Chris Rock’s “I’m not talking ‘bout rich, I’m talking ‘bout wealth” bit is legendary in my circle. We’re constantly looking for opportunities to quote pieces of it in casual conversation. Thanks to a recent interview with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air, I’ve got a few more Rock quotes to throw into the rotation.
Chris Rock on Being a Working Father:
“I’m fortunate. I grew up, two parents, my dad was really into it, so just by osmosis, I’m just really into it. I never really looked at it as a chore or whatever. When I hear people talk about juggling, or the sacrifices they make for their children, I look at them like they’re crazy, because ‘sacrifice’ infers that there was something better to do than being with your children. And I’ve never been with my kids and gone, ‘Man, I wish I was on my stage right now.’ I’ve never been with my kids and gone, ‘Man, it’d be so great if I was on a movie set right now.’ But I’ve been doing a movie and wished that I was with my kids, I’ve been on tour and wished that I was with my kids. Being with my kids is the best, most fun thing, it’s a privilege. It’s not something I call a sacrifice.”
Chris’ stand-up has always been a source of personal inspiration. In addition to being wildly entertaining, he’s relentless in his education of his audience. When I get up from watching one of his shows, I leave not only with a few new jokes to butcher with my friends, but a profound life lesson or three, usually centered around the simple goal of being a better man, and now, a better dad.
You can read a few more quotes and listen to the entire Fresh Air podcast here: http://n.pr/10ifZeQ