The reason people use a crucifix against vampires is because vampires are allergic to bullshit.

— Richard Pryor

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I ain't no movie star, man. I'm a booty star.

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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.

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A lie is profanity. A lie is the worst thing in the world. Art is the ability to tell the truth.

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Booty is just a ghetto expression, and I'm just a booty star.

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I'm not addicted to cocaine. I just like the way it smells.

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All humor is rooted in pain.

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I had some great things and I had some bad things.

The best and the worst . . . In other words, I had a life.

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I'm for human lib, the liberation of all people, not just black people or female people or gay people.

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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.

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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!

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Rosa Parks showed us all that one little person can make a whole bunch of noise without so much as a whisper. She showed the world that the color of your skin shouldn't determine what part of the bus you sit in... as you ride through life.

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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.

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About Richard Pryor

Quotes 95 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Actor
Birthday October 16

There was a time in my life when I thought I had everything - millions of dollars, mansions, cars, nice clothes, beautiful women, and every other materialistic thing you can imagine. Now I struggle for peace.

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Everyone carries around his own monsters.

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Sure, I have friends, plenty of friends, and they all come around wantin' to borrow money. I've always been generous with my friends and family, with money, but selfish with the important stuff like love.

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The black groups that boycott certain films would do better to get the money together to make the films they want to see, or stay in church and leave us to our work.

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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.

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But for the use of physical punishment by, and fear of their oppressors, animals would never be a part of a circus.

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Marriage is really tough because you have to deal with feelings... and lawyers.

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I had to stop drinkin, cuz I got tired of waking up in my car driving ninety.

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What I never understand about a hangover is, where does the breath come from? You know what I mean? I mean, is someone shitting in your mouth?

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You gotta be cool when you're macho man, cuz you can't be sensitive and care about someone having a good time in bed, cuz that's too scary... When you don't use sensitivity when you're having sex, or share some of your soul, nothing gonna happen, because men really get afraid. Men really get scared in bed.

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If I ain't horny, I check to see if my heart's beatin'.

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There's a lot more hypocrisy than before. Racism has gone back underground.

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When I was in Africa, this voice came to me and said, "Richard, what do you see?" I said, "I see all types of people." The voice said, "But do you see any niggers?" I said, "No." It said, "Do you know why? 'Cause there aren't any."

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I see people as the nucleus of a great idea that hasn't come to be yet.

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When that fire hit your ass, it will sober your ass up quick! I saw something, I went, Well, that's a pretty blue. You know what? That looks like... FIRE! Fire is inspirational. They should use it in the Olympics, because I ran the 100 in 4.3.

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What I'm saying might be profane, but it's also profound.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 urge you to ask yourself just how honorable it is to preside over the abuse and suffering of animals.

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I was a loner and never hung out with anyone. I never had any friends.

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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.

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Someone called all the newspapers in New York and told them I'd died.

I've been told by almost everyone it was an ex-wife - I've had a few so it's hard to pinpoint which one - but who knows for sure?

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I love show business. I wake up every morning and kiss it.

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Movies are movies, and I don't think any of them are going to hurt the moral fiber of America and all that nonsense.

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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.

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Yes, I'm religious. God has shown me things, made certain ways clear to me.

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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.

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I believe in the institution of marriage, and I intend to keep trying till I get it right.

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Friends take up time, and I didn't have time.

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If you want a friend, you don't buy a friend, Eric, you earn a friend through love and trust and respect.

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Crosses only scare vampires away because they're allergic to bullshit.

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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.

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I believe in divine forces and energies.

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To be diagnosed was the hardest thing because I didn't know what they were talking about... And the doctor said, Don't worry, in three months you'll know. So I went about my business and then, one day, it jumped me. I couldn't get up... Your muscles trick you; they did me.

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