Penn Jillette

Penn Jillette

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Author Profession: US comic,
Born: March 05, 1955
Age: 61 years old
Birth Sign: Pisces

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Democracy without respect for individual rights sucks. It's just ganging up against the weird kid, and I'm always the weird kid.

I don't believe the majority always knows what's best for everyone.

Don't waste too much time wishing, hoping, and being envious; it'll make you bugnutty.

I intend to do the Penn & Teller show until they pry my cheesy magic wand from my cold dead fingers.

When you're watching Psycho, there' s that moment when you have a visceral reaction to watching someone being stabbed. And then you have the intellectual revelation that you're not, and that's where the celebration comes in.

If I had to imagine omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent power in the universe that chose to make my mother suffer, I don't know how I would make that make sense in the universe.

I'm always surprised when the corporate world does stupid things, because they're often not very stupid in hindsight.

The secret truth of 'Celebrity Apprentice' is that it isn't very hard... 'Celebrity Apprentice' is easy like junior high is easy. All the arithmetic, the creative writing and the history are super simple, but like junior high, you do that easy work surrounded by people who are full-tilt, hormone-raging bug nutty.

Freedom means the freedom to be stupid, and that's what I want.

You have to be careful as a libertarian because you can sound very Republican.

There is this tremendous amount of arrogance and hubris, where somebody can look at something for five minutes and dismiss it. Whether you talk about gaming or 20th century classical music, you can't do it in five minutes. You can't listen to 'The Rite of Spring' once and understand what Stravinsky was all about.

If you like the stuff I do, my chances of liking you go up.

You have two choices with Obama. You either believe that he is a man of Christ... or you think he's a liar. And I'm surprised by the number of atheist free thinkers that support Obama, and their argument is essentially, 'He's lying about being religious 'cause you have to do that to get elected.' It's a horrible reason to like somebody.

Direct confrontation, direct conversation is real respect. And it's amazing how many people get that.

Religion cannot and should not be replaced by atheism. Religion needs to go away and not be replaced by anything. Atheism is not a religion. It's the absence of religion, and that's a wonderful thing.

Poker has the feeling of a sport, but you don't have to do push-ups.

From 1985 to 1994, I lived in Manhattan in a big old loft right off Times Square. I could walk to work, which was in a couple of Broadway theaters, to Howard Stern's studio, and to 30 Rock for 'Letterman' and 'SNL.' Even in New York, walking to work is homey and folksy, like living in a small town.

If you spend a lot of time lying to people, you think a lot about what the truth means.

When 9/11 hit, the second thing I said to myself was, 'This really is what religious people do.' Those people flying the plane were very good, very pious, truly faithful believers. There's no other way to paint them. Of course, they are extremists by definition, but they certainly aren't going against Islam in any real way.

It's amazing to me how many people think that voting to have the government give poor people money is compassion. Helping poor and suffering people yourself is compassion. Voting for our government to use guns to give money to help poor and suffering people is immoral, self-righteous, bullying laziness.

If I gave you any thought I probably would. Peter Lorre

One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood. Agatha Christie

I believe if you keep your faith, you keep your trust, you keep the right attitude, if you're grateful, you'll see God open up new doors. Joel Osteen quotes

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