Bruce