Compatible Quotes: Sid Caesar


The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, HE was a genius.

The remote control changed our lives, … The remote control took over the timing of the world. That’s why you have road rage. You have people who have no patience, because you got immediate gratification. You got click, click, click, click. If it doesn’t explode within three seconds, click click, click.

The trouble with telling a good story is that it invariably reminds the other fellow of a dull one.

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  1. says

    It’s incredible to think how much American talent developed in the Borscht Belt – sometimes known as the Jewish Alps: Mel Blanc, Milton Berle, Jack Benny, Red Buttons, Mel Brooks, Billy Crystal, Rodney Dangerfield, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers and on and on. The hotels also gave regular work to musicians.

    People forget that the reason the Borscht Belt came into existence is because up until the end of WWII, Jews were not allowed in most American hotels so they had to develop their own resort communities. Perhaps it was the decline of this type of racism that led to the decline of the Borscht Belt. It’s good the racism is mostly gone, but the decline of the Borscht Belt was a loss for American culture.

  2. Terence Smith says

    “In-between goals is a thing called life that has to be lived and enjoyed.”

    “Every language has its own music.”

    —Sid Caesar

  3. says

    Here’s one I remember from Sid’s book Where Have I Been. After a one of his drinking binges he couldn’t remember that he just did a film in Australia…”I lost an entire continent”!

    And don’t forget Sid’s contribution to jazz with his character Progress Hornsby

    Also nice piece by BiIly Crystal in Sunday’s NY Times
    “Why Did I Become a Comic? He Inspired Me”

    Finally a little shout-out for Sid’s time serving in the US Coast Guard, especially since I’m a Coast Guard Military Brat myself…My dad served in the USCG for 30 years.

    Check out Sid with The Coast Guard Brooklyn 
Barracks Band during World War II with
 Sid Caesar 
center stage.