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Quotes (and cartoons) of the day: Gary Larson
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Published Wednesday, August 13, 2014 @ 10:44 PM EDT
Aug 13 2014

Gary Larson (b. August 14, 1950) is an American cartoonist. He is the creator of The Far Side, a single-panel cartoon series that was syndicated internationally to over 1,900 newspapers for fifteen years. The series ended with Larson's retirement on January 1, 1995. His twenty-three books of collected cartoons have combined sales of more than 45 million copies. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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I don't believe in the concept of hell, but if I did I would think of it as filled with people who were cruel to animals.

I never liked my own species.

I think one thing that's important to maintain is a sense of fear, always doubting yourself... a good dose of insecurity helps your work in some ways.

I've always considered music stores to be the graveyards of musicians.

If a tree falls in the woods, and nobody is around to hear it, and it hits a mime, does anyone care?

It is a known fact that the sheep that give us steel wool have no natural enemies.

Newspapers will run a headline: 'Shark kills human.' You never see a headline from the other perspective: 'Man swims in shark-infested water, forgets he's shark food.'

On Career Day in high school, you don't walk around looking for the cartoon guy.

People try to look for deep meanings in my work. I want to say, 'They're just cartoons, folks. You laugh or you don't.' Gee, I sound shallow. But I don't react to current events or other stimuli. I don't read or watch TV to get ideas. My work is basically sitting down at the drawing table and getting silly.

The message is not so much that the worms will inherit the Earth, but that all things play a role in nature, even the lowly worm.

Welcome to Hell. Here's your accordion.
(The Far Side comic strip.)

You know those little snow globes that you shake up? I always thought my brain was sort of like that. You know, where you just give it a shake and watch what comes out and shake it again. It's like that.

You should always leave the party ten minutes before you actually do.

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(There are 4,337 Far Side cartoons. The first was published on December 31, 1979; the last on January 1, 1995.)

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(August 14 is also the birthday of Russell Baker and Steve Martin.)


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