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Quotes of the day: Sammy Davis, Jr.

Published Friday, May 16, 2014 @ 12:02 AM EDT
May 16 2014

Samuel George "Sammy" Davis, Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990) was an American entertainer. Primarily a dancer and singer, he was also an actor of stage and screen, musician, and impressionist, noted for his impersonations of actors and other celebrities. At the age of three Davis began his career in vaudeville with his father and Will Mastin as the Will Mastin Trio, which toured nationally. After military service Davis returned to the trio. Davis became an overnight sensation following a nightclub performance at Ciro's after the 1951 Academy Awards. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Alcohol gives you infinite patience for stupidity.

Being a star has made it possible for me to get insulted in places where the average Negro could never hope to go and get insulted.

I didn't hate being 60 as much as I had 50.

I'm a colored, one-eyed Jew- do I need anything else? (In response to the question, 'What's your handicap?')

I've done some things I wish I could erase... I invented mistakes. But the mistakes must be seen in context, and they must be weighed along with the positives.

Most orgies that you go to, I have found, most of it is sad. All that wildness, all those laughs were like the shining silver and gold paper on packages, but there was nothing inside.

Real success is not on the stage, but off the stage as a human being, and how you get along with your fellow man.

Reality is never as bad as a nightmare, as the mental tortures we inflict on ourselves.

Sober up, and you see and hear everything you'd been able to avoid hearing before.

The day they stop making fun of you is the day they don't give a damn about you.

The ultimate mystery is one's own self.

We can't answer King's assassination with violence. That would be the worst tribute we could pay him.

When you lose a lover it's like getting a bad haircut. It grows back in time.

Would it be better if I'd married a Negro woman? Would they treat my child any better? Erect fewer barriers?

You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.

You can be in this business 50 years and still not know anything about it.

You don't swing where you sleep.

You name it and I've done it. I'd like to say I did it my way. But that line, I'm afraid, belongs to someone else.

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