Best Quotes from Billy Crystal

What’s so fascinating and frustrating and great about life is that you’re constantly starting over, all the time, and I love that.

Billy Crystal

Of course my uncle was a giant, but my dad, in particular, had the house filled with these great Dixieland jazz stars, really the best of them: Henry Red Allen, Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith, Buster Bailey, Cutty Cutshall, Tyree Glenn, Zutty Singleton. These are all big names in the Dixieland world.

Billy Crystal

The Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower. They’re monumental. They’re straight out of Page 52 in your school history book.

Billy Crystal

At 60, I could do the same things I could do at 30, if I could only remember what those things are.

Billy Crystal

I was raised mostly by my mom.

Billy Crystal

Your first friends are your truest friends, I find. And the ones that stick are really special.

Billy Crystal

Only once in a thousand years or so do we get to hear a Mozart or see a Picasso or read a Shakespeare. Ali was one of them, and yet at his heart, he was still a kid from Louisville who ran with the gods and walked with the crippled and smiled at the foolishness of it all.

Billy Crystal

It’s like being a gym rat, but you’re a theater rat, and then that becomes your fraternity house. That becomes your extended family.

Billy Crystal

One night, I wrote down all the things I was waiting to do with my little granddaughter, and it became a book, ‘I Already Know I Love You.’ It was one of those really lovely things in life.

Billy Crystal

Muhammad Ali struck us in the middle of America’s darkest night, in the heart of its most threatening gathering storm. His power toppled the mightiest of foes, and his intense light shined on America, and we were able to see clearly injustice, inequality, poverty, pride, self realization, courage, laughter, love, joy and religious freedom for all.

Billy Crystal

Muhammad Ali struck us in the middle of America’s darkest night, in the heart of its most threatening gathering storm. His power toppled the mightiest of foes, and his intense light shined on America, and we were able to see clearly injustice, inequality, poverty, pride, self realization, courage, laughter, love, joy and religious freedom for all.

Billy Crystal

Women need a reason to have sex. Men just need a place.

Billy Crystal

To be good, you need to believe in what you’re doing.

Billy Crystal

I’m going to go on just living and laughing and loving.

Billy Crystal

There used to be that you only had four or five critics that you would look to for intelligent conversation, but now there are millions of people who can just press ‘send,’ and everyone’s got an opinion even if no one cares what they say. It makes things a little bit tougher.

Billy Crystal

I still don’t love the darkness, though I’ve learned to smile in it a little bit, now and then.

Billy Crystal

Nothing takes the sting out of these tough economic times like watching a bunch of millionaires giving golden statues to each other.

Billy Crystal

Humans love sex, we need sex, it’s how we connect, it reminds us we’re alive, it’s the third most basic human need, after food and good movie popcorn.

Billy Crystal

I never missed a birthday. I never missed a school play. We carpooled. And the greatest compliment I can ever get is not about my career or performance or anything; it’s when people say, ‘You know, your girls are great.’ That’s the real thing for me.

Billy Crystal

A laugh is a weird sound, and when you get a couple thousand people making it at once, it’s really strange. But when I can feel proud of myself for causing it, it’s great.

Billy Crystal

You have to really respect what your kids are doing with their kids and how they’re raising them. You can’t push your way into areas where you shouldn’t be saying anything. You have to always remember they’re not your own kids. Play with them, love them, spoil them to death – then hand them back.

Billy Crystal

We’re in this together. We are Americans. We all have to do the best we can. And we will because that’s who we are.

Billy Crystal

I was a good baseball player. I still play a couple of times a week as part of my daily workout. Just throwing the ball, running around, fielding ground balls, you know. It’s better to me than being on a treadmill or some sort of Zumba class.

Billy Crystal

I have performed my one-man show ‘700 Sundays’ over 400 times now. There were only two times that I can honestly say I was nervous. The first was when I knew Mel Brooks was in the audience, and the second was when Sid Caesar came.

Billy Crystal

My mind is always going. I’m always thinking what I need to do, what I haven’t done, what I did do, what I didn’t do as well as I could – I’m relentless that way with myself.

Billy Crystal

To this day, with all of these muscle-bound guys, nobody hit the ball further than Mickey Mantle, with his natural strength.

Billy Crystal

My grandparents invented joylessness. They were not fun. I’ve already had more fun with my grandchildren than my grandparents ever had with me.

Billy Crystal

I have performed my one-man show ‘700 Sundays’ over 400 times now. There were only two times that I can honestly say I was nervous. The first was when I knew Mel Brooks was in the audience, and the second was when Sid Caesar came.

Billy Crystal

The truth is, in this age of Instagram and Facebook and Snapchat, we know way too much about athletes – and it’s their fault.

Billy Crystal

I’m comfortable being old… being black… being Jewish.

Billy Crystal

A laugh is a weird sound, and when you get a couple thousand people making it at once, it’s really strange. But when I can feel proud of myself for causing it, it’s great.

Billy Crystal

We’re in this together. We are Americans. We all have to do the best we can. And we will because that’s who we are.

Billy Crystal

All that time, you go, ‘God, am I slipping away here?’ And then something great happens, you get a call, and work begets more work.

Billy Crystal

I think it’s like a relay race. You run, and you hand over the baton, and your kids pick it up. They take the stuff they want, throw the rest away, and keep running. That’s what life is about.

Billy Crystal

Gentlemen, start your egos.

Billy Crystal

My parents always looked like they loved being together. That’s what I took from them, and that’s how my wife and I are. I still feel like we’re dating.

Billy Crystal

‘Parental Guidance’ combines comedy and pathos in the best way.

Billy Crystal

I was a per diem floater in the same junior high school I went to. I sat in the office and made $42.50 a day, and whenever a teacher was absent, I’d substitute. I taught everything from English to auto shop.

Billy Crystal

I never stopped believing in us, and I never felt like I was wanting for anything, except for my father, and that was not going to be.

Billy Crystal

I have to admit, I was a little bit of a misfit.

Billy Crystal

Rehearsals are for gags.

Billy Crystal

I don’t like to watch my work after I do it because it just – I’ll always look at the wrong things.

Billy Crystal

As far as the media goes, I’m driving in the left lane at 28 miles an hour.

Billy Crystal

I can always say I led off for the New York Yankees. It’s an amazing feeling.

Billy Crystal

Well, the way things are going, aside from wheat and auto parts, America’s biggest export is now the Oscar.

Billy Crystal

That’s the thing about jazz: it’s free flowing, it comes from your soul.

Billy Crystal

Even when I was in school shows, in elementary school doing plays, I’d always go off book and start improvising.

Billy Crystal

Bambi, to a kid, was scary.

Billy Crystal

Nobody is more truthful when he’s acting than De Niro.

Billy Crystal

I can’t be funny if my feet don’t feel right.

Billy Crystal

Change is such hard work.

Billy Crystal

My granddaughter’s birth has made me want to create things she will love.

Billy Crystal

From the first time I saw Sid Caesar be funny I knew that’s what I had to do.

Billy Crystal