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The immeasurable love of George Carlin

May 2, 2011 By Abraham

A relatively unknown side of comedian George Carlin is revealed in the new book, The George Carlin Letters: The Permanent Courtship of Sally Wade—his romantic side.

The year after his wife of over 35 years died, Carlin married Sally Wade. During this marriage—the last 10 years of his life—he penned thousands of notes, poems, and drawings for her.

Here is an example (with a transcription afterward).


If you took THE NUMBER OF SUB-ATOMIC PARTICLES IN THE UNIVERSE and multiplied that number times itself THAT MANY TIMES; and then added the total number of MICRO-SECONDS since the beginning of time, times itself; and then added 803—you would STILL have only the tiniest fraction of A BILLION-BILLIONTH PER CENT of the amount of love I HAVE FOR YOU.


your candle partner,
the romantic Mr Carlin,
your eternal flame.


(via Letters of Note)


  1. Beth says:

    I personally find it odd and a little sad that he married Sally just a year after his wife of so long died. Did he write long romantic letters to his first wife, too? Or just to the new one?

    1. Will says:

      Yes, im sure his first wife spent those entire 10 years looking down from Heaven, miserable about how happy her widowed husband was.

      1. Christie says:

        But then.. it wouldn’t be heaven would it? That kinda negates the entire idea of heaven…

  2. Tracy Lucas says:

    Though I don’t know his circumstances, quick remarriage actually happens very often for previously-happy widows and widowers. He loved being married, and sometimes it’s really hard to learn to be by yourself again.

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