Richard Pryor Quotes

A quotes list created by Lee Sonogan


Every stand-up comedian has heard of this guy and was inspired by him in one way or another. Having a 40-year long career that includes over 20 comedy albums and appearances in dozens of movies, he was not afraid to be controversial. In being your authentic self on stage you must have absolute freedom to develop your craft. Comedian Damon Wayans once called Pryor a trailblazer, saying, “As a young black man he was saying what he felt, and was shocking,”. 

  • “There’s a thin line between to laugh with and to laugh at.” – Richard Pryor
  • “Who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?” – Richard Pryor
  • “I don’t want to go through life as a Wonder Wheel murderer!” – Richard Pryor
  • “I’m not addicted to cocaine. I just like the way it smells.” – Richard Pryor
  • “The reason people use a crucifix against vampires is because vampires are allergic to bullshit.” — Richard Pryor
  • “I just don’t want to die alone, that’s all. That’s not too much to ask for, is it? It would be nice to have someone care about me, for who I am, not about my wallet.” – Richard Pryor
  • “Now they’re calling taking drugs an epidemic, that’s ‘cause white folks are doing it.” – Richard Pryor
  • “I think about being married again, having a home and a wife. No one can ever be married too many times, and maybe if I keep trying I’ll get it right one day.” – Richard Pryor
  • “There’s a lot more hypocrisy than before. Racism has gone back underground.” – Richard Prior
  • “The black groups that boycott certain films would do better to get the money together to make the films they want to see, or stay in church and leave us to our work.” – Richard Pryor
  • “I see people as the nucleus of a great idea that hasn’t come to be yet.” – Richard Pryor
  • “The way I see it, the earth is going to be here after we’re dead and gone. Even if it’s a polluted planet, and they messed it up. Where do they go from here – to another planet so they can mess that up too?” – Richard Pryor
  • “What I am for is justice for everyone, just like it says in the Constitution.” – Richard Pryor
  • “Movies are movies, and I don’t think any of them are going to hurt the moral fiber of America and all that nonsense.” – Richard Pryor
  • “I can’t just say the words, do a lot of one-liners. I love each person I play; I have to be that person. I have to do him true.” – Richard Pryor
  • “A sold-out house my first night back. Do you have any idea what kinda pressure that is? I could have been at home in my warm bed, playing Nintendo.” – Richard Pryor
  • “What I’m saying might be profane, but it’s also profound.” – Richard Pryor

Winning multiple awards he was also the first Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. During his end, he never stopped performing just like great musical artists. Honestly, I’m interested in looking into this guy more as he did many shows and probably much more worthy quotes than just this. I want to know more about the industry backstage stuff as his story of real-life and apparently tragic.

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