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Bill Cosby

  • American comedian
  • Born July 12, 1937

William Henry “Bill” Cosby Jr. (; born July 12, 1937) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, musician, and author. He held an active career for over six decades before being convicted and imprisoned for sex offenses in 2018. Cosby began his career as a stand-up comic at the hungry i in San Francisco during the 1960s. He then landed a starring role in the television show I Spy, followed by his own sitcom The Bill Cosby Show, which ran for two seasons from 1969 to 1971. In 1972, using the Fat Albert character developed during his stand-up routines, Cosby created, produced, and hosted the animated comedy television series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids which ran until 1985, centering on a group of young friends growing up in an urban area.


When I decided that I wanted to go to college, I wanted to be a school teacher for 7th and 8th grade boys because I felt that was an important time for them. I had gone astray at that point in my life and really wanted to help keep them from making the same mistake I had made.




I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.




Things are old. Parts are old. I'm talking about 'us' parts. AARP-parts. Some of us were born with stronger parts than others.




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




My feeling is, personally, I want to die first... because I believe that when you die, your soul goes immediately up for judgment - and I don't want my wife up there first. No, the judgment will be horrendous.




When I was a child, I was living in the housing projects of Philadelphia. I didn't even have a Christmas tree.




If you have one of the worst schools in the city, then chances are the teachers are not going to care for you. Chances are the parents don't feel seriously about coming to meet with teachers.




People say children are charming because they tell the truth. That's a lie. I've got five of them. They only tell the truth if they're in pain.




If I read the small print, and I see that what I love to taste has pantonaponamene or fake smeinlioaimine, then I have to hide in my room when I eat it. I'm still gonna eat it, it's just gonna be 'Don't come in here!'




Reunited with strawberry, raspberry and blueberry, I am berry, berry happy to be back working with JELL-O.




You know the only people who are always sure about the proper way to raise children? Those who've never had any.




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




'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.




My observations are not bread crumbs. They do not dissolve. They are on record, on film printed in books, and found on the Internet. I am happy to share them. For this I was born.




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




I've always heard about people having a conniption, but I've never seen one.




I wasn't always black... there was this freckle, and it got bigger and bigger.




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.




I'm not the healthiest, but I am healthy. I'm healthy to the point where there are things that I have to eat that I don't want to eat, but I eat it because I'm enjoying staying alive.




Everybody is not a victim.




That married couples can live together day after day is a miracle that the Vatican has overlooked.




There are some people who have trouble recognizing a mess.




A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice.




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




Tons of comedians have said, 'I grew up learning from Bill Cosby. He's great.' But that respect doesn't mean much to the young people. They like their ginger ale with hot sauce.




If you took your child to the dentist and check for cavities, the child likely won't get them. If you take them just for emergency, that's all they're gonna get.




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




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.




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.




Let us now set forth one of the fundamental truths about marriage: the wife is in charge.




Things from real life are the things that get people laughing.




The heart of marriage is memories; and if the two of you happen to have the same ones and can savor your reruns, then your marriage is a gift from the gods.




We are all anxious to be accepted. But if you have a strong mother and father who tell you that you don't have to dress a crazy way, or hang out with people who are looking for trouble in order to be loved and accepted, then half the battle is over.




I think the part of media that romanticizes criminal behavior, things that a person will say against women, profanity, being gangster, having multiple children with multiple men and women and not wanting to is prevalent. When you look at the majority of shows on television they placate that kind of behavior.




I use the exercise room early, because I don't want to get on the treadmill and everyone's going 'Oh, Bill Cosby,' and then they come around to see how fast I'm walking, and it becomes very competitive.




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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