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    People do many things for many reasons. 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
    tags: people  control 
     
    America does not like losers. Look how we treated those soldiers who came back from Vietnam. Because they lost. America likes winners.
    — Paul Mooney
    tags: lost  america  vietnam 
     
    Racism is a form of insanity. Human beings became racist when they started talking. Speech has a lot to do with it.
    — Paul Mooney
    tags: human  insanity  speech  racism 
     
    I'm passionate about what I do. I'd be naive to be passive.
    — Paul Mooney
    You got to remember that slavery's very complex. It has a lot of levels to it.
    — Paul Mooney
    tags: complex 
     
    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
    tags: race 
     
    The political arena is the funniest.They [politicians] are always pretending to change, but they never change. They're the best actors and actresses in the world. They've always been hilarious since the beginning of time.
    — 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
    tags: giving  black 
     
    America is racial. America was founded on race. Race is America. The code name for America is 'race.'
    — Paul Mooney
    tags: america  race 
     
    I can't change the past, but one person can change the future - anything can happen.
    — Paul Mooney
    tags: people  future  past 
     
    Handshaking means, 'I don't have a weapon.'
    — 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
    tags: people  arrogance  black 
     
    You can't pick when you're touched. You can't pick the time. It just is. It's the reality. What it is, is. I can't change the past. I can only deal with the present and the future.
    — Paul Mooney
    tags: time  reality  future  past  present 
     
    No wonder circus animals do what they do: They tortured them. And you know the only ones they can't control? It's the chimpanzees. You can't control them. That's why you never see a gorilla in a movie, because the gorilla may decide there'll be no filming.
    — Paul Mooney
    tags: animals  control  wonder  movie 
     
    White people are very good at acting like they're not racist. They deserve an Academy Award for that.
    — Paul Mooney
    tags: people 
     
    People think you're crazy if you turn money down... people worship money.
    — Paul Mooney
    tags: people  crazy  worship  money 
     
    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
    tags: fame  confidence  money 
     
    Listen, we've got one little ol' black president, and white folks are upset, but they've had 43.
    — Paul Mooney
    tags: black 
     
    People in America worship money, and a white man's face on a green piece of paper does not make me wealthy. My health makes me wealthy. I used to work at a hospital, so I know the real deal.
    — Paul Mooney
    tags: health  people  work  real  worship  america  money 
     
    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
    tags: brain  real  black 
     
    I have nothing to do with racism in America; it was here when I got here.
    — Paul Mooney
    tags: racism 
     
    If your hair is relaxed, white people are relaxed. If your hair is nappy, they're not happy.
    — Paul Mooney
    tags: people 
     
    People don't want to hear the truth, they never do. They wanna live in some kind of fantasy. And then when they get caught up in it, they start being in denial because they don't want to be wrong.
    — Paul Mooney
    tags: fantasy  truth  people  live  wrong  denial 
     
    A new broom can sweep the floor, but an old broom knows where the dirt is.
    — 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
    tags: comedy 
     
    Majority doesn't rule. One person can change the history of the world.
    — Paul Mooney
    tags: people  world  rules  majority 
     
    Arizona has always been anti-black.
    — Paul Mooney
    There's no such thing as reverse racism.
    — Paul Mooney
    tags: racism 
     
    I don't want affirmative action - too much affirmative, not enough action.
    — Paul Mooney
    tags: action 
     
    Hollywood doesn't even have respect for itself. Hollywood lies to itself.
    — Paul Mooney
    tags: lies  respect 
     
    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
    tags: mother 
     
    You white folks see UFOs in your dreams. You don't hear about Martians in Harlem.
    — Paul Mooney
    tags: dreams 
     
    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
    tags: real  dangerous 
     
    What does it mean to be too black for Hollywood? It's self-explanatory. Hollywood has certain kinds of blacks that they like.
    — Paul Mooney
    tags: black 
     
    People ask me, when was my best time? I always say, 'Today.'
    — Paul Mooney
    tags: people 
     
    If you're happy with what you're doing, then you don't get bored.
    — 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
    tags: women 
     
    White people made up the n-word, they knew about racial jokes before anybody, and in their old movies and old cartoons they made fun of everybody, especially black folks. Racial jokes were not new to them.
    — Paul Mooney
    tags: people  fun  movie  black 
     
    I don't do drugs. Because my grandmother raised me. I think like an old, black, Southern woman. If I'd have done coke, I'd probably be cooking pancakes.
    — Paul Mooney
    tags: women  drugs  black 
     
    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
    tags: comedy  mind  nuclear 
     
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