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

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

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

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

Tyler Perry

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

Tyler Perry

Children love their mothers. Especially with a boy child and his mother, there’s a bond that’s unbreakable. I love my mother to this day.

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

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

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

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

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

He who has the gold makes the rules.

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 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 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

I don’t do divas. I don’t do entourages. I don’t do the Hollywood crap.

Tyler Perry

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

Tyler Perry

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

Tyler Perry

I feel like I died as a child.

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

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

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 look at the stories that Spike Lee tells… Great stories. Great director, great storyteller.

Tyler Perry

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

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

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

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

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 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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tyler Perry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My mother wasn’t strong like my aunt. She was just very passive.

Tyler Perry

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

Tyler Perry

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

Tyler Perry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tyler Perry

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

Tyler Perry

What I’ve learned is you treat women right.

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

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

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

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

You know, people at Wal-Mart are standing there with their uniforms on. I feel like I’m putting on a uniform to do a movie. I don’t feel like it’s dressing in drag.

Tyler Perry

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