73 Inspiring Whoopi Goldberg Quotes from the Iconic Comedian Actor

Whoopi Goldberg, originally Caryn Johnson, was born in New York and raised by her single mother.

Engaged with theater from childhood, she started performing at eight. Despite early hardships, including dropping out of school and a drug addiction, Goldberg pursued a career in entertainment.

She gained fame and recognition with her one-woman show, eventually landing a breakthrough film role in Steven Spielberg’s “The Color Purple.”

Whoopi Goldberg

Goldberg’s career then varied, with successes like “Ghost” and “Sister Act.”

Beyond acting, she has co-hosted “The View” since 2007 and authored several books, earning acclaim and various entertainment industry awards over her enduring career.

I have picked the top quotes by Whoopi Goldberg in this article.

Best Whoopi Goldberg Quotes


Actors have no color. That’s the art form. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.


When I was 9 years old, Star Trek came on… ~ Whoopi Goldberg.


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

You have to believe in yourself in spite of what other people believe. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

Just call me black, if you want to call me anything. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

Art is long, life is short. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.


It never occurs to me that there are things I can’t do. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

We’re born with success. It is only others who point out our failures, and what they attribute to us as failure. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

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


The art of acting is to be other than what you are. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

If you get a little gassy, you’ve got to let it go. So people used to say to me, ‘You’re like a whoopee cushion.’ ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

I don’t look like Halle Berry. But chances are she’s going to end up looking like me. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

What I am is a humanist before anything – before I’m a Jew, before I’m black, before I’m a woman. And my beliefs are for the human race – they don’t exclude anyone. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

Top Whoopi Goldberg Quotes

You couldn’t always trust the history books. They told a diluted truth, a truth by committee. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

Art and life are subjective. Not everybody’s gonna dig what I dig, but I reserve the right to dig it. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

If you can handle the fact that people are going to be mad at you when you do what you think is right, you’ll be alright. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

That’s the thing about Mother Nature, she really doesn’t care what economic bracket you’re in. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

If there wasn’t something called acting, they would probably hospitalize people like me. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.


If You don’t like Gay Marriage, Don’t Marry a Gay Person. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

Thank you, God, because I am lucky. Also let’s face it, it turns out I’m black. And I’m having a career quite different from lots of people, so I feel doubly lucky. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

You know, be an actor because you love to act. Don’t be an actor because you think you’re going to get famous, because that’s luck. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

Inspirational Whoopi Goldberg Quotes

I’m much happier on my own. I can spend as much time with somebody as I want to spend, but I’m not looking to be with somebody forever or live with someone. I don’t want somebody in my house. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

It bums me out tremendously what the church has become, and if it’s got me bummed, imagine what Jesus Christ must be feeling. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.


Taking action is hard, but know what? Enduring a bad situation can be its own hell. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

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

The most important thing is that you have to listen to your truths, desires and wants. And you have to believe you deserve all of it. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

I can do anything. I can be anything. No one ever told me I couldn’t. No one ever expressed this idea that I was limited to any one thing, and so I think in terms of what’s possible, not impossible. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

There are times when I haven’t been proud of America or really proud. But there have been times that I’ve been incredibly proud of the country. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.


Normal is nothing more than a cycle on a washing machine. ~ 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.

Things happen to you out of luck, and if you get to stick around it’s because you’re talented. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

I eat eight bags of chips in one sitting, and then nothing for a day or two. I learned that my body thought it was starving, so it would hold on to fat. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

When I was doing ensemble theater and comedy work, I felt I had some talents. But when I started doing my shows in Berkeley and found that I could be funny on my own, I was shocked. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.


I want Carl Sagan to explain the sky to me. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

Sitting at the table during Color Purple and looking up and suddenly realizing I was acting in front of Steven Spielberg, was pretty cool. It was pretty good. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

We’re dealing with old issues that aren’t ours. We carry them and we pass them on to those who come after us. I am hoping to crack some of those. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

I’ve learned to take time for myself and to treat myself with a great deal of love and respect, because I like me… I think I’m kind of cool. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

In the dark times, if you have something to hold on to, which is yourself, you’ll survive. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.


I don’t really view communism as a bad thing. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

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. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

I always wore sneakers when I wanted to. It was always about being comfortable and being myself. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

Inspiring Whoopi Goldberg Quotes

If I was doing a talk show, I would do the kind of show that comes on just once a month, with amazing guests. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.


People have the power we give them. Words have the power we give them. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

Sometimes experience trumps assumption. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

You don’t want to think something might be racist, but it might be, because your gut is telling you it is. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

When I forget how talented God is, I look to the sea. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

The Africans know I’m not an African. I’m an American. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.


An actress can only play a woman. I’m an actor, I can play anything. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

I am the American Dream. I am the epitome of what the American Dream basically said. It said you could come from anywhere and be anything you want in this country. That’s exactly what I’ve done. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

Famous Whoopi Goldberg Quotes


I don’t believe that there is any good career move or bad career move. I believe there are only the things that make me happy. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

I don’t like driving very much. That makes me very unhappy, because I scream a lot in the car, but other than that, life is actually pretty good. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.


I used my imagination to make the grass whatever color I wanted it to be. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

I grew up in a time when it would never have occurred to anyone to tell me there was anything I couldn’t do. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

The people who can be helping to make movies that have blacks and Latinos and women and all that – that movie doesn’t come to you. Because the idea is that there’s no place for black movies. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

You’ve got to vote for someone. It’s a shame, but it’s got to be done. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

If you want to be somebody, If you want to go somewhere, you’ve got to wake up and pay attention. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.


Everything for me is visual. That’s just how my head works. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

Really, darling, it’s a no-brainer. You know, I understand not everybody is for gay marriage. But if you’re not for gay marriage, don’t marry a gay person. That’s what I say. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

No matter what you say to yourself, you do want to win. You try to look casual, like you’re not thinking, ‘oh, please pick me.’ ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

I should not ever live with anyone, because I just don’t have the patience for it. I’m very cranky around other people. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

Motivational Whoopi Goldberg Quotes

Before you judge me, look in the mirror. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.


I’m as American as Chevrolet. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

I am where I am because I believe in all possibilities. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

My family is Jewish, Buddhist, Baptist and Catholic. I don’t believe in man-made religions. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

If you read to me I could tell you everything that was read. They didn’t know what it was. They knew I wasn’t lazy, but what was it? ~ Whoopi Goldberg.


For some reason, all artists have self-esteem issues. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

If you don’t look out for others, who will look out for you? ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

Children are a quality of life… when our children are happy, then we are better as human beings. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

I’m a big old egotistical baby and that’s okay. I can accept it. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.


Who amongst us doesn’t want to be a hero? ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark. ~ Whoopi Goldberg.

So these were the 73 top Whoopi Goldberg quotes on life and movies from the famous comedian.

If you like these quotes and sayings, then you can also read my other posts on Spike Lee quotes and Queen Latifah quotes.

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