Tyler Perry Quotes

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You can get a thousand no's from people, and only one "yes" from God.
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It doesn't matter if a million people tell you what you can't do, or if ten million tell you no. If you get one yes from God that's all you need.
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Once you're truly happy with yourself alone, that's when you are safe to find the right person to spend the rest of your life with.
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You will always fine jealous people.They're the ones promoting you.
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Opportunity may knock only once but temptation leans on the door bell
Oprah Winfrey (Oprah Winfrey Speaks: Insights from the World's Most Influential Voice)
I'm just enjoying my life.I suggest you try it.
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People always try to do the right thing..after they've tried everything else.
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Don't wait for someone to green light your project, build your own intersection.
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It's not an easy journey, to get to a place where you forgive people. But it is such a powerful place, because it frees you.
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What I've found about it is that there are some folks you can talk to until you're blue in the face--they're never going to get it and they're never going to change. But every once in a while, you'll run into someone who is eager to listen, eager to learn, and willing to try new things. Those are the people we need to reach. We have a responsibility as parents, older people, teachers, people in the neighborhood to recognize that.
Tyler Perry (Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life)
People say the truth hurts. Hell no, it hurts even more if you do a whole bunch of foolishness to try and avoid it.
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...when you put on your shortest dress, please leave some mystery in it. That's the difference between a miniskirt and a ho-skirt. A ho-skirt shows your Frisbee. A miniskirt shows just enough to cause some mystery. What these young women lack is mystery.
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What I have learned in this life is you can never be ashamed of where you come from.
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I got 27 people livin in my head and all of them was about to beat the heck out of you for doin that..
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we didn't have much, but we had love.
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I thank God for Closed Doors
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You can never be upset with the people who forced you into your dream or up higher.
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If I'm away from you for more than an hour, I can't stop thinking about you. I carry you in my spirit. I pray for you more than I pray for myself...I know you don't believe in fairy tales. But, if you did, I'd want to be your knight in shining armor. You've been through so much. I don't want to see you hurt anymore. Now I may not be able to give you all that your used to. But I do know I can love you past your pain. I don't want you to worry about anything. You just wake up in the morning, that's all you have to do and I'll take it from there...There's one condition...You have to be my wife
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A mother's love is stronger than distance, more powerful than time and can transcend the grave.
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Don't try to be seen, God may be hiding you on purpose.
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Stop worshiping the bad in boys and start recognizing the good in men
Kerry E. Wagner (Never Let Go of My Hand)
Being alone doesn't necessarily mean that you're lonely.
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What rings true is that everything we grow through in life will work out for our good.
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I put a thong on a few months ago trying to be sexy. I've been looking for it but ain't seen it since.
Tyler Perry (Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life)
A good response beats a bad reaction any day. Be encouraged
Kerry E. Wagner (Never Let Go of My Hand)
Intercourse is one thing, Intimacy is everything. Be encouraged
Kerry E. Wagner (Never Let Go of My Hand)
Don't make a black woman take off her earrings".
Tyler Perry (Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life)
Everybody's got skeletons in the closets. Every once in a while, you've got to open up the closet and the let the skeletons breathe. Half the time, the very thing you think is gonna destroy you or ruin you is the very thing that nobody cares about. My advice to people with skeletons is to dust them off every now and then-- as long as your closet's aint full of them. It's not good to have more than two or three.
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The grass may be greener on the other side but the the water bill is higher.
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There will be rough nights but joy really does come in the morning.
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True love can come more than once.
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God will prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies so let them watch you eat.
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Fear is a sprit that really can stop you from living.
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Don't let people change who you are just be who you are with someone else.
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You know, people don't want their intelligence insulted. They don't want to be preached to. They don't want to be degraded. All they want to do is sit, laugh, have a good time, love one another, forget about what's going on in the world, and find something out so they can be useful in this life. Do this and you have common sense.
Tyler Perry (Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life)
Just because you start attempting to do right, doesn’t mean people will let you forget about what you’ve done wrong…Be encouraged
Kerry E. Wagner (Never Let Go of My Hand)
It's a clear day Sonny, L A N D.
