Quotes and Jokes by Dick Gregory

Richard Claxton Gregory was an American comedian, civil rights activist, social critic, writer, conspiracy theorist, entrepreneur, and occasional actor. During the turbulent 1960s, Gregory became a pioneer in stand-up comedy for his "no-holds-barred" sets, in which he mocked bigotry and racism.

Top 15 Most Popular Quotes (out of 74)

#1

Love is man's natural endowment, but he doesn't know how to use it. He refuses to recognize the power of love because of his love of power.

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#2

People with high blood pressure, diabetes - those are conditions brought about by life style. If you change the life style, those conditions will leave.

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#3

Poor is a state of mind you never grow out of, but being broke is just a temporary condition.

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#4

I never learned hate at home, or shame. I had to go to school for that.

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#5

Coconut milk is the only thing on this planet that comes identically to mother's milk.

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#6

For a black man, there's no difference between the North and the South. In the South, they don't mind how close I get, as long as I don't get too big. In the North, they don't mind how big I get, as long as I don't get too close.

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#7

King was really telling us it's not about love, it's about being lovable. 'I love you baby and if I can't have you no one else will is frightening,' but once you become lovable we become safe and that's where I think we'll end up.

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#8

If a man calls me a nigger, he is calling me something I am not. The nigger exists only in his own mind; therefore his mind is the nigger. I must feel sorry for such a man.

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#9

When I lost my rifle, the Army charged me 85 dollars. That is why in the Navy the Captain goes down with the ship.

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#10

I went to Ethiopia, and it dawned on me that you can tell a starving, malnourished person because they've got a bloated belly and a bald head. And I realized that if you come through any American airport and see businessmen running through with bloated bellies and bald heads, that's malnutrition, too.

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#11

I wouldn't mind paying taxes - if I knew they were going to a friendly country.

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#12

My belief is, you know, certain things have to be explained that's never been explained.

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#13

Love is very dangerous if you just have love and don't have the ability to be lovable.

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#14

I am really enjoying the new Martin Luther King Jr stamp - just think about all those white bigots, licking the backside of a black man.

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#15

Last time I was down South I walked into this restaurant, and this white waitress came up to me and said: 'We don't serve colored people here.' I said: 'that's all right, I don't eat colored people. Bring me a whole fried chicken.'

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