Trevor Noah is a South African comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. He is the host of The Daily Show, an American satirical news program on Comedy Central. Profoundly inspirational Trevor Noah quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.
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Famous Trevor Noah Quotes
Relationships are built in the silences. You spend time with people, you observe them and interact with them, and you come to know them—and that is what apartheid stole from us: time.
If you stop to consider the ramifications, you’ll never do anything.
I like the anonymity, the fact that you’re a stranger making strangers laugh. You aren’t forcing them to laugh – it’s involuntary, and that’s when they give the most honest response.
All nonwhites were systematically classified into various groups and subgroups. Then these groups were given differing levels of rights and privileges in order to keep them at odds.
We live in a world where we don’t see the ramifications of what we do to others because we don’t live with them.
If you laugh with somebody, then you know you share something.
I was wanted. Being chosen is the greatest gift you can give to another human being.
The hood has a gravitational pull. It never leaves you behind, but it also never lets you leave.
Whilst my mother couldn’t give me access to the world, she at least made sure to let me know it existed.
I saw, more than anything, that relationships are not sustained by violence but by love.
The unemployment rate, technically speaking, was ‘lower’ in South Africa during apartheid, which makes sense. There was slavery—that’s how everyone was employed. When democracy came, everyone had to be paid a minimum wage.
Apartheid kept me away from my father because he was white, but for almost all the kids I knew on my grandmother’s block in Soweto, apartheid had taken away their fathers as well, just for different reasons.
In life only three things are certain: death, Adobe updates, and taxes.
I’ve never been afraid to fall in love, nor impatient to find it.
Language, even more than color, defines who you are to people.
A dog is a great thing for a kid to have. It’s like a bicycle but with emotions.
Comedy is a great tool. We are trying to find ways to use humor to enlighten people without preaching to them.
In America, the dream is to make it out of the ghetto. In Soweto, because there was no leaving the ghetto, the dream was to transform the ghetto.
So many black families spend all of their time trying to fix the problems of the past. That is the curse of being black and poor, and it is a curse that follows you from generation to generation. My mother calls it the black tax.
You cannot blame anyone else for what you do. You cannot blame your past for who you are. You are responsible for you.
Progression, in my opinion, is often identifying shortcomings – whether it’s views or the things you’re doing in your life, your relationships – and trying to find the places where you improve on those.
Inspirational Trevor Noah Quotes
Racism teaches us that we are different because of the color of our skin. But because racism is stupid, it’s easily tricked.
As an outsider myself, I always mixed myself with different groups… I’ve never been afraid to go into a different space and relate to those people, because I don’t have a place where I belong and that means I belong everywhere.
We tell people to follow their dreams, but you can only dream of what you can imagine, and, depending on where you come from, your imagination can be quite limited.
We spend so much time being afraid of failure, afraid of rejection. But regret is the thing we should fear most. Failure is an answer. Rejection is an answer. Regret is an eternal question you will never have the answer to.
I always believe that funny is serious and serious is funny. You don’t really need a distinction between them.
You separate people into groups and make them hate one another so you can run them all.
If you spoke to me in Zulu, I replied to you in Zulu. If you spoke to me in Tswana, I replied to you in Tswana. Maybe I didn’t look like you, but if I spoke like you, I was you.
People are willing to accept you if they see you as an outsider trying to assimilate into their world. But when they see you as a fellow tribe member attempting to disavow the tribe, that is something they will never forgive.
As the outsider, you can retreat into a shell, be anonymous, be invisible. Or you can go the other way. You protect yourself by opening up.
Love is a creative act. When you love someone you create a new world for them. My mother did that for me, and with the progress I made and the things I learned, I came back and created a new world and a new understanding for her.
Black people’s dogs don’t play fetch; you don’t throw anything to a black person’s dog unless it’s food.
The credits from the second ‘Godfather’ are better than ‘Godfather III’.
For my mother. My first fan. Thank you for making me a man.
I think sometimes it’s nice to have perspective on these issues, just so that you understand that it’s not a unique problem that one country deals with, but rather an idea that society as a whole deals with across borders.
I was the first in my family to board an airplane. I was the first in my family to get kicked off an airplane.
I don’t know how to let loose when I’m dancing to the music and the people that made that music are watching me. I’ve never felt so much pressure in life.
Language brings with it an identity and a culture, or at least the perception of it. A shared language says ‘we’re the same.’ A language barrier says ‘we’re different.’
Part of the effort to divide black people was to make sure we were separated not just physically but by language as well.
I’m not a big Hollywood guy. I don’t know how the machine works. I leave that to people better than myself.
Comfort can be dangerous. Comfort provides a floor but also a ceiling.
I often meet people in the West who insist that the Holocaust was the worst atrocity in human history, without question. Yes, it was horrific. But I often wonder, with African atrocities like in the Congo, how horrific were they?
He liked to be liked by the world, which made his abuse even harder to deal with. Because if you think someone is a monster and the whole world says he’s a saint, you begin to think that you’re the bad person.
You want to live in a world where someone is good or bad. Where you either hate them or love them. But that’s not how people are.
Try being a white person who adopts the trappings of black culture while still living in the white community. You will face more hate and ridicule and ostracism than you can even begin to fathom.
If this comedy thing doesn’t work out, I’ve always got poverty to fall back on.
Growing up the way I did, I learned how easy it is for white people to get comfortable with a system that awards them all the perks.
A kid cannot dream of being an astronaut if he does not know about space.
The way I feel onstage is generally the way the audience is going to feel, because I’m imbuing them with that energy. I want you to feel like I feel, so I need to be in the most comfortable space, where I feel the most intimate with this lens.
A knowledgeable man is a free man, or at least a man who longs for freedom.
In any society built on institutionalized racism, race-mixing doesn’t merely challenge the system as unjust, it reveals the system as unsustainable and incoherent.
I was born in South Africa during apartheid, a system of laws that made it illegal for people to mix in South Africa. And this was obviously awkward because I grew up in a mixed family. My mother’s a black woman, South African Xhosa woman… and my father’s Swiss, from Switzerland.
Often, people who can do, don’t because they’re afraid of what people that can’t do will say about them doing.