40 Bruce Forsyth Quotes About Life, Love and Golf

Let’s pay tribute to the legend with the longest television career for a male entertainer with these Bruce Forsyth quotes.

Real name Sir Bruce Joseph Forsyth-Johnson, Forsyth’s career as an English presenter for TV is 75 years long. It’s hard not to know him with such classics as The Price is Right, Strictly Come Dancing, and Play Your Cards Right. Until now, he is remembered for his catchprases such as “Oh, wasn’t that a shame!” (Price is Right) and “We asked a hundred people” (Play Your Cards Right). His catchphrase “Nice to see you, to see you, nice” was voted the most popular UK catchphrase.

Apart from a long and distinguished career, Forsyth is also a lover of his wife, Winella Merced, the 1975 Miss World from Puerto Rico, and golf. His primary residence is just next to the Wentworth Golf Course.

Born February 22 1928, he is still going strong. Let’s hear what Forsyth has to say about life, work, and love.

I’m the Joker full of jest, I play my cards close to my chest; but here’s a pair that’s worth revealing, come on dollies, do your dealing! – Bruce Forsyth

It may be an old cliche, but I think true love will last; it has no end. But finding the right person is a very difficult thing. – Bruce Forsyth

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I might be 3,000 years old, but I can hear! – Bruce Forsyth

It gets harder every day to get out of bed. I don’t feel like it loads of the time. It is only my exercise routine which wakes me up. – Bruce Forsyth

bruce forsyth getting out of bed

I hate the term ‘arm candy.’ But, look, a woman’s figure is a beautiful thing, and if she has shapely legs, then she should show them off, because men love to see that. Not just heterosexual men – gay men like to see a woman in her beauty and the shape of her. – Bruce Forsyth

I am not doddery… doddery I am not! – Bruce Forsyth

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When you’ve been brought up in variety, I think timing is always important in your life. If I’m ever late for anything, whether it’s personal or business, I always apologise. ‘I’m sorry I’m late,’ and all that. And if somebody is late meeting me, I expect them to say ‘I’m sorry I’m late.’ It’s just, shall we say, showbiz etiquette of my day. – Bruce Forsyth

Little did I know that there’s nothing more competitive in the world than a professional ballroom dancer. They are as competitive as Olympic athletes. – Bruce Forsyth

bruce forsyth ballroom dancer

My biggest regret is that my mother didn’t see me walk on to that London Palladium stage, being the star she always wanted me to be. But I always say that when she reached Heaven, she had a word with a few agents. – Bruce Forsyth

They do say, the smaller the feet, the better the dancer. – Bruce Forsyth

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That Mick Jagger, I feel sorry for him. After all these years he still can’t get no satisfaction. – Bruce Forsyth

People think I am the crazy person on stage, but I know how to relax. – Bruce Forsyth

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Puerto Rico is one of those places you can be as quiet or as crazy as you want, because there’s so much nightlife. I have to take the craziness carefully. – Bruce Forsyth

A round of golf is the ideal antidote to stress. – Bruce Forsyth

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All kids love to get dirty, but if I wandered into the garage, my father would say: ‘Son, you’re not going to have filthy hands like mine. You’re going into show business.’ – Bruce Forsyth

I can tell by the way somebody walks if they can dance or not. Just by the rhythm. – Bruce Forsyth

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I do lead a careful diet, I don’t overeat, I have fruit and vegetables every day and I drink a lot of water. And my darling wife keeps me so young it is ridiculous. Being with her is an inspiration as well. – Bruce Forsyth

The secret to a happy marriage is if you can be at peace with someone within four walls, if you are content because the one you love is near to you, either upstairs or downstairs, or in the same room, and you feel that warmth that you don’t find very often, then that is what love is all about. – Bruce Forsyth

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I’ve always been a family entertainer. Every show I have done has been suitable for any age – parents never need to worry that, if they pop out of the room, I’ll say anything untoward. – Bruce Forsyth

Television is great but for me, as a performer, nothing compares to a live theatre show. – Bruce Forsyth

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My father earned every penny he had, and I would have loved to have bought him a Rolls-Royce because his whole life was cars. Sadly, he didn’t live to see the day when I could have done that for him, which still hurts. – Bruce Forsyth

I don’t want to grow old gracefully. I want to put up a bit of a fight. – Bruce Forsyth

bruce forsyth growing old

My holidays are very important. Mind you, I take a very long one every year. – Bruce Forsyth

I’m not even really a joke-teller. I can do ad-lib and banter, but I don’t do jokes. – Bruce Forsyth

bruce forsyth jokes

On stage, I think I’m 35. Working takes over my whole body and I become a younger man – that’s why I won’t stop. – Bruce Forsyth

When I was in the business as a young performer, it was a recognised fact that when you got to 60 you were out, because there’d be a new crop of comics coming up all the time, every 10 years or so. – Bruce Forsyth

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I hate Mondays – I hate that feeling you’ve got to get yourself up. – Bruce Forsyth

When a performer doesn’t get nervous, that is when you have to give up. – Bruce Forsyth

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Some people hate the sight of me as soon as they see me on television. They loathe the look of me, and I accept that from the days of variety. I would walk on and some people would open a newspaper and think, ‘He’s first on, so he can’t be any good.’ I accept that. – Bruce Forsyth

Ambition can take the place of everything – even sex. – Bruce Forsyth

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If I couldn’t move, I don’t know what I would do. That would be terrifying for me; I don’t know how I’d cope with that. – Bruce Forsyth

It’s frightening, the way life speeds up. When you’re at school, time can’t go fast enough. – Bruce Forsyth

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It’s important for a dancer to wear very tight underpants. I used to feel a bit exposed if I wasn’t being held up in the right place. – Bruce Forsyth

You can only be as good as your audience. Sometimes you can be as bad as your audience, but you have to remember you can never be better than them. – Bruce Forsyth

bruce forsyth audience

There are enough tears in any child’s life; we certainly don’t need to add to them in the name of entertainment. – Bruce Forsyth

Although I’m predominantly known for game-shows, I do prefer to be known as a performer. – Bruce Forsyth

bruce forsyth game shows

Golf is hugely important, as it keeps me going. – Bruce Forsyth

If I go out one night, I must stay in the next. It’s the same with my golf. If I play one day, I don’t play the next. I try to pace myself. – Bruce Forsyth

bruce forsyth pacing

Once you’ve experienced the warmth of an audience, the achievement of getting your first laugh, and entertaining them, singing or playing piano, it just keeps it all going. – Bruce Forsyth

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