Inspirational Quotes from Charles Barkley

Sometimes that light at the end of the tunnel is a train.

Charles Barkley

At some point, I don’t want to have any obligation. And just chill out.

Charles Barkley

For some reason, we’re brainwashed to think if you’re not a thug or an idiot, you’re not black enough. If you go to school, make good grades, speak intelligent, and don’t break the law, you’re not a good black person.

Charles Barkley

I got some cash from agents. I’ve talked to the NCAA. I think that should be legal. I want some money, too; everybody else is making money. I want to go on dates. I want to go buy myself some new suits. I want to buy myself some new sneakers, and I paid the agents back.

Charles Barkley

If you are black on television, you are probably going to be some kind of thug, gangster, or portrayed in a negative light. If you are some type of Muslim, you are going to be blowing stuff up. If you are Hispanic, you are going to be some type of gangbanger. I’ve felt like this for years.

Charles Barkley

Racism is the greatest cancer of my lifetime.

Charles Barkley

Racism is here and will always exist, but we can’t use it as a crutch.

Charles Barkley

The only people who distrust the cops are crooks. They’re not out there just harassing innocent people. Maybe sometimes they do. But there’s no inherent situation where cops are deliberately out there harassing people.

Charles Barkley

I’m not going to waste my time worrying about these Confederate statues. That’s wasted energy.

Charles Barkley

Everybody wants to talk about black and white, when the situation is really about rich people against poor people.

Charles Barkley

I live in Arizona. I think the Hispanic people are amazing. I think when people talk about illegal immigration… it does them a disservice.

Charles Barkley

Neither one of the parties is doing anything for poor people. They’re both full of it. Black people have been voting Democratic their whole life, and they’re still poor. And the Republicans don’t do anything for poor people, either.

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Unfortunately, as I tell my white friends, we, as black people, we’re never going to be successful – not because of you white people but because of other black people. When you’re black, you have to deal with so much crap in your life from other black people.

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LeBron is a great player and a great guy, but he’s a drama queen.

Charles Barkley

You can’t sit on the sidelines of life.

Charles Barkley

I would love to be a general manager just for the challenge.

Charles Barkley

I think sports has done a disservice for a lot of black kids thinking they can only be successful through athletics and entertainment. I want them to know they can be doctors, lawyers, teachers, fireman, police officers, etc.

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It ain’t like we’re curing cancer or anything, we’re watching basketball.

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Look, I’m in the top 20 of players who ever lived.

Charles Barkley

The main thing to do is relax and let your talent do the work.

Charles Barkley

There’s no such thing as a vegetarian.

Charles Barkley

‘War Eagle’ is like ‘I love you.’

Charles Barkley

I’m a mad dog whose only concern is winning.

Charles Barkley

I think it is important for me to speak out on social issues. Sometimes people will agree with me. Sometimes people will disagree with me. I don’t take that personally.

Charles Barkley

Just because you watch ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ doesn’t mean you can do the operation.

Charles Barkley

I do not use words like ‘liberal’ or ‘conservative.’ You can ask me a question, and I will give you an answer. Those are words rich people on television use to divide and conquer.

Charles Barkley

If I weren’t earning $3 million a year to dunk a basketball, most people on the street would run in the other direction if they saw me coming.

Charles Barkley

Everybody wants to protect their own tribe, whether they are right or wrong.

Charles Barkley

Kids are born into the situation they’re born into, and obviously, they have no control over that. And we, as adults, it’s up to us to take care of kids – that’s part of your moral responsibility. I always tell people, ‘There’s two groups we should take care of – old people and young people.’

Charles Barkley

My initial response was to sue her for defamation of character, but then I realized that I had no character.

Charles Barkley

I think it’s a travesty that the NBA can’t just tell these guys to play basketball two days in a row. It’s just a joke to me. We flew commercial, and we were able to play back-to-back.

Charles Barkley

I truly believe that building bridges, not building walls and not giving into fear, will make our communities better.

Charles Barkley

Golf is fun – until you hit somebody in the head.

Charles Barkley

I am a big pro-choice guy.

Charles Barkley

Poor people are too stupid to know they’re just chess pieces in a game.

Charles Barkley

We can’t pick out certain incidentals that don’t go our way and act like the cops are all bad… Do you know how bad some of these neighborhoods would be if it wasn’t for the cops?

Charles Barkley

Somebody hits me, I’m going to hit him back. Even if it does look like he hasn’t eaten in a while.

Charles Barkley

Nobody doesn’t like meat.

Charles Barkley

Anybody who walks out peacefully, who protests peacefully, that’s what this country was built on.

Charles Barkley

In the locker room, and when I’m with my friends, we use racial slurs… What I do with my black friends is not up to white America to dictate to me what’s appropriate and inappropriate.

Charles Barkley

It’s interesting – the greatest country in the world, we shouldn’t have people starving. We shouldn’t have young people not getting something to eat.

Charles Barkley

I think Nick Saban is the greatest college football coach in history over there in Tuscaloosa.

Charles Barkley

You know it’s going to hell when the best rapper out there is white and the best golfer is black.

Charles Barkley

This place? Nothing positive. OK, I want to say something positive. It’s positively a dump.

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But when I see a story on welfare on television, they only show black people.

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The president of the United States should not be tweeting.

Charles Barkley

Bill Clinton is the greatest president of my lifetime. Period.

Charles Barkley

I accept the media for what they are. Most of them are really good people. Some of them are scumbags.

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I remember I’d be sleeping in the airport at 5 o’clock in the morning, traveling three hours, and playing a game that day. We never even chartered until my third year in the NBA.

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I respect and admire what cops do.

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All the poor white people, all the poor black people, all the Hispanics, they’re in the same boat. They’ve got no economic opportunities.

Charles Barkley

I’m not a role model… Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.

Charles Barkley