65 Gabourey Sidibe Quotes from the American Actress

Gabby Sidibe is an American actress known for her debut role in the 2009 film “Precious” which won her several awards and nominations.

She has also appeared in films like “Tower Heist” and “Antebellum” and TV shows like “The Big C” and “American Horror Story.”

Sidibe was born in 1983 in New York City and was raised in Harlem.

Gabourey Sidibe Quotes

Her mother is a singer and her father is a cab driver from Senegal. She has an associate degree and worked as a receptionist before acting.

In her career she has taken on various roles and was advised against pursuing acting due to the industry’s focus on appearance.

I have listed below some of the top quotes by Gabourey Sidibe.

Best Gabourey Sidibe Quotes


I was born a cynical, suspicious, forty-five-year-old divorcée. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.


I don’t fixate on other people’s opinions of my body. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.


Google needs to mind her damn business! ~ Gabourey Sidibe.


Feelings aren’t an absence of strength. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.


It’s like prom night for Hollywood. I’m really proud of myself for being here. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

I can’t go to sleep unless I’ve watched at least two episodes of American Dad on Hulu or iTunes. It just feels familiar. It’s like a lullaby. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

When it’s time to film and to actually take on the role of Precious, I felt an immense responsibility to do it justice. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.


Mom raised us more like cactuses, rather than orchids. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

I have a nice smile, pretty lips, and big round cheeks. They help me look like a teenager. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

Well, I was a big fan of the book and therein a huge fan of the girl Precious. And so I felt like I knew this girl. I felt like I’d grown up alongside her. I felt like she was in my family. She was my friend and she was like people I didn’t want to be friends with. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

The best thing about having my very first audition lead me to an Oscar nomination means that I don’t have to struggle the rest of my career to be nominated for an Oscar, to prove that I’m a great actress, because I’ve already done it. Now I can do things that just make me happy. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

They try to paint the picture that I was this downtrodden, ugly girl who was unpopular in school and in life, and then I got this role and now I’m awesome. But the truth is that I’ve been awesome, and then I got this role. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

How many psychics does it take to convince a sad little girl that she can be much more than the world is telling her she is? None. She’s got to be able to convince herself to show up for her own life. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.


I hate yoga so much. Like, if yoga was a person, I’d stab them. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

I refuse to be anyone’s survivor because I prefer to think of myself as a winner. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

I’ve grown up with girls that are like Precious. I’ve grown up with people that are like everyone that I read about in that book. And so years later, when I was given the role, I just felt a huge responsibility to show the reality of that situation and to show that we’re not making it up. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

Famous Gabourey Sidibe Quotes

I’m really, really interested in the job of acting. I can really care less about being famous. I’m more about the work, and ‘The Big C’ was amazing, so I wanted to be a part of it. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

My Plan A was to be a psychologist. I thought I would be a receptionist. I’m always middle of the road and very normal. I’ve always wanted a normal life, and this is what I got. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

Being an actress wasn’t a plan at all, so what’s happened to me is very strange. Life isn’t very normal, even though I’m still very much a normal girl. I ride the subway, I ride the bus, and all of that. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

Most of my life, I wanted to be a therapist, but then I just decided that I didn’t want to be in charge of giving people advice. I want to know everything there is to know about psychology. But a therapist? No. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

I learned to love myself, because I sleep with myself every night and I wake up with myself every morning, and if I don’t like myself, there’s no reason to even live the life. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

I really want people to know that I am a normal girl. I’m not a superhero now. I’m not some sort of celebrity that doesn’t have feelings. I’m very, very normal. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.


Things can sometimes work out if you’re smart, but my greatest virtue is patience. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

I would like to continue acting. I tell people I can’t go back to real life. I have to see how far I can go with it. I am serious about it, and I believe that it’s my calling. I think it’s what my life’s path is. It’s what God has given me. It’s what I was born to do. And so I must do it. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

I don’t think my brand of self-confidence and self-assuredness can come from an outside source. It’s got to come from me. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

Top Gabourey Sidibe Quotes

I used to watch ‘Coming to America’ every day after school. I have full-on long-running inside jokes with friends and family about different scenes in that movie alone. Also, my brother and I loved ‘The Golden Child,’ so, yeah: I was a huge fan of Eddie Murphy growing up. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.


