I have a heavy heart today. One of my heroes, George Carlin, is dead.
To truly understand the impact one comedian – a subversive, hilarious, downright inflammatory voice in a sea of banal, unfunny Dane Cook clones – had on the American cultural ethos, one must look at some of his finest one-liners. I think his words, not mine, illuminate the wisdom he offered through comedy. Even though he’d probably loathe all the platitudes media commentators and other professional pundits are dishing up today, his work is right there with Lenny Bruce and Bill Hicks as sharp, insightful, scathing critiques of American life.
Here’s some of his more memorable quotes, curtosy of BrainyQuotes.com:
At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom.
Dusting is a good example of the futility of trying to put things right. As soon as you dust, the fact of your next dusting has already been established.
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.
I would never want to be a member of a group whose symbol was a guy nailed to two pieces of wood.
If it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then I’d have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.
When you’re born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front row seat.
Religion is just mind control.
Rest in peace, you old codger.