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The Best Tim Minchin Quotes: Wisdom from an Irreverent Genius.

Updated on July 5, 2012

Tim Minchin?

The first time one of my friends posted the Tim Minchin "Storm" video on Facebook, I almost didn't watch. I was rushing through answering some messages and had never heard of the guy. Plus with his messed up, unkempt hair, bare feet and very thick "guyliner", I wasn't sure what it could be about.

Then I started watching. The first two minutes of this beat poem sets the scene and when he mentions in his 'story' that the host of the fictional party is a physician, I brace myself for an all too common rant against doctors and how stupid, incompetent and evil they are.

I'm glad I listened beyond the three-minute mark. It turns out that he is actually defending science and medicine, in a fabulously refreshing and unwavering way.

So after watching a few times, I find that there are many other gems on YouTube by Tim Minchin, my new favorite entertainer!


This is a good time for a warning. If you are offended by an irreverent challenge to religion, lots of swearing, defense of science and other reasonable positions, just stop reading and do not watch the videos. Your choice.

Otherwise, watch for yourself. It's quite impressive how Minchin manages to use this form of delivery to relay his message so effectively.

These videos are just a few of the best. YouTube has many, but try to find the ones that have him performing rather than just stills. Minchin's expressions add a lot to the performance.

****And in all seriousness, none of these videos are suitable for children and you probably don't want to open them at work unless your boss is really cool (or you are the boss).

Storm- One of the funniest, most entertaining and profound bits ever.


So many good lines, but here are just a few of the best...

"Do you know what they call alternative medicine that's been proved to work?....medicine."

"Science adjusts its views based on what's observed, faith is the denial of observation so that belief can be preserved." (emphasis added because it's one of my favorite quotes, ever).

"Throughout history, every mystery ever solved has turned out to be NOT magic.."

"Isn't this enough, just this world"

"I am a tiny, insignificant, ignorant bit of carbon. I have but one life and it is short and unimportant, but thanks to recent scientific advances, I get to live twice as long as my great, great, great great uncles and auntses. Twice as long to live this life of mine, twice as long to love this wife of mine, twice as many years of friends and wine..."

And this video gets bonus points for tying in Scooby-Doo.

The Good Book

"This song requires a boot". This gets your attention at the beginning of this song about the good 'ole bible. "The Good Book" takes on the hypocrisy, superstition and moral misguidance of the bible. He makes these points clearly, in song, with creative humor - genius.

"Good is good, and evils bad, and goats are good and pigs are crap. You'll find which one is which in the good book, cause it's good and it's a book..."

"Swing your partner by the hand, have a baby if you can. But, if the voices in your head say to sacrifice your kid, to satiate your loving God's fetish for dead baby blood, it's simple faith the book demands, so raise that knife up in your hand..."

"If you just close your eyes and block your ears to the accumulated knowledge of the last 2000 years, then morally, guess what? You're off the hook, just thank Christ you only have to read one book..."

If You Open Your Mind Too Much...

Here's a song he says he wrote for a religious friend. Psychics, astrologers, homeopaths and spiritual believers are all addressed in this very short performance.

No quotes are necessary as he sings slowly enough, that even with his accent (to those of us not from Australia), it's easy to understand.

Did You Ignore the Warning about This Being Offensive?

If you ignored my warning and watched this in spite of yourself and were offended...or if you ARE offended by swearing, irreverence, and anti-religious ranting, do NOT under any circumstances watch "The Pope Song". I repeat, do not watch "The Pope Song".

Where Did This Guy Come From?

I was going to include a section about Tim Minchin with more information, but I don't have to. One of my fellow 'hubbers' did this a while ago. I just didn't see it until I wrote this. So if you just can't get enough, or if you want to know more about him, read this by jenblacksheep.


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      Colin Garrow 2 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      I love Tim Minchin - he's completely original and has a wonderful way of getting his message across. Not only that, but he's also an incredibly talented musician. Thanks for sharing.

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      TahoeDoc 4 years ago from Lake Tahoe, California


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      The Midnight Dragon 4 years ago

      Ah, Tim Minchin.

      Don't we all love you

      O writer of satire

      With greatest gusto.

      Thy rhymes are perfect

      Thy piano skills fill us

      With awe and respect.

      Your songs make us laugh

      You magnificent bastard

      Sir, you're a legend

      And not even 3 haikus can explain your awesomeness.

      /The Midnight Dragon

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      TahoeDoc 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe, California

      He really is great! I admire anyone who is smart and insightful and can also make it funny. That is true talent. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      aspiring tim minchin 5 years ago

      i love him he as truly inspird me to live the life i live understading the intellectual aspect of science and really appreciate fine music when i hear a grand piano being played by such delicate hands :)

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      TahoeDoc 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe, California

      I know! I couldn't believe I hadn't heard of him until a few months ago. Now, I keep watching "The Good Book" but "Storm" will always be my favorite. I never get tired of it and it cheers me up when I'm not having a good day.

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      Lela 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      OMG! This guy is freaking good! I watched the Storm video, now I'm going to watch the others.