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Best 57 Quotes by John Waters – Page 2 of 2

Jiving At The Crossroads Quotes

“Just because something 'happens', because it is 'true', because the 'facts' are correct, does not ensure that it is the truth.”

Jiving At The Crossroads

Make Trouble Quotes

“Go out in the world and f*ck it up beautifully.”

Make Trouble

“Hairspray is the only really devious movie I ever made. The musical based on it is now being performed in practically every high school in America and nobody seems to notice it’s a show with two men singing a love song to each other that also encourages white teen girls to date black guys.

Pink Flamingos was preaching to the converted. But Hairspray is a Trojan horse: it snuck into Middle America and never got caught. You can do the same thing.”

Make Trouble

“Nobody likes a bore on a soapbox. Humor is always the best defense and weapon.

If you can make an idiot laugh, they’ll at least pause and listen before they do something stupid... to you.”

Make Trouble

“Remember: you must participate in the creative world you want to become part of.”

Make Trouble

Mr. Know-It-All Quotes

“First of all, accept that something is wrong with you. It’s a good start. Something has always been wrong with me, too. We’re in a club of sorts, the lunatic fringe who are proud to band together.

There’s a joyous road to ruin out there, and if you let me be your garbage guru, I’ll teach you how to succeed in insanity and take control of your low self-esteem. Personality disorders are a terrible thing to waste.”

Mr. Know-It-All

Pink Flamingos and Other Filth Quotes

“There is right and there is wrong, I have never been wrong.”

Pink Flamingos and Other Filth

Role Models Quotes

“Aren't maids the ultimate art critics?”

Role Models

“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.”

Role Models

“Do we secretly idolize our imagined opposites, yearning to become the role models for others we know we could never be for ourselves?”

Role Models

“Feeling down can make you feel up if you’re the creative type. The emotional damage may have already been done to you, but stop whining. Use your insanity to get ahead.”

Role Models

“Get on the fashion nerves of your peers, not your parents – that is the key to fashion leadership.”

Role Models

“I imagine Johnny Mathis hates Bin Laden as much as I do, but could Johnny agree Bin Laden had a better speechwriter than Bush? 'Axis of Evil'? Come on.

"A swimmer in the ocean does not fear the rain" is much more powerful propaganda. Poetic, even.”

Role Models

“I love to read about anger. A 'feel bad' book always makes me feel good.

And no other novel in the history of literature is more depressing than Christina Stead's 'The Man Who Loved Children'.”

Role Models

“I mean, what is prison, really, except a good bar without the liquor?”

Role Models

“I'd rather have a daughter in a wh*rehouse than a son in the police force.”

Role Models

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“To be an artist you have to be as much a businessman to succeed, you have to spend an equal amount of time doing business as you spend doing your craft.”


More quotes by Debbie Harry

“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?”

Role Models

“Maybe there is no better novel in the world than Denton Welch's 'In Youth Is Pleasure'. Just holding it in my hands, so precious, so beyond gay, so deliciously subversive, is enough to make illiteracy a worse social crime than hunger.”

Role Models

“Nothing is more impotent than an unread library.”

Role Models

“Our *ssholes will be clean but we must never wash our hands. Our immune systems will be strengthened by our being dirty. Not filthy. Just mildly grimy.

Filthy fingernails have always been a favorite fashion accessory of mine. Especially when you place your hands in the prayer positions.

Matter of fact, I urge all my followers to forgo nail polish permanently and replace it with expertly applied soot. The nonexistent gods above will ignore our prayers better this way.”

Role Models

“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 f*cking dabbler?!”

Role Models

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

Role Models

“You don’t need fashion designers when you are young. Have faith in your own bad taste. Buy the cheapest thing in your local thrift shop – the clothes that are freshly out of style with even the hippest people a few years older than you.

Get on the fashion nerves of your peers, not your parents – that is the key to fashion leadership. Ill-fitting is always stylish. But be more creative – wear your clothes inside out, backward, upside down.

Throw bleach in a load of colored laundry. Follow the exact opposite of the dry cleaning instructions inside the clothes that cost the most in your thrift shop.

Don’t wear jewelry – stick Band-Aids on your wrists or make a necklace out of them. Wear Scotch tape on the side of your face like a bad face-lift attempt.

Mismatch your shoes. Best yet, do as Mink Stole used to do: go to the thrift store the day after Halloween, when the children’s trick-or-treat costumes are on sale, buy one, and wear it as your uniform of defiance.”

Role Models

“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.”

Role Models

Shock Value Quotes

“I would never want to live anywhere but Baltimore. You can look far and wide, but you'll never discover a stranger city with such extreme style.

It's as if every eccentric in the South decided to move north, ran out of gas in Baltimore, and decided to stay.”

Shock Value

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

Shock Value

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

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“A lot of fans are basically fans of fandom itself. It's all about them. They have mastered the Star Wars or Star Trek universes or whatever, but their objects of veneration are useful mainly as a backdrop to their own devotion. Anyone who would camp out in a tent on the sidewalk for weeks in order to be first in line for a movie is more into camping on the sidewalk than movies. Extreme fandom may serve as a security blanket for the socially inept, who use its extreme structure as a substitute for social skills. If you are Luke Skywalker and she is Princess Leia, you already know what to say to each other, which is so much safer than having to ad lib it. Your fannish obsession is your beard. If you know absolutely all the trivia about your cubbyhole of pop culture, it saves you from having to know anything about anything else. That's why it's excruciatingly boring to talk to such people: They're always asking you questions they know the answer to.”


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