57 Eric Idle Quotes from Famous English Actor & Comedian

Eric Idle is an actor, comedian, singer, musician and writer from the United Kingdom.

Eric Idle was born in 1943 in the UK. His dad an RAF Sergeant died in 1945.

Eric went to school in Liverpool and Wolverhampton funded by the RAF Benevolent Fund before studying English at Cambridge where he joined The Footlights club and welcomed women like Germaine Greer.

Eric Idle Quotes

He became famous on TV with Monty Python, married twice and has two kids.

Eric moved to LA appeared in many films and shows wrote books and created the musical “Spamalot.”

Best Eric Idle Quotes


The dreadful thing about getting older is you cry at the drop of a hat. ~ Eric Idle.


People can tell the truth much more freely when they’re apparently lying. ~ Eric Idle.


The room was rococo. I had a strong sense of gilt. ~ Eric Idle.


Know what I mean? Eh, eh, Nudge nudge, Say no more? ~ Eric Idle.


Never do things for money. It’s always the things you do for love that turn out to pay the best. ~ Eric Idle.


Laughter is the only sane response to pathological lying. ~ Eric Idle.

I’m drawn to things that aren’t particularly popular at the time. I don’t know why. ~ Eric Idle.


Always look on the brighter side of life. ~ Eric Idle.

If one of the best ways to appreciate life is to have an unhappy childhood, I was very fortunate. ~ Eric Idle.


I don’t invest in the stock market, but I have pension funds – some in America and the UK. ~ Eric Idle.

I like being a foreigner. For me, to live in California is very pleasant – I’m more comfortable not feeling a part of everything, not feeling responsible for the government or the roads or the health system. ~ Eric Idle.


Writers tend to suffer from back problems because they spend their time bent over a desk. ~ Eric Idle.

I think, after all, I’m happiest being a foreigner. Perhaps there should be a Homosapiens passport? I feel less and less connected to individual states, and more and more connected to human beings. ~ Eric Idle.


Famous Eric Idle Quotes


A nod’s as good as a wink to a blind bat! ~ Eric Idle.

I won’t read scripts because I have a limited amount of time. Why should I help other people do lame stuff when I can just go out and put on lame stuff of my own? ~ Eric Idle.

I like the idea of being out there regularly with an audience and with a funny gang of people. That’s what I grew up with – doing television, doing shows every week. ~ Eric Idle.

No day of my life passes without someone saying the words ‘Monty Python’ to me. It’s not bad. ~ Eric Idle.


You could write a joke in the pub at lunchtime and watch it performed on television that evening. ~ Eric Idle.

Having little money to spend was a valuable learning experience. My schooling also shaped my work ethic because while other children were listening to the Goons, I was studying, which enabled me to go to Cambridge University. ~ Eric Idle.

People who are interested in money are really uninteresting people. They look like Donald Trump. ~ Eric Idle.

Top Eric Idle Quotes

I used to collect Persian rugs and real estate – you should be able to walk on and live in your money. I had to give up the rugs because I’m allergic to mould. ~ Eric Idle.


I’ve got soggy thighs. It must be dinner time. ~ Eric Idle.

Life took over 4 billion years to evolve into you, and you’ve about 70 more years to enjoy it. Don’t just pursue happiness, catch it. ~ Eric Idle.

What’s brown and sounds like a bell? DUNG! ~ Eric Idle.

To me, the musical is best when it’s a musical comedy. So if you have a very, very funny show, and very good, funny songs, that’s what the musical does best. ~ Eric Idle.

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will make me go in a corner and cry by myself for hours. ~ Eric Idle.


If this isn’t exactly what went down, it’s certainly how it should have happened. ~ Eric Idle.

Pattycake, pattycake, baker’s man; good morning, madam, I’m a psychiatrist. ~ Eric Idle.

Talent is always more interesting – ambition is not interesting. If you have talent, you have to find ways of expressing it, but you may not be a success in the world’s terms. ~ Eric Idle.

Popular Eric Idle Quotes

I got used to dealing with groups of boys and getting on with life in unpleasant circumstances and being smart and funny and subversive at the expense of authority. ~ Eric Idle.


Once you’re in the circus you’re all in the circus, and of course it turns out that they are real people too. ~ Eric Idle.

Nobody gets irony anymore, as we are now living in the post-ironic age. Once George Bush gets a library, our irony is dead. ~ Eric Idle.

Life is a comedy when watching and a tragedy when experiencing. I try and share anything I have. ~ Eric Idle.

Reading Alan Zweibel makes me laugh out loud. And yet it is not a particularly funny name. ~ Eric Idle.

If the studios paid the artists, how would they ever be able to afford the executives? ~ Eric Idle.


Typical Hollywood crowd – all the kids are on drugs, and all the adults are on roller skates. ~ Eric Idle.

I believe in the separation of church and planet. ~ Eric Idle.

Great Eric Idle Quotes

I will jump on anybody’s private plane at the drop of a hat. I’m an old-fashioned lower-middle-class boy. ~ Eric Idle.

I’ve always found bad films more enjoyable than good ones. ~ Eric Idle.

I have British teeth. They are like British politics: they go in all directions at once. ~ Eric Idle.

I’m not careful with my money at all these days. I buy people a lot of dinners! ~ Eric Idle.

Thought-Provoking Eric Idle Quotes

John Cleese once told me he’d do anything for money. So I offered him a pound to shut up, and he took it. ~ Eric Idle.

I think you often learn from failure. Success just teaches you how great you were, but in fact it’s knowing what will fail that will help you to make the right choices. ~ Eric Idle.

I never pay any attention to figures. ~ Eric Idle.

My first professional job was appearing in a disastrous theatre production of Oh, What a Lovely War in Leicester Rep, shortly after leaving Cambridge. ~ Eric Idle.

I never think in terms of target audience. I try to write what makes me laugh, so I’m the target audience. I guess I just hope there’s another person in America like me. ~ Eric Idle.

Life doesn’t make any sense, and we all pretend it does. Comedy’s job is to point out that it doesn’t make sense, and that it doesn’t make much difference anyway. ~ Eric Idle.

Americans like to think ‘Python’ is how English people really are. There is an element of truth to that. ~ Eric Idle.

Wise Eric Idle Quotes

A lot has been said about politics; some of it complimentary, but most of it accurate. ~ Eric Idle.


The Minister of Transport issued this appeal to motorists: Can anyone give him a lift to Leicester? ~ Eric Idle.

Elvis saved my life when I was 13 or 14. He saved all our lives. ~ Eric Idle.

When I was 23 I started writing for I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again and was paid three guineas for every minute’s airtime. ~ Eric Idle.

Many years ago I also bought a house in Provence for about 70,000 francs. It had no electricity or running water, and no road leading to the house, but gradually we made improvements. It’s my escape and I love it. ~ Eric Idle.

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