Working in the dental industry, I’ve heard just about every story and anecdote that you can imagine about dentists and teeth. Here are some memorable quotes from celebrities, comedians, writers, and thinkers who have a lot to say on the topic, too.
-Sofia Vergara, award-winning actress, comedian and businesswoman
Now, most dentist’s chairs go up and down, don’t they? The one I was in went back and forwards. I thought ‘This is unusual’. And the dentist said to me ‘Mr Vine, get out of the filing cabinet.
–Tim Vine, English writer, actor, and comedian
If suffering brought wisdom, the dentist’s office would be full of luminous ideas.
-Mason Cooley, American aphorist
Happiness is your dentist telling you it won’t hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill.
-Johnny Carson, comedian and television host of The Tonight Show for 30 years
I told my dentist my teeth are going yellow. He told me to wear a brown tie.
-Rodney Dangerfield, stand-up comedian and actor
The grinding of the intellect is for most people as painful as a dentist’s drill.
-Leonard Woolf, British writer and husband of author Virginia Woolf
I am lucky: I have fantastic doctors and a fantastic dentist.
-Anna Deavere Smith, actress, playwright, and professor
Faced with the choice of enduring a bad toothache or going to the dentist, we generally tried to ride out the bad tooth.
-Joseph Barbera, animator, director, and cofounder of Hanna-Barbera
I intend to be flesh and blood, not airy philosophy, for there has never yet been a philosopher who could endure a toothache patiently, even though they all write as if they had risen above human suffering and misfortune.
-William Shakespeare writing for the character of Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing
–Ambrose Bierce, journalist, poet, and short story writer.
Some tortures are physical
And some are mental,
But the one that is both
-Ogden Nash, American poet
We do have a zeal for laughter in most situations, give or take a dentist.
-Joseph Heller, short story writer and playwright