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Whoopi Goldberg

  • Normal is just a cycle on the washing machine.

    • Whoopi Goldberg
  • I don't have pet peeves like some people. I have whole kennels of irritation.

    • Whoopi Goldberg
  • I've learned to take time for myself and to treat myself with a great deal of love and respect 'cause I like me ... I think I'm kind of cool.

    • Whoopi Goldberg
  • I think I'm here for a reason. And I think a little bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to the next step to lead people through the dark. When you're kind to someone in trouble you hope they'll remember to be kind to someone else.

    • Whoopi Goldberg
  • When you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they'll remember and be kind to someone else. And, it'll become like a wildfire.

    • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Normal is in the eye of the beholder.

    • Whoopi Goldberg
  • [On writing to Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple:] I told her I would play a Venetian blind, dirt on the floor, anything.

    • Whoopi Goldberg,
    • "Today," NBC-TV ()
  • An actress can only play a woman. I'm an actor. I can play anything.

    • Whoopi Goldberg,
    • letter to Alice Walker, on "Today," NBC-TV ()
  • I am an actor; I don't understand actress. You don't call doctors 'doctoresses' or 'doctorettes,' you call them 'doctors.'

    • Whoopi Goldberg,
    • in New Woman ()
  • [On her monologue as the thief 'Fontaine':] People always got things. People always want things. So I provide a service.

    • Whoopi Goldberg,
    • in Penelope Gilliatt, To Wit ()
  • I'm an artist; art has no color and no sex.

    • Whoopi Goldberg,
    • in New Woman ()
  • If there wasn't something called acting, they would probably hospitalize people like me.

    • Whoopi Goldberg,
    • in Dotson Rader, "I Knew What I Wanted to Be," Parade ()
  • [On lightweight movies:] Fun movies. They were never meant to cure cancer, only to take away the mind.

    • Whoopi Goldberg,
    • in Dotson Rader, "I Knew What I Wanted to Be," Parade ()
  • I have witnessed things the ancients would have called miracles, but they are not miracles. They are the products of someone's dream, and they happen as the result of hard work.

  • You couldn't always trust the history books. They told a diluted truth, a truth by committee.

  • If every American donated five hours a week, it would equal the labor of 20 million full-time volunteers.

    • Whoopi Goldberg,
    • in Linda Paresky, ed., From Success to Significance ()

Whoopi Goldberg, U.S. comedian, actor, singer-songwriter, political activist, writer, talk show host

(1955)

Full name: Caryn Elaine Johnson.