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'I Spy' represents the absence of the tension of the black man or black woman or anyone of that color walking in, so that the white racist person can become entertaining to a viewer.
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'The Cosby Show' made an impact on comedy, television and culture. We rejected lowering the bar.

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A new father quickly learns that his child invariably comes to the bathroom at precisely the times when he's in there, as if he needed company. The only way for this father to be certain of bathroom privacy is to shave at the gas station.

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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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According to the State of Florida, the person with the gun has the right to defend him or herself.

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All around the United States of America - in the cities and the counties - our public education is suffering and has been suffering. Cuts, cuts, cuts.

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All parents experience the same problems.

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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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Any man today who returns from work, sinks into a chair, and calls for his pipe is a man with an appetite for danger.

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As I have discovered by examining my past, I started out as a child. Coincidentally, so did my brother. My mother did not put all her eggs in one basket, so to speak: she gave me a younger brother named Russell, who taught me what was meant by 'survival of the fittest.'

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As I have discovered by examining my past, I started out as a child. Coincidentally, so did my brother. My mother did not put all her eggs in one basket, so to speak: she gave me a younger brother named Russell, who taught me what was meant by "survival of the fittest."

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Brown versus the Board of Education is no longer the white person's problem.

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By the 1960s, many of us believed that the Civil Rights Movement could eliminate racism in America during our lifetime. But despite significant progress, racism remains.

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Civilization had too many rules for me, so I did my best to rewrite them.

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Comedy Central is what these young people are viewing. The network speaks to their audience, which is saying, 'Give me fast jokes. Give me party stories and party language.'

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Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.

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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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Education happens to be something that all people, all cultures, need to embrace. Math, science, the words of the world. To be able to speak and be able to have clarity and to be able to think. Those are the greatest of gifts.

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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 closed eye is not sleeping, and every open eye is not seeing.

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Every success story has a parent who says, 'over my dead body.' Every success story has an old person who walks up to you and says, when you're acting the fool, 'you know I worry about you sometimes.'

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Everybody is not a victim.

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Family is conflict and it's something that we all relate to.

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Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.

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For college seniors there should be a week of being allowed to cry. Just break down and cry because you are scared and don't know what's next.

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George Booth and I are both funny, and from afar, without meeting, admired each other's work.

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George Carlin is brilliant with words, and Johnny Winters is very creative. It's taking something common and drawing out the humor, being clever with words.

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God has not made anything that I know of that pays so much attention to who their father and mother is as us.

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Gray hair is God's graffiti.

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Having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational act that two people in love can commit.

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Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home.

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I am certainly not an authority on love because there are no authorities on love, just those who've had luck with it and those who haven't.

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I am not going to give in to people who try to exploit me because of my celebrity status.

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I am proud to be an American. Because an American can eat anything on the face of this earth as long as he has two pieces of bread.

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I can't negate the theory that the Huxtables on 'The Cosby Show' may have helped pave the way for the Obama family. People enjoyed watching that black family.

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I cannot understand how the education of this United States of America has been fooled time and time again. Either make it separate but equal or integrate, therefore it will be equal. And it has been separate and unequal.

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I don't care what right-wing white people are thinking.

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I don't have a problem believing in God and Jesus. But in Genesis one has to wonder about these sentences that just go on and end without finishing. The thought is unfinished. Where did Adam go? What is he doing? Hello? There has to be some pages missing.

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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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I don't see much comedy in the Bible, where people are writing about funny people. It's not there.

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I don't spend my hours worrying how to slip a social message into my act.

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I don't think you can bring the races together by joking about the differences between them. I'd rather talk about the similarities, about what's universal in their experiences.

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I got into Temple University on a track scholarship.

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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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I have to follow my thoughts and mine for the gold. I have to dig it out.

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I love cake. I love pie. I love potato chips. I love salt. I do not want yogurt, plain yogurt. It's healthy. 'Why don't you like it?' Because it tastes like bad breath.

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I love Twitter, but some people use profanity so much that at some point it's like saying, 'Pass the salt.'

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I managed my life to the point that at age 19 I was still in high school. I decided I was too old to be walking down those hallways.

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I never saw anything funny in a car commercial - but that's OK. Whatever they wanted to do - it's their product and I'm the spokesperson, and I'm going to deliver.

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I often try to tell kids to think about all the people who love you, don't cry over the one person who doesn't.

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'I Spy' represents the absence of the tension of the black man or black woman or anyone of that color walking in, so that the white racist person can become entertaining to a viewer.

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