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People think you're crazy if you turn money down… people worship money.
Paul Mooney
My comedy is a nuclear bomb inside my mind. It's a weapon that's never been tested. It just blows up and flattens everybody.
Paul Mooney
Robin Williams learned technique. He has the technique of being funny.
If you're happy with what you're doing, then you don't get bored.
Paul Mooney
Whatever that thing is that white people like in blacks, I don't have it. Maybe it's my arrogance or my self-assurance or the way I carry myself, but whatever it is, I don't have it.
Paul Mooney
I don't want affirmative action – too much affirmative, not enough action.
Paul Mooney
I can't change the past, but one person can change the future – anything can happen.
Paul Mooney
Comedians period, in general, have demons, and myself included.
People don't want to hear the truth; they never do. They wanna live in some kind of fantasy.
Paul Mooney
We have a lot of black Anglo-Saxons. Their skin is black, but their brain is white. When I get real mad at them, I call them 'graham crackers.'
Paul Mooney
Hollywood doesn't even have respect for itself. Hollywood lies to itself.
Paul Mooney
Sometimes, what you do you have no control over because it's predestined. It's gonna happen in spite of you. There's nothing you can do about it.
Paul Mooney
There's always a message in my comedy.
I've never seen anyone more messed up over success than Richard Pryor. For him, it's a constant battle between success in the white world and keeping it real for his black self.
Paul Mooney
When you know who you are, you know who you are. That's the real dangerous thing in Hollywood, because they all want to create you and mold you.
Paul Mooney
I read a lot of history. The passive Jews in Germany didn't survive. The smart ones got out.
Paul Mooney
I love Obama because he is proof all black people don't look alike. Nobody every told me, 'Good morning, Mr. President.' We don't all look alike.
Paul Mooney
Arizona has always been anti-black.
America has a rap sheet. You can't police the world and tell the world how to act when you're just as bad yourself.
Paul Mooney
You white folks see UFOs in your dreams. You don't hear about Martians in Harlem.
Paul Mooney
I'm like the Davy Crockett of comedy… after Davy Crockett opened up the West and helped everybody… they didn't need him anymore. I freed a lot of comics… if I never would have done comedy, it would've been a different art form… I'm sure of it.
Paul Mooney
America is racial. America was founded on race. Race is America. The code name for America is 'race.'
Paul Mooney
I have known Michael Richards for something like 20 years. We're friends.
Paul Mooney
White people are very good at acting like they're not racist. They deserve an Academy Award for that.
Paul Mooney
I am very concerned about Barbara Streisand using the 'H' word – 'honkey.' That's what I am concerned about. I am worried about Barbara.
Paul Mooney
Handshaking means, 'I don't have a weapon.'
If you have money and you have fame, but you don't have any confidence in your blackness, then it's all for nothing.
Paul Mooney
I like when people are trapped in the joke, when there's no escape. I like to lead people down the wrong path and then trap them.
Paul Mooney
There's no such thing as reverse racism.
I do celebrate anything with freedom in it, you know.
Tennessee Williams knew about the South, but he would clean it up and lie about it.
Paul Mooney
I have such an ego 'cause I'm a double Leo. I can't let go of me, you know, so it's very difficult for me to be somebody else and not me. I'm so into me.
Paul Mooney
I was born a comic.
I'm as American as apple pie.
When they were making black films in the '60s and the '70s, everyone knew their place, if you get my drift. You understand? Everyone knew the rules, and everyone knew their place. Everyone knew what to say. They had the written rules in Hollywood film, and the unwritten rules.
Paul Mooney
There are still plenty of movie people peddling black stereotypes. I guess Tyler Perry's probably the most massively successful.
Paul Mooney
I'm passionate about what I do. I'd be naive to be passive.
My grandmother was the best. She loved you for you. She loved me for me. She was old-school. They broke the mold with her. They don't make them like that any more.
Paul Mooney
An audience can be like a pack of wolves.
If your hair is relaxed, white people are relaxed. If your hair is nappy, they're not happy.
Paul Mooney
I think I have a mental nappy attitude.
What does America love more than one white male?
Listen, we've got one little ol' black president, and white folks are upset, but they've had 43.
Paul Mooney
When I was 16 or 17, I saw Lenny Bruce being taken to jail. They took him off stage because he talked about race.
Paul Mooney
I got my sense of humor from my grandmother. You know, my grandmother was very funny.
Paul Mooney
The king of comedy is dead. Richard Pryor was the king of comedy. The rest of them are the king of copycats.
Paul Mooney
I think about never losing my voice, never giving in, never selling out, always keeping black, always sticking to the street. Staying neighborhood and not Hollywood.
Paul Mooney
Hillary Clinton could say she was a woman and running for president. And Sarah Palin could say she was a woman and running for vice-president. But Obama couldn't say, 'I'm black and I'm running for president.' It couldn't come out of his mouth. He couldn't say that because, if he did, he'd lose votes.
Paul Mooney
A woman can tell me about her having a baby, but I'll never know what it is to have a baby.
Paul Mooney
Julie Christie, I used to hang out with her. She was friends with Richard Pryor and Warren Beatty and all of them. There was a club in Beverly Hills called the Candy Store, a private club. I used to hang out with them all.
Paul Mooney
I could drop dead tomorrow, the truth will be here. Truth is forever; when you read our history, truth is forever, and it always outs itself.
Paul Mooney
What does it mean to be too black for Hollywood? It's self-explanatory. Hollywood has certain kinds of blacks that they like.
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People ask me, when was my best time? I always say, 'Today.'
I like comedy, I mean, in all forms.
I have nothing to do with racism in America; it was here when I got here.
You know who you are. If my mother is a nun and someone comes up to me and they go, 'Your mother is a prostitute.' It is not going to bother me, because I know my mother is a nun, she's not a prostitute.
Paul Mooney
When you watch TV, I didn't know black people were that happy. I had no idea they were that happy. I'm trying to find them.
Paul Mooney
You got to remember that slavery's very complex. It has a lot of levels to it.
Paul Mooney