Don Rickles quotes

Born
May 8, 1926 New York City, New York, U.S.

Died
April 6, 2017.

Occupation
Comedian.

Don Rickles was an American comedian, he became well known as an insult comic.

I’ve been hot, I’ve been lukewarm, I’ve been freezing, but I’ve always been a headliner.
– Don Rickles

Italians are fantastic people, really. They can work you over in an alley while singing an opera.
– Don Rickles

Las Vegas is the boiling pot of entertainment.
– Don Rickles

Funny is funny.
– Don Rickles

Johnny Carson was king of the kings, in my opinion.
– Don Rickles

It’s very sweet to have people say nice things about you, and I always accept that.
– Don Rickles

The highlight of my career was being at the inaugural gala of Ronald Reagan, and I owe that to Mr. Sinatra.
– Don Rickles

When you enter a room, you have to kiss his ring. I don’t mind, but he has it in his back pocket.
– Don Rickles

You throw your best punch, otherwise don’t do it.
– Don Rickles

There’s a difference between an actual insult and a friendly jab. So I don’t think I’m offensive onstage.
– Don Rickles

I’m very shy so I became very outgoing to protect my shyness.
– Don Rickles

The average person pushes an elevator button 6 or 7 minutes before realizing it’s not working. I did a study on this, you know.
– Don Rickles

I’ve never had a written script.
– Don Rickles

You know how a fighter always comes into the dressing room way before a fight? That’s me – I’m like a fighter.
– Don Rickles

When you first start out with something new, you’re always a little uptight.
– Don Rickles

I write my own tweets.
– Don Rickles

I was sitting in the toilet and I was by myself. I was tired of playing with the roller, so I said I’d better write a book.
– Don Rickles

I don’t say I was the first, because, who knows, maybe there was a guy out in Minnesota doing it before me.
– Don Rickles

I spent two and a half years in the Philippines in World War II.
– Don Rickles

I didn’t get married until I was 38.
– Don Rickles

I say things I get away with, and it becomes a joke.
– Don Rickles

Room service is great if you want to pay $500 for a club sandwich.
– Don Rickles

Most people think the character I do onstage is the way I am offstage, but I’m just a regular guy who spends time with his family and who turns on the television and watches a lot of sports.
– Don Rickles

I used to play golf. I wanted to be a better player, but after a while, I realized I’d always stink. And that’s when I really started to enjoy the game.
– Don Rickles

Some people say funny things, but I say things funny.
– Don Rickles

The old days were the old days. And they were great days. But now is now.
– Don Rickles

No matter where you go in this world, you will always find a Jew sitting in the beach chair next to you.
– Don Rickles

I like to think I’m like the guy who goes to the office Christmas party Friday night, insults some people, but still has his job Monday morning.
– Don Rickles

Even when I was in high school and the Navy, I was the guy who could rip somebody, and they’d laugh at it.
– Don Rickles

I ride a recumbent bike for half an hour every day.
– Don Rickles

I don’t care if the average guy on the street really knows what I’m like, as long as he knows I’m not really a mean, vicious guy. My friends and family know what I’m really like. That’s what’s important.
– Don Rickles

Why should I retire? I’m like a fighter. The bell rings, and you come out and fight.
– Don Rickles

The man I adored, and miss him terribly, was Johnny Carson.
– Don Rickles

My grandchildren just know me now as Mr. Potato Head.
– Don Rickles

You lose your energy, you lose that excitement and it gets the audience up.
– Don Rickles

Among my friends, I’m not a little Boy Scout, and they love my humor, thank God.
– Don Rickles

Herb Solo at that time was the head of MGM. I said, ‘I want to live like Clint Eastwood.’ Did I know at that time Clint Eastwood, to him, Heaven was a truck, a dog, and a picnic basket for food or something?
– Don Rickles

Struggling is hard because you never know what’s at the end of the tunnel.
– Don Rickles

Nobody ever dared with Frank, because he had such mood swings, and you never knew how he was going to react. But I could tell the minute I saw him that he was going to be in my corner.
– Don Rickles

Whatever you do to gain success, you have to hang in there and hope good things happen. Always think positive.
– Don Rickles

Smartphones. Who cares? Smartphones. I only have dummy phones.
– Don Rickles

The thing I love about Vegas is that it’s a melting pot. It’s like working Ellis Island.
– Don Rickles

My wife came into my life, and my mother still wanted to be the boss.
– Don Rickles

Eddie Fisher married to Elizabeth Taylor is like me trying to wash the Empire State Building with a bar of soap.
– Don Rickles

My father was an insurance man and a small-time gambler. He was a good man, but he had an eye for the racehorses, and I saw how it used to bother my mother. I’ve never gambled a dime. Never, in all those years in Vegas.
– Don Rickles

Asians are nice people, but they burn a lot of shirts.
– Don Rickles

Honestly, I didn’t realize it – all of a sudden, I was 90. The years skipped by quickly. When it happened, I said, ‘Where did the time go?’
– Don Rickles

You can’t study comedy; it’s within you. It’s a personality. My humor is an attitude.
– Don Rickles