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To appear on the stage drunk, to have them leave there
by Sammy Davis, Jr.

To appear on the stage drunk, to have them leave there
and remember me making drunken mistakes,
that was death.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

I had more clothes than I had closets,
more cars than garage space, but no money.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

I wasn't anything special as a father.
But I loved them and they knew it.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

Reality is never as bad as a nightmare,
as the mental tortures we inflict on ourselves.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

 

If you want to get known as a singer you hire five
sexy chicks and let them fight over you onstage and for the cameras.
That's publicity, man.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

Part of show business is magic.
You don't know how it happens.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

The ultimate mystery is one's own self.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

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Being a star has made it possible for me to get insulted
in places where the average Negro could never hope to go and get insulted.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

I'd learned a lot in the Army.
I knew that above all things in the world I had to become so big,
so strong that people and their hatred could never touch me.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

Would it be better if I'd married a Negro woman? Would
they treat my child any better? Erect fewer barriers?
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

I go to temple a lot less than I would like because when I do,
people still look at me as if they think it's a publicity stunt.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

With an ocean between you and your European friends,
you have to keep them in your heart.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

The success of the Rat Pack or the Clan was due to the camaraderie,
the three guys who work together and kid each other and love each other.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

During three decades, along all the highways of my youth,
Frank had always been there for me.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

There are lines that I know are going to get a belly laugh,
but after a few shows I get sick of hearing myself say them so I drop them.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

When you lose a lover it's like getting a bad haircut.
It grows back in time.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

I don't have many easy songs.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

You can be in this business 50 years and still not know anything about it.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

Though I love the luxury of the Waldorf Towers,
room service there doesn't do soul food.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

May was young and beautiful, we were legally married,
but she was caught in the prison of my skin.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

My home has always been show business.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

I was so opposed to the war in Vietnam that I initially
refused President Nixon's urgings for me to go there.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

Real success is not on the stage, but off the stage as a human being,
and how you get along with your fellow man.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

Bogart could have been color blind.
He got to know a man before he decided if he liked him or not.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

I bought a house in the Hollywood Hills and brought
my grandmother from Harlem to live in it with me.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

You don't swing where you sleep.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

All I really had was my talent.
Without that I wouldn't be welcome at the White House.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

We can't answer King's assassination with violence.
That would be the worst tribute we could pay him.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

Sober up, and you see and hear everything you'd been
able to avoid hearing before.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

Everything Michael Jackson does on stage is exactly right.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

I have to be a star like another man has to breathe.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

Being in public with May and the children was too heavy.
I was irreversibly tuned in to everyone around us.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

I hadn't been in Vegas 20 minutes when I got word that
the bookmakers were offering three to one that Frank
wouldn't show for my wedding.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

When Liza Minelli was a child, she used to sit on my
lap and call me Uncle Sammy.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

Ten million dollars after I'd become a star I was deeply in debt.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

There's nothing that can match Broadway for stature and dignity.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

I had traveled 10 states and played over 50 cities by the time I was 4.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

There are certain romances that belong in certain cities,
in a certain atmosphere, in a certain time.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

Marilyn and I were rumored to be an item.
We were friends.
Nothing more.
Marilyn was one of the sweetest creatures that ever lived.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

The manic pursuit of success cost me everything I could love:
my wife,
my three children, some friends I would have liked to grow old with.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

Fame comes with its own standard.
A guy who twitches his lips is just another guy with a lip twitch -
unless he's Humphrey Bogart.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

Alcohol gives you infinite patience for stupidity.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

What have I got? No looks, no money,
no education.
Just talent.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

The civil rights movement wasn't easy for anybody.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

I believed in Bobby Kennedy.
Campaigning for him was an attempt to give back something
to this country that has given me so much.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

I saw that my image was changing or fading.
One of the reasons for taking a break from clubs was
to be missed-not forgotten.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

I didn't hate being 60 as much as I had 50.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

The one thing you don't want is that stale sound when
you've done a line so much you can't find a fresh approach to it.
Drop it.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

A man is not complete until he has seen the baby he has made.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

Most orgies that you go to, I have found,
most of it is sad.
All that wildness, all those laughs were like the shining
silver and gold paper on packages,
but there was nothing inside.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

Find your balance and stand with it.
Find your song and sing it out.
Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance.
Find the questions that only you know how to ask and
The answers that you are content to not know.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor
to be what you desire to appear.
- Socrates

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
- Buddhist Proverb

Laziness may appear attractive,
but work gives satisfaction.
- Anne Frank

If the stars should appear
but one night every thousand years
how man would marvel and stare.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leap and the net will appear.
- John Burroughs

The shortest and surest way to
live with honor in the world,
is to be in reality
what we would appear to be.
- Socrates

You are more than you appear to be.
- Ernest Holmes

And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
'Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

It is impossible for a man to conceal himself.
In every act, word or gesture,
he stands revealed as he is,
and not as he would have himself appear to be.
From the Universe, nothing is or can be hidden.
- Ernest Holmes

You can live the life you love -
even in the face of the most challenging circumstances.
While sometimes it may appear that life throws more obstacles
in your path than you can handle,
you can always choose to be happy.
Yes, you are that powerful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The signs of outstanding leadership
appear primarily among the followers.
Are the followers reaching their potential?
Are they learning? Serving?
Do they achieve the required results?
Do they change with grace? Manage conflict?
- Max De Pree

If the person you are talking to doesn't appear to be listening, be patient.
It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

The ending of a job or a relationship
may appear as the darkest night,
but it is merely the Winter season -
the time of renewal and rebirth
that precedes the new planting -
the beginning of the next great cycle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are people in the world so hungry,
that God cannot appear to them
except in the form of bread.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Old friends pass away, new friends appear.
It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives.
The important thing is to make it meaningful:
a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Constant development is the law of life,
and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas
in order to appear consistent
drives himself into a false position.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Poetry should...
should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts,
and appear almost a remembrance.
- John Keats

In principle, the great religions of the world
do not differ as much as they appear to.
- Ernest Holmes


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