50 Best Bill Cosby Quotes (Inspirational)

Best Bill Cosby Quotes

1- “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” ~ Bill Cosby

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

2- “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” ~ Bill Cosby

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure

3- “Beware of people who fall at your feet. They may be reaching for the corner of the rug.” ~ Bill Cosby

Beware of people who fall at your feet. They may be reaching for the corner of the rug

4- “The most important educational vehicle in all life is a parent figure.” ~ Bill Cosby

The most important educational vehicle in all life is a parent figure

5- “We are the only animals that let our kids come back home.” ~ Bill Cosby

We are the only animals that let our kids come back home

6- “Don’t talk yourself into not being you.” ~ Bill Cosby

Don't talk yourself into not being you

7- “The essence of childhood, of course, is play.” ~ Bill Cosby

The essence of childhood, of course, is play

8- “Your parents put a curse on you – Someday your kids are going to act just like you.” ~ Bill Cosby

Your parents put a curse on you - Someday your kids are going to act just like you

9- “If you want to be seen, stand up. If you want to be heard, speak up. If you want to be appreciated, shut up.” ~ Bill Cosby

If you want to be seen, stand up. If you want to be heard, speak up. If you want to be appreciated, shut up

10- “I once asked my father for a dollar for the school picnic. He told me how he once killed a grizzly bear with his loose-leaf notebook.” ~ Bill Cosby

I once asked my father for a dollar for the school picnic. He told me how he once killed a grizzly bear with his loose-leaf notebook

11- “The very first law in advertising is to avoid the concrete promise and cultivate the delightfully vague.” ~ Bill Cosby

The very first law in advertising is to avoid the concrete promise and cultivate the delightfully vague

12- “Men and women belong to different species and communications between them is still in its infancy.” ~ Bill Cosby

Men and women belong to different species and communications between them is still in its infancy

13- “Any husband who says, “My wife and I are completely equal partners,” is talking about either a law firm or a hand of bridge.” ~ Bill Cosby

Any husband who says, "My wife and I are completely equal partners," is talking about either a law firm or a hand of bridge

14- “People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what’s bitter and move on.” ~ Bill Cosby

People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what's bitter and move on

15- “Women don’t want to hear what you think. Women want to hear what they think – in a deeper voice.” ~ Bill Cosby

Women don't want to hear what you think. Women want to hear what they think - in a deeper voice

16- “Is the glass half full, or half empty? It depends on whether you’re pouring, or drinking.” ~ Bill Cosby

Is the glass half full, or half empty? It depends on whether you're pouring, or drinking

17- “Every closed eye is not sleeping, and every open eye is not seeing.” ~ Bill Cosby

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

18- “The only thing that you can get into without a lot of trouble is a lot of trouble.” ~ Bill Cosby

The only thing that you can get into without a lot of trouble is a lot of trouble

19- “Mediocre people are the most dangerous people in the world.” ~ Bill Cosby

Mediocre people are the most dangerous people in the world

20- “Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry.” ~ Bill Cosby

Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry

21- “Never forget that the devil is there 24/7 too. He’s very, very busy.” ~ Bill Cosby

Never forget that the devil is there 24/7 too. He's very, very busy

22- “Every father says the same thing: “Where’s your mother?”” ~ Bill Cosby

Every father says the same thing: “Where's your mother

23- “Give me 200 active 2-year-olds and I could conquer the world.” ~ Bill Cosby

Give me 200 active 2-year-olds and I could conquer the world

24- “Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home.” ~ Bill Cosby

Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home

25- “Those who criticize our generation forget who raised it.” ~ Bill Cosby

Those who criticize our generation forget who raised it

26- “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.” ~ Bill Cosby

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

27- “All men should freely use those seven words which have the power to make any marriage run smoothly: You know dear, you may be right” ~ Bill Cosby

All men should freely use those seven words which have the power to make any marriage run smoothly: You know dear, you may be right

28- “That married couples can live together day after day is a miracle that the Vatican has overlooked.” ~ Bill Cosby

