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The manic pursuit of success cost me everything I could love:
by 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.

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.

I don't have many easy songs.
- 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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

Everything Michael Jackson does on stage is exactly right.
- 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.

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

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

Alcohol gives you infinite patience for stupidity.
- 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.

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 have to be a star like another man has to breathe.
- 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.

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

A man is not complete until he has seen the baby he has made.
- 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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I've had this problem since I was in my 20s.
They don't call it manic depression anymore.
They call it a bipolar disorder, and I'm a Type 2.
- Ned Beatty

At the top of the cycle you write policies for everybody,
no matter how bad, and at the bottom you cancel everybody,
no matter how good.
It's a manic-depressive cycle.
- Robert Hunter

I joke around a lot about the manic times because they're funny.
We manics do outrageous things and it is part of our colorful nature.
- Patty Duke

You can have manic-depression without having an ounce of creativity.
- Patty Duke

Alright, so I'm a manic depressive.
What do you want from me?
- Claire Forlani

Sometimes I get a little manic and you can't stop me.
I'm all over the place.
I have fun.
- Dom DeLuise

I went to a doctor and told him I felt normal on acid,
that I was a light bulb in a world of moths.
That is what the manic state is like.
- Carrie Fisher

The manic end of is a lot of fun.
- Carrie Fisher

My recovery from manic depression has been an evolution,
not a sudden miracle.
- Patty Duke

You think you can go into all those auditions not knowing
who you are? The work came after I found my sense of self -
when I wasn't so manic and desperate.
- Jenifer Lewis

I'm not a workaholic, but I was a bit manic,
I have to confess.
- Gavin Rossdale

Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit
which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him.
- Henry David Thoreau

The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one's opponent.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal
of plain living and high thinking
the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants.
Man's happiness really lies in contentment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase:
if you pursue happiness you'll never find it.
- C. P. Snow

From the way most people live,
one would never guess that humans are beings of free will.
Repetition can be a choice, but often it isn't.
The athlete or pianist who practices the same routine
day after day, year after year, has their eye on a goal.
The unending repetition is a conscious choice
in the pursuit of a life dream.
But what about the sameness of most lives?
Observe the morning commute, the after-work drink,
the Sunday football game or religious service -
how many of those people are consciously following their dream,
training their mind, body, and spirit through that daily repetition?
And how many are mindlessly slogging through each day
out of habit and boredom?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity
in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
- Albert Einstein

Love is simply the name for the desire and the pursuit of the whole.
- Aristophanes

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!
And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
- Barry Goldwater

The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit
that still carries any reward.
- John Maynard Keynes


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