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
Famous people are deceptive. Deep down, they’re just regular people. Like Larry King. We’ve been friends for forty years. He’s one of the few guys I know who’s really famous. One minute he’s talking to the president on his cell phone, and then the next minute he’s saying to me, ‘Do you think we ought to give the waiter another dollar?’
– 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