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While the most dangerous person in the world is a person with nothing to lose, the most powerful person in the world is a person with nothing to prove.
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You really will reap what you sew.
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If it had not been for The Lord on my side I don't know where I would be.
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Who you are at 20 will not be who you are at 40 and if it is, SOMETHING IS WRONG!
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You give away your power when you don't forgive.
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Nothing is impossible for God.
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A baby can heal broken hearts.
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Be careful what you say, life and death truly are in your own words.
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I didn't have a catharsis for my childhood pain, most of us don't, and until I learned how to forgive those people and let it go, I was unhappy.
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One of the smartest things one can do in life sometimes…is play stupid. Be encouraged
Kerry E. Wagner (Never Let Go of My Hand)
Don't share your dreams with everyone and don't be angry with non-dreamers.
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Always aim for right and avoid doing wrong at all costs.
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God will really make your enemy your footstool
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A footstool is only needed when you need to get higher. Let your enemy lift you.
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Life is short but heartache is shorter
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Never argue with what is.
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Life is sometimes hard, and you have to laugh your way through it.
Mabele "Madea" Simmons Tyler Perry Don't Make A Black Woman Take of Her Earrings
In that day, we didn't have no remote controls and vacuum cleaners. If you wanted all that stuff you had children!
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I don't think the dreams die - I think that people give up. I think it gets too hard." - Tyler Perry
O, The Oprah Magazine (O's Best Advice Ever!: Make Over Your Life With Oprah & Friends)
My friend Madea has "attitude" that comes with wisdom. Back in our teens and twenties, we thought we knew everything and made all those foolish mistakes. Then, when we got a little older, at thirty, we started getting these flashes of light, revelations of what a great and lucky thing it is that we didn't get caught doing those stupid things back then. Around forty, if we are lucky, we stop lying to ourselves. Fifty and above, we've run out of patience for foolishness. Take me to the bottom line.
Tyler Perry (Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life)
Never wish to be somebody else.
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Heartbreak can make you hard! But don't let it make you bitter.
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Bitterness is as toxic as stage 4 cancer.
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Your beginning never dictates your destnation.
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Prayer really can change things.
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Teach but never try to change people because sometimes they change back.
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Share wisdom with those who will receive it.
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Yes, God is real.
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Your gift can make room for you.
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The dream will outlive the dreamer so dream big.
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If you lie to yourself you will lie to God too.
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Take time to smell the roses but be careful of the bees.
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You can learn something from everything and everybody, especially the elderly.
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Childrens' laughter is like medicine to sadness.
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Be aware of the darkness but your focus should always be the light.
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It ain't what people call you. It's what you answer to.
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Live where you are so God can meet you at your needs.
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Root People may be hard to find because they’re not trying to be seen. They do their work underground. But quietly and without fanfare, they provide help and support and nourishment. They are happy when I thrive.
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It takes a while to build a dream
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The will to live is as strong as the will to love and be loved.
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It wouldn’t matter if he was a bad boy , if you got rid of your bad habit. Be encouraged
Kerry E. Wagner (Never Let Go of My Hand)
The joy of The Lord really is strength.
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God has not given us a spirit of fear.
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Never mind that it's not owned by a black person anymore. You can still learn a lot from BET. Primarily, you will learn that black people love reruns, and if you're lucky, you'll catch the Tyler Perry movie! I know the Internet Movie Database says Perry has written over ten films, and there may be several titles and even different casts, but if you've seen one Tyler Perry movie, you've experienced the entire cannon. The man has only made one film, and you can catch it on BET, repeatedly.
Baratunde R. Thurston
I ain't going to talk to you until I am blue in the face trying to make you change. I'm going to tell you what's on my mind and hope you get it and I'm going to move on. That's what we have to do sometimes--move on. Try to help others, extend your hand, and then help the next. If they don't want to accept it, keep moving on. Don't let them discourage you. Never stop doing what you're doing because of somebody else's unwillingness to learn.
Tyler Perry (Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life)
A hunter only shoots a deer he can see, if you ain't being seen you ain't doing nothing!
