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Be a clown, be a clown,
All the world loves a clown.
Act the fool, play the calf,
And you'll always have the last laugh.

Quotes referring to Clowns and clownishness.


  • I remain just one thing, and one thing only — and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician.
  • Though the clown is often deadpan, he is a connoisseur of laughter.
    • Mel Gussow, about Avner Eisenberg in his broadway show Avner the Eccentric in The New York Times (21 September 1984)
  • You know lots of criticism is written by characters who are very academic and think it is a sign you are worthless if you make jokes or kid or even clown. I wouldn't kid Our Lord if he was on the cross. But I would attempt a joke with him if I ran into him chasing the money changers out of the temple.
    • Ernest Hemingway, in a letter (21 June 1952); published in Ernest Hemingway : Selected Letters 1917-1961 (1981) edited by Carlos Baker
  • A clown's makeup and character, that's all he has to sell. He loves and believes in that character.
    • Emmett Kelly, quoted in The Greeley Daily Tribune (21 June 1975)

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