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I saw that my image was changing or fading.
by 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 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.

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

 

There's nothing that can match Broadway for stature and dignity.
- 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 didn't hate being 60 as much as I had 50.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

The ultimate mystery is one's own self.
- 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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

I don't have many easy songs.
- 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.

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

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

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

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

You don't swing where you sleep.
- 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 slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Take time to sharpen the saw.
- Steven Covey

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

One day Alice came to a fork in the road
and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.
"Which road do I take?" she asked.
His responses was a question: "Where do you want to go?"
"I don't know," Alice answered.
"Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."
- Lewis Carroll

When I saw you I fell in love,
and you smiled because you knew.
- commonly but falsely attributed to William Shakespeare

I never saw a discontented tree.
They grip the ground as though they liked it,
and though fast rooted, they travel about as far as we do.
- John Muir

My love of fine art increased - the more of it I saw,
the more of it I wanted to see.
- Paul Getty

I came, I saw, I conquered.
- Julius Caesar

It was so cold today that I saw a dog chasing a cat,
and the dog was walking.
- Mickey Rivers

I never saw a lawyer yet who would admit he was making money.
- Mary Roberts Rinehart

If I weren't earning $3 million a year to dunk a basketball,
most people on the street would run in the other direction if they saw me coming.
- Charles Barkley

Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
- Bernard Baruch

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
- Michelangelo

I knew I was an unwanted baby when I saw that my bath
toys were a toaster and a radio.
- Joan Rivers

When I first saw you, I thought you were handsome.
Then, of course, you spoke.
- the movie As Good As It Gets (1997)

I was obsessed with romance.
When I was in high school, I saw 'Doctor Zhivago' every
day from the day it opened until the day it left the theater.
- John Hughes

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

I grew up not liking my father very much.
I never saw him cry.
But he must have.
Everybody cries.
- Charley Pride

A friend will tell you she saw your old boyfriend -
and he's a priest.
- Erma Bombeck

Mommy smoked but she didn't want us to.
She saw smoke coming out of the barn one time,
so we got whipped.
- Loretta Lynn


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