Quotation by Lenny Bruce

All my humor is based upon destruction and despair. If the whole world were tranquil, without disease and violence, I'd be standing on the breadline right in back of J. Edgar Hoover.
Lenny Bruce (1925–1966), U.S. satirical comedian. The Essential Lenny Bruce, "Performing and the Art of Comedy," ed. John Cohen (1967).

The passage also appears as the book's epigraph.
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