Bill Cosby Is Glad He Was Born, and So Are We

Beliefnet sits down with the charismatic comedian for a life lesson in Twitter, beating the odds, and above all else, thankfulness.

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Beliefnet: You have a long section in the book about the Bible called “Missing Pages?” It’s humorous but addresses some real issues, how do you resolve those missing pages in the Bible?

Cosby: I have to respect the faithful, I have to respect that you believe something, I’m not here to challenge you on that but if I can connect with you and you can say, “yeah, I did wonder about that…” then it makes us all better. Faith, in many ways, is what fills in those missing pages. I don’t understand women, they can unload on you some stuff that has nothing to do with fact, “because I said so, that’s why!” talk about faith! They got that from Eve.

Beliefnet: You are often attributed to the quote, “I don’t know the key to success but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” Was that really---?

Cosby: That is not my quote! I saw it on the wall of a tennis pro’s office, it was on a plaque. I do love that quote though, it’s so true. I often try to tell kids to think about all the people who love you, don’t cry over the one person who doesn’t. Kids need to focus on the people who support them, we can’t ruin the privilege of God putting us the earth by focusing on the few people who don’t get us.

Beliefnet: What inspires you?

Cosby: In my writing, to have an idea, be able to put it on paper and have it get out to people and hopefully have it be applicable to their lives. Being a teacher.

Beliefnet: What’s next for Bill Cosby?

Cosby: Leonard Part 7 [laughs] either that or I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing as long as the good Lord allows.

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