Groucho Marx Quotes (122 quotes)
“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.”
Earliest attribution found in: The Brethren Evangelist, Vol. XCIV, January 1, 1972, No. 1
“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
As quoted in: Reader's Digest, Volume 57 (1950), p. 80. Variant: "I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go into the library and read a good book.", as quoted in: The Essential Groucho: Writings by, for, and about Groucho Marx (Vintage, 2000)
“Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”
Duck Soup (1933), written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby
As quoted in: A Century of the Marx Brothers (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007) by Joseph Mills, p. 1
As quoted in: Economist, 26 March 1988
As quoted in: L.A. Times, 16 February, 1937. Also in: People I have loved, known or admired (1970), p. 47, "Groucho"
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsGroucho Marx
Born: October 2, 1890
Died: August 19, 1977 (aged 86)
Bio: Julius Henry Groucho Marx was an American comedian and film and television star. He is known as a master of quick wit and widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era. His rapid-fire, often impromptu delivery of innuendo-laden patter earned him many admirers and imitators. He made 13 feature films with his siblings the Marx Brothers, of whom he was the third-born.
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“Philebus was saying that enjoyment and pleasure and delight, and the class of feelings akin to them, are a good to every living being, whereas I contend, that not these, but wisdom and intelligence and memory, and their kindred, right opinion and true reasoning, are better and more desirable than pleasure for all who are able to partake of them, and that to all such who are or ever will be they are the most advantageous of all things.”