Sammy Davis Jr. Quotes

Being a star has made it possible for me to get insulted in places where the average Negro could never hope to get insulted.

(when asked what his golf handicap was) My handicap? Man, I am a one-eyed black Jew! THAT`S my handicap!

I`m colored, Jewish and Puerto Rican. When I move into a neighborhood, I wipe it out!

You have to be able to look back at your own life and say, "Yeah, that was fun." The only person I ever hurt was myself and even that I did to the minimum. If you can do that and you`re still functioning, you`re the luckiest person in the world.

I`m 64 years old, but I feel I`ve lived the life of a person at 164.

(on Richard Burton) There is nothing he can`t do. He is a wonder and a joy to watch.

(on Laurence Olivier) If you had to worship something mortal on earth I would go and bow twice a day to wherever Olivier was standing.

What have I got? No looks, no money, no education. Just talent.

During three decades, along all the highways of my youth, Frank had always been there for me.

There are lines that I know are going to get a belly laugh, but after a few shows I get sick of hearing myself say them so I drop them.

I was so opposed to the war in Vietnam that I initially refused President Nixon`s urgings for me to go there.

There`s nothing that can match Broadway for stature and dignity.

May was young and beautiful, we were legally married, but she was caught in the prison of my skin.

I had more clothes than I had closets, more cars than garage space, but no money.

I believed in Bobby Kennedy. Campaigning for him was an attempt to give back something to this country that has given me so much.

A man is not complete until he has seen the baby he has made.

My home has always been show business.

Being in public with May and the children was too heavy. I was irreversibly tuned in to everyone around us.

Fame comes with its own standard. A guy who twitches his lips is just another guy with a lip twitch - unless he`s Humphrey Bogart.

The success of the Rat Pack or the Clan was due to the camaraderie, the three guys who work together and kid each other and love each other.

Alcohol gives you infinite patience for stupidity.

I hadn`t been in Vegas 20 minutes when I got word that the bookmakers were offering three to one that Frank wouldn`t show for my wedding.

The ultimate mystery is one`s own self.

I have to be a star like another man has to breathe.

We can`t answer King`s assassination with violence. That would be the worst tribute we could pay him.

Ten million dollars after I`d become a star I was deeply in debt.

Being a star has made it possible for me to get insulted in places where the average Negro could never hope to go and get insulted.

If you want to get known as a singer you hire five sexy chicks and let them fight over you onstage and for the cameras. That`s publicity, man.

Would it be better if I`d married a Negro woman? Would they treat my child any better? Erect fewer barriers?

You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.

I wasn`t anything special as a father. But I loved them and they knew it.

You don`t swing where you sleep.

Everything Michael Jackson does on stage is exactly right.

Reality is never as bad as a nightmare, as the mental tortures we inflict on ourselves.

I bought a house in the Hollywood Hills and brought my grandmother from Harlem to live in it with me.

(on Laurence Olivier) If you had to worship something mortal on Earth, I would go and bow twice a day to wherever Olivier was standing.

Most orgies that you go to, I have found, most of it is sad. All that wildness, all those laughs were like the shining silver and gold paper on packages, but there was nothing inside.

The civil rights movement wasn`t easy for anybody.

Bogart could have been color blind. He got to know a man before he decided if he liked him or not.

Though I love the luxury of the Waldorf Towers, room service there doesn`t do soul food.

To appear on the stage drunk, to have them leave there and remember me making drunken mistakes, that was death.

Real success is not on the stage, but off the stage as a human being, and how you get along with your fellow man.

I don`t have many easy songs.

When you lose a lover it`s like getting a bad haircut. It grows back in time.

I`d learned a lot in the Army. I knew that above all things in the world I had to become so big, so strong that people and their hatred could never touch me.

Sober up, and you see and hear everything you`d been able to avoid hearing before.

The one thing you don`t want is that stale sound when you`ve done a line so much you can`t find a fresh approach to it. Drop it.

I had traveled 10 states and played over 50 cities by the time I was 4.

There are certain romances that belong in certain cities, in a certain atmosphere, in a certain time.

I go to temple a lot less than I would like because when I do, people still look at me as if they think it`s a publicity stunt.

I didn`t hate being 60 as much as I had 50.

I saw that my image was changing or fading. One of the reasons for taking a break from clubs was to be missed-not forgotten.

All I really had was my talent. Without that I wouldn`t be welcome at the White House.

Marilyn and I were rumored to be an item. We were friends. Nothing more. Marilyn was one of the sweetest creatures that ever lived.

The manic pursuit of success cost me everything I could love: my wife, my three children, some friends I would have liked to grow old with.

With an ocean between you and your European friends, you have to keep them in your heart.

Part of show business is magic. You don`t know how it happens.

When Liza Minelli was a child, she used to sit on my lap and call me Uncle Sammy.

You can be in this business 50 years and still not know anything about it.

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