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All Quotes by author - Yvonne Orji
" A healthy smile has always been important to me. "
" A lot of people have done things in the name of Christianity and religion and faith in a not-so-nice way. "
" A lot of people hustle differently, and I was like, 'You know what, let me hustle and create, and let me have something to show,' cuz my hustle led to opportunity. "
" A lot of times, especially in the black community, where therapy is talked about, it's like, 'Just go to church.' "
" Any show that speaks to people of color feels the burden to never mess up, never make its characters look bad - to always get it right. "
" As a performer, the thing you want the most is to be your authentic self. "
" As for my role models... you know, I'm an immigrant, so we didn't grow up with too much TV. My parents were like, 'You must read your books.' "
" As strong as we are, we have our moments. My mama is an African woman who had four kids and was a nurse for 25 years, and she had her moments. I've seen her cry. "
" Auto-pay is not for convenience; it's for the gainfully employed. "
" Before 'Insecure,' I was a wedding emcee - a host for weddings. That's a world that a lot of people are not familiar with. "
" Black girls can make the best girlfriends. "
" By the time I got to George Washington University, I had been a straight-A student in high school. "
" Comedy's the ultimate pill that helps the really hard truths and hard facts go down, right? "
" Don't take it personally if you're met with opposition. Work hard anyway. "
" Everyone has met or seen or interacted with a Nigerian in America because we leave Nigeria for here. We're your doctors. We're your lawyers. We're your child's best friend. All of the above. "
" Every time you're on stage, you're acting. "
" 'First Gen' is kind of the ode to my parents and to really all immigrant children who come here with kind of a preemptive expectation placed on them, and then they get there, and they realize the American dream is bigger than, sometimes, what our parents dreamt. "
" For me, comedy was deftly terrifying. "
" For me, I just stuck to school. I thought you can't be bullied and dumb, so books and I will be friends. "
" For me, staying ready has always been, like, the preparations: do the behind-the-scenes or do what you think that's not sexy that nobody will see, but when they do see it, it's like, 'Oh, snap... what she's doing on her own, we'll add to that, and it'll blow up.' "
" Getting into comedy was difficult for my parents to comprehend. I think now they are really proud I stuck to it. "
" High school is really when I came into my own. "
" How many shows on TV do you see young black people, both women and men, really embody a full-fledged human being, flaws and all? "
" I always say my Christianity and my virginity don't limit options. I think that they refine my options. "
" I believe in being diligent but also cut yourself some slack. It's okay in the grand scheme of life. "
" I believe in the equal and opposite: If I exist, there is an equal and opposite version of me, and so however long I have to wait, and wherever he happens to be, we'll find it. Sometimes it's like, 'Jesus, where he at?' "
" I came to America when I was six. In true African form, my parents wanted me to be a doctor or lawyer or engineer. "
" I can only see what's in front of me, but God can see what's behind, what's ahead of me, what's beside me, and it just makes it so much easier to release control, cuz at the end of the day, if He brought me to it, He's gonna have to bring me through it. "
" I don't even know anyone who hasn't watched 'Sex and the City.' If you didn't, we can't be friends. "
" I don't know how often white people look around and think, 'Wow, there's really a lot of white people here; we should fix that.' But I know black people often look around and think, 'Wow, I'm the only one here - why?' "
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