Clown Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old clown quotes, clown sayings, and clown proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The cleverest character in comedy is the clown, for he who would make people take him for a fool, must not be one.     

Miguel de Cervantes

The role of a clown and a physician are the same it's to elevate the possible and to relieve suffering.     

Patch Adams

When fighting clowns, always go for the juggler.     

Rawi Hage

Though the clown is often deadpan, he is a connoisseur of laughter.     

Mel Gussow

The arrival of a good clown exercises a more beneficial influence upon the health of a town than twenty asses laden with drugs.     

Thomas Sydenham

We are the zanies of sorrow. We are clowns whose hearts are broken.     

Oscar Wilde

Clowns are the pegs on which the circus is hung.     

P. T. Barnum

Never underestimate a clown with a book.     

Rawi Hage

The clown may be the source of mirth, but - who shall make the clown laugh?     

Angela Carter

Nobody likes a clown at midnight     

Stephen King

A clown is like aspirin, only he works twice as fast     

Groucho Marx

A clown makes you laugh it doesn't mean he knows how to perform a surgery.     

Kambiz Shabankareh

The clown waits for the river to run itself dry     


Once you are clown you can never go back. You know too much.     

Jango Edwards

A clown's makeup and character, that's all he has to sell. He loves and believes in that character.     

Emmett Kelly

Be a clown, be a clown, All the world loves a clown. Act the fool, play the calf, And you'll always have the last laugh.     

Cole Porter

A clown enriched knows neither relation nor friend.     


Clowns are vicious--they're all nefarious grins--and if you hung out with a bunch of clowns in a bar, pretty soon it would turn into a horror movie. Nefarious means evil. It's nothing to do with Rastas.     

Jenni Fagan

A red nose is the clown's mask and my moustache is mine.     

Nuno Roque