Quotes by: Whoopi Goldberg
Goldberg on November 13, 2008
||Caryn Elaine Johnson
November 13, 1955 |
Manhattan, New York, United States
||Stand-up, film, television, theatre, books
||Observational comedy, black comedy, insult comedy, musical comedy, character comedy, satire
||African-American culture, American politics, race relations, racism, marriage, sex, everyday life, pop culture, current events
||Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Carol Burnett, Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, Judy Garland
||Alvin Martin (m. 1973; div. 1979)
David Claessen (m. 1986; div. 1988)
Lyle Trachtenberg (m. 1994; div. 1995)
When I listen to these women, it makes what I thought were my hard knocks feel like little nudges.
I grew up in a time when it would never have occurred to anyone to tell me there was anything I couldn't do.
If every American donated five hours a week, it would equal the labor of 20 million full-time volunteers.
We're born with success. It is only others who point out our failures, and what they attribute to us as failure.
And I don't believe that I have to stay on one side of the fence or the other. I don't believe that there is any good career move or bad career move. I believe there are only the things that make me happy.
When you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they'll remember and be kind to someone else. And it'll become like a wildfire.
That's the thing about Mother Nature, she really doesn't care what economic bracket you're in.
I don't look like Halle Berry. But chances are she's going to end up looking like me.
When I was doing ensemble theater and comedy work, I felt I had some talents. But when I started doing my shows in Berkeley and found that I could be funny on my own, I was shocked.
You've got to vote for someone. It's a shame, but it's got to be done.
I am the American Dream. I am the epitome of what the American Dream basically said. It said you could come from anywhere and be anything you want in this country. That's exactly what I've done.
I don't have to be bam, bam, bam, funny when I'm working. I can tell stories, and there's some funny in them.
It's being willing to walk away that gives you strength and power - if you're willing to accept the consequences of doing what you want to do.
I think the idea that you know who your inner self is on a daily basis, because... you know. What's good for you 25 years ago may not be good for you now. So, to keep in touch with that, I think that's the first ingredient for success. Because if you're a successful human being, everything else is gravy, I think.