Bernie Mac Quotes: Top 10 Best Quotes & Most-Famous Sayings

During his time here on Earth, Bernie Mac gave us many smiles and great laughter. People who were close to him knew how wise he was, as well. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Bernie Mac was raised by a single mother. When he was sixteen, she passed away from cancer. Young Bernie moved in with his grandparents and immediately grew up seeing and learning a lot about life at a young age. At the age of nineteen, he married his high school sweetheart, Rhonda Gore. That following year, they welcomed their only daughter, Ja’Niece. Before he became a comedian, he worked many jobs: janitor, cook and being a bus driver, all while performing comedy at clubs and funerals on the weekends. By the time he became a famous Hollywood actor, he had grown to be quite insightful in his later years. Here are a couple of powerful quotes and signature catchphrases he’s known for.

1. “I didn’t come here for no foolishness!”

Bernie Mac in a beigh button down shirt and brown slacks.

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2. “Kick it!”

Bernie Mac in a brown jacket, beige button down short and brown slacks while relaxing in an orange recliner.

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3. “There’s no success story. Everybody’s got a ghetto story. You always want to make it bigger than what it is.”

Picture of Bernie Mac memorial, surrounded by flowers.

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4. “Only way you can get upset is when you expecting something.”

Bernie Mac sitting on a sofa.

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5. “Whatever you hear at the barbershop, stays at the barbershop.”

Bernie Mac in a luti-colored button down shirt, smiling.

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6. “When it comes to raising children, I believe in give and take. I give orders, and they take ‘em.”

Old throwback picture of Bernie Mac in a navy blue outfit.

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7. “I’m not a politician; I’m a comedian. I know my limitations.”

Bernie Mac arriving to the Los Angeles premiere of Transformers

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8. “You have to meet all of the challenges, big and small. Because how you start is how you finish.”

Bernie Mac arriing to Vanity Fair's red carper premiere of Ocean's Thirteen.

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9. “I’m not a star, and I don’t want to be a star. Stars fall. I’m an ordinary guy with an extraordinary job.”

Bernie Mac at the Los Angeles premiere of Ocean's Thirteen.

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10. “My comedy comes from pain. I can’t stand to see someone hurting.”

Bernie Mac arriving to the Ed Sullivan theatre for The Late Show with David Letterman.

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