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The Wit of Groucho Marx

Let's be honest, the "humor" of many old-time comedians just doesn't hold up these days. However, the wit of Groucho Marx has stood the test of time. Let's hear a few thoughts from the man who never wanted to belong to a club that would have him as a member.

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Women should be obscene and not heard.
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Women should be obscene and not heard.

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it and then misapplying the wrong remedies.

Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?

We in the industry know that behind every successful screenwriter stands a woman. And behind her stands his wife.

There is no sweeter sound than the crumbling of your fellow man.

I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception.

Don't look now, but there's one too many in this room and I think it's you.

Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot.

He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot, but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot.

Now there's a man with an open mind—you can feel the breeze from here.

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.

Those are my principles. If you don't like them, I have others.

I wish you'd keep my hands to yourself.

I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it.

I didn't like the play, but then I saw it under adverse conditions—the curtain was up.

Either this man is dead or my watch has stopped.

It isn't necessary to have relatives in Kansas City in order to be unhappy.

There is only one way to find out if a man is honest—ask him. If he says "yes," you know he is crooked.

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing—if you can fake that, you've got it made.

Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.

Do you think I could buy back my introduction to you?

I'd horsewhip you if I had a horse.

Go, and never darken my towels again.

She got her good looks from her father. He's a plastic surgeon.

Time wounds all heels.

Why should I care about posterity? What's posterity ever done for me?

A man's only as old as the woman he feels.

I worked myself up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.

I don't have a photograph, but you can have my footprints. They're upstairs in my socks.

Remember men, you are fighting for the lady’s honor, which is probably more than she ever did.

The husband who wants a happy marriage should learn to keep his mouth shut and his checkbook open.

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Paying alimony is like feeding hay to a dead horse.

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

Although it is generally known, I think it's about time to announce that I was born at a very early age.

This man has the mind of a four-year-old boy, and I bet he was glad to get rid of it.

Look, if you don't like my parties, you can leave in a huff. If that's too soon, leave in a minute and a huff. If you can't find that, you can leave in a taxi.

Last night I shot an elephant in my pajamas and how he got in my pajamas I'll never know.

Politics doesn't make strange bedfellows, marriage does.

From the moment I picked your book up until I put it down I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.

A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.

Outside of a dog a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.

She's afraid that if she leaves, she'll become the life of the party.

In America you can go on the air and kid the politicians, and the politicians can go on the air and kid the people.

I could dance with you till the cows come home, on second thought I'll dance with the cows till you come home.

Room service? Send up a larger room.

I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.

Why was I with her? She reminds me of you. In fact, she reminds me more of you than you do!

There's one thing I always wanted to do before I quit—retire!

Here's to our wives and girlfriends—may they never meet!

You get a canoe later and I'll paddle you.

Marriage is the chief cause of divorce.

Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.

Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.


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