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Tyler. “We should cover that tune. Whose original is this?” “What the fuck are you talking about, Steven?” I said. “That’s us.” “Is it?” he asked. “Hell yes, it is.” “Where was I?” “In the booth, singing.
Joe Perry (Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith)
You learn how they live their lives, and you speak their language well enough to blend in with them. But how many white people you know who go out of their way to see Tyler Perry movies so they can learn how to act around Black people?
Jodi Picoult (Small Great Things)
...there are people whose lives are tied into your dream. Own your stuff, own your business, own your way.
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FAKE IT TIL YOU BECOME IT!
Qwana M. "BabyGirl" Reynolds-Frasier
Be modest and patient; allow your dream its own time to grow. Dreams need to be tended like crops before you can enjoy the harvest. And this is important: Don’t get hung up on the outcome. Hand that over to God. Remember, He’s the one at the wheel. Of course, I was afraid of failing, but I held on
Tyler Perry (Higher Is Waiting)
He’d stomp through the house in his heavy work boots, yelling about everything we were doing wrong. If anything got in his path, he would explode and his fists would fly. Almost in a supernatural way, his anger would turn his brown eyes into an electric green, and when that happened I knew the worst was still to come. This was our hell on earth, and Mamma and I were burning in its flames.
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But I couldn’t get the preacher’s words out of my head: “If you pray, God will see you through it. He’ll answer your prayers.
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then all you have to do is stand and wait, and listen. Just stand.
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Sometimes in life, son, when you pray and you’ve said and done all you can,
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With this thought resonating, I realized that we all have gifts within, but they’re too often hidden. We have gifts we have never used, even though they are within reach. If we only knew where to look, we would find them. These gifts are special. They might even change our lives and help make the world a better place. We all have gifts given to us by God.
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What I know about the Bible is this: Those whom God helped to ascend to a higher place were all flawed individuals, except for
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Jesus. They had made mistakes. Some had done terrible things and yet were still able to find their way to higher.
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MY CHILDHOOD WAS A STORY of discouragement, belittlement, and unthinkable abuse, and yet I rose above. There was no way I could have found any kind of happiness, hope, or vision if my mother, Maxine, and my aunt Mae hadn’t shown
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me the grace of God. They, as well as other powerful souls, were my spiritual role models. They didn’t have great mansions or millions of dollars to leave me when they passed, but they planted the seeds of grace, the invaluable gift of knowing God.
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My soul-filled experiences have taught me to embrace disappointments, knowing
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deeper lessons will be revealed; they’ve shown me God’s hand in closing some doors and opening others; they’ve helped me release my past to create a future of hope; they’ve given me the tools to offer forgiveness, and put me back on the path whenever I lose my way. Strong roots are the faith from which grows the undeniable understanding that everything in life, the good and the bad, is a God-given opportunity to stand in the light. Everything.
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when it comes to Root People, this is what I’ve learned along the way: They are here to help you, but in turn, like the roots of any tree or plant, they need to be nourished, too. Water them with love, appreciation, gratitude, and generosity. They want the best for you, and if your heart is open, you’ll want the best for them, too.
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First there are Leaf People. These are the folks who are in my life only for a season. I can’t depend on them or count on them because they have weaknesses of their own and are only able to offer shade. Like leaves, they take what they need and as soon as it gets cold, or a fierce wind blows, or the rain comes, they’re gone. I am not angry with them; it’s just who they are.
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Then there are Root People. When I find someone who is like the roots of a tree, I know I’ve found someone special. Root People may be hard to find because they’re
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not trying to be seen. They do their work underground. But quietly and without fanfare, they provide help and support and nourishment. They are happy when I thrive. Come what may, they support my soul. They hold my soul up. A tree may have many branches and many leaves, and only a few roots, yet it is the roots that are strong, resilient, and powerful.
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The greatest gift I’ve ever been given is to be able to take care of my beautiful, amazing mamma—the strongest Root Person in my life.
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say “adopted” because my father, Emmitt, was abandoned and discovered in a drainage canal at the age of two. He was taken to Mae so that she could raise him.
