30 Spectacular Steve Martin Quotes

Steve Martin is an American actor, comedian, and writer best known for his many movies and spotlights hosting a variety of shows. Rising to face towards the end of the 1970′s, Martin would fill arenas with tens of thousands of fans. Here is a look at some of the best Steve Martin quotes to know.

“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.”

“Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do criticize him, you’ll be a mile away and have his shoes.”

“Boy, those French! They have a different word for everything.”

“Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke.”

“First the doctor told me the good news: I was going to have a disease named after me.”

“How is it possible to miss a woman whom you kept at a distance, so that when she was gone you would not miss her?”


“I believe entertainment can aspire to be art, and can become art, but if you set out to make art you’re an idiot.”

“I believe in equality. Equality for everybody. No matter how stupid they are or how superior I am to them.”

“I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy.”

“I like a woman with a head on her shoulders. I hate necks.”

“I saw the movie, ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ and was surprised because I didn’t see any tigers or dragons. And then I realized why: they’re crouching and hidden.”

“I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.”

“I understood that as much as I had resisted the outside, as much as I had constricted my life, as much as I had closed and narrowed the channels into me, there were still many takers for the quiet heart.”

“If you’ve got a dollar and you spend 29 cents on a loaf of bread, you’ve got 71 cents left; But if you’ve got seventeen grand and you spend 29 cents on a loaf of bread, you’ve still got seventeen grand. There’s a math lesson for you.”

“It is not the big events that hurt the most but rather the smallest questionable shift in tone at the end of a spoken word that can plow most deeply into the heart.”

“It’s pain that changes our lives.”

“I’ve got to keep breathing. It’ll be my worst business mistake if I don’t.”

“I’ve heard lots of people lie to themselves but they never fool anyone.”

“She has learned that her body is precious and it mustn’t be offered carelessly ever again, as it holds a direct connection to her heart.”

“She tried to get even with him through psychological warfare but couldn’t, because he didn’t care.”

“Some people have a way with words, and other people…oh, uh, not have way.”

“Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.”

“Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent.”

“The banjo is such a happy instrument–you can’t play a sad song on the banjo – it always comes out so cheerful.”

“The operation was a success, but I’m afraid the doctor is dead.”

“Through the years, I have learned there is no harm in charging oneself up with delusions between moments of valid inspiration.”

“We’ve had some fun tonight…considering we’re all gonna die someday.”

“Writer’s block is a fancy term made up by whiners so they can have an excuse to drink alcohol.”

“You know that look that women get when they want to have sex? Me neither.”

“You know what your problem is, it’s that you haven’t seen enough movies – all of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.”

Here is a full interview with Steve Martin as he appeared on the David Letterman show. Known for his comedic style, Martin is considered one of the greatest stand up comedians of his time.

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