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

29- “It’s painful, but we can’t heal ourselves unless we cleanse the wounds.” ~ Bill Cosby

It's painful, but we can't heal ourselves unless we cleanse the wounds

30- “Don’t let your victories go to your head, or your failures go to your heart.” ~ Bill Cosby

Don't let your victories go to your head, or your failures go to your heart

31- “The worst thing to do is to die while reading LIFE magazine.” ~ Bill Cosby

The worst thing to do is to die while reading LIFE magazine

32- “It is a point of pride for the American male to keep the same size jockey shorts for his entire life.” ~ Bill Cosby

It is a point of pride for the American male to keep the same size jockey shorts for his entire life

33- “Calculus is one course you can come with to your parents and say, I am dropping it. And they’ll understand.” ~ Bill Cosby

Calculus is one course you can come with to your parents and say, I am dropping it. And they'll understand

34- “When you introduce competition into the public school system, most studies show that schools start to do better when they are competing for students.” ~ Bill Cosby

When you introduce competition into the public school system, most studies show that schools start to do better when they are competing for students

35- “You can’t be everything to everyone” ~ Bill Cosby

You can't be everything to everyone

36- “The problem is that your daughter has given her heart to a 15-year-old boy, and a 15-year-old boy does not yet qualify as a human being.” ~ Bill Cosby

The problem is that your daughter has given her heart to a 15-year-old boy, and a 15-year-old boy does not yet qualify as a human being

37- “Kids need to remember that when you put something on Twitter, it’s not like whispering to your friend, you’ve put it on a billboard that the whole world, including your own kids someday, can see.” ~ Bill Cosby

Kids need to remember that when you put something on Twitter, it's not like whispering to your friend, you've put it on a billboard that the whole world, including your own kids someday, can see

38- “Sex education may be a good idea in the schools, but I don’t believe the kids should be given homework.” ~ Bill Cosby

Sex education may be a good idea in the schools, but I don't believe the kids should be given homework

39- “The game of chess. Supposedly men made it up, and it’s about war and men and the ravages and the bravery and the genius of commanding and moving pieces and … No. It’s marriage. The Queen moves anywhere she wants.” ~ Bill Cosby

The game of chess. Supposedly men made it up, and it's about war and men and the ravages and the bravery and the genius of commanding and moving pieces and … No. It's marriage. The Queen moves anywhere she wants

40- “Even though your kids will consistently do the exact opposite of what you’re telling them to do, you have to keep loving them just as much.” ~ Bill Cosby

Even though your kids will consistently do the exact opposite of what you're telling them to do, you have to keep loving them just as much

41- “After creating the heaven, the earth, the ocean, and the entire animal kingdom, God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing He said to them was “Don’t.”” ~ Bill Cosby

After creating the heaven, the earth, the ocean, and the entire animal kingdom, God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing He said to them was "Don't

42- “In spite of what Thomas Jefferson wrote, all men may be created equal, but not to all women.” ~ Bill Cosby

In spite of what Thomas Jefferson wrote, all men may be created equal, but not to all women

43- “The past is a ghost, the future a dream, and all we ever have is now.” ~ Bill Cosby

The past is a ghost, the future a dream, and all we ever have is now

44- “Nothing I’ve ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children.” ~ Bill Cosby

Nothing I've ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children

45- “Violence won’t solve a thing. It makes it more challenging to solve, though.” ~ Bill Cosby

Violence won't solve a thing. It makes it more challenging to solve, though

46- “The three ingredients of a successful union between two … humor, commitment & undying love.” ~ Bill Cosby

The three ingredients of a successful union between two … humor, commitment & undying love

47- “There is no labor a person does that is undignified; if they do it right.” ~ Bill Cosby

There is no labor a person does that is undignified; if they do it right

48- “We’re not raising children with the love that we need to.” ~ Bill Cosby

We're not raising children with the love that we need to

49- “Man can not live by bread alone … he must have peanut butter.” ~ Bill Cosby

Man can not live by bread alone … he must have peanut butter

50- “Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.” ~ Bill Cosby

Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it