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Ordinarily, that would have meant living in anxiety and fear, but my father was a different kind of man when he was around Mae. Instead of boiling up in anger and violence, he was a placid lake. He would even brag about what
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Mamma’s words settle deep in my heart: God’s got it in its banks. He’s in control.
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get through the spring, summer, and autumn living paycheck to paycheck, but during the chilly months of winter, the money ran out and I couldn’t pay my rent. The unthinkable happened. I became homeless. I’d sleep in my car and try to keep warm by running the heater or wrapping myself in a quilt Aunt Mae had given me. If I had some cash, I’d crash in a pay-by-the-week hotel room.
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That world opened up to me on my first visit to Atlanta during “Freaknik,” a sort of spring break without the beach for black college kids. I wasn’t in college, but I went anyway. While all the kids were getting numbed out, drinking and partying, I was waking up to possibility. For the first time in my life, I saw there were black people doing great things with their lives. There were black doctors, lawyers, business owners, and well-off families
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That world opened up to me on my first visit to Atlanta during “Freaknik,” a sort of spring break without the beach for black college kids. I wasn’t in college, but I went anyway. While all the kids were getting numbed out, drinking and partying, I was waking up to possibility. For the first time in my life, I saw there were black people doing great things with their lives. There were black doctors, lawyers, business owners, and well-off families going to restaurants, the theater, and movies. I knew Atlanta was the place for me.
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It’s the same with your Soul GPS. Your job is to be clear and set your goal—your destination—in your heart. Be direct about what you want to do and where you want to go—and then drive on. No matter what route you end up taking, God will get you there. He sees what’s ahead.
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But stick to your Soul GPS. Envision your destination. Drive toward your dream. Trust God’s navigation. You’ll get to where He wants you to be. It’s your fate.
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Try this affirmation: “I’m on the road to meet my dream.
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God is like a satellite that navigates us around our lives. He’s telling us which direction to take and what turns to make. But God’s directions are like the GPS in your car: You have to pay attention to them or you’re going to get lost. You may have to backtrack. You may have to take a different
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route, one you hadn’t planned on taking. You may not make it exactly at the time you thought you would reach your destination because of unforeseen variables.
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In direct opposition to how my father raised me, with my own son I focus on being a parent who is tender and loving, attentive, curious, supportive, patient, and aware. I’m not a perfect soul, but I strive to keep my heart open and loving. I’ve sworn never to utter an unkind word to my son, Aman.
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Finally she said, “Come on, honey, let’s go to the ranch.
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Emmitt spat back, “Girl, I wasn’t doing nothing but lying to you. I ain’t got no damn ranch. That ain’t even my car. I just test-drive them on the weekends.” He laughed ruefully. “I’m sitting here trying to find someone who’ll give us a place to stay.
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You take a good look at my daughter. Check her out from head to toe. She don’t have a scar on her nowhere. If ever you don’t want her, you bring her back to me the same way you found her.
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At eighteen years old, she found herself pregnant with my sister, and at nineteen pregnant again with my other sister. The abuse, beating, yelling, and belittling never stopped. At twenty-four years, she was pregnant again, and there I was, born into it.
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My savvy grandfather, who owned a juke joint, always carried a straight razor in his pocket, and was nobody’s fool, saw the truth behind Emmitt’s big-man act. He knew he was a fake.
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That [expletive] is lying to you!” he warned my mother. “He’s a nickel slick and a dollar short.” But my mother was insistent. She wore her father down until, finally, he gave his consent.
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EVEN THOUGH I had three siblings—a younger brother, Emmbre, and two older sisters, Melva and Yulanda—more often than not, it felt as if I were my mother’s only
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child. My fondest memories of times together were our Sunday mornings in church—just the two of us. When we were in God’s sanctuary, we could safely open our hearts and let our souls be free and vulnerable. Church was our refuge, and Jesus, as my mother taught me, was our rock.
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I remember one really horrible fight when he was tearing into my mother—and then he came after me with a fury I had never seen before. I was beaten bloody that night.
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One night I told my mother something that I had kept a secret. I had seen Emmitt touching one of my sister’s young girlfriends inappropriately. When I told my mother, the look of panic and shock in her eyes made me feel like I might have shattered her soul. My own heart split open.
