Mel Brooks Quotes

Mel Brooks Quotes: When you come to Germany as a Jew you have an uneasy feeling, but I've always felt okay in Berlin.
Author: Mel Brooks
I'll accept bad taste in a minute, as long as there's some great comedy minds and performances.
Author: Mel Brooks
My liveliness is based on an incredible fear of death. In order to keep death at bay, I do a lot of
Author: Mel Brooks
When I'm writing a script, I don't worry about plot as much as I do about people. I get to know the main characters - what they need, what they want, what they should do. That's what gets the story going. You can't just have action, you've got to find out what the characters want. And then they must grow, they must go somewhere.
Author: Mel Brooks
I've always loved songwriting, and I vowed to be a songwriter like Cole Porter when I was only 9 years old.
Author: Mel Brooks
Organizations like the CIA and the FBI are still kind of supermen, kind of SS troops: We're blond and the best and everyone else should be incinerated. They don't know right from wrong. That's what makes a satire of these government bureaus really funny.
Author: Mel Brooks
Creative people should always be striving, they should always be hungry, they should be looking for the next place to go.
Author: Mel Brooks
I started with [Leo] Tolstoy and I was overwhelmed. Tolstoy writes like an ocean, in huge, rolling waves, and it doesn't look like it was processed through his thinking. It feels very natural. You don't question whether Tolstoy's right or wrong. His philosophy is housed in interrelating characters, so it's not up for grabs.
Author: Mel Brooks
I've been taught ever since I was a kid that sex is filthy and forbidden, and that's the way I think it should be. The filthier and more forbidden it is, the more exciting it is.
Author: Mel Brooks
I had low blood sugar, a chemical imbalance, plus the normal nervous breakdown everyone goes through from adolescence to adulthood.
Author: Mel Brooks
Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with him.
Author: Mel Brooks
The thing is to be brave and move the audience with you, instead of cater to the lowest common denominator, you know, slipping on a banana peel and falling on your ass. You got to move the audience a little further ahead in terms of their appreciation of what is comedy. It's complicated.
Author: 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 god-damn genius.'
Author: Mel Brooks
I like people with big talents and small neuroses - not always an easy combination to find. I've discovered that if the neurosis is too big, it diminishes the talent and you wind up working too hard for what you get.
Author: Mel Brooks
Why should I waste my good time making a straight dramatic film? The people who can't make you laugh can do that.
Author: Mel Brooks
I try to give my work everything I've got, because when you're dead or you're out of the business or you're in an old actors' home somewhere, if you've done a good job, your work will still be 16 years old and dancing and healthy and pirouetting and arabesquing all over the place. And they'll say,
Author: Mel Brooks
Well, just being stupid and politically incorrect doesn't work. You can be politically incorrect if you're smart.
Author: Mel Brooks
Comedy is lively, comedy is joy, and that's what keeps us [people] going, we've got to look forward to little, little happiness's. Little, little joys, and comedy is very, very important, it's a vital. We underestimate its value, but we should see more comedies. Comedy is life giving, it's invigorating. I really believe it.
Author: Mel Brooks
Dom DeLuise was a big man in every way. He was big in size and created big laughter and joy.
Author: Mel Brooks