44+ Best Dave Chappelle Quotes: Exclusive Selection

David Khari Webber Chappelle is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer. Chappelle is the recipient of numerous accolades, including two Emmy Awards and three Grammy Awards as well as a Mark Twain Prize. Profoundly inspirational Dave Chappelle quotes will fire up your brain and inspire you to look at life differently while making you laugh.

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Famous Dave Chappelle Quotes

This country was founded on racism and it is all still there. Because I am black, I am only three-fifths of a man in the US constitution.

The thing that comforts me about it is the idea that all of this is from a singular source and the source is ultimately kind.

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

Change is never like a comfortable proposition. It’s uncomfortable before it’s comfortable again.

Say what you will about Paul Mooney, he always delivers the goods. What comes out of his mind is comic genius at its best.

I’m sorry, Charlie Murphy, it was an accident. I was having too much fun. I offer you a truce.

I don’t do any jokes that old. I might have maybe one or two jokes from high school that I still do!

White power! Colin Powell… Condoleezza Rice. Condoleezza Rice, sounds like Mexican dish.

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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.

It’s been presented in the public space in such a narrow and dismissive view… It’s a beautiful religion.

After a while, a joke, if you say it too much, just becomes contrived, or fake-sounding.

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.

Inspirational Dave Chappelle Quotes

For the last however many months, we’ve done like 26 shows here and it’s expensive and it’s hard… To me, it’s very meaningful. I [have] done a million shows, but the last 26 meant so much to me because it’s like my community’s offering to the world.

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

Maybe we should put her on a plate and send her to Mexico so the Mexicans will eat her.

You know what dog food tastes like? Do you? It tastes just like it smells… delicious.

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.

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

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

I was only gone for two weeks! They made it sound like it was so mysterious.

What a tragic footnote to a tragic culture. This is a lot to unpack. Nights like this are important. Just talking about it.

I was shocked that nobody ever talked about what it feels like to watch a man get murdered that way by a man in a police uniform…

It seems like there’s never enough famous white people among comic in Hollywood.

Why do you think I carjacked you, Rhonda?

I wanted to have a meaningful life, a spiritual life, not just what my hands can hold…

Remember what the Bible says: He who is without sin, cast the first rock.

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

The thing that people most will remember me for is Chappelle’s Show. If I were to never do anything else, that show would be a culmination of what was a very long and tedious process of me learning how to be in the television business.

Funny Dave Chappelle Quotes

You know, for a while, I was kind of sequestered. Well, sequestered is not the right word. It was more like Superman’s self-imposed exile.

I wanted to have a meaningful life, a spiritual life, not just what my hands can hold. I felt like I’ve always had this notion that life should mean something.

I don’t know how the whole Dave Chappelle thing is gonna end. But I feel like I’m gonna be like some kind of parable.

I looked up to him like everybody did. I didn’t know him that well, but the times that we hung out were fun and very memorable and often funny.

Jerry Seinfeld, he was doing Letterman show all the time, so he kind of had an excuse, that people know the jokes already. He didn’t have time to do stand-up. A guy like me, I have no excuses.

Will you cut the malarkey! There’s a white man talking here!

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

To see a black man on TV, holding his own with a white man, that was television history.

The opportunities that you have, you’re privileged in ways that you might not even realize because you haven’t been deprived of certain things. We need to talk about these things in order for them to change.

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

The mark of greatness is when everything before you is obsolete, and everything after you bears your mark.

If you’re Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, and your marriage is breaking up – that’s an awful thing. But to see that speculation in people, it’s gotta sting a little bit.

Something about New York, man: You can do more comedy there probably than you can anywhere in the world. If you’re interested in being funny, New York is the place to go.

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.

I have all these weird fantasies. Going coast-to-coast on my motorcycle and having random barbecues all over America. No show, no nothing.