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You tell her this? You little [expletive], I’ll tell you something….I’ll get you.” My mother gunned the gas, and we drove off.
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You are worthy because God gave you breath in your body. You have a right to walk this planet just like everyone else.
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When you know your worth, when you know your value, your life changes and you change lives.
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hear the damning things Emmitt said to me. Because of his cruelty, for many years, I didn’t feel as if I deserved to be happy or successful. I didn’t feel worthy because I had his voice resonating in my head, telling me that I was nothing, that I was horrible, that I didn’t deserve anything good in life. When you grow up being told those things every day, they take root in your subconscious and undermine every positive event in your life.
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You have a right to every good and perfect gift, because God said you are good and perfect. I challenge you to get to worthy.
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The theater had seating for two hundred people. You know how many seats were filled on opening night? Thirty. That’s right. Thirty. When I looked out and saw all that emptiness, my heart sank to the bottom. I was so naïve, assuming people would just show up. On top of that, I’d booked the theater for Fourth of July weekend. I had a lot
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to learn. For one thing, who goes to a play on the Fourth of July? People are barbecuing and watching fireworks. Also, I was a total unknown. No one had heard of Tyler Perry, no one knew about my play. Why would they come?
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Every year for five years I spent every cent I had on I Know I’ve Been Changed, putting it on in different cities and in different theaters. Every single show—every one—failed. The financial failure and the heartbreak tore at my faith. Yet something kept the dream alive in my mind and in my heart and so I kept going, kept hoping, until finally, in 1998, I’d
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I tell you when it’s over. You don’t tell me when it’s over. Now get up again and look out the window.
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I agreed to do it, but the night the show was opening, March 12, 1998, was the coldest
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night I’d ever felt in Atlanta. And the heat was out in the theater. I was sitting in the dressing room, angry, frustrated, and feeling empty and hopeless. I was so agitated with disappointment that I couldn’t sit still. I stood up and started pacing back and forth and speaking out loud to God. “You bring me out to these moments and you never see me through. What’s going on?
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A couple of weeks later, the play was produced at the Fox Theatre, with more than 4,500 seats, and it sold out—two shows.
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Every national promoter I had spoken with during the past seven years, every one who had turned me down, now had offers in hand to take me on tour. Before long I was playing arenas with 20,000 seats and filling every one of them.
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I was able to forgive Emmitt, that the fuel firing me was no longer anger but love and compassion. That’s when my life really turned around. Once that happened, I met true success.
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IN THIS ERA of instant gratification and gotta-have-it-now impatience, it’s hard to imagine putting everything you have, and I mean everything—all your money, all your
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The first time I put on my play I Know I’ve Been Changed, I took for granted that it would be a huge success. I envisioned folks lining up outside the theater and filling all the seats. I could hear their loud laughter and endless applause resounding in my ears. Feeling optimistic, in the summer of 1993 I spent every cent from my income tax return, money that should have gone to a car
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After that outcry, all emotion was drained from me. I sat down defeated and started applying the makeup to play Old Man Joe, a character I created long before Madea. Suddenly, I heard God’s voice, the one I’ve
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energy, all your hopes—into a dream, then meeting the hard knocks of failure over and over again, falling down and getting up…having to push yourself up to rise and try again for seven long years.
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payment and money that should have gone to my apartment, and rented the 14th Street Playhouse in downtown Atlanta. I hired actors, built scenery, and rented props. I did the whole nine yards on my own, spending all I had to my name.
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You might say I was jogging through paradise. Running opened the door to my senses, and I was able to take it all in. I felt my breath moving like a miracle
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through my body. I’d be clearheaded, in tune with nature, grateful, close to God.
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And then… I stopped running. Why do we stop doing the very things that nurture us physically and emotionally, and feed our spiritual growth? It’s a big question, one always worth contemplating. At this particular time, I stopped running because I was drawn so fully into my work that my focus narrowed and I shut out some of the things that truly mattered most. The desire to achieve in my career became all-consuming, and for a while, I lost my sense of balance
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Focus on one step at a time. Be grateful for how far you’ve come. Thank God for where you are. Keep going.
