Sidney Poitier - Quotes

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I decided in my life that I would do nothing that did not reflect positively on my father's life.

I decided in my life that I would do nothing that did not reflect positively on my father's life.

To simply wake up every morning a better person than when I went to bed.

To simply wake up every morning a better person than when I went to bed.

I know how easy it is for one to stay well within moral, ethical, and legal bounds through the skillful use of words - and to thereby spin, sidestep, circumvent, or bend a truth completely out of shape. To that extent, we are all liars on numerous occasions.

I know how easy it is for one to stay well within moral, ethical, and legal bounds through the skillful use of words - and to thereby spin, sidestep, circumvent, or bend a truth completely out of shape. To that extent, we are all liars on numerous occasions.

My autobiography was simply the story of my life. ---->>>

So it's been kind of a long road, but it was a good journey altogether. ---->>>

I lived in a country where I couldn't live where I wanted to live. I lived in a country where I couldn't go where I wanted to eat. I lived in a country where I couldn't get a job, except for those put aside for people of my colour or caste. ---->>>

So I had to be careful. I recognized the responsibility that, whether I liked it or not, I had to accept whatever the obligation was. That was to behave in a manner, to carry myself in such a professional way, as if there ever is a reflection, it's a positive one.

So I had to be careful. I recognized the responsibility that, whether I liked it or not, I had to accept whatever the obligation was. That was to behave in a manner, to carry myself in such a professional way, as if there ever is a reflection, it's a positive one.

So much of life, it seems to me, is determined by pure randomness. ---->>>

If I'm remembered for having done a few good things, and if my presence here has sparked some good energies, that's plenty. ---->>>

A good deed here, a good deed there, a good thought here, a good comment there, all added up to my career in one way or another. ---->>>

I always wanted to be someone better the next day than I was the day before. ---->>>

The journey has been incredible from its beginning.

The journey has been incredible from its beginning.

I never had an occasion to question color, therefore, I only saw myself as what I was... a human being. ---->>>

I had chosen to use my work as a reflection of my values. ---->>>

I have always been a learner because I knew nothing. ---->>>

I wouldn't change a single thing, because one change alters every moment that follows it. ---->>>

I come from a great family. I've seen family life and I know how wonderful, how nurturing, and how wonderful it can be. ---->>>

Generally, I tend to despise human behavior rather than human creatures. ---->>>

But my dad also was a remarkable man, a good person, a principled individual, a man of integrity.

But my dad also was a remarkable man, a good person, a principled individual, a man of integrity.

I cannot be understood in three minutes. ---->>>

We all suffer from the preoccupation that there exists... in the loved one, perfection. ---->>>

If you apply reason and logic to this career of mine, you're not going to get very far. You simply won't. ---->>>

There is not racial or ethnic domination of hopelessness. It's everywhere. ---->>>

I was not the kind of a principal player that was so in demand that eight or 10 or 12 scripts came per month. ---->>>

My father was a poor man, very poor in a British colonial possession where class and race were very important. ---->>>

I was the only Black person on the set. It was unusual for me to be in a circumstance in which every move I made was tantamount to representation of 18 million people. ---->>>

I couldn't adjust to the racism in Florida. It was so blatant... I had never been so described as Florida described me. ---->>>

I wanted to look at them because I feel, internally, that I am an ordinary person who has had an extraordinary life. ---->>>

I'll always be chasing you... Glory. ---->>>

I was fortunate enough to have been raised to a certain point before I got into the race thing. I had other views of what a human is, so I was never able to see racism as the big question. Racism was horrendous, but there were other aspects to life. ---->>>

I am not a hugely religious person, but I believe that there is a oneness with everything. And because there is this oneness, it is possible that my mother is the principal reason for my life. ---->>>

I didn't run into racism until we moved to Nassau when I was ten and a half, but it was vastly different from the kind of horrendous oppression that black people in Miami were under when I moved there at 15. I found Florida an antihuman place. ---->>>

