136+ Best Tyler Perry Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Tyler Perry is an American actor, writer, producer, comedian and director. Profoundly inspirational Tyler Perry quotes will fire up your brain and encourage you to look at life differently while making you laugh.

Famous Tyler Perry Quotes

It’s not an easy journey, to get to a place where you forgive people. But it is such a powerful place, because it frees you. – Tyler Perry

When black women are down with you and in your corner, you have an ally that will move Heaven and Earth. – Tyler Perry

It doesn’t matter if a million people tell you what you can’t do, or if ten million tell you no. If you get one yes from God that’s all you need. – Tyler Perry

Once you’re truly happy with yourself alone, that’s when you are safe to find the right person to spend the rest of your life with. – Tyler Perry

I’ve never chased money. It’s always been about what I can do to motivate and inspire people. – Tyler Perry

You will always fine jealous people. They’re the ones promoting you. – Tyler Perry

It’s a clear day Sonny, L A N D. – Tyler Perry

There will be rough nights, but joy really does come in the morning. – Tyler Perry

I’m just enjoying my life. I suggest you try it. – Tyler Perry

My mother was truly my saving grace, because she would take me to church with her. I would see my mother smiling in the choir, and I wanted to know this God that made her so happy. If I had not had that faith in my life, I don’t know where I would be right now. – Tyler Perry

I’m good at giving up control to people who know where they’re going and what they want to do. I can sit in the back of a car and ride cross-country if you know where you’re going and you know how to take me there. – Tyler Perry

What I’ve never wanted to do was allow myself to be put in a box, so I’ve tried to do a lot of different things so this is a step in trying to do something different, so we’ll see how it goes. I’m under no illusions that this is slam-dunk. I did the best I could and that’s all I can rely on. – Tyler Perry

I love to see a woman in high-heeled shoes. There’s something about the curve of the feet up the leg to the butt that’s really, really wonderful, and the right pair of shoes can give you the right silhouette. – Tyler Perry

Everyone can relate to love, hurt, pain, learning how to forgive, needing to get over, needing the power of God in their life. – Tyler Perry

I think there’s something that happens at 40 where you settle into your own skin and you stop caring what people think – you realize life is a gift from God and you want to live it to the fullest. – Tyler Perry

If you are in business trying to make it, things are falling apart and you can’t get it together and you don’t know what is going on and you wanna stop. Don’t stop. The only way you can make it and have true success in your life. And there’s one way. You can’t have any fear. – Tyler Perry

I’ve been pretty transparent with all that I’ve done. I think my work speaks a lot for who I am. So, I don’t think there’s a particular thing I’d like them to know. – Tyler Perry

I don’t cook, so my favorite dish to prepare is something on the takeout menu. – Tyler Perry

I totally give credit to God for all of this stuff, because if I had tried to make these things happen, I couldn’t have. To have all these things happen has been absolutely amazing. The road that I’m on is a path that I didn’t choose. It chose me. I’m just trying to walk it, and to do the best that I can to honor and respect it. – Tyler Perry

I want to be remembered as a guy who inspired, encouraged and made people laugh. – Tyler Perry

I haven’t had a worst business decision, because I believe all things work together for good. – Tyler Perry

What excites me? Had you asked me that question a few years ago, the answer would’ve rolled right off my tongue. Today, I think it’s moving and uplifting my audience. Having them get it and go with it. That excites me. – Tyler Perry

Flying radio-controlled airplanes [is my guiltiest pleasure]. Only God would give me a hobby where I’m looking up to the sky. It’s the only time where I am able to focus and concentrate on nothing but looking up. It’s a fascinating hobby. – Tyler Perry

I know I can only do as much as I can do… Although I have so many ideas of my own, I’m still very interested in helping to cultivate and encourage some promising new artists. But there are a lot of people and, unfortunately, a very small window. – Tyler Perry

Life is so precious, such a gift, you have to live for you. Live your own truth, live the life that God has put you and nobody else on this Earth to live and not what somebody might be telling you to live. – Tyler Perry

I’m very open to fresh talent, and I love the underdog, people who have been counted out, because they come in with a different type of hunger. I’m all for the underdog, so I’d like to talk to anybody who shows up with that sort of thirst. – Tyler Perry

As far as the illusion of the fame, yes, I can definitely appreciate it. – Tyler Perry

What do you spend $200 million on, with a film? I can’t wrap my brain around that one. – Tyler Perry

I had one request when I started doing the plays. My prayer was: God let me do well enough to be able to take care of my mother. I was able to do that ’til the day she died because of my audience. So, they’ve already done enough. All I ask for now is their continued support. – Tyler Perry