It doesn’t have anything to do with how the world perceives you. What matters is what you see. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

I am the only consistent person in my life and so I better like myself, and I better love myself. And I really better know that I’m as beautiful as anyone else. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

I was born to stand out. I don’t care whether or not people will find me attractive on screen. That’s not why I became an actor. I know that more and more with each new role. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

People want to know everyone for a lot of different reasons. It doesn’t have to be anything as big as an Oscar nomination. It could be a brand new job. People see their opportunity. And, when you’re winning, everyone loves a winner. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

I try to stay off the Internet. Just because people hurt my feelings sometimes. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

Just relax. When I was younger, I made myself the victim of catastrophic thinking. Anything that went wrong was the end of the world. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to stop myself and say, ‘Hey babe, calm down. Tomorrow there will be sun.’ ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

Hollywood, that whole industry, is a lot like a really small town. You bump into the same people all the time. I think Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon can be played with anyone and everyone in Hollywood. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

I could have easily never worked again after ‘Precious.’ I could be back at my receptionist job and no one would be surprised, but I’m having a very crazy little career that no one thought would happen. Although that was never the plan. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.


I’m not a big fan of doing what my mother wants me to do, like any daughter. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

All we need to do is pay attention to ourselves and pay attention when somebody gives you a compliment based on something that you do naturally. Then that lets you know that that’s your talent. I mean, talents come in so many different sizes, so many different colors, so many different ways. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

Popular Gabourey Sidibe Quotes

I can flip my tongue over. Only one in 10,000 people can. I learned that at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

Don’t let anyone else take away your joy. If they don’t want to be with you or around you, let them go. Pick up your shit and keep going. You came into the world by yourself, and the next person’s lungs don’t help you breathe. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.


I don’t know any teenager with a positive attitude. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

I love the way I look. I’m fine with it. And if my body changes, I’ll be fine with that. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

A woman who doesn’t apologize for her very existence on Earth is rare, and that’s what I wanted for myself. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

I think people look at me and don’t expect much. Even though, I expect a whole lot. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

I hate Twitter. I think it’s disgusting. It’s ridiculous that you as a stranger can type something to me, and I see it. Technology has gone too far… ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

I didn’t want to be an actress at all, or famous even. I certainly enjoy acting now, absolutely. Time will tell whether or not I enjoy fame. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.


One day I decided that I was beautiful, and so I carried out my life as if I was a beautiful girl. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

People always ask me, ‘You have so much confidence. Where did that come from?’ It came from me. One day I decided that I was beautiful, and so I carried out my life as if I was a beautiful girl … It doesn’t have anything to do with how the world perceives you. What matters is what you see. Your body is your temple, it’s your home, and you must decorate it. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

In the seventh grade, I was about to leave wearing a jumper, when my mom said she could see my panty line. So I just wore stockings. That day I broke my ankle, and the EMS cut my tights off. I got a full cast with no stockings on and no panties. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

Great Gabourey Sidibe Quotes

My beauty is dark chocolate and it’s delicious and it’s sweet. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

Being an actor is wonderful and it’s a lot of fun, but eventually you look old and you can’t fit this or that. It’s important to have other skills, be able to do other things, and to really learn how this business works and what it thrives on. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

One day I had to sit down with myself and decide that I loved myself no matter what my body looked like and what other people thought about my body. I got tired of hating myself. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

I have a birthmark on the inside of my left knee that resembles an upside-down seahorse. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

My beauty doesn’t come from a mirror. Never has and never will. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

I’m really, really happy with what I do for a living. I mean, that’s what I consider work, like being on set, bringing a character to life and, you know, working with other actors and directors and stuff. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

Representation is very important to everyone, but especially to girls like me, and people like me, whether it be because of my body, because of my race, because of my skin color, because of my awkwardness or where I come from. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

I complain about my life. I used to complain about boys or not being able to drive or failing a test. Now I complain about boys, not being able to drive, and leaving home so much. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

Powerful Gabourey Sidibe Quotes

Mo’Nique is so full of love. I’ve been describing her as the tree in ‘Pocahontas.’ She’s so wise and loving. She is just everything. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

It’s so weird to turn on a switch and be the role model for all women, for all African-Americans. That doesn’t happen that easily. It just doesn’t. And so I don’t act up in public and I don’t do anything weird – because my sisters are watching me, not because the world is watching me. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

Money changes people. It changed the way my family saw me. It changed how they interacted with me. Perhaps more than it changed them, it changed how I saw them as well. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

Your body is your temple, it’s your home, and you must decorate it. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

All my life, people have made fun of the way I speak. I guess because a lot of my vocabulary is made up of things that other people say. I started making fun of them and imitating them and now that’s how I speak. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

Well, I’m certainly glad that I was nominated for an Oscar. There is certainly a respect that comes with that nod. Also, a compliment that comes with it, too. Not that I really know what I’m doing. In a lot of ways I feel like some child on set, or like a kid that snuck in the back door. ~ Gabourey Sidibe.

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