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“Without Obsession, Life Is Nothing”
John Waters
“There is right and there is wrong, I have NEVER been wrong.”
John Waters, Pink Flamingos and Other Filth: Three Screenplays
“Maybe there is no better novel in the world than Denton Welch's In Youth Is Pleasure. Just holding it in my hands, so precious, so beyond gay, so deliciously subversive, is enough to make illiteracy a worse social crime than hunger.”
John Waters, Role Models
“A psychiatrist once told me early in treatment, “Stop trying to make me like you,” and what a sobering and welcome smack in the face that statement was. Yet somehow, every day of my life is still a campaign for popularity, or better yet, a crowded funeral.”
John Waters
“I imagine Johnny Mathis hates Bin Laden as much as I do, but could Johnny agree Bin Laden had a better speechwriter than Bush? "Axis of Evil"? Come on. "A swimmer in the ocean does not fear the rain" is much more powerful propaganda. Poetic, even.”
John Waters, Role Models
“To me, bad taste is what entertainment is all about. If someone vomits watching one of my films, it's like getting a standing ovation. But one must remember that there is such a thing as good bad taste and bad bad taste. it's easy to disgust someone; I could make a ninety-minute film of people getting their limbs hacked off, but this would only be bad bad taste and not very stylish or original. To understand bad taste one must have very good taste. Good bad taste can be creatively nauseating but must, at the same time, appeal to the especially twisted sense of humor, which is anything but universal.”
John Waters
“I always give books. And I always ask for books. I think you should reward people sexually for getting you books. Don’t send a thank-you note, repay them with sexual activity. If the book is rare or by your favorite author or one you didn't know about, reward them with the most perverted sex act you can think of. Otherwise, you can just make out.”
John Waters
“When they throw the water on the witch, she says, “Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness”. That line inspired my life. I sometimes say it to myself before I go to sleep, like a prayer.”
John Waters
“I`d love to sell out completely. It`s just that nobody has been willing to buy.”
John Waters
tags: humor
“Do we secretly idolize our imagined opposites, yearning to become the role models for others we know we could never be for ourselves?”
John Waters, Role Models
“But feeling down can make you feel up if you’re the creative type. The emotional damage may have already been done to you, but stop whining. Use your insanity to get ahead.”
John Waters, Role Models
“I love to read about anger. A "feel bad" book always makes me feel good. And no other novel in the history of literature is more depressing than Christina Stead's The Man Who Loved Children.”
John Waters, Role Models
“My idea of rich is that you can buy every book you ever want without looking at the price and you're never around assholes. That's the two things to really fight for in life.”
John Waters
“Aren't maids the ultimate art critics?”
John Waters, Role Models
“Our assholes will be clean but we must never wash our hands. Our immune systems will be strengthened by our being dirty. Not filthy. Just mildly grimy. Filthy fingernails have always been a favorite fashion accessory of mine. Especially when you place your hands in the prayer positions. Matter of fact, I urge all my followers to forgo nail polish permanently and replace it with expertly applied soot. The nonexistent gods above will ignore our prayers better this way.”
John Waters, Role Models
“It wasn't until I started reading ... that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.”
John Waters
“It's time now to rent a car, roll down the windows and prepare for your first big thrill: the freeways. They're so much fun they should charge admission. Never fret about zigzagging back and forth through six lanes of traffic at high speeds; it erases jet lag in a split second.

You're now heading toward Hollywood, like any normal tourist. Breathe in that smog and feel lucky that only in L.A. will you glimpse a green sun or a brown moon. Forget the propaganda you've heard about clean air; demand oxygen you can see in all its glorious discoloration.”
John Waters, Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters
“I mean, what is prison, really, except a good bar without the liquor?”
John Waters, Role Models
“I'd rather have a daughter in a whorehouse than a son in the police force,' Esther used to rage to anyone who would listen.”
John Waters, Role Models
“Get on the fashion nerves of your peers, not your parents - that is the key to fashion leadership.”
John Waters, Role Models
“I’m so lucky to be having a happy childhood as an adult.”
John Waters, Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters
“Wealth is walking into any bookshop and buying any book you want without looking at the price tag.”
John Waters
“I'm perpetual tourist, and that's the best way to travel. Nobody gets used to you, you make new friends without having to hear anyone's everyday problems, and you jet back still feeling like a know-it-all.”
John Waters, Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters
“Just because something 'happens', because it is 'true', because the 'facts' are correct, does not ensure that it is the truth.”
John Waters, Jiving At The Crossroads
“In Hollywood, the real stars are all in animation. Alvin and the Chipmunks don't throw star fits, don't demand custom-designed Winnebagos, and are a breeze at costume fittings. Cruella DeVille, Gorgo, Rainbow Brite, Gus-Gus, Uncle Scrooge, and the Care Bears are all superstars and they don't have drug problems, marital difficulties, or paternity suits to blacken their images. They don't age, balk at promoting, or sass highly paid directors. Plus, you can market them to death and they never feel exploited. I'd like to do a big-budget snuff film starring every last one of them.”
John Waters, Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters
“He strapped a video camera to the hood of his car and we drove around while he filmed us smashing through piles of old dead Christmas trees that residents had left in the alleys and he would set on fire. I could never get Jake to “put out” but it still was a really romantic night for me, so I stayed in touch.”
John Waters, Role Models
“but my abortion politics are simple. If you can’t love your child, don’t have it, because it will grow up and kill me.”
John Waters, Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America
“I never rewatch the great films of my favorite directors because I'm afraid they won't hold up.”
John Waters, Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters
“I’d like to praise the drivers who picked me up. If I ever hear another elitist jerk use the term flyover people, I’ll punch him in the mouth. My riders were brave and open-minded, and their down-to-earth kindness gave me new faith in how decent Americans can be. They are the only heroes in this book.”
John Waters, Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America
“It's always up to other people to say if something is art. I hate it when people say, "I'm an artist." I think, well, I'll be the judge of that. And I don't think "artist" is a job description. It's a critique, a favorable critique, that someone else might apply to your work.”
John Waters, John Waters: Change of Life


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