I don’t do divas. I don’t do entourages. I don’t do the Hollywood crap. – Tyler Perry

I get a lot of flack from critics that my comedies are all over the place, my dramas are all over the place, they’re schizophrenic – as if I don’t know that! – Tyler Perry

‘Madea’ is a Southern term. It’s short for ‘mother dear.’ So there are a lot of Madeas out there. – Tyler Perry

I thank God for Closed Doors – Tyler Perry

What I have learned in this life is you can never be ashamed of where you come from. – Tyler Perry

There were only 3 people that I wanted to meet in life, Nelson Mandela was one of them. What a life, what a journey, what a man. Thank you for passing this way! God bless your resting soul! – Tyler Perry

For as low as you go, ask God to take you that high. – Tyler Perry

I’m not afraid to have a character say, ‘I am a Christian,’ or, ‘I believe in God,’ because I think they represent real people on this Earth. – Tyler Perry

The most important thing that I learned in growing up is that forgiveness is something that, when you do it, you free yourself to move on. – Tyler Perry

We don’t have to wait for people to green light our projects, we can create our own intersections. – Tyler Perry

I don’t think the dreams die – I think that people give up. I think it gets too hard. – Tyler Perry

It’s always been easier for me to have a costume to hide behind. – Tyler Perry

If you’re black, you can’t just be ordinary. All successful black people are extraordinary. – Tyler Perry

we didn’t have much, but we had love. – Tyler Perry

What rings true is that everything we grow through in life will work out for our good. – Tyler Perry

When it all comes down to it, life isn’t about how much we get – it’s about how much we share. – Tyler Perry

I work three months really hard, nonstop, and then I take a month off. Then I do it all over again. I work hard but I give myself four breaks a year. – Tyler Perry

What I know about me is that, in order to lead, you also have to know how to follow. – Tyler Perry

I realized that here’s a moment for me to learn so until I learn and understand more about how types of films are done – action, sci-fi – even though I have a desire to do it, I won’t go into it until I’m very clear that I can do it and that moment hasn’t come yet. Maybe one day I will ready, but for now, I just enjoyed playing the character. – Tyler Perry

Forgiveness is giving up the hope of what happened to you from being different. – Tyler Perry

God gives everyone a lane, and no one can beat you in your lane. Just stay focused on Him and what you are supposed to do. And everything will be alright. – Tyler Perry

Rather than focus on your critics, focus on the people who are impacted by your work. – Tyler Perry

If I’m away from you for more than an hour, I can’t stop thinking about you. I carry you in my spirit. I pray for you more than I pray for myself…I know you don’t believe in fairy tales. But, if you did, I’d want to be your knight in shining armor. You’ve been through so much. I don’t want to see you hurt anymore. Now I may not be able to give you all that your used to. But I do know I can love you past your pain. I don’t want you to worry about anything. You just wake up in the morning, that’s all you have to do and I’ll take it from there…There’s one condition…You have to be my wife – Tyler Perry

Don’t wait for someone to green light your project, build your own intersection. – Tyler Perry

You let your past destroy you, or you use it to create something better – Tyler Perry

I always feed myself positivity. I turn to anything that teaches good, that teaches strength, and that you can make it. I swear to you that those kinds of thoughts come alive in your body and in anything you touch because your energy goes into everything you touch, everything you share and everything you speak. So, it’s most important that you surround yourself with positivity always, and have it in your mind at all times. – Tyler Perry

You know, people don’t want their intelligence insulted. They don’t want to be preached to. They don’t want to be degraded. All they want to do is sit, laugh, have a good time, love one another, forget about what’s going on in the world, and find something out so they can be useful in this life. Do this and you have common sense. – Tyler Perry

Focus on one thing, make it your priority, and stick with it no matter what! – Tyler Perry

Don’t stop. Narrow your focus to one idea, and make it work. That will give birth to all of the others. All you can do is plant the seed and water it. – Tyler Perry

The road that I’m on is a path that I didn’t choose. It chose me. I’m just trying to walk it, and to do the best that I can to honor and respect it. – Tyler Perry

The key to life when it gets tough is to keep moving. Just keep moving. – Tyler Perry

Fear is a sprit that really can stop you from living. – Tyler Perry

I live my life outside of the box because when I die, they’re going to put me into one! – Tyler Perry

Everybody’s got skeletons in the closets. Every once in a while, you’ve got to open up the closet and the let the skeletons breathe. Half the time, the very thing you think is gonna destroy you or ruin you is the very thing that nobody cares about. My advice to people with skeletons is to dust them off every now and then– as long as your closet’s aint full of them. It’s not good to have more than two or three. – Tyler Perry

