Top 52 Quotes of Dave Chappelle

You know, be able to do something great in your life, you’re gonna have to realize your failures. You’re gonna have to embrace them and figure out how to overcome it.

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You know you must be doing something right if old people like you.

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You got to be careful of the company you keep.

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You can’t get un-famous. You can get infamous, but you can’t get un-famous.

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You can’t get unfamous. You can get infamous but you can’t get unfamous.

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You can become famous but you can’t become unfamous. You can become infamous but not unfamous.

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Whether it means having a show, or a movie, or just being on a stage, I need an avenue to say what I have to say.

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When I’m on stage, I get real happy there. Maybe that’s the only time in my adult life I feel like myself.

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There’s a lot of people who don’t want anything from me but to laugh and have a good time. You see them at the show and they like – they dress up to come see your show and stuff. And they pack these auditoriums and it’s a lot of fun, man. It’s like, this is how I started, and it’s still fun for me.

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The worst thing to call somebody is crazy. It’s dismissive.

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The world can’t tell you who you are. You’ve just got to figure out who you are and be there, for better or worse.

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The way the people around you position themselves around you to get in your pockets and in your mind is infuriating to me.

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The only thing harder than leaving show business is coming back.

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The language you are about to hear… is disturbing.

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The hardest thing to do is to be true to yourself, especially when everybody is watching.

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Stand-up is the kind of gig that’ll show you where you’re at.

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One of the things that happens when people make the leap from a certain amount of money to tens of millions of dollars is that the people around you dramatically change.

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My wife asked me once if I weren’t a comedian what I would do. I couldn’t answer the question. I never imagined doing anything else.

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My generation is under-entertained.

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My father told me ‘Name your price in the beginning. If it ever gets more expensive than the price you name, get out of there.’

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Most of the people around me have a vested interest in how much money I make. You know, so a celebrity could find themselves in a position where people could have meetings about their life without them involved. And when I say ‘their life’ I mean not their professional life either. They could talk about their personal life.

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I’ve done 10 or 11 pilots for network television, which is ridiculous.

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I’ve been a comedian since I was fourteen. But I’ve never really been a CEO.

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I’m famous today. People like me today. Might not like me tomorrow. You can’t count on it.

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I’m cool with failing so long as I know that there are people around me that love me unconditionally.

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I’m an introspective dude.

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If you don’t have the right people around you and you’re moving at a million miles an hour you can lose yourself.

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If I put forth a legitimate effort, then I feel like, if that doesn’t work out, that’s all I can do.

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If I can make a teacher’s salary doing comedy, I think that’s better than being a teacher.

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I was doing sketches that were funny but socially irresponsible. I felt I was deliberately being encouraged and I was overwhelmed.

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I want to tell my jokes. I want to have time with my children. I want to entertain people. And at one point, I’ll walk away from show business. But I don’t want to walk away empty-handed.

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I think extreme sports are really good for relieving stress.

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I think every group of black guys should have at least one white guy in it.

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I still think people do have racial hang-ups, but I think one of the reasons I can joke about it is people are shedding those racial hatreds.

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I love Ohio.

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I love my jokes.

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I love being famous – it’s phenomenal.

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I just always loved stand-up. It’s like magic. You say something, and a whole room full of people laughs together. Say something else, they laugh again. The fact that people come to see that and participate in that… I don’t know, it’s just like magic.

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I got real important relationships in my life that are very empowering relationships.

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I got a lot of positive people around me.

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I get a little heated when I talk about the past. But I wanted to be clear – I’m not mad at anybody – not anymore.

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I felt in a lot of instances I was deliberately being put through stress because when you’re a guy who generates money, people have a vested interested in controlling you.

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I enjoy my own thoughts sometimes.

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I don’t want the money. I don’t want the drama. I just want to do my show. I want to have fun again.

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I don’t normally talk about my religion publicly because I don’t want people to associate me and my flaws with this beautiful thing. And I believe it is beautiful if you learn it the right way.

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I don’t care if I ever work in TV again.

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I care about the work I do. But I’m not going to say that money’s not an issue.

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Fame for me is like a place, a country I’m taking a tour through.

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Comedy is a very approval-oriented field.

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Being famous is great, it’s not like bad or horrible or anything.

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Because I was surrounded by so much negativity at some point that it took me going back and doing stand-up to realize, you know, people really like me.

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America, I appreciate you liking me.

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