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Sammy Davis, Jr. Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Dad

I had more clothes than I had closets,
more cars than garage space, but no money.
- 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's nothing that can match Broadway for stature and dignity.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

 

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.
- 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 had traveled 10 states and played over 50 cities by the time I was 4.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

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

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

You don't swing where you sleep.
- 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.

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.

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

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

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

The civil rights movement wasn't easy for anybody.
- 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
- Henry David Thoreau

The trouble is,
if you don't risk anything,
you risk even more.
- Erica Jong

You will never do anything in this world without courage.
It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
- James Allen

A sin is anything you do which goes against yourself
- don Miguel Ruiz

If you wait to do everything until you're sure it's right,
you'll probably never do much of anything.
- Win Borden

To have done anything just for money
is to have been truly idle.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is hardly possible to build anything,
if frustration, bitterness and a mood of helplessness prevail.
- Lech Walesa

The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm
but because of those who look at it without doing anything.
- Albert Einstein

If you love it enough, anything will talk with you.
- George Washington Carver

Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything.
- Billy Graham

Leaders aren't born they are made.
And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.
And that's the price we'll have to pay
to achieve that goal, or any goal.
- Vince Lombardi

If there is anything that a man can do well,
I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
- Abraham Lincoln

We can do anything we want to
if we stick to it long enough.
- Helen Keller

If a warrior is to succeed at anything,
the success must come gently,
with a great deal of effort but with no stress or obsession.
- Carlos Castaneda

The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white.
Neither need you do anything but be yourself.
- Lao Tzu

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.
Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever,
even if your whole world seems upset.
- Saint Francis de Sales

When we try to pick out anything by itself,
we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
- John Muir

Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever,
even if your whole world seems upset.
- Saint Francis de Sales


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