Life is too short to wonder where you hid your waffle maker.

— Paula Deen

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I am proof that the American dream still exists.


Change doesn’t happen overnight. It starts with the desire, then one small step in the right direction.


I will never use a substitute for butter. Margarine is one molecule away from eating plastic.


Well what I would really like is a bunch of little n***ers to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties. You know, in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around. Now, that would be a true Southern wedding wouldn't it? But we can't do that because the media would be on me about that.


A balanced diet is a cookie in both hands.


I think no matter what the occasion may be, you can never go wrong by showing up at the dinner table with a hot plate of fried chicken.


Bein' rich is having leftovers. Good leftovers make yo' tongue fly outta yo' mouth and smack yo' brains out.


You can have diabetes and have a piece of cake. You cannot have diabetes and eat a whole cake.


Talking about money is garish. It's tacky.


Love is blind, but marriage is a real eye-opener.


Stone-ground grits are wonderful, but because they take so long to cook, I usually go with quick cooking grits - which I also love. But I never make the instant kind - some things a Southerner just won't do!


I know I can cook, but the place where I cook... it's a mess! I'm very disorganized.


About Paula Deen

Quotes 42 sayings
Profession Chef
Birthday January 19, 1947

I believe that everyone should be treated equal, that's the way I was raised and that's the way I live my life.


Cooking has always brought me a happiness that I didn't think was available.

I just fire up the stove, and things start to fade away.


When it's said and done, the one thing I want to leave on this earth is hope.

I have felt hopelessness, and it's a terrible feeling. Hopelessness will destroy you. I want to bring hope to other people.


There's nothing better than being able to give your children wings so they can soar and fly in the direction they want to go in.


I'll keep peace at all cost, even if I choke to death on my tongue.


Don't ever give up. You can't let discouragement get you down. You can always find negative people that will try to discourage you from your goals. You can't be discouraged, and you can't let the word "no" stop you.


You can't make stuffing with sweet cornbread.


You never know who you will meet along life's journey.

You have to be open to risks, but calculated risks, open to winning.


Love is like smiling, it never fades and is contagious.


I'm more spiritual than I am religious. I don't go to church; I go to the beach.


I loved my own Grandparents with all my heart.

I learned important lessons from them about how to treat people, how to cook and how to work.....they showered us kids with love and left the parenting to Momma and Daddy. That's the beauty of being a grandparent - the hard work belongs to someone else. I guess I never really understood the depth of their love for me until I became a grandmother myself... it is unlike any other relationship.


I'm so thankful. God has been so good and generous.


I pay people very, very well - probably more than I have to.

But that costs me less money in the long run because I'm not having to constantly train somebody. I pay them enough that they don't go seeking a higher scale at the next restaurant.


Southerners have never been afraid of seasoning.

It's kind of the other way around; our seasoning is afraid of us.


I feel like 'embattled' or 'disgraced' will always follow my name.

It's like that black football player who recently came out.


Would I have fired me? Knowing me? No.


We are our brothers keeper. Its going to be up to all of us.


Working with family is probably one of the hardest things in business, but it can also be one of the most rewarding. You have to be very, very careful that you don't overstep the boundaries that you wouldn't with anyone else. Sometimes, we think that the unconditional love they have for us makes overstepping boundaries alright. It's really not. You have to work harder to not damage the family dynamic. That lasts forever.


I is what I is, and I'm not changing.


It’s just what they are — they’re jokes…most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks…I can’t determine what offends another person.


There's so much going on. I almost never have a moment.


Everyday you wake up on the right side of the dirt is a good one.


Chicken breast is the driest, [most] tasteless part of the chicken as far as I'm concerned.


I can't, myself, determine what offends another person.


I am proud to be a Southerner.


I've got two vices: cigarettes and taters.


If you have a dream, FOLLOW IT.


If there's anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back -- if you're out there, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me. Please. I want to meet you...I is what I is, and I'm not changing.


If you've got a good idea and you're willing to do whatever it takes to pursue it, keep your head up and eyes open because you don't know when opportunity will come knocking.

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