"I want to write a book which is the history of comedy."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."John Cleese on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."John Cleese on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."John Cleese on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."John Cleese on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."John Cleese on Thomas Jefferson
"He who laughs most, learns best."
"I find it rather easy to portray a businessman. Being bland, rather cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me."
"My compulsion to always be working has become less strong and my current business is purely down to this enormous alimony. If I wasn't doing this I'd be making documentaries about wildlife and other subjects that interest me."
"You don't have to be the Dalai Lama to tell people that life's about change."
"I just think that sometimes we hang onto people or relationships long after they've ceased to be of any use to either of you. I'm always meeting new people, and my list of friends seems to change quite a bit."