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Best Groucho Marx Quotes and Sayings

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Best Groucho Marx Quotes and Sayings

Best Groucho Marx Quotes and Sayings on Happiness, Politics, and More with Meaning.

More commonly referred to as Groucho Marx, Julius Henry Marx was one of America's finest comedians. Apart from being full of quirks and wit, he was also a communist by belief, the qualities which are generally not found together in the same person. 

He was also known to take a dig at the rich being a communist. He was also a misogynist at heart.

He along with his iconic bushy eyebrows, glasses, and infamous cigar featured in a lot of movies.

Debuting in the entertainment industry by being a boy singer on stage, he then continued to host his show You Bet Your Life which aired on television and the radio.

Some of Groucho Marx quotes throughout his artistic life are as follows. 

A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.

It represents the apparent dismissal of the superstition that a black cat crossing the road is unlucky and suggests that it only means that the cat is going somewhere. 

Getting older is no problem. You just have to live long enough.

Here Groucho says that many people have lived a long life without actually living one. In contrast, a lot of them are dead inside (theoretically speaking of course) and just surviving holding onto their breath without enjoying even a second of their supposedly" long-lived life". 

I intend to live forever or die trying.

Marx suggests that whatever we are pursuing, we should keep trying and overcome our shortcomings. Here, he compares our persuasion to life and practically dares us to either live forever or die trying to live.  

I love my cigar, but I take it out of my mouth once in a while.

Here Marx's cigars represent the leisure in our life, however addicting or captivating our hobbies or leisure are, one needs to get out of their comfort zone and thrive for the betterment. Only when you come out of your comfort zone will you create wonders.

While money can't buy happiness, it certainly lets you choose your own form of misery.

Marx says that however, moralistic or preachy "Money can't buy happiness" seems; it would be ignorant to say money is of no use. That being said, Marx is also not implying that having money means having all the happiness of the world. However, money has the power to fulfil certain aspects of our life and let people conveniently choose their form of misery. 

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.

Here, Marx implies that sometimes just being righteous and learning from your own mistakes is not enough. Leaving your uptightness or "ego" as you may call it, having good observation skills and learning from people's mistakes and experiences create an environment where you will always learn and move ahead. 

Continue reading some of the famous Groucho Marx Quotes....

If you are not having fun. You're doing something wrong.

Marx is stating that whatever you are doing, do it with a good heart, enjoy it to your full extent or as the millennial lingo "YOLO" (meaning you live only once) suggests that life should be lived "without ifs and buts" in short without hesitation and enjoying it to the full extent.  

Time wounds all heels.

Time has been observed as a wonderful healer. Often, just taking some time solves everything, or at least clears your mind and motivates you to solve your problems.  

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

Here Marx is clearly stating the importance of books over TV sets. When TV sets can be loud and boisterous, books always leave a calming sensation. Hence, he mocks the TV sets, saying that he is highly motivated to read a book whenever someone turns on a TV. 

Life is a whim of several billion cells to be you for a while.

Here, Marx advocates that life is more than what we anticipate it. Our life comprises every single cell, every system that works in harmony. Life comprises of the smaller things that we very conveniently ignore in life. When we underestimate ourselves many times, we fail to understand the contribution of all the little lives that make our lives. 

Blessed are the cracked for they shall let the light in.

Often, we sideline or dismiss certain someone or something labelling them as useless or broken, forgetting the fact that even broken crayons colour. Therefore it is essential to acknowledge the fact that even the useless are equally useful or rather more in their unique way. 

Man does not control his fate. The woman in his life does that for him.

Marx's misogynistic remarks towards women were nothing new in that era. Here the blatant categorization of women and the notion of them being "controlling" of a man's life can be seen.  

Marriage is a wonderful institution but who wants to live in an institution.

Marx's remarks on marriage have always been quite amusing. He compares two people's marriage to an institution where people just work mechanically to keep the establishment going. He has further mocked marriage by saying 'It indeed is a wonderful institution but who wants to be caught up in on' when one can live freely without social restrictions. 

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.

Here, Marx has criticized politicians' work, saying they find faults in places where it isn't required and give unnecessary solutions instead of actually solving people's problems. They just pretend and increase the hurdles in people's lives. 

No man goes before his time-unless the boss leaves early.

This is a sarcastic quote by Marx, where people initially think he is talking about life and destiny and how no man leaves the earth's surface before his destiny. But with a lot of wits, he turned his words and said a man doesn't leave before his boss, which indicates an office premise.

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