65 George Burns Quotes For Inspiration In Life

George Burns was an American comedian, actor, singer, and writer. He was one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned vaudeville, radio, film, and television. These George Burns quotes will motivate you.

Best George Burns Quotes

  1. “First you forget names, then you forget faces. Next you forget to pull your zipper up and finally, you forget to pull it down.” ~ George Burns
  2. “Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.” ~ George Burns
  3. “I look to the future because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life.” ~ George Burns
  4. “I get up every morning and read the obituary column. If my name’s not there, I eat breakfast.” ~ George Burns
  5. “There’s an old saying, ‘Life begins at forty.’ That’s silly. Life begins every morning you wake up.” ~ George Burns
  6. “You know you’re getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you’re down there.” ~ George Burns
  7. “I love to sing, and I love to drink scotch. Most people would rather hear me drink scotch.” ~ George Burns
  8. “I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.” ~ George Burns
  9. “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” ~ George Burns

  10. “If you live to be one hundred, you’ve got it made. Very few people die past that age.” ~ George Burns
  11. “The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending, then having the two as close together as possible.” ~ George Burns
  12. “I’d rather be over the hill than under it.” ~ George Burns
  13. “And God said ‘Let there be Satan, so people don’t blame everything on me. And let there be lawyers, so people don’t blame everything on Satan.'” ~ George Burns
  14. “When you stop giving and offering something to the rest of the world, it’s time to turn out the lights.” ~ George Burns
  15. “It takes only one drink to get me drunk. The trouble is, I can’t remember if it’s the thirteenth or the fourteenth.” ~ George Burns
  16. “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” ~ George Burns
  17. “Young. Old. Just words. Inside we feel like our shoe size.” ~ George Burns

  18. “In those days the best painkiller was ice; it wasn’t addictive and it was particularly effective if you poured some whiskey over it.” ~ George Burns
  19. “When I was a boy the Dead Sea was only sick.” ~ George Burns
  20. “Lots of people have asked me what Gracie and I did to make our marriage work. It’s simple – we don’t do anything. I think the trouble with a lot of people is that they work too hard at staying married. They make a business out of it. When you work too hard at a business you get tired; and when you get tired you get grouchy; and when you get grouchy you start fighting; and when you start fighting you’re out of business.” ~ George Burns
  21. “I’m very pleased to be here. Let’s face it, at my age I’m very pleased to be anywhere.” ~ George Burns
  22. “I never go jogging, it makes me spill my martini.” ~ George Burns
  23. “I don’t worry about getting old. I’m old already. Only young people worry about getting old.” ~ George Burns
  24. “Be quick to learn and wise to know.” ~ George Burns

  25. “I find you have to take each day as it comes and be thankful for who’s left and whatever you can still do.” ~ George Burns
  26. “I look better, feel better, make love better and I’ll tell you something else….I never lied better.” ~ George Burns
  27. “If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.” ~ George Burns
  28. “Just because you’re old that doesn’t mean you’re more forgetful. The same people whose names I can’t remember now I couldn’t remember fifty years ago. . .” ~ George Burns
  29. “Love is a lot like a backache. It doesn’t show up on x-rays, but you know it’s there.” ~ George Burns
  30. “Fall in love with what you’re going to do for a living. To be able to get out of bed and do what you love to do for the rest of the day is beyond words. I’d rather be a failure in something I love than be successful in something I hate.” ~ George Burns
  31. “Happiness? A good cigar, a good meal, a good cigar and a good woman – or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle.” ~ George Burns
  32. “I must be getting absent-minded. Whenever I complain that things aren’t what they used to be, I always forget to include myself.” ~ George Burns
  33. “People ask me what I’d most appreciate getting for my eighty-seventh birthday. I tell them, a paternity suit.” ~ George Burns
  34. “Tennis is a young man’s game. Until you’re 25, you can play singles. From 25 to 35, you should play doubles. I won’t tell you exactly how old I am, but when I played, there were 28 men on the court – just on my side of the net.” ~ George Burns
  35. “If I had taken my doctor’s advice and quit smoking when he advised me to, I wouldn’t have lived to go to his funeral.” ~ George Burns
  36. “I can’t understand why I flunked American history. When I was a kid there was so little of it.” ~ George Burns
  37. “I don’t care what you do for a living. If you love it, you are a success.” ~ George Burns

  38. “Someone who makes you laugh is a comedian. Someone who makes you think and then laugh is a humorist.” ~ George Burns
  39. “There’s nothing wrong with making love with the light on. Just make sure the car door is closed.” ~ George Burns
  40. “Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” ~ George Burns
  41. “I don’t worry about getting old. I’m old already. Only young people worry about getting old. When I was 65, I had Cupid’s eczema. I don’t believe in dying. It’s been done. I’m working on a new exit. Besides, I can’t die now – I’m booked.” ~ George Burns
  42. “It’s no surprise that things are so screwed up: everyone that knows how to run a government is either driving taxicabs or cutting hair.” ~ George Burns
  43. “Young. Old. Just Words.” ~ George Burns
  44. “The heart is a temple wherein all truth resides.” ~ George Burns

  45. “Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five I still had pimples.” ~ George Burns
  46. “I thought to myself, ‘why not write a bestseller?’ In the first place, more people buy them and more people read them. You make more money and it doesn’t take any more time to write a bestseller than it does to write a book nobody buys.” ~ George Burns
  47. “When asked in his late 90s if his doctor knew he still smoked, Burns said, ‘No … he’s dead.'” ~ George Burns
  48. “My best advice: Fall in love with what you do for a living.” ~ George Burns
  49. “At my age flowers scare me.” ~ George Burns
  50. “Don’t stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed.” ~ George Burns

  51. “Everything that goes up must come down. But there comes a time when not everything that’s down can come up.” ~ George Burns
  52. “When I was in Vegas women were throwing their hotel keys at me. But it was after they checked out.” ~ George Burns
  53. “I don’t have a drinking problem. I drink. I get drunk. I fall down, no problem.” ~ George Burns
  54. “Sex after 90 is like trying to shoot pool with a rope. Even putting my cigar in its holder is a thrill.” ~ George Burns
  55. “There will always be a battle between the sexes because men and women want different things. Men want women and women want men.” ~ George Burns
  56. “The happiest people I know are the ones that are still working. The saddest are the ones who are retired. Very few performers retire on their own. It’s usually because no one wants them. Six years ago Sinatra announced his retirement. He’s still working.” ~ George Burns
  57. “I was always taught to respect my elders and I’ve now reached the age when I don’t have anybody to respect.” ~ George Burns
  58. “When I was young I was called a rugged individualist. When I was in my fifties I was considered eccentric. Here I am doing and saying the same things I did then and I’m labeled senile.” ~ George Burns
  59. “When I’m in front of an audience, all that love and vitality sweeps over me and I forget my age.” ~ George Burns
  60. “A married couple that plays cards together is just a fight that hasn’t started yet.” ~ George Burns

  61. “It’s hard for me to get used to these changing times. I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty.” ~ George Burns
  62. “Critics are eunuchs at a gang bang.” ~ George Burns
  63. “People are always asking me when I’m going to retire. Why should I? I’ve got it two ways – I’m still making movies, and I’m a senior citizen, so I can see myself at half price.” ~ George Burns
  64. “I get a standing ovation just standing” ~ George Burns
  65. “There are many ways to die in bed, but the best way is not alone.” ~ George Burns

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