Trevor Noah is the South African comedian and host of the Daily Show who has made quite a name for himself in the world of comedy. He added the tag of author to his impressive repertoire when he published his memoir, Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.
The book stayed on the top of the New York Times best-selling list for weeks and has proved it is indeed as successful as its writer by winning the 2017 Thurber Prize for American Humor.
By winning the Thurber Prize for American humor, Trevor Noah is now an award winning author. The prize which is sponsored by Thurber House was won previously by his predecessor at the Daily Show, Jon Stewart.
Trevor Noah received a $5,000 prize and a commemorative crystal plaque at a ceremony in New York along with the bragging rights that we are happy to use on his behalf.
While speaking at the awards ceremony, Trevor Noah said:
“When you write a book, first you hope it makes sense. Second, you hope that someone will read it. When that happens, everything else is a dream. Winning the Thurber Prize is something I never could have dreamed of.”
Born A Crime is about Trevor Noah’s experiences of apartheid in South Africa and it was written with the comedians usual honesty and wit. Now that Trevor Noah has won a prize that recognizes excellence in humor writing, it is probably time to look at some of our favorite words from the beloved comedian.
10 Great Trevor Noah Quotes
- 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.
- 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.
- In society, we do horrible things to one another because we don’t see the person it affects. We don’t see their face. We don’t see them as people. Which was the whole reason the hood was built in the first place, to keep the victims of apartheid out of sight and out of mind. Because if white people ever saw black people as human, they would see that slavery is unconscionable.
- 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.
- 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.
- The hood made me realize that crime succeeds because crime does the one thing the government doesn’t do: crime cares. Crime is grassroots. Crime looks for the young kids who need support and a lifting hand. Crime offers internship programmes and part-time jobs and opportunities for advancement. Crime gets involved in the community. Crime doesn’t discriminate.
- Every country thinks their history is the most important, and that’s especially true in the West. But if black South Africans could go back in time and kill one person, Cecil Rhodes would come up before Hitler. If people in the Congo could go back in time and kill one person, Belgium’s King Leopold would come way before Hitler.
- 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.
- My mom did what school didn’t. She taught me how to think.
- 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.