Comedian George Carlin died on Sunday.
Here’s a list of some of 101 great Carlin quotes. I’m particularly fond of:
Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.
Of course, that statement isn’t entirely accurate. Half of the people are stupider than the median person, not necessarily the average person. In any event, Carlin was a pretty irreverent, opinionated, and perpetually irritated asshole – my sort of comedian, over the years, he had become increasingly more libertarian, or at least anti-government:
[D]id you ever notice, we got no war on homelessness? You know why? There’s no money in that problem! No money to be made off of the homeless. If you could find a solution to homelessness where the corporate swine and the politicians could steal a couple of million dollars each, you’d see the streets of America begin to clear up pretty god-damned quick, I’ll guarantee you that!”
The real reason that we can’t have the Ten Commandments in a courthouse: You cannot post “Thou shalt not steal,” “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” and “Thou shalt not lie” in a building full of lawyers, judges, and politicians. It creates a hostile work environment.
His comedy and social commentary will be missed.