27 Lenny Bruce Quotes That Prove Comedy Can Cure Anything

Lenny Bruce as depicted in an episode from Amazon's 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'
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Laughter is the best medicine.

Fans of Comedy Will Absolutely Love Reading 27 Lenny Bruce Quotes

If you're a fan of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel you'll probably recognize a certain comedian played by the wonderful, Luke Kirby.

Lenny Bruce was a comedian and political satirist who held nothing back. His comedy was on the nose and sparred no one. His stand-up routine was vulgar which garnered him lots of attention.

If you miss the wise-cracking comedian or just want to revisit some of his hilarious quotes, you're in luck. We found them all!

The Best Lenny Bruce Quotes

  • "Life is a four-letter word."

  • "If something about the human body disgusts you, the fault lies with the manufacturer."

  • "I'll die young, but it's like kissing God."

  • "Miami Beach is where neon goes to die."

  • "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."

  • "If you can't say "Fuck" you can't say, "Fuck the government."

  • "If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses."

  • "I am influenced by every second of my waking hour."

Hilarious Lenny Bruce Quotes

  • "Communism is like one big phone company."

  • "There are never enough 'I love you's."

  • "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."

  • "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."

  • "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."

  • "The role of a comedian is to make the audience laugh, at a minimum of once every fifteen seconds."

  • "I hate small towns because once you've seen the cannon in the park there's nothing else to do."

  • "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."

Lenny Bruce Quotes

  • "Today, I give my daughter what I really didn't have as a kid: all the silly, dumb, extravagant, frilly, nonfunctional toys I can force on her. She probably wants an encyclopedia."

  • "Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God."

  • "The liberals can understand everything but people who don't understand them."

  • "In the Halls of Justice the only justice is in the halls."

  • "The only honest art form is laughter, comedy. You can't fake it... try to fake three laughs in an hour - ha ha ha ha ha - they'll take you away, man. You can't."

  • "The American Constitution was not written to protect criminals; it was written to protect the government from becoming criminals."

  • "There's a lot of money in wars, except in the war on poverty. Can't make any bread helping the poor."

  • "It's the suppression of the word that gives it the power, the violence, the viciousness."

  • "The "what should be" never did exist, but people keep tying to live up to it. There is no "what should be," there is only what it is."

  • "Just because some jackass is an Atheist doesn't mean that his prophets and Gods are any less false."

  • "If you live in New York, then, whether you're a hundred times a Catholic, you're still a Jew."

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