William Claude Dukenfield, better known as W. C. Fields, was famously misanthropic in his stage persona. He often joked: “Anyone who hates children and animals can’t be all bad.” In his personal life, though, he was far more thoughtful and dedicated to those around him. He started on vaudeville stages as a juggler, but gradually incorporated comedy into his acts—including jokes about his own drinking. His stage acting eventually led him to film. I often visit pages of W. C. Fields quotes when I need a mental pick-me-up.
Here are four of his quotes:
—I like to keep a bottle of stimulant handy in case I see a snake, which I also keep handy.
—Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream.
—Horse sense it the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.
—I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to food.