True love can come more than once. – Tyler Perry

A mother’s love is stronger than distance, more powerful than time and can transcend the grave. – Tyler Perry

Ever since I’ve been blessed with success, I’ve struggled a little with anonymity and even family. I’ve had people calling asking for money, and I have to ask them first, ‘Are you working? Have you been trying to help yourself?’ Then I feel like I can help. – Tyler Perry

I tell people, if you’re thinking about suicide, all that stuff I’ve attempted and thought about it. If you think about it, life gets better. The key to life when it gets tough is to keep moving. Just keep moving. – Tyler Perry

I’m not suspicious of success, I’m suspicious of the people who want to attach themselves because of your success. – Tyler Perry

Music is always around, and it helps to heighten any emotion. – Tyler Perry

Children love their mothers. Especially with a boy child and his mother, there’s a bond that’s unbreakable. – Tyler Perry

Happiness for me is totally just being at peace knowing that, everything I’m doing, God is pleased with that. It’s complete peace for me. – Tyler Perry

I’m not an artist. I set the camera up and tell my story. – Tyler Perry

I love to give. I’ve been a giver all my life. – Tyler Perry

The Bible says that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose. I believe that. Because I’ve seen it all work. – Tyler Perry

I was a very poor young black boy in New Orleans, just a face without a name, swimming in a sea of poverty trying to survive. – Tyler Perry

Don’t believe the hype. I don’t care how many number ones you have at the box office; I don’t care how much they say you’re great, don’t believe it. Just stay in your lane and do what you’re supposed to do. – Tyler Perry

My biggest success is getting over the things that have tried to destroy and take me out of this life. Those are my biggest successes. It has nothing to do with work. – Tyler Perry

Forgiveness is important in families, especially when there are so many secrets that need to be healed – for the most part, every family’s got them. – Tyler Perry

You can never be upset with the people who forced you into your dream or up higher. – Tyler Perry

There are a lot of people who have dreams, goals, and hopes, but there aren’t a lot who get to see them realized. – Tyler Perry

The thing about using other people’s money is they’re going to set the rules. – Tyler Perry

I remember being a kid and praying in the hell of my house to have somebody love me and somebody that I could love. – Tyler Perry

Statistics say that I’m supposed to be in jail. And I’m not supposed to be alive. – Tyler Perry

You close the door on me and tell me I can’t, I’m gonna find a way to get in. – Tyler Perry

I want to own a network. I want to own a network where you can turn it on with your family all day long and get positive reinforcement. – Tyler Perry

It takes a week to do a sitcom in Hollywood. I do a show a day in my studio, three or four shows a week. – Tyler Perry

I think it’s important to show a husband and a wife together, in a room, raising children, because you don’t see that anymore. – Tyler Perry

I’m not sure why no one wants to admit there’s a viable audience out there that believes in God and wants to see a movie with their family. The demand is there. The supply is not. – Tyler Perry

As I experience life and go through things, that’s what I write about. – Tyler Perry

I didn’t have a catharsis for my childhood pain, most of us don’t, and until I learned how to forgive those people and let it go, I was unhappy. – Tyler Perry

I want a lot of people to see my movies. More black people. More white people. I want to make that connection. – Tyler Perry

My life has always been – there’s never been a middle. Either I had or I didn’t. Either I was up or I was down. – Tyler Perry

You don’t try to do anything that Morgan Freeman does. He was the voice of God in a movie. That’s Morgan Freeman! – Tyler Perry

I know that there are a lot of people out there with stories far worse than mine but you, too, can make it. To those of you who have, welcome to life. I celebrate you. – Tyler Perry

I think every one of us, in life, have some sort of moment that has happened that we wish we could have done differently or that we wish could have had a different outcome. – Tyler Perry

I’ve always wanted to work with Blair, and finally the timing was right. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. I think he’s a hugely underrated actor in Hollywood. – Tyler Perry

It’s a dream realized to partner with Oprah and bring scripted programming to OWN. She has accomplished so much with the network, and I’m excited to work with her to be a part of its continued growth. – Tyler Perry

My first show was called ‘I Know I’ve Been Changed’ in ’92. I tried to do this show for years and years. It kept failing over and over and over again. Every time I went out to do the show, nobody showed up. I was like, ‘What is this about?’ – Tyler Perry

What I’ve learned is you treat women right. – Tyler Perry

He who has the gold makes the rules. – Tyler Perry

There’s a huge demand for my entertainment, and I can’t meet the need. So I decided to try a TV show to reach as many of my fans as possible. – Tyler Perry

