John Waters Quotes

Who the Heck is John Waters?

John Samuel Waters is an American cult director known for Pink Flamingos.

Born April 22, 1946

Best 19 Quotes by John Waters

“Being rich is not about how much money you have or how many homes you own; it's the freedom to buy any book you want without looking at the price and wondering if you can afford it.”

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“Collect books, even if you don't plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library.”

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“Contemporary art hates you.”

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“Don’t sleep with people who don’t read!”

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“I always wanted to be a juvenile delinquent but my parents wouldn't let me.”

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“I respect everything I make fun of.”

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“I'm always amazed at friends who say they try to read at night in bed but always end up falling asleep. I have the opposite problem. If a book is good I can't go to sleep, and stay up way past my bedtime, hooked on the writing. Is anything better than waking up after a late-night read and diving right back into the plot before you even get out of bed to brush your teeth?”

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“If you go home with somebody, and they don't have books, don't fuck 'em!”

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“It wasn't until I started reading and found books they wouldn't let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.”

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“Life is nothing if you're not obsessed.”

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“Sometimes I wish I was a woman, just so I could have an abortion.”

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“The only insult I've ever received in my adult life was when someone asked me, "Do you have a hobby?" A HOBBY?! DO I LOOK LIKE A FUCKING DABBLER?!”

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“True success is figuring out your life and career so you never have to be around jerks.”

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“You have to remember that it is impossible to commit a crime while reading a book.”

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“You should never read just for enjoyment. Read to make yourself smarter! Less judgmental. More apt to understand your friends' insane behavior, or better yet, your own. Pick ‘hard books’. Ones you have to concentrate on while reading. And for God’s sake, don't let me ever hear you say, "I can't read fiction. I only have time for the truth." Fiction is the truth, fool! Ever hear of literature? That means fiction, too, stupid.”

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"Crackpot" Quotes

“Not wanting anyone to pop my bubble by speaking to me, I immediately began reading Lesbian Nuns, and that did the trick. No one attempted small talk.”

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Crackpot

"In a speech to college graduates." Quotes

“I'm rich! I don't mean money-wise. I mean that I have figured out how to never be around assholes at any time in my personal and professional life. That's rich. And not being around assholes should be the goal of every graduate here today.”

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In a speech to college graduates.

"Shock Value" Quotes

“My idea of an interesting person is someone who is quite proud of their seemingly abnormal life and turns their disadvantage into a career.”

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Shock Value

“To me, beauty is looks you can never forget. A face should jolt, not soothe.”

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Shock Value