My father was a certain kind of man - I saw how he treated my mother and his family and how he treated strangers. And I vowed I would never make a film that would not reflect properly on my father's name. ---->>>

My father was a tomato farmer. There is the phrase that says he or she worked their fingers to the bone, well, that's my dad. And he was a very good man. ---->>>

My mother was the most amazing person. She taught me to be kind to other women. She believed in family. She was with my father from the first day they met. All that I am, she taught me. ---->>>

I'd seen my father. He was a poor man, and I watched him do astonishing things. ---->>>

I was a gift to my mother. She was a remarkable person. God or nature, or whatever those forces are, smiled on her, then passed me the best of her. ---->>>

I couldn't adjust to the racism in Florida. ---->>>

So I'm OK with myself, with history, my work, who I am and who I was. ---->>>

As a man, I've been representative of the values I hold dear. And the values I hold dear are carryovers from the lives of my parents. ---->>>

I had to satisfy the action fans, the romantic fans, the intellectual fans. It was a terrific burden. ---->>>

History passes the final judgment. ---->>>

I had two roles for which I compromised. ---->>>

I wanted to explore the values that are at work, underpinning my life. ---->>>

In my case, the body of work stands for itself... I think my work has been representative of me as a man. ---->>>

My father was the quintessential husband and dad. ---->>>

Since I couldn't actuate the things that I wanted to do, the only weapon I had was to say no. ---->>>

My wife collects knickknacks. ---->>>

An appreciable number of directors have shifted to lower-cost films, allowing them to be satisfied with a more modest return. ---->>>

Far as I can tell, I still have most of my hair, my gut is not hanging over my belt, and I still have all of my teeth. ---->>>

I did not go into the film business to be symbolized as someone else's vision of me. ---->>>

I get offered work these days. ---->>>

I'm not a library. ---->>>

Jackie Robinson is a true legend.

Jackie Robinson is a true legend.

To be compared to Jackie Robinson is an enormous compliment, but I don't think it's necessarily deserved. ---->>>

I knew what it was to be uncomfortable in a movie theater watching unfolding on the screen images of myself - not me, but black people - that were uncomfortable. ---->>>

The impact of the black audience is expressing itself. They look to films to be more expressive of their needs, their lives. Hollywood has gotten that message - finally. ---->>>

I learned to hear silence. That's the kind of life I lived: simple. I learned to see things in people around me, in my mom, dad, brothers and sisters. ---->>>

I want my great-granddaughter to have a fairly good understanding of the world in which I lived for 81 years and also the world before I came into it - all the way back a hundred thousand years, to the beginning of our species. ---->>>

If the screen does not make room for me in the structure of their screenplay, I'll step out. I'll step back. I'd step back. I couldn't do it. I just couldn't do it. ---->>>

Mine was an easy ride compared to Jackie Robinson's.

Mine was an easy ride compared to Jackie Robinson's.

I was born two months early, and everyone had given up on me. But my mother insisted on my life. ---->>>

But I always had the ability to say no. That's how I called my own shots. ---->>>

I don't very often read novels. ---->>>

I had learned something of Miami from people who had visited there, so I knew what to expect. ---->>>

My father was very big on marriage. ---->>>

I sometimes like the pictures photographers take of me. ---->>>

I'm a good person. ---->>>

I'm going to quit writing. ---->>>

In America, it is difficult to be your own man. ---->>>

When I set out to become an actor, I had set myself a standard. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 02-20, 1924
Birthplace: in Miami, Florida, The United States
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Occupation: Actor
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Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE ( or ; born February 20, 1927) is a Bahamian-American actor, film director, author and diplomat. In 1964, Poitier became the first Bahamian and first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, for his role in Lilies of the Field. The significance of these achievements was bolstered in 1967, when he starred in three successful films, all of which dealt with issues involving race and race relations: To Sir, with Love; In the Heat of the Night; and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, making him the top box-office star of that year (wikipedia)