John Waters: 10 Best Quotes


Everybody knows who John Waters is.

Filmmaker, actor, stand-up comedian, writer, journalist, visual artist, and art collector, Waters changed popular cinema with his 70s and 80s transgressive cult films.

Even if you’ve never seen Pink Flamingos, the original Hairspray, Cry-Baby, Serial Mom, or a single John Waters film, you’ve probably seen the distinct, thin-mustached man being devastatingly witty on some talk show or T.V. special.

For over 40 years, Waters has lived a glamorous Hollywood life (usually from his hometown of Baltimore, MD) on his own terms and he’s never once apologized for celebrating the dark, demented, and bizarre side of things.

Here are 10 of the most memorable, inspiring, and unbelievable quotes to ever come from the one-of-a-kind mind of filmmaker John Waters:

"We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t f*ck them."

John_waters “As far as socially redeeming value, I hope I don’t have any.”

“Irony ruined everything…  Even the best exploitation movies were never meant to be `so bad they were good`. They were not made for the intelligentsia. They were made to be violent for real, or to be sexy for real. But now everybody has irony. Even horror films now are ironic. Everybody’s in on the joke now. Everybody’s hip. Nobody takes anything at face value anymore.”

“I'm 100% gay and about 20% in gay society. Sometimes I`m more comfortable in punk rock clubs than gay clubs. There are just as many rules I rebel from in the gay world as the straight one. I`m gaily incorrect, but I do vote gay.”

“I thank God I was raised Catholic, so sex will always be dirty.”

Img-john-waters_160901602290.jpg_vmed “Some call me director, producer, filmmaker. I prefer to call myself pube-king.”

"True success is figuring out your life and career so you never have to be around jerks."

“I always say it’s really great to be mad when you’re 20, but if you’re 60 and mad you’re an asshole. You can bitch about your parents until you’re 30; after that, shut up.”

“No matter what your sexual preference or gender, no one likes a man who is fussy about his looks. You can spend as much time as you want looking good. But don`t do it in public.”

“I have some lovely regulars that I’m quite fond of, but I don’t need another person in my life to make me feel complete. I have friends for that, many of whom I’ve known for 30 or 40 years. I don’t want that in a partner. I want porn sex. That doesn’t last for 40 years.”

Collected via: GoodReads, WhosDatedWho Quotes, and