Fame comes with its own standard. A guy who twitches his lips is just another guy with a lip twitch - unless he's Humphrey Bogart.
Real success is not on the stage, but off the stage as a human being, and how you get along with your fellow man.
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.
The ultimate mystery is one's own self.
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.
You want to see the boy next door?...(then) don't go see Michael Jackson, because he ain't the boy next door.
I go to temple a lot less than I would like because when I do, people still look at me as if they think it's a publicity stunt.
I'd learned a lot in the Army. I knew that above all things in the world I had to become so big, so strong that people and their hatred could never touch me.
I had more clothes than I had closets, more cars than garage space, but no money.
What have I got? No looks, no money, no education. Just talent.
I was so opposed to the war in Vietnam that I initially refused President Nixon's urgings for me to go there.
My home has always been show business.
Part of show business is magic. You don't know how it happens.
You can be in this business 50 years and still not know anything about it.
I had traveled 10 states and played over 50 cities by the time I was 4.