30 Carol Burnett Quotes That Celebrate Her Legacy

Carol Burnett in her 'Gone With the Wind' bit on 'The Carol Burnett Show'
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She knew how to make 'em laugh!

Carol Burnett Quotes That'll Make You Laugh, Cry, and Wish She Was Your Mother

Carol Burnett.

Where do we even begin with this legend, icon, and star? She's someone we've looked up to for years, ever since we first saw The Carol Burnett Show on our grandmother's VHS tape. She's since inspired us to never take life too seriously and follow our dreams.

We often find ourselves turning to her words of wisdom when we need a little pep talk. There's nothing reading an inspiring quote from Carol can't fix.

Scroll below for the funniest Carol Burnett quotes of all time that'll make you laugh, cry, and wish she was your very own mother!

Best Carol Burnett Quotes

  • "Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me."

  • "I'm so happy with what has happened in my life."

  • "When you have a dream, you've got to grab it and never let go."

  • "No one ever said life was fair. Just eventful."

  • "Comedy = tragedy + time."

  • "Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own."

Funny Carol Burnett Quotes

  • "It's almost impossible to be funnier than the people in Washington."

  • "I'm really not that funny in real life. But I am the best audience one could find. I love to laugh."

  • "Giving birth is like taking your lower lip and forcing it over your head."

  • "I couldn't get the laughter out of my head. It wasn't career. It wasn't even a choice. It was a calling."

  • "The first time someone said, 'What are your measurements?' I answered, '37, 24, 38 - but not necessarily in that order.'"

  • "Adolescence is just one big walking pimple."

Inspiring Carol Burnett Quotes

  • "You have to go through the falling down in order to learn to walk. It helps to know that you can survive it. That's an education in itself."

  • "Because nobody goes though life without a scar."

  • "We don't stop going to school when we graduate."

  • "It's also selfish because it makes you feel good when you help others. I've been helped by acts of kindness from strangers. That's why we're here, after all, to help others."

  • "But I don't begrudge anybody, because I know how hard it is to have that dream and to make it happen, whether or not it's just to put a roof over your head and food on the table."

  • "I have always grown from my problems and challenges, from the things that don't work out, that's when I've really learned."

Greatest Carol Burnett Quotes

  • "I think the reason I was successful is that I was never cynical."

  • "I can't tell a joke to save my soul. It's just not my thing, though I love to listen to jokes."

  • "I never regretted turning down anything, I never regretted losing a job because I always felt something else was out there."

  • "Just scream! You vent, and the body just feels good after a good old yell."

  • "We all get where we're going by circuitous journeys, and some of the setbacks are warranted."

  • "It's not a bad thing to be able to do many things onstage. If you're an entertainer, you should be able to entertain. I'm proud to say that I'm not a one-trick pony."

Top Carol Burnett Quotes

  • "I wish my mother had left me something about how she felt growing up. I wish my grandmother had done the same. I wanted my girls to know me."

  • "I think we're here for each other."

  • "I love the writing. I love the idea of typing and seeing it on the computer and printing it out myself and, you know, moving sentences around. I like that."

  • "I liked myself better when I wasn't me."

  • "When things are a disappointment, try not to be so discouraged."

  • "I never felt cynical, and I never felt that I couldn't do what I wanted to do."

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