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I wasn't always black...
by Bill Cosby

I wasn't always black...
there was this freckle, and it got bigger and bigger.
- Bill Cosby

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Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.
- Bill Cosby PHOTO

I don't know the key to success,
but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.
- Bill Cosby

Through humor, you can soften some
of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter,
no matter how painful your situation might be,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

 

You can turn painful situations around through laughter.
If you can find humor in anything, even poverty,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

You can't be everything to everyone.
- Bill Cosby

There is no labor a person does that is undignified;
if they do it right.
- Bill Cosby

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In order to succeed, your desire for success should
be greater than your fear of failure.
- Bill Cosby

The past is a ghost, the future a dream,
and all we ever have is now.
- Bill Cosby

Every closed eye is not sleeping, and every open eye is not seeing.
- Bill Cosby

People can be more forgiving than you can imagine.
But you have to forgive yourself.
Let go of what's bitter and move on.
- Bill Cosby

The main goal of the future is to stop violence.
The world is addicted to it.
- Bill Cosby

Nothing I've ever done has given me more joys and rewards
than being a father to my children.
- Bill Cosby

Even though your kids will consistently do the exact
opposite of what you're telling them to do,
you have to keep loving them just as much.
- Bill Cosby

Parents are not interested in justice,
they're interested in peace and quiet.
- Bill Cosby

There is hope for the future because God has a sense
of humor and we are funny to God.
- Bill Cosby

Civilization had too many rules for me,
so I did my best to rewrite them.
- Bill Cosby

When you become senile, you won't know it.
- Bill Cosby

Gray hair is God's graffiti.
- Bill Cosby

Having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational
act that two people in love can commit.
- Bill Cosby

The heart of marriage is memories; and if the two of
you happen to have the same ones and can savor your reruns,
then your marriage is a gift from the gods.
- Bill Cosby

You know the only people who are always sure about
the proper way to raise children? Those who've never had any.
- Bill Cosby

Immortality is a long shot, I admit.
But somebody has to be first.
- Bill Cosby

Women don't want to hear what you think.
Women want to hear what they think -
in a deeper voice.
- Bill Cosby

Let us now set forth one of the fundamental truths about marriage:
the wife is in charge.
- Bill Cosby

Old is always fifteen years from now.
- Bill Cosby

Sex education may be a good idea in the schools,
but I don't believe the kids should be given homework.
- Bill Cosby

My childhood should have taught me lessons for my own fatherhood,
but it didn't because parenting can only be learned
by people who have no children.
- Bill Cosby

Any man today who returns from work,
sinks into a chair,
and calls for his pipe is a man with an appetite for danger.
- Bill Cosby

No matter how calmly you try to referee,
parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior,
and I'm not talking about the kids.
Their behavior is always normal.
- Bill Cosby

I am proud to be an American.
Because an American can eat anything on the face of
this earth as long as he has two pieces of bread.
- Bill Cosby

Men and women belong to different species and communications
between them is still in its infancy.
- Bill Cosby

Raising children is an incredibly hard and risky business
in which no cumulative wisdom is gained:
each generation repeats the mistakes the previous one made.
- Bill Cosby

I am certainly not an authority on love because there
are no authorities on love,
just those who've had luck with it and those who haven't.
- Bill Cosby

Like everyone else who makes the mistake of getting older,
I begin each day with coffee and obituaries.
- Bill Cosby

I guess the real reason that my wife and I had children
is the same reason that Napoleon had for invading Russia:
it seemed like a good idea at the time.
- Bill Cosby

That married couples can live together day after day
is a miracle that the Vatican has overlooked.
- Bill Cosby

It isn't a matter of black is beautiful as much as
it is white is not all that's beautiful.
- Bill Cosby

Poets have said that the reason to have children is
to give yourself immortality.
Immortality? Now that I have five children,
my only hope is that they are all out of the house before I die.
- Bill Cosby

