Words matter. These are the best Cheech Marin Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
Being a Chicano in Hollywood, my experience is that you’re not given credit for any sophistication… You’re just kind of some guy that just crossed the border, you know, on the back of a truck and that’s it.
By the time I discovered Chicano painters in the mid-’80s, I recognized that these guys were really world-class painters, but they weren’t getting any attention, which was good in one sense in that I could get their work for cheaper!
The word ‘Chicano’ was originally a derisive term from Mexicans to other Mexicans living in the United States.
Hey, I was raised in the church.
I liked Jackie Robinson because he was cool to watch, not because he was black. Every time you turned around, he was hitting a triple or making a great play in the field or, best of all, stealing home.
As much as I loved Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Junior Gilliam, and Don Newcombe, I loved watching Willie Mays play more than all of them combined, even if he played for the ‘bad guys!’
I guess one of the ways that karma works is that it finds out what you are most afraid of and then makes that happen eventually.
Just about every Latin American country has sent players to the big leagues, from the Dominican Republic to Costa Rica.
My marriage was breaking up, and my marriage with Chong was breaking up. I had to come back and kind of start on my own again.
I lived in an all-black neighborhood, followed by an all-white one, and other kids in the always called me Mexican in both neighborhoods.
I always wanted to work with Betty White, because she is one of my heroes of all time, and I just love her.
It is surprising how many professional athletes, along with their families and friends, are gaga over movie and music stars, and the reverse is true with entertainers and sports stars.
Every kid that goes to Catholic school believes he’s going to be a priest one day.
I guess what really made me a Dodgers fan from the beginning was that the team had Jackie Robinson, the first ‘Negro’ in the major leagues.
Loyalty and communication are always rewarded in sports.
Growing up in Southern California, it’s all car culture. When I was a kid, I knew every single model of every single car dealer; I knew every style of every year.
If there is one phrase or action that every person on the planet would like to erase from his or her memory or have the chance to undo, it would be, ‘Let’s do it again.’
Well, sometimes you need the fields to lie fallow in order to gain nutrients.
Chicanos and running water are endlessly fascinating. I can watch them all day.
When I lived in Paris in the early ’80s, I had the occasion to hang out with Prince Albert of Monaco quite a few times.
I’ve never seen a NASCAR race; I’ve seen an Indianapolis 500 race.
It always trips me out that America, the most powerful and magnificent nation in the history of the world, whose might was built by immigrants from all over the world, only speaks one language.
There are some Chicanos who don’t want to be Chicanos – they want to be Mexican-American, Hispanic, or even Spanish.
To me, you have to declare yourself a Chicano in order to be a Chicano. That makes a Chicano a Mexican-American with a defiant political attitude that centers on his or her right to self-definition. I’m a Chicano because I say I am.
So what’s really behind the ‘English Only’ Movement? Fear. Fear of being taken over and one day they will have to learn something different. Heaven forbid they would have to learn something new.
Whether it’s from the biggest, most powerful city, or from the dinkiest little podunk town, there is a certain attachment and connection, and yes, pride about where you came from.
I grew up half in South Central and half in the San Fernando valley.
As a kid, I used to go to the library and take out all the art books.
For the most part, people are proud of the place from which they come.
My interest in art must have started with my Catholic upbringing. Art was everywhere: churches with its paintings, sculptures, stained glass, textiles, and fine metalwork.