Quintus Quotes: Groucho Marx

Julius Henry Marx (1890-1977) is best known as Groucho Marx, a member of the Marx Brothers comedy group (along with three of his brothers, Harpo,and Chico and Zeppo).  He was known for his rapid-fire wit and snappy comebacks.

He also once said, “I get credit all the time for things I never said.”  A case in point is a quote that is famously attributed to him, though he denied ever having said:  When Marx was hosting a television show called You Bet Your Life, he asked a contestant why she had chosen to raise such a large family (19 children), to which she is said to have replied, “I love my husband”.  Marx supposedly retorted, “I love my cigar, but I take it out of my mouth once in awhile.” Though the show was pre-recorded for editing purposes (he was known for innuendo-laced remarks), there was never any footage that contained such a remark.

Groucho’s career spanned seven decades, and his famous grease-paint eyebrows and moustache are still recognizable today, imitated and homaged in the arts in various expressions (just google “groucho marx caricature”!).  So without further ado, here are five of my favourite quotes:



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7 responses to “Quintus Quotes: Groucho Marx

  1. Reblogged this on History Undusted and commented:

    Groucho Marx is probably one of the most famous, and most recognizable, comedians of the 20th Century. Here are a few of my favourite quotes, along with a bit of history on the man himself. Enjoy!

  2. The television quote and the happiness quote form the foundation of my giggling existence.

  3. These are indeed great quotes. My personal favorite is #1.

  4. And it’s SO true, isn’t it!

  5. connie r white

    I remember watching Groucho on his TV programs. We laughed and laughed. Yes, he was full of innuendos, but they were not so salacious as the smut we see today every day on sitcoms. I miss the days when fun was truly funny.

  6. I know what you mean; if I ever have the misfortune to be around when TV is airing contemporary American shows, I feel brain cells dying. The only thing we use our TV for is sports, and playing DVDs…

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