30+ Best Buster Keaton Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Joseph Frank Keaton, known professionally as Buster Keaton, was an American actor, comedian, film director, producer, screenwriter, and stunt performer. Inspirational Buster Keaton quotes will fire up your brain and inspire you to look at life differently while making you laugh.

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Famous Buster Keaton Quotes

And And if there is sweeter music this side of heaven I haven’t heard it.

A comedian does funny things. A good comedian does things funny.

Tragedy is a close-up, comedy, a long shot.

Silence is of the gods, only monkeys chatter.

No man can be a genius in slap shoes and a flat hat.

All my life I have been happiest when the folks watching me said to each other, Look at the poor dope, wilya?

Like everyone else, I like to be with a happy crowd.

if there is sweeter music this side of heaven I haven’t heard it.

A comedian does funny things. A good comedian does things funny.

Tragedy is a close-up, comedy, a long shot.

Silence is of the gods, only monkeys chatter.

No man can be a genius in slap shoes and a flat hat.

All my life I have been happiest when the folks watching me said to each other, Look at the poor dope, wilya?

Like everyone else, I like to be with a happy crowd.

Amazing Buster Keaton Quotes

They say pantomime’s a lost art. It’s never been a lost art and never will be, because it’s too natural to do.

I don’t feel qualified to talk about my work.

Charlie Chaplin and I would have a friendly contest: Who could do the feature film with the least subtitles?

I’ve had few dull moments [in my life] and not too many sad and defeated ones. In saying this I am by no means overlooking the rough and rocky years I’ve lived through. But I was not brought up thinking life would be easy. I always expected to work hard for my money and to get nothing I did not earn. And the bad years, it seems to me, were so few that only a dyed-in-the-wool grouch who enjoys feeling sorry for himself would complain.

I don’t act, anyway. The stuff is all injected as we go along. My pictures are made without script or written directions of any kind

If one more person tells me this is just like old times, I swear I’ll jump out the window.

Not long ago a friend asked me what was the greatest pleasure I got from spending my whole life as an actor. There have been so many that I had to think about that for a moment. Then I said, ‘Like everyone else, I like to be with a happy crowd’.

Down through the years my face has been called a sour puss, a dead pan, a frozen face, The Great Stone Face, and, believe it or not, “a tragic mask.” On the other hand that kindly critic, the late James Agee, described my face as ranking “almost with Lincoln’s as an early American archetype, it was haunting, handsome, almost beautiful.” I can’t imagine what the great rail splitter’s reaction would have been to this, though I sure was pleased.

Is Hollywood the cruelest city in the world? Well, it can be. New York can be that, too. You can be a Broadway star here one night, and something happens, and out–nobody knows you on the street. They forget you ever lived. It happens in Hollywood, too.

The first thing I did in the studio was to want to tear that camera to pieces. I had to know how that film got into the cutting room, what you did to it in there, how you projected it, how you finally got the picture together, how you made things match. The technical part of pictures is what interested me. Material was the last thing in the world I thought about. You only had to turn me loose on the set and I’d have material in two minutes, because I’d been doing it all my life.

I was mad at the time, or I would never have done the thing.

What really got my goat at MGM were comedians like The Marx Brothers who never wrote their own jokes.

I gotta do some sad scenes. Why, I never tried to make anybody cry in my life! And I go round all the time dolled up in kippie clothes-wear everything but a corset…can`t stub my toe in this picture nor anything! Just imagine having to play-act all the time without ever getting hit with anything!

The funny thing about our act is that dad gets the worst of it, although I’m the one who apparently receives the bruises . . . the secret is in landing limp and breaking the fall with a foot or a hand. It’s a knack. I started so young that landing right is second nature with me. Several times I’d have been killed if I hadn’t been able to land like a cat. Imitators of our act don’t last long, because they can’t stand the treatment.

Life is too serious to do farce comedy.

When sound came, we found this out–we found this out from our own pictures–that sound didn’t bother us at all. There was only one thing I wanted at all times and insisted on: that you go ahead and talk in the most natural way, in your situations. Don’t give me puns. Don’t give me jokes. No wisecracks.

We didn’t stick to any format. We would just get an idea, and once you started on the idea it would lend itself to gags and natural trouble of any kind. There was no format.

Well, I’d say that the minute sound came in, it was everybody talking their heads off and going for dialogue laughs. All your writers did the same thing. Once that started, it took years to ever get anybody even to touch that old type of material again

I’ve simply been brought up being knocked down.

It was an event when you could get all three of them on the set at the same time. The minute you started a picture with the Marx brothers you hired three assistant directors. One for each Marx brother. You had two of ’em while you went to look for the third one and the first two would disappear.

Everybody at Metro was in my gag department, including Irving Thalberg. They’d laugh their heads off at dialogue written by all your new writers. They were joke-happy. They didn’t look for action; they were looking for funny things to say.

You could write the whole plot on a postcard. We do the rest.

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