53+ Best Richard Pryor Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor was an American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. He reached a broad audience with his trenchant observations and storytelling style, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential stand-up comedians of all time. Profoundly inspirational Richard Pryor quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

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Famous Richard Pryor Quotes

It’s been a struggle for me because I had a chance to be white and refused Richard Pryor

I love show business I wake up every morning and kiss it Richard Pryor

Everyone carries around his own monsters Richard Pryor

I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, I wanna grow up and be a critic Richard Pryor

There’s nothing worse than being an aging young person Richard Pryor

Do you know how you felt when you would lean all the way back in a chair, and just before you were about to tip over, at the very last second, you’d catch yourself ? That’s how I feel all the time Richard Pryor

I’m for human lib, the liberation of all people, not just black people or female people or gay people Richard Pryor

Why get killed when you can run your ego will heal much faster than a broken jaw Richard Pryor

Now they’re calling taking drugs an epidemic that’s cos white folks are doing it Richard Pryor

Marriage is really tough because you have to deal with feelings and lawyers Richard Pryor

I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, I wanna grow up and be a critic Richard Pryor

When you ain’t got no money, you gotta get an attitude Richard Pryor

The reason people use a crucifix against vampires is because vampires are allergic to bullshit 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

I see people as the nucleus of a great idea that hasn’t come to be yet Richard Pryor

See I’ve lived through hard times before Hard times was way back They didn’t have a year for it, just called it hard times Richard Pryor

Marriage is really tough because you have to deal with feelings, and lawyers Richard Pryor

Two things people throughout history have had in common are hatred and humor I am proud that I have been able to use humor to lessen people’s hatred Richard Pryor

I went to Zimbabwe. I know how white people feel in America now; relaxed! Cause when I heard the police car I knew they weren’t coming after me! Richard Pryor

What I am for is justice for everyone, just like it says in the Constitution Richard Pryor

There’s a thin line between to laugh with and to laugh at Richard Pryor

I see people as the nucleus of a great idea that hasn’t come to be yet Richard Pryor

I had some great things and I had some bad things The best and the worst, In other words, I had a life Richard Pryor

You work your butt off and somebody says you can’t have your record played because it offends them Tyrants are made of such stuff Richard Pryor

You have to have lived some life You’ve got to have paid some dues Richard Pryor

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

What I’m saying might be profane, but it’s also profound Richard Pryor

I live in racist America and I’m uneducated, yet a lot of people love me and like what I do, and I can make a living from it You can’t do much better than that Richard Pryor

There was a time in my life when I thought I had everything  millions of dollars, mansions, cars, nice clothes, beautiful women, and every other materialistic thing you can imagine Now I struggle for peace Richard Pryor

I tried to be a black cat with neat hair I thought that was the problem the hair Richard Pryor

When you ain’t got no money, you gotta get an attitude Richard Pryor

Rosa Parks showed us all that one little person can make a whole bunch of noise without so much as a whisper Richard Pryor

Everyone carries around his own monsters Richard Pryor

Why get killed when you can run, your ego will heal much faster than a broken jaw Richard Pryor

Have you ever noticed how quiet you get when you go in the woods? It’s almost like you know that God’s there 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

Sometimes survival depends on blindness Richard Pryor

Who you gonna believe me or your lying eyes? Richard Pryor

Imagine people calling you to find out if you’re dead  Richard Pryor

It’s so much easier for me to talk about my life in front of two thousand people than it is one to one. I’m a real defensive person, because if you were sensitive in my neighborhood you were something to eat Richard Pryor

There was a time in my life when I thought I had everything Now I struggle for peace Richard Pryor

I had to stop drinking, cuz I got tired of waking up in my car driving ninety Richard Pryor

I believe in the institution of marriage, and I intend to keep trying till I get it right Richard Pryor

Crosses only scare vampires away because they’re allergic to bullshit Richard Pryor

I had some great things and I had some bad things The best and the worst In other words, I had a life Richard Pryor

Sure, I have friends, plenty of friends, and they all come around wanting’ to borrow money. I’ve always been generous with my friends and family, with money, but selfish with important stuff like love Richard Pryor

All humor is rooted in pain Richard Pryor

I’m slower and some days are better than others, but I’m a fighter Richard Pryor

Family is a mixed blessing You’re glad to have one, but it’s also like receiving a life sentence for a crime you didn’t commit  Richard Pryor

If I thought about it, I could be bitter, but I don’t feel like being bitter Being bitter makes you immobile, and there’s too much that I still want to do Richard Pryor

I became a performer because it was what I enjoyed doing Richard Pryor