“I’m black, Jewish, and Puerto Rican, so when I say I’m a triple threat, I mean it!”

“The ultimate test of a man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.”

“I’ve had all the disadvantages required for success.”

“I am what I am, an individual, unique and different, with a lineal history of an ancestral promptings and urgings.”

“You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.”

“In the dark times, if you have something larger than yourself to believe in, you’ll survive.”

“The world is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.”

“The biggest sin is sitting on your ass.”

“Here’s a rule I recommend: Never practice two vices at once.”

“You always have to remember – no matter what you’re told – that God loves all the flowers, even the wild ones that grow on the side of the highway.”

“Live by this credo: have a little laugh at life and look around you for happiness instead of sadness. Laughter has always brought me out of unhappy situations.”

“I have to be a star like another man has to breathe.”

“I think we grow up happiest when we’re young because we’re not so aware of time.”

“When you stand outside an audience with a great song, the audience will pull you in.”

“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.”

“Reality is never as bad as a nightmare, as the mental tortures we inflict on ourselves.”

“Life is never what you expect it to be, but it’s perfect in its own way.”

“When you lose a lover, it’s like winning a war. You finally get rid of your enemy!”

“Fear is just an obstacle. Fear is what stops you from growing and evolving.”

“I’m not prejudiced; I hate everyone equally.”

“We’re all in the same game, just different levels. Dealing with the same hell, just different devils.”

“I’ve had fear every day of my life. But the point is to work through it, to embrace the fear and let it drive you rather than cripple you.”

“If you want to be great, you have to be the best. No shortcuts, no excuses.”

“I find it’s healthier to play the roles where people can watch you and say, ‘Oh wow, I can relate.'”

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”

“I’ve always had confidence. It came because I’m disciplined. My dad told me that if you put your mind to it, you can do anything. So I set out to do whatever I wanted to, no matter how farfetched it was.”

“I never really had the classic struggle. I had faith.”

“The best way to navigate through life is to make positive choices and live with no regrets.”