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About Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor (1940 – 2005) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. He reached a broad audience with his trenchant observations and storytelling style, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential stand-up comedians of all time. Wikipedia

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Quotes by Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor (quotes)

  • All humor is rooted in pain.
  • I wanna grow up and be a critic.
  • I believe in divine forces and energies.
  • Everyone carries around his own monsters.
  • Bitch was so fine I’d suck her daddy’s dick.
  • No, I’m not dying, and I sure… ain’t dead.
  • Friends take up time, and I didn’t have time.
  • I ain’t no movie star, man. I’m a booty star.
  • I’m not for integration and I’m not against it.
  • If I ain’t horny, I check to see if my heart’s beatin’.
  • I’m not addicted to coke, i just love the way it smells.
  • I became a performer because it was what I enjoyed doing.
  • I love show business. I wake up every morning and kiss it.
  • I don’t want to go through life as a Wonder Wheel murderer!
  • I’m not addicted to cocaine. I just like the way it smells.
  • Booty is just a ghetto expression, and I’m just a booty star.
  • I’m slower and some days are better than others, but I’m a fighter.
  • Crosses only scare vampires away because they’re allergic to bullshit.
  • He’s just always positive. He’s always smiling and he’s always trying.
  • I was a loner and never hung out with anyone. I never had any friends.
  • If you ask me about women’s lib, I say I don’t even know what that is.
  • I see people as the nucleus of a great idea that hasn’t come to be yet.
  • I don’t see myself getting married again, but if I do, it will be forever.
  • I don’t see myself getting married again, but if I do, it will be forever.
  • It’s been a struggle for me because I had a chance to be white and refused.
  • I had to stop drinkin, cuz I got tired of waking up in my car driving ninety.
  • Most people that you talk to, they’s intelligent. Like I said, “Most people.”
  • Marriage is really tough because you have to deal with feelings… and lawyers.
  • I had to stop drinking, ‘cause I got tired of waking up in my car driving ninety.
  • I think about dying. I’ve come to realize we all die alone in one way or another.
  • I went through every phone book in Africa, and I didn’t find one god damned Pryor!
  • I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, I wanna grow up and be a critic.
  • Now they’re calling taking drugs an epidemic – that’s cos white folks are doing it.
  • I’d like to make you laugh for about ten minutes though I’m gonna be on for an hour.
  • I’d like to make you laugh for about ten minutes though I’m gonna be on for an hour.
  • My grandmother used to discipline me, I mean, beat my ass, and I deserved them, too.
  • I know that if I wasn’t scared, something’s wrong, because the thrill is what’s scary.
  • I believe in the institution of marriage, and I intend to keep trying till I get it right.
  • A lie is profanity. A lie is the worst thing in the world. Art is the ability to tell the truth.
  • I’m for human lib, the liberation of all people, not just black people or female people or gay people.
  • I urge you to ask yourself just how honorable it is to preside over the abuse and suffering of animals.
  • If you want a friend, you don’t buy a friend, Eric, you earn a friend through love and trust and respect.
  • Even when I was a little kid, I always said I would be in the movies one day, and damned if I didn’t make it.
  • Have you ever noticed how quiet you get when you go in the woods? It’s almost like you know that God’s there.
  • I had some great things and I had some bad things. The best and the worst . . . In other words, I had a life.
  • But for the use of physical punishment by, and fear of their oppressors, animals would never be a part of a circus.
  • Movies are movies, and I don’t think any of them are going to hurt the moral fiber of America and all that nonsense.
  • I don’t want them hip white people coming up to me and calling me no n – – or telling me n – – jokes. I don’t like it.
  • I expected Dracula to come jumping out any second. If he did I’d have held up a cross, cause he’s allergic to bullshit.
  • I was kicked out of school because of my attitude. I was not assimilating. So I went to work, taking any jobs I could get.
  • I can’t just say the words, do a lot of one-liners. I love each person I play; I have to be that person. I have to do him true.
  • I was given two weeks to walk again, so I hooked up with a trainer, and he… had me walking. I’ll never forget that, it was grueling.
  • I bought my parents a home before they died, and they got to see that I was going to be all right. They always thought I would go someplace.
  • I won’t talk about what it was like in prison, except to say I’m glad I’m out and that I plan never to go back and to pay my taxes every day.
  • I went to Zimbabwe. I know how white people feel in America now; relaxed! Cause when I heard the police car I knew they weren’t coming after me!
  • A sold-out house my first night back. Do you have any idea what kinda pressure that is? I could have been at home in my warm bed, playing Nintendo.
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  • I’d like to die like my father died… My father died fucking. My father was 57 when he died. The woman was 18. My father came and went at the same time.
  • If I thought about it, I could be bitter, but I don’t feel like being bitter. Being bitter makes you immobile, and there’s too much that I still want to do.
  • I think about being married again, having a home and a wife. No one can ever be married too many times, and maybe if I keep trying I’ll get it right one day.
  • I believe the ability to think is blessed. If you can think about a situation, you can deal with it. The big struggle is to keep your head clear enough to think.
  • I live in racist America and I’m uneducated, yet a lot of people love me and like what I do, and I can make a living from it. You can’t do much better than that.
  • I just don’t want to die alone, that’s all. That’s not too much to ask for, is it It would be nice to have someone care about me, for who I am, not about my wallet.
  • In March I had a minor heart attack while I was vacationing in Australia. it scared me, but it was nothing compared to what someone had in store for me down the road.
  • Hawaii is the best form of comfort for me. When I die, I want to be cremated, and I want half my ashes spread in the Pacific around the island, the rest on the property.
  • Imagine people calling you to find out if you’re dead. I’ve led a real crazy life at times, and I’ve had many strange things happen to me, but that was one of the strangest.
  • I realized this is what God has dealt me, and I should be thankful considering all that’s happened to me in my life, but MS caused the movies to stop – stop dead – and I miss it.
  • Let me tell you what really happened… Every night before I go to bed, I have milk and cookies. One night I mixed some low-fat milk and some pasteurized, then I dipped my cookie in and the shit blew up.
  • It’s so much easier for me to talk about my life in front of two thousand people than it is one-to-one. I’m a real defensive person, because if you were sensitive in my neighborhood you were something to eat.