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One day, after yet another failed running attempt, I confessed to a good friend how frustrated I was about my sorry running chops. “Tyler, you’ve got it all wrong,” he said. “It’s not about the speed or the distance. It’s about the endurance.” I rolled his words around my mind and remembered Ecclesiastes 9:11 (KJV):
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Emmitt’s cruel actions, his impatience, disrespect, uncontrollable anger, and violence, taught me all the ways I didn’t want to be like him. My father stomped through our house, shooting his ugly, bone-chilling stare in my direction and sneering, “There’s that little son of a bitch. Look at that jackass.
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Every soul needs to experience authentic, no-holds-barred love. That’s why it’s important to be vulnerable, to be exposed, to be out there leading with your open heart. No excuses. Too many of us worry about getting hurt, so we block our true feelings, protect our hearts, and hide behind “You have no idea how much I love you.
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Jesus is our true light, and he came to bring us out of darkness. Without Christ, we would be left wandering aimlessly in the dark.
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uncomfortable in your situation, know that it’s probably time for you to move on.
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Think about yourself as a baby eagle leaving a comfortable nest. If things start becoming difficult while you’re taking flight, don’t be afraid. Spread your wings and fly. God’s got you.
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I started writing to deal with my childhood abuse and to help me get over it. I began putting my thoughts on paper because I saw a show on Oprah where she said it was “cathartic” to write things down. Being from a substandard public school system, I didn’t even know what “cathartic” meant. I had to look it up. So I started writing, but I didn’t
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Mamma eagles are fierce,” the pastor had said. “They’re so fierce that—ready or not—they’ll push their babies from the nest to force them to fly.
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even realize I was writing a play. I just used different characters’ names so that if someone found my pages, they wouldn’t know I was writing about myself. But eventually I let a close and trusted friend read what I’d written, and he said, “Man, this is a really good play.
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When God asks, “What is that you have in your hand?” it’s up to us to find the answer. Everyone’s answer is different. But there is something we all share. Everything is already inside you. All you have to do is mine it. Dig down deep and discover your thing.
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For years, I didn’t understand this rule of life. I was always resisting change. I used to be so stubborn that a house would have to burn down to get me out of it. Now I know better. I’m glad to say that I have become sensitive to when it’s time to move on. I can read the signs, whether they’re obvious or subtle, and usually get going without needing to experience heaviness or turmoil.
Tyler Perry (Higher Is Waiting)
A good first step to getting to this peaceful place is to write down your hurt. Let it all out. All of it. Once you’re through writing it down, ask God for help. You want the path to forgiveness to be cleared. You want to let go of the mind loop of blame. You want to let go of the fire of anger. You want to stop tasting the bitterness of betrayal and hurt. Once your path is cleared…the sky is the limit.
Tyler Perry (Higher Is Waiting)
Write a letter to the person who hurt you. In it, express how you felt in the past and how you’re trying to forgive and heal. If it’s authentic, wish this person well. (You don’t need to send the letter.)
Tyler Perry (Higher Is Waiting)
When people you love pass on, and they know without a shadow of a doubt that you loved them, there’s not a trace of regret. You’re both set free.
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The truth is I had to imagine myself in a better place,” I explained. “Because sometimes the nights got so cold and the days
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so hard, if I didn’t dream of better times, I wouldn’t have made it.
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Then I shared a favorite scripture, one that has guided me through life: The power of life and death lie in the tongue. “You can speak life or you can speak death,” I went on. “I chose to speak life into my situation. I chose to use my imagination to take me higher. Not just in this life, but higher in Christ.
Tyler Perry (Higher Is Waiting)
If God can bring me out of poverty and despair and place me right in the middle of the life I’d always imagined, he can do the same for anyone. And that includes you.
Tyler Perry (Higher Is Waiting)
The conviction that you can change your life starts with your own thinking. If you’re going through dark times and it feels as if there’s not enough breath and light in your soul to keep you moving higher, you need to believe that now is the time to break through. The seed of change starts as a thought in your own mind. You begin by believing it.
Tyler Perry (Higher Is Waiting)
You might find, as I did, that the people you love the most
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are the ones most capable of infecting your dreams with doubt and negativity.
