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July 12, 1937 – Present; Bill Cosby was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After failing tenth grade, he enlisted in the Navy and served as a Hospital Corpsman for four years. Realizing the need for education, he earned his diploma through a correspondence program, and won a track and field scholarship to Temple University in 1961. Cosby would try his act on customers while he bartended at the Cellar, a club in Philly. He gained national exposure on NBC's Tonight Show in the summer of 1963, and signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records in 1964, where he released his debut LP, titled Bill Cosby is a Very Funny Fellow… Right! He became the first African-American co-star in a dramatic TV series when he was cast as Alexander Scott on I Spy in 1965, which earned him an Emmy award. Cosby later founded Tetragrammaton Records and produced films, records, and television specials, including the beloved Fat Albert cartoon specials and series. Cosby returned to school in the 1970s and obtained a master's and doctoral degree in education from University of Massachusetts Amherst. His greatest success came in September 1984 with the debut of The Cosby Show, which ran until 1992. It remains one of the highest ranking sitcoms of all time. Despite popularity for his inclusive comedy, he has faced his share of criticism regarding comments about black families. His latest work aired November 23, 2013, titled Bill Cosby: Far From Finished, his first TV stand-up in 30 years.

The main goal of the future is to stop violence. The world is addicted to it.
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Sigmund Freud once said, "What do women want?" The only thing I have learned in 52 years
is that women want men to stop asking dumb questions like that.
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Did you ever see the customers in health-food stores? They are pale, skinny people who look
half dead. In a steak house, you see robust, ruddy people. They're dying, of course, but they
look terrific.
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You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything,
even poverty, you can survive it.
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The worst thing to do is to die while reading LIFE magazine.
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Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry.
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I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
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There's no labor a man can do that's undignified; if he does it right.
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Human beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come back home.
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People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go
of what's bitter and move on.
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Civilization had too many rules for me, so I did my best to rewrite them.
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A word to the wise ain't necessary – it's the stupid ones that need the advice.
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Let us now set forth one of the fundamental truths about marriage: The wife is in charge.
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Women don't want to hear what you think.
Women want to hear what they think - in a deeper voice.
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Gray hair is God's graffiti.
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My wife and I have five children and the reason why we have five children is because we do
not want six.
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The very first law in advertising is to avoid the concrete promise and cultivate the delightfully
vague.
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Immortality is a long shot, I admit. But somebody has to be first.
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I wasn't always black. There was this freckle, and it got bigger and bigger.
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The past is a ghost, the future a dream, and all we ever have is now.
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I guess the real reason that my wife and I had children is the same reason that Napoleon had
for invading Russia: It seemed like a good idea at the time.
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My father confused me. From the ages of one to seven, I thought my name was Jesus Christ!
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Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find
laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.
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You know the only people who are always sure about the proper way to raise children? Those
who've never had any.
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Parents are not interested in justice, they're interested in peace and quiet.
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Every closed eye is not sleeping, and every open eye is not seeing.
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The essence of childhood, of course, is play, which my friends and I did endlessly on streets
that we reluctantly shared with traffic.
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In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
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When you become senile, you won't know it.
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Even though your kids will consistently do the exact opposite of what you're telling them to
do, you have to keep loving them just as much.
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Every father says the same thing: "Where's your mother?"
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"And tired" always followed sick. Worst beating I ever got in my life, my mother said, "I am
just sick..." And I said, "and tired." I don't remember anything after that.
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A person that is going to go out and get so drunk that you're going to get sick is just an
all-time dumb person.
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I said to a guy, "Tell me, what is it about cocaine that makes it so wonderful" and he said,
"Because it intensifies your personality." I said, "Yes, but what if you're an asshole?"
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Is the glass half full or half empty? It depends on whether you're pouring or drinking.
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My eleven year old daughter mopes around the house all day waiting for her breasts to grow.
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Men and women belong to different species and communications between them is still in its
infancy.
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Have you ever had a cookie? Then you won't get any here either.
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An American can eat anything on the face of this earth as long as he has two pieces of bread.
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That married couples can live together day after day is a miracle that the Vatican has
overlooked.
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