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“You can't get a suit of armour and a rubber chicken just like that. You have to plan ahead.”
Michael Palin
“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life”
Michael Palin
“I am very cautious of people who are absolutely right, especially when they are vehemently so.”
Michael Palin, Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years
“Listen -- strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.”
Michael Palin
“NOBODY EXPECTS THE SPANISH INQUISITION!!”
Michael Palin
“Armageddon is not around the corner. This is only what the people of violence want us to believe. The complexity and diversity of the world is the hope for the future.”
Michael Palin
“Night falls over Machu Picchu to the sound of Abba's 'Dancing Queen'.”
Michael Palin, Full Circle
“I enjoy writing, I enjoy my house, my family and, more than anything I enjoy the feeling of seeing each day used to the full to actually produce something. The end.”
Michael Palin, Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years
“As I work in the afternoon on committing to paper some of my morning's thoughts, I find myself just about to close on the knotty question of whether or not I believe in God. In fact I am about to type, 'I do not believe in God', when the sky goes black as ink, there is a thunderclap and a huge crash of thunder and a downpour of epic proportions. I never do complete the sentence.”
Michael Palin, Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years
“The Buddhist version of poverty is a situation where you have nothing to contribute.”
Michael Palin, Himalaya
“[There] are people who make a complete and utter mockery of 'democracy' and 'equality' - they're the casualties of the primitive rules of competition which run our society, and the welfare state just keeps them alive. That's all.”
Michael Palin, Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years
“My parents have been married forty-two years. I wonder how many of those were happy.”
Michael Palin, Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years
“I feel this evening that I am too hopelessly and happily corrupted by the richness of London life to ever be right for Dorset, or vice-versa.”
Michael Palin, Halfway To Hollywood: Diaries 1980 to 1988
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“It was a strange feeling going into a church I did not know for a service that I did not really believe in, but once inside I couldn't help a feeling of warmth and security. Outside there were wars and road accidents and murders, striptease clubs and battered babies and frayed tempers and unhappy marriages and people contemplating suicide and bad jokes, but once in St. Martin's there was peace. Surely people go to church not to involve themselves in the world's problems but to escape from them.”
Michael Palin, Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years
“12.00 midnight: whilst soaking in my bath I hear a distant shout. "I'm going to bed, but I don't necessarily have to go alo-o-ne." It's Dr Chapman in the passage. He repeats the line three times, like someone selling scrap iron and it recedes along the corridor.”
Michael Palin, Halfway To Hollywood: Diaries 1980 to 1988
“A good day's filming at last... John Horton's rabbit effects are superb. A really vicious white rabbit, which bites Sir Bor's head off. Much of the ground lost over the week is made up. We listen to the Cup Final in between fighting the rabbit -- Liverpool beat Newcastle 3-0.”
Michael Palin, Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years
“We read poems from the Oxford Book of Twentieth Century Verse. Neil insisted on spilling wine over my carpet.”
Michael Palin, Halfway To Hollywood: Diaries 1980 to 1988
“Before entering our room we had to remove our shoes. Here Ken and myself made what I expected to be the first of many faux pas. After taking our shoes off, we noticed some oriental style slippers nearby and presumed that we ought to put these on in true Japanese style. Grumbling that they were all too small, we eventually selected two pairs and were tottering to our room when one of the Japanese ‘attendants’ – it wouldn’t be quite right to call them ‘waitresses’ – stopped us excitedly and told us to take off the shoes. Then we realised the awful truth – that they belonged to people already eating there.”
Michael Palin, Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years
“...go all the way to Sun Alliance to Chancery Lane, only to be told that they wouldn't insure my new house because of my profession. "Actors...and writers...well, you know."

..I couldn't help feeling something of a reject from society as I walked out again into Chancery Lane...my solicitor cheerfully informs me that several big companies, including Eagle Star won't touch actors. The happy and slightly absurd ending to this story is that I finally find a willing insurer in the National Farmers' Union at Huntingdon.”
Michael Palin, Halfway To Hollywood: Diaries 1980 to 1988
“They are trying their best to indict a young generation, who seem to be setting a triumphant example to the older generation – an example of how to enjoy oneself, something which most Englishmen don’t seem really capable of, especially the cynical pressmen of the News of the World. It’s all very sad.”
Michael Palin, Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years
“Talk to a Dutch journalist for an hour. He has 38 questions.”
Michael Palin, Halfway To Hollywood: Diaries 1980 to 1988
“Denis O’B rings to say that the first-week take at the Plaza is £40,000. ‘Forty thousand pounds!’ Denis incredulates in tones of almost religious fervency. It is impressive and has beaten the previous highest-ever take at the Plaza (which was for Jaws) by £8,000, with seven fewer performances. So all the publicity has had maximum effect.”
Michael Palin, Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years
“If all goes well we should be in Lusaka by tonight, then Victoria Falls, and from what I hear our troubles are over after that. Zimbabwe and South Africa are comfortable, efficient, Westernized. Akuna Matata. No Problem. Wild, uncomfortable, incomprehensible Africa will give way to tamed and tidied Africa – hot baths and iced beers, air-conditioning and daily newspapers, French wines and credit cards. Lying here, listening to the aching wind in a hut by a lake in a forest, I feel a pain of sadness at the prospect of leaving behind all I have been through these past months and returning to a world where experience is sanitized – rationed out second-hand by television and newspapers and magazines and marketing companies.”
Michael Palin, Pole to Pole
“Eric and I try to analyse this phenomenon and decide it can only be that the Swedes have no sense of humour of their own and have to import it.”
Michael Palin, Halfway To Hollywood: Diaries 1980 to 1988


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