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Life advice from 10 wise comedians

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You’ve laughed at their standup and doubled over through their movies, but who would have thought that these funny men and women would be so wise about life? From funny to philosophical, these comedy stars offer their life advice.


“You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”—Robin Williams


“People get into the entertainment business because they want to be famous, which is just not what it should be about. Fame is not a goal. Loving yourself, loving what you do, those are the things that people should aim for.”—Margaret Cho


“I’m bored” is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless, it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say “I’m bored.” –Louis CK


“No one knows what’s next, but everybody does it.”—George Carlin


“When I hear people talk about juggling, or the sacrifices they make for their children, I look at them like they’re crazy, because ‘sacrifice’ infers that there was something better to do than being with your children.”—Chris Rock

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“Listen. Say ‘Yes’. Live in the moment. Make sure you play with people who have your back. Make big choices early and often.” –Amy Poehler


“I haven’t read a newspaper in 20 years. I don’t look at the computer or anything. You have to have a filter on what you let in.”—Eddie Murphy


“If I thought about it, I could be bitter, but I don’t feel like being bitter. Being bitter makes you immobile, and there’s too much that I still want to do.” –Richard Pryor


“Don’t ever go with the flow. Stop the flow, go against the flow, start the flow, but don’t under any circumstance just go with the flow. It may ruffle a few feathers, but some people’s feathers need a little ruffling.” –Ricky Gervais


“My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that that was possible for him, and so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant. When I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job, and our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you could fail at what you don’t love, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”—Jim Carrey

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