Powerful Trevor Noah Quotes that helped him succeed and can assist you as well

I’ve compiled some of the most inspiring Trevor Noah Quotes.

Trevor Noah was born on February 20, 1984. He is a comedian, television personality, actor, and political commentator from South Africa. He is the host of The Daily Show. 

Noah’s career began in 2002 in South Africa. He hosted various shows for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and finished second in the fourth season of Strictly Come Dancing South Africa in 2008. He hosted the late-night talk show Tonight with Trevor Noah, which he produced and broadcast on M-Net and DStv from 2010 to 2011.

Noah joined The Daily Show as Senior International Correspondent in 2014, and took over as host in 2015. He hosted the 63rd Grammy Awards in 2021 and the 64th Grammy Awards in 2022.

Noah has received several awards, including an MTV Africa Music Award and a Primetime Emmy Award. In 2017 and 2018, The Hollywood Reporter named him one of “The 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media.” In 2018, Time magazine named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people.

32 Trevor Noah Quotes

  1. “Comfort can be dangerous. Comfort provides a floor but also a ceiling.”

2. “We live in the Internet age. Everyone wants clicks. Clicks are what sells.”

3. “I don’t think I have thick skin, but I heal fast. It’s easy to break through, but I heal fast.”

4. “The first thing I learned about having money was that it gives you choices. People don’t want to be rich. They want to be able to choose. The richer you are, the more choices you have. That is the freedom of money.”

5. “People love to say, “Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” What they don’t say is, “And it would be nice if you gave him a fishing rod.” That’s the part of the analogy that’s missing.”

6. “Comedy is a great tool. We are trying to find ways to use humor to enlighten people without preaching to them.”

7. “I was born in South Africa during apartheid, a system of laws that made it illegal for people to mix in South Africa. And this was obviously awkward because I grew up in a mixed family. My mother’s a black woman, South African Xhosa woman… and my father’s Swiss, from Switzerland.”

8. “Being chosen is the greatest gift you can give to another human being.”

9. “If you laugh with somebody, then you know you share something.”

10. “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.”

11. “I don’t regret anything I’ve ever done in life, any choice that I’ve made. But I’m consumed with regret for the things I didn’t do, the choices I didn’t make, the things I didn’t say. We spend so much time being afraid of failure, afraid of rejection. But regret is the thing we should fear most. Failure is an answer. Rejection is an answer. Regret is an eternal question you will never have the answer to. “What if…” “If only…” “I wonder what would have…” You will never, never know, and it will haunt you for the rest of your days.”

12. “Language, even more than color, defines who you are to people.”

13. “Trevor, remember a man is not determined by how much he earns. You can still be a man of the house and earn less than your woman. Being a man is not what you have, it’s who you are. Being more of a man doesn’t mean your woman has to be less than you.”

14. “Learn from your past and be better because of your past,” she would say, “but don’t cry about your past. Life is full of pain. Let the pain sharpen you, but don’t hold on to it. Don’t be bitter.”

15. “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 quotes

16. “Relationships are built in the silences. You spend time with people, you observe them and interact with them, and you come to know them—and that is what apartheid stole from us: time.”

17. “You want to live in a world where someone is good or bad. Where you either hate them or love them. But that’s not how people are.”

18. “In life only three things are certain: death, Adobe updates and taxes.”

19. “We spend so much time being afraid of failure, afraid of rejection. But regret is the thing we should fear most. Failure is an answer. Rejection is an answer. Regret is an eternal question you will never have the answer to.”

20. “Language brings with it an identity and a culture, or at least the perception of it. A shared language says “We’re the same.” A language barrier says “We’re different.”

21. “Often, people who can do, don’t because they’re afraid of what people that can’t do will say about them doing.”

22. “People always lecture the poor: “Take responsibility for yourself! Make something of yourself!” But with what raw materials are the poor to make something of themselves? People”

23. “Growing up in a home of abuse, you struggle with the notion that you can love a person you hate or hate a person you love. It’s a strange feeling.”

24. “Whilst my mother couldn’t give me access to the world, she at least made sure to let me know it existed.”

 25. “In America, the dream is to make it out of the ghetto. In Soweto, because there was no leaving the ghetto, the dream was to transform the ghetto.”

26. “You separate people into groups and make them hate one another so you can run them all.”

27. “Love, unfortunately, sometimes gives you the ability to forgive somebody and blind yourself to the truth.”

28. “You have to work a bit harder to offend me because I’m from the home of some of the best racism in the world. I’m a snob when it comes to racism.”

29. “I always believe that funny is serious and serious is funny. You don’t really need a distinction between them.”

30. “Growing up the way I did, I learned how easy it is for white people to get comfortable with a system that awards them all the perks.”

31. “A knowledgeable man is a free man, or at least a man who longs for freedom.”

32. “Love is a creative act. When you love someone you create a new world for them. My mother did that for me, and with the progress I made and the things I learned, I came back and created a new world and a new understanding for her.”

My favorite Trevor Noah Quotes are, “A knowledgeable man is a free man, or at least a man who longs for freedom.” and “Comfort can be dangerous. Comfort provides a floor but also a ceiling.”

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