George Carlin, who had suffered from heart problems for years, died yesterday at the age of 71. Carlin, best known for his comedy routine about the "seven words you can't say on television," was one of the brightest and wittiest comedians to ever grace a stage. Carlin's comedy made you think. He challenged your ideas and made you laugh at the same time. What better send off than to quote some of my favorite Carlinisms:
- Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?
- I'm not concerned about all hell breaking loose, but that a PART of hell will break loose... it'll be much harder to detect.
- One can never know for sure what a deserted area looks like.
- When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day?
- If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted?
- I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.
- The whole meaning of life is trying to find a place for your stuff.