All my life I’ve tried to hide my height. I was taller than everybody else and stood out, so I would slouch and try to hide it. – Tyler Perry

I feel like I died as a child. – Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry’s brand is faith, family and this whole thing that I’ve built, while my company, 34th Street Films, is like Disney’s Touchstone. We can do anything. People don’t know what to expect from me yet. – Tyler Perry

I don’t know about marriage as much as I do know that I’d be a great father. – Tyler Perry

People see truth in my films. That’s what they react to, and that’s what they relate to. – Tyler Perry

I think that with everything I’ve done, in the end, whoever the central character is, they would find a way to forgive, because that’s really important to me. – Tyler Perry

I know my audience, and they’re not people that the studios know anything about. – Tyler Perry

I truly believe my mother loved me. But feeling it all the time? I didn’t. – Tyler Perry

Oprah is very, very, very special to me. She’s an amazing woman. – Tyler Perry

Hollywood is finally waking up to the fact that people who go to church also go to the movies. I’m not sure what took them so long to see that or how long they’ll keep it up. – Tyler Perry

I didn’t want to be the kind of man that my father was. So I’ve tried, my entire life, to be the complete and utter opposite of that. And it has served not only the art well, but I think the audience well. – Tyler Perry

My father who was there in the house, he wasn’t at all a role model. And my mother, who was trying to protect me from him as best she could, she took me everywhere with her, which gave me a tremendous amount of sensitivity to the things women go through. – Tyler Perry

We are all allowed to support whoever we’d like to in this country. That’s the greatest part about being an American – one of them, that is; you know what I mean? – Tyler Perry

I knew that love was around. I truly believe my mother loved me. But feeling it all the time? I didn’t. – Tyler Perry

I thank God I didn’t become successful until I was older. – Tyler Perry

If you don’t want my God here, you don’t want me here either. God has been too good to me to go and try to sell out to get some money. – Tyler Perry

I look at the stories that Spike Lee tells… Great stories. Great director, great storyteller. – Tyler Perry

I’ve been doing television with TBS for quite some time, and it’s been a great journey. – Tyler Perry

After Obama became president, I realized that black people could not have put him in the White House – it had to be a collective effort of everybody in the country. – Tyler Perry

What is important to me about this movie is that the stories and messages are for anyone. Anyone who needs to learn about forgiveness will enjoy it no matter who they are. – Tyler Perry

You should’ve heard the roar of these thousands of black people in the room. They were fired up and angry and ready to go to the movies. – Tyler Perry

It’s schizophrenic — that’s how I describe it. It’s all over the place, man. It’s joy, it’s happy, it’s sad, it’s everything. It’s just an emotional roller coaster, you know? Even the plays themselves, you come to see them and it’s like a stand-up comedic routine. I’m breaking the wall. I’m talking to the audience. It’s theater. It’s some of everything. It’s concert. – Tyler Perry

I’m really happy for the loyalty and continued support of my fans. – Tyler Perry

I’m a child who was abused. I know the difference. I clearly know the difference. The whipping for correction and then their child abuse. – Tyler Perry

I think, you know, the people that have seen my work, I think it speaks to the possibility of getting better, and, I’m sorry, I’m still on the last caller. – Tyler Perry

I have this huge, huge fan base of people who’ve never seen a Broadway show, but I think it’s a great introduction to what Broadway is because my shows are not that. I think that if you’re getting people to go to theater then somebody should be celebrating that. – Tyler Perry

Seeing people laugh definitely inspires me, and so does seeing people get life lessons about living better. – Tyler Perry

It’s most important that you surround yourself with positivity always and have it in your mind at all times. – Tyler Perry

If you’ve ever watched anything that I do, and you completely give it a chance and take the blinders off, and you’ll understand that the underlying theme of everything I’ve done has been about forgiveness, learning to move on. – Tyler Perry

Everything that I talk about, pretty much, are things that I learned or understood over the years. – Tyler Perry

I think that people think when you have money that your problems go away and everything’s solved, and it’s great and wonderful. You’re a perfect human being. – Tyler Perry

I think we are born into what we’re supposed to learn and find out in this life. – Tyler Perry

I never thought of myself as a mogul, but it’s really great to be in that position. – Tyler Perry

The question that a lot of people ask me all the time is how did you make it? The truth be told, it was nothing but the grace of God. – Tyler Perry

Developing a good work ethic is a key [to success]. Apply yourself at whatever you do, whether you’re a janitor or taking your first summer job, because that work ethic will be reflected in everything you do in life. – Tyler Perry

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