Always end the name of your child with a vowel,
so that when you yell, the name will carry.
- Bill Cosby

Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.
- Bill Cosby

A word to the wise ain't necessary -
it's the stupid ones that need the advice.
- Bill Cosby

If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated,
let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he
does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.
- Bill Cosby

Nothing separates the generations more than music.
By the time a child is eight or nine,
he has developed a passion for his own music that is
even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes.
- Bill Cosby

As I have discovered by examining my past,
I started out as a child.
Coincidentally, so did my brother.
My mother did not put all her eggs in one basket,
so to speak: she gave me a younger brother named Russell,
who taught me what was meant by "survival of the fittest."
- Bill Cosby

The essence of childhood, of course,
is play,
which my friends and I did endlessly on streets that
we reluctantly shared with traffic.
- Bill Cosby

A new father quickly learns that his child invariably
comes to the bathroom at precisely the times when he's in there,
as if he needed company.
The only way for this father to be certain of bathroom
privacy is to shave at the gas station.
- Bill Cosby

Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves
that all of life is not black and white.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

And as he spoke of understanding,
I looked up and saw the rainbow leap
with flames of many colors over me.
- Black Elk

You know it's going to hell when the best rapper out
there is white and the best golfer is black.
- Charles Barkley

Hockey is a sport for white men.
Basketball is a sport for black men.
Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.
- Tiger Woods

For myself I hold no preferences among flowers,
so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous.
Bricks to all greenhouses!
Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!
- Edward Abbey

Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark
cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there.
Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.
- Robert A. Heinlein

The Sweetest Strawberry:
A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger.
He fled, the tiger after him.
Coming to a precipice,
he caught hold of the root of a wild vine
and swung himself over the edge.
The tiger sniffed at him from above.
Trembling, the man looked down to where,
far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him.
Only the vine sustained him.
Two mice, one white and one black,
little by little started to gnaw away the vine.
The man then saw a luscious strawberry near him.
Grasping the vine with one hand,
he plucked the strawberry with the other.
How sweet it tasted.
- Zen Koan

It was a black and white only computer at the time,
but it kept me fascinated.
- Buffy Sainte-Marie

Do not call for black power or green power.
Call for brain power.
- Barbara Jordan

You know you're getting old when all the names in your black book have M. D. after them.
- Harrison Ford

If you want to make beautiful music,
you must play the black and the white notes together.
- Richard M. Nixon

I've said that playing the blues is like having to be black twice.
Stevie Ray Vaughan missed on both counts,
but I never noticed.
- B. B. King

We are all one whether we dine on corned beef in New York City,
black-eyed peas and cornbread in rural Louisiana,
or roast guinea pig in Peru.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When I sing, I don't want them to see that my face is black.
I don't want them to see that my face is white.
I want them to see my soul.
And that is colorless.
- Marian Anderson

My administration will tackle these issues in consultation
with the black communities of London.
- Kenneth Robert Livingstone

I had this stereotypical view that black people apart
from me probably threw stones and lived in huts.
- Trisha Goddard

Black people dominate sports in the United States.
20% of the population and 90% of the final four.
- Chris Rock

Watching television in those days was not the same
experience as it is today.
After years of listening to radio, we found the black-and-white images mesmerizing.
- Annette Funicello

I decided blacks should not have to experience the
difficulties I had faced,
so I decided to open a flying school and teach other black women to fly.
- Bessie Coleman

I just finished Meet Joe Black with Hopkins.
- Claire Forlani

The larger meaning here is that mainstream journalists
simply cannot talk about things that the two parties agree on;
this is the black hole of American politics.
- Michael Pollan

Within, stood a tall old man, clean shaven save for a long white moustache,
and clad in black from head to foot,
without a single speck of colour about him anywhere.
- Bram Stoker

I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin' hell,
but as long as they ain't free, I ain't free.
- Muhammad Ali

Audiences in London called me the girl with the black cherry eyes.
- Maureen O'Hara


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