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George Carlin

1937 – 2008 CE

One of the most influential social commentators of his time

“Dean of counterculture comedians,” host of the first Saturday Night Live in 1975, and one of the most influential social commentators of his time; Carlin, with skill and insight, fearlessly challenged the status quo and ceaselessly poked fun at America’s most revered sacred cows. Arrested and at the center of a 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case, he transcended comedy and became a social psychology and political influence. Admired and an inspiration for Larry King, Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, Lily Tomlin, Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Trudeau, and many more; he skillfully brought the courage and iconoclastic willingness common with most of our lineage holders into 20th century world culture.

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Quotes by George Carlin (22 quotes)

“I think I am, therefore, I am. I think.”

Chapters: 12. This Over That

Themes: Know Yourself

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“I have as much authority as the Pope. I just don’t have as many people who believe it.”

Chapters: 17. True Leaders

Themes: Power

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“In the bullshit department… religion easily has the greatest story ever told.”

Chapters: 18. The Sick Society

Themes: Religion

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“Once you leave the womb, conservatives don’t care about you until you reach military age. Then you’re just what they’re looking for. Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers.”

Chapters: 31. Victory Funeral

Themes: War

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“The caterpillar does all the work, and the butterfly gets all the glory.”

Chapters: 36. The Small, Dark Light

Themes: Butterfly

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“Avoid teams at all cost - there is no ‘I’ in team… but there is an ‘I’ in independence, individuality and integrity.”

Chapters: 38. Fruit Over Flowers

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“The future will soon be a thing of the past.”

Chapters: 40. Returning

Themes: Time

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“By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth.”

Chapters: 56. One with the Dust

Themes: Truth

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“Tell people there's an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority will believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure.”

Chapters: 65. Simplicity: the Hidden Power of Goodness

Themes: Belief

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“Save the planet? We don't even know how to take care of ourselves.”

Chapters: 67. Three Treasures

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“I love and treasure individuals as I meet them; I loathe and despise the groups they identify with and belong to.”

Chapters: 71. Sick of Sickness

Themes: Golden Chains

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“Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.”

Chapters: 72. Helpful Fear

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“No one knows what’s next, but everybody does it.”

Themes: Here and Now

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“In America, anyone can become president. That’s the problem.”

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“Ever notice that anyone going slower than you is an idiot, but anyone going faster is a maniac?”

Chapters: 61. Lying Low

Themes: Projection

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“Here's all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid. ("And the reason men are stupid is that women are crazy." - Shan Dao)”

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“The reason they call it the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe it.”

Themes: Dream

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“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”

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“Apparently I'm not a very good American because I like to form my own opinions.”

Themes: Opinion

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“More people have been killed in the name of god than for any other reason.”

Themes: God

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“People who see life as anything more than pure entertainment are missing the point.”

Themes: Entertainment

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“No matter how you care to define it, I do not identify with the local group. Planet, species, race, nation, state, religion, party, union, club, association, neighborhood improvement committee; I have no interest in any of it. I love and treasure individuals as I meet them, I loathe and despise the groups they identify with and belong to.”

from Brain Droppings

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