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“In my mind, I wasn't breaking the rules, because the rules didn't make any sense.”
Trevor Noah
“The police were called about the noise. They came busting in wearing riot gear and pointing machine guns.”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
“If we could see one another’s pain and empathize with one another, it would never be worth it to us to commit the crimes in the first place.”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
“Alex and Soweto have always had a huge rivalry. Soweto was seen as the snobbish township and Alexandra was seen as the gritty and dirty township.”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
“I never let the memory of something painful prevent me from trying something new.”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
“When you make the effort to speak someone else’s language, even if it’s just basic phrases here and there, you are saying to them, “I understand that you have a culture and identity that exists beyond me. I see you as a human being.”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood
“I was wanted. Being chosen is the greatest gift you can give to another human being. Once”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
“You are never more yourself than when you’re taking a shit. You have that moment where you realize, This is me. This is who I am.”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
“he got up and went and picked up this book, an oversized photo album, and brought it back to the table. “I’ve been following you,” he said, and he opened it up. It was a scrapbook of everything I had ever done, every time my name was mentioned in a newspaper, everything from magazine covers to the tiniest club listings, from the beginning of my career all the way through to that week.”
Trevor Noah, Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
“It's a powerful experience, shiting. There's something magical about it, profound even. I think God made humans shit in the way we do because it brings us back down to earth and gives us humility. I don't care who you are, we all shit the same.”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood
“The world has been taught to be scared of him, but the reality is that he is scared of the world because he has none of the tools necessary to cope with it.”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood
“Which seems ridiculous, but it would happen. Every year under apartheid, some colored people would get promoted to white. It wasn’t a myth; it was real. People could submit applications to the government. Your hair might become straight enough, your skin might become light enough, your accent might become polished enough—and you’d be reclassified as white. All you had to do was denounce your people, denounce your history, and leave your darker-skinned friends and family behind. The legal definition of a white person under apartheid was “one who in appearance is obviously a white person who is generally not accepted as a coloured person; or is generally accepted as a white person and is not in appearance obviously a white person.” It was completely arbitrary, in other words.”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
“Because racism exists, and you have to pick a side. You can say that you don’t pick sides, but eventually life will force you to pick a side.”
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“There’s a meal you can get in the hood called a kota. It’s a quarter loaf of bread. You scrape out the bread, then you fill it with fried potatoes, a slice of baloney, and some pickled mango relish called achar. That costs a couple of rand. The more money you have, the more upgrades you can buy. If you have a bit more money you can throw in a hot dog. If”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
“Temperance lived with his second family in the Meadowlands, and we visited them sparingly because my mom was always afraid of being poisoned. Which was a thing that would happen. The first family were the heirs, so there was always the chance they might get poisoned by the second family. It was like Game of Thrones with poor people. We’d go into that house and my mom would warn me.”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
“but comfort can be dangerous. Comfort provides a floor but also a ceiling.”
Trevor Noah, Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
“They were ready to do me violent harm, until they felt we were part of the same tribe, and then we were cool. That, and so many other smaller incidents in my life, made me realize that language, even more than color, defines who you are to people.”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
“Only Catholics can eat Jesus’s body and drink Jesus’s blood, right?” “Yes.” “But Jesus wasn’t Catholic.” “No.” “Jesus was Jewish.” “Well, yes.” “So you’re telling me that if Jesus walked into your church right now, Jesus would not be allowed to have the body and blood of Jesus?” “Well … uh … um …” They never had a satisfactory reply.”
Trevor Noah, Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
“It’s a powerful experience, shitting. There’s something magical about it, profound even. I think God made humans shit in the way we do because it brings us back down to earth and gives us humility. I don’t care who you are, we all shit the same. Beyoncé shits. The pope shits. The Queen of England shits. When we shit we forget our airs and our graces, we forget how famous or how rich we are. All of that goes away.”
Trevor Noah, Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
“Failure is an answer. Rejection is an answer. Regret is an eternal question you will never have the answer to.”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
“But I was blessed with another trait I inherited from my mother: her ability to forget the pain in life. I remember the thing that caused the trauma, but I don't hold on to the trauma. I never let the memory of something painful prevent me from trying something new. If you think too much about the ass-kicking your mother gave you, or the ass-kicking that life gave you, you'll stop pushing the boundaries and breaking the rules. It's better to take it, spend some time crying, then wake up the next day and move on. You'll have a few bruises and they'll remind you of what happened and that's okay. But after a while the bruises fade, and they fade for a reason- because now it's time to get up to some shit again.”
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“Nelson Mandela once said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
“I was famous in my neighborhood just because of the color of my skin. I was so unique people would give directions using me as a landmark. “The house on Makhalima Street. At the corner you’ll see a light-skinned boy. Take a right there.”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
“he way my mother always explained it, the traditional man wants a woman to be subservient, but he never falls in love with subservient women. He’s attracted to independent women. “He’s like an exotic bird collector,” she said. “He only wants a woman who is free because his dream is to put her in a cage.”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood
“You separate people into groups and make them hate one another so you can run them all. At”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
“other smaller incidents in my life, made me realize that language, even more than color, defines who you are to people.”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
“My mom raised me as if there were no limitations on where I could go or what I could do. When I look back I realize she raised me like a white kid—not white culturally, but in the sense of believing that the world was my oyster, that I should speak up for myself, that my ideas and thoughts and decisions mattered.”
Trevor Noah, Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
“We tell people to follow their dreams, but you can only dream of what you can imagine, and, depending on where you come from, your imagination can be quite limited. Growing”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime and Other Stories
“Nelson Mandela once said, 'If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.' He was so right. When you make the effort to speak someone else's language, even if it's just basic phrases here and there, you are saying to them, 'I understand that you have a culture and identity that exists beyond me. I see you as a human being.”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood
“It is so easy, from the outside, to put the blame on the woman and say, “You just need to leave.” It’s not like my home was the only home where there was domestic abuse. It’s what I grew up around. I saw it in the streets of Soweto, on TV, in movies. Where does a woman go in a society where that is the norm? When the police won’t help her? When her own family won’t help her? Where does a woman go when she leaves one man who hits her and is just as likely to wind up with another man who hits her, maybe even worse than the first? Where does a woman go when she’s single with three kids and she lives in a society that makes her a pariah for being a manless woman? Where she’s seen as a whore for doing that? Where does she go? What does she do?”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime


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