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When I was twenty years old and putting on my first play in Birmingham, Alabama, I had to use my mother’s credit card to rent a van to get there. The bill was around three hundred dollars. But the show didn’t make any money, and when I came home I had to tell her I couldn’t pay for the rental.
Tyler Perry (Higher Is Waiting)
When people have never felt the power of their own wings, they can’t imagine taking flight.
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to my faith, worked toward my dream, and then surrendered.
Tyler Perry (Higher Is Waiting)
Nurture your imagination with hard work, positive energy, ease, and self-encouragement. Cherish your dreams and keep them safe. When others try to tear you down, raise yourself up by knowing God is in your secret fort; he’s in your house.
Tyler Perry (Higher Is Waiting)
You got to go get that stuff for yourself. You got to wake up every day and say, “I’m good enough, I deserve to be happy, I deserve to have all this good stuff coming my way.” You can’t depend on that to come from nobody else.
Tyler Perry (Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life)
Hell, sit back and work on yourself. How are you going to offer something to somebody else if you ain’t been to visit you yet?
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Everything that happens to you in this life, if you conquer it, if you beat it, you’ve won. Embrace every day you get.
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I believe that everything that happens to you can work together for your good because I believe everything you deal with in this life is all for a reason and is supposed to make you a better person.
Tyler Perry (Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life)
But what I found out, the longer you sit there and feel bad about yourself, the longer you’re going to stay depressed.
Tyler Perry (Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life)
The first thing you do to get over your depression is open up the curtains, put on some good music, take you a shower, get up, put on a good face, and open the door and go out and see the world. Everything that’s kicking you, kick it back.
Tyler Perry (Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life)
But God ain’t going to do a thing until you get up and do something yourself. Everything starts with you.
Tyler Perry (Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life)
You know what I’ve found out about passion? It’s your destiny. If you’re trying to find your passion, all you got to do is keep getting up every day. It’ll find you. Destiny has a way of creeping up on you. If you’re depressed and struggling and frustrated and don’t know what to do or what your purpose is on this earth, I have one suggestion for you: wake up every morning and thank God that you’re doing it. Get out in the world. It will find you, and it will hit you so hard right between the eyes—when it’s time.
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This book is to help you understand that life is sometimes hard, and you have to laugh your way through it.
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People often say that the truth hurts. Hell no, it hurts even more if you do a whole bunch of foolishness to try to avoid it.
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Half the time, the very thing you think that’s going to destroy you or ruin you is the very thing that nobody cares about. My advice to anybody with skeletons is dust them off every now and then—as long as your closet ain’t full of them. It’s not good to have more than two or three.
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What I have learned in this life is that you can never be ashamed of where you come from.
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There ain’t no man going to do something for you that you can’t do for yourself. Get out there and make it happen for yourself.
Tyler Perry (Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life)
So my thing is, whatever you don’t like, change it, but change it from the inside first.
Tyler Perry (Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life)
I think we have the power to change. You don’t have any choice of who you’re born to or where you come from. But you do have a choice of where you go from there. I think that we have the power, each and every one of us, every day, to change our lives.
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Everybody is dealt a different hand, but you have to do what you have with your hand.
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You know, people don’t want their intelligence insulted. They don’t want to be preached to. They don’t want to be degraded. All they want to do is sit, laugh, have a good time, love one another, forget about what’s going on in the world, and find something out so they can be useful in this life. Do this and you have common sense.
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THE HANDS SHOULDN'T TAKE WHAT THE HEART REJECTS!
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As he so often does, Tyler Perry wants to have it every which way but right, and a high cost is being exacted so this man can get exactly what he wants.
Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist: Essays)
When it comes to Black women, sometimes Americans don’t recognize that sass is simply a more palatable form of rage. Americans adore sassy Black women. You know those caricatures of finger-waving, eye-rolling Black women at whom everyone loves to laugh—women like Tyler Perry’s Madea, Mammy in Gone with the Wind, or Nell from that old eighties sitcom Gimme a Break! These kinds of Black women put white folks at ease.
Brittney Cooper (Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower)