41 Best Dave Chappelle Quotes and Sayings, Ideas, Inspiration


Dave Chappelle is an American comedian, actor, writer, and producer known for his unique and controversial style of comedy. He was born on August 24, 1973, in Washington, D.C., and began his career in stand-up comedy in the 1990s. Chappelle’s comedy often explores themes of race, social issues, and politics in a way that challenges conventional wisdom and pushes boundaries.

He got popular from the show Chappelle’s Show, Buddies, A Star is Born, and Blue Streak are some of the popular names under his belt. Along with a brilliant actor, he is known for his philanthropy work and his interest in US politics.

Chappelle’s comedy has been recognized with several awards, including four Primetime Emmy Awards and two Grammy Awards. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential and groundbreaking comedians of his generation.

Dave Chappelle Quotes that will Surely Motivate you and Unleash the Next level of life.

#1.“My father told me ‘Name your price in the beginning. If it ever gets more expensive than the price you name, get out of there.’” – Dave Chappelle

#2.“If you don’t have the right people around you and you’re moving at a million miles an hour you can lose yourself.” – Dave Chappelle

#3.“The hardest thing to do is to be true to yourself, especially when everybody is watching.” – Dave Chappelle

#4.“Sometimes you have to come out like a lion, so that you can be the lamb that you really are.” – Dave Chappelle

#5.“You got to be careful of the company you keep.” – Dave Chappelle

#6.“The world can’t tell you who you are. You’ve just got to figure out who you are and be there, for better or worse.” – Dave Chappelle

#7.“The mark of greatness is when everything before you is obsolete, and everything after you bears your mark.” – Dave Chappelle

#8.“I wanted to have a meaningful life, a spiritual life, not just what my hands can hold…” – Dave Chappelle

#9.“I’m happier in the way a guy gets happier when he starts to mature. It doesn’t make things easier, but I’m so much better at handling them.” – Dave Chappelle

#10.“You’ve got to say ‘yes’ to your destiny. Life’s happening right now, look around you. There goes some life. Come on, Mamma, live!” – Dave Chappelle

#11.“Money is the fuel for choices. Money gives me choices, so it’s not nothing, it’s something,” he continued. “But it’s not the end all, be all. There are other things in my life that I did not purchase with money that are very valuable.” – Dave Chappelle

#12.“Constantly take inventory of what’s important to you.” – Dave Chappelle

#13.“The only way you can know where the line is, is if you cross it.” – Dave Chappelle

#14.“Fame for me is like a place, a country I’m taking a tour through.” – Dave Chappelle

#15.“The higher up I went, the less happy I was.” – Dave Chappelle

#16.“I’m cool with failing so long as I know that there are people around me that love me unconditionally.” – Dave Chappelle

#17.“You can become famous but you can’t become unfamous. You can become infamous but not unfamous.” – Dave Chappelle

#18.“When I’m on stage, I get real happy there. Maybe that’s the only time in my adult life I feel like myself.” – Dave Chappelle

#19.“People don’t know what it’s like standing up there onstage, when you have a wall of people smiling at you.” – Dave Chappelle

#20.“I’m famous today. People like me today. Might not like me tomorrow. You can’t count on it.” – Dave Chappelle

#21.“You know you must be doing something right if old people like you.” – Dave Chappelle

#22.“I think extreme sports are really good for relieving stress.” – Dave Chappelle

#23.“I always take a relationship to the next level. If that works out, I take it to the next level after that, until I finally reach that level when it becomes absolutely necessary for me to leave.” – Dave Chappelle

#24.“No matter how old you are, if a little kid hands you a toy phone… you answer it.” – Dave Chappelle

#25.“Everyone around me says, You’re a genius! You’re great! That’s your voice! But I’m not sure if they’re right.” – Dave Chappelle

#26.“Once you been performing on the streets you can conquer any venue.” – Dave Chappelle

#27.“I enjoy my own thoughts sometimes.” – Dave Chappelle

#28.“The worst thing to call somebody is crazy. It’s dismissive.” – Dave Chappelle

#29.“Comedians by and large are some of the most sensitive people on earth. Even if they’re socially callous.” – Dave Chappelle

#30.“My own life is accessible to people still. I could see a guy walking down the street and, even though I’m famous, I got more in common with this guy than, like, Brad Pitt.” – Dave Chappelle

#31.“One of the things that happens when people make the leap from a certain amount of money to tens of millions of dollars is that the people around you dramatically change.” – Dave Chappelle

#32.“I have angst in my life, but I’m like anybody. We all have angst in our lives that we pick up and fidget with and then we put down and look at some other things that make us feel good or enjoy our lives.” – Dave Chappelle

#33.“I support anyone’s right to be who they want to be. My question is: to what extent do I have to participate in your self-image?” – Dave Chappelle

#34.“The way the people around you position themselves around you to get in your pockets and in your mind is infuriating to me.” – Dave Chappelle

#35.“If you look at life, anything in life through the framework of money, you will miss most of the picture.” – Dave Chappelle

#36.“The only thing harder than leaving show business is coming back.” – Dave Chappelle

#37.”I got real important relationships in my life that are very empowering relationships.” – Dave Chappelle

#38.”To see a black man on TV, holding his own with a white man, that was television history.” – Dave Chappelle

#39.“The bottom line is no matter what happens to you, you got to keep going; and bitterness is quite cumbersome. Jokes is a way of shaking that off, processing something with the alchemy of levity.” – Dave Chappelle

#40.”For the last however many months, we’ve done like 26 shows here and it’s expensive and it’s hard… To me, it’s very meaningful. I [have] done a million shows, but the last 26 meant so much to me because it’s like my community’s offering to the world.” – Dave Chappelle

#41.“My kids look actually happy. And I learned early on that perfectionism and parenthood is a toxic combination for everybody involved. In other words, so many things can flourish naturally. All you gotta do is make sure the soil’s right. I view myself more like a guide than a ruler.” – Dave Chappelle

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