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" I'm as American as apple pie. "
" I think about never losing my voice, never giving in, never selling out, always keeping black, always sticking to the street. Staying neighborhood and not Hollywood. "
" Robin Williams learned technique. He has the technique of being funny. "
" I am very concerned about Barbara Streisand using the 'H' word - 'honkey.' That's what I am concerned about. I am worried about Barbara. "
" I've never seen anyone more messed up over success than Richard Pryor. For him, it's a constant battle between success in the white world and keeping it real for his black self. "
" Hillary Clinton could say she was a woman and running for president. And Sarah Palin could say she was a woman and running for vice-president. But Obama couldn't say, 'I'm black and I'm running for president.' It couldn't come out of his mouth. He couldn't say that because, if he did, he'd lose votes. "
" I think I have a mental nappy attitude. "
" I like when people are trapped in the joke, when there's no escape. I like to lead people down the wrong path and then trap them. "
" People ask me, when was my best time? I always say, 'Today.' "
" We have a lot of black Anglo-Saxons. Their skin is black, but their brain is white. When I get real mad at them, I call them 'graham crackers.' "
" I'm passionate about what I do. I'd be naive to be passive. "
" I was born a comic. "
I Was Born
" Sometimes, what you do you have no control over because it's predestined. It's gonna happen in spite of you. There's nothing you can do about it. "
" The king of comedy is dead. Richard Pryor was the king of comedy. The rest of them are the king of copycats. "
" Comedians period, in general, have demons, and myself included. "
" If you have money and you have fame, but you don't have any confidence in your blackness, then it's all for nothing. "
" There's always a message in my comedy. "
" When I was 16 or 17, I saw Lenny Bruce being taken to jail. They took him off stage because he talked about race. "
" People don't want to hear the truth; they never do. They wanna live in some kind of fantasy. "
" A woman can tell me about her having a baby, but I'll never know what it is to have a baby. "
Having A Baby
" I love Obama because he is proof all black people don't look alike. Nobody every told me, 'Good morning, Mr. President.' We don't all look alike. "
" You got to remember that slavery's very complex. It has a lot of levels to it. "
" I like comedy, I mean, in all forms. "
" There's no such thing as reverse racism. "
" I can't change the past, but one person can change the future - anything can happen. "
" I got my sense of humor from my grandmother. You know, my grandmother was very funny. "
" Listen, we've got one little ol' black president, and white folks are upset, but they've had 43. "
" Handshaking means, 'I don't have a weapon.' "
" When you watch TV, I didn't know black people were that happy. I had no idea they were that happy. I'm trying to find them. "
" Whatever that thing is that white people like in blacks, I don't have it. Maybe it's my arrogance or my self-assurance or the way I carry myself, but whatever it is, I don't have it. "
" Hollywood doesn't even have respect for itself. Hollywood lies to itself. "