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Sidney Poitier Quotes

May you find comfort and joy in these encouraging quotes by Sidney Poitier.

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

Related topics: Dad

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

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.
- Sidney Poitier

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

 

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

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

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

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

History passes the final judgment.
- Sidney Poitier

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

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

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

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

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

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

I'll always be chasing you...
Glory.
- Sidney Poitier

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

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

The journey has been incredible from its beginning.
- Sidney Poitier

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.
- Sidney Poitier

Jackie Robinson is a true legend.
- Sidney Poitier

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

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

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

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

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

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.
- Sidney Poitier

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

My autobiography was simply the story of my life.
- Sidney Poitier

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

I've had it all my life and when it can time for me to start a family,
I was quite anxious to do so.
- Sidney Poitier

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.
- Sidney Poitier

Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect.
It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.
- Anonymous

I have decided to stick with love.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

History is the version of past events
that people have decided to agree upon.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

I decided I wanted to be a lawyer when I was 11 years of age.
- Johnnie Cochran

I decided to devote my life to telling the story because
I felt that having survived I owe something to the dead.
and anyone who does not remember betrays them again.
- Elie Wiesel

From now on we live in a world where man has walked on the Moon.
It's not a miracle; we just decided to go.
- Tom Hanks

I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale,
you could not ignore its beauty.
- Georgia O'Keeffe

At a certain point, I just put the building and the art impulse together.
I decided that building was a legitimate way to make sculpture.
- Martin Puryear

I kept my babies fed.
I could have dumped them, but I didn't.
I decided that whatever trip I was on,
they were going with me.
You're looking at a real daddy.
- Barry White

Then I decided to draw from and on my own imagination,
and everything came out perfect.
- Jack Prelutsky

When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting
I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes.
- Thomas A. Edison

When the BBC decided to bring Doctor Who back as a
feature film a few years ago,
one national newspaper ran a poll to ask its readers
who should be the new Doctor,
and I topped it.
- Simon Callow

When President Jiang Zemin visited India in 1996,
the two sides decided that they would jointly build
a constructive partnership of cooperation oriented
towards the 21st century.
- Li Peng

It's hard to find a play that's right for me to do.
Rather than waiting around for the right script to come along,
I decided to write one myself.
- Dan Castellaneta

I truly don't know why it was ended,
though.
It was suddenly decided that that would be it.
They never said particularly why, because they were cut off in their prime.
- Derek Jacobi

I don't know who decided that skinny was more appealing than not skinny.
It seems arbitrary.
- Gwyneth Paltrow

I have decided to end my participation in public affairs
and to resign my role as premier of Quebec.
- Lucien Bouchard

Our parents decided not to teach us Chinese.
It was an era when they felt we would be better off
if we didn't have that complication.
- Maya Lin

I just decided to play make believe,
memorize it like it was just some kind of song and
just take the emotion out of the words.
And I did.
I goofed a couple of times.
- Michelle Rodriguez

I didn't want to engage in a campaign where I was defending
myself on those issues at every turn,
so I just decided that I'd switch and run as a Republican.
- Rodney Alexander

Instead of acting in court, I decided to act onstage.
- Raul Julia

We figured you could download live shows for days,
so we decided to go for a cream-of-the-crop approach,
but not just take the best vocal or the best performances.
- Ben Harper

I finally decided one day, reading science fiction magazines of the time,
I could do at least as well as some of these people are doing.
So I finally made a serious effort.
- Fred Saberhagen

When I decided to direct, never having done that before,
is something I'm very proud of.
- Ed Harris

If I was going to be broke I decided I might as well
be with actors as anyone else.
They were cheerful idiots and seemed to take it better.
- Peter Finch

Well, I decided to stop.
And I did.
I stopped smoking, and I stopped speed at the same time.
- Larry Hagman

I'm still number one and I just recently won a major
tournament ahead of my toughest rivals so I think I
had a few years ahead of me if I decided to stay.
- Garry Kasparov

How I Love Lucy was born? We decided that instead of
divorce lawyers profiting from our mistakes,
we'd profit from them.
- Lucille Ball

After being Turned Down by numerous Publishers,
he had decided to write for Posterity.
- George Ade

I think the game has opened up, and that's why I decided
to come back and try to be a part of it.
- Mario Lemieux

When I decided to be a singer, my mother warned me I'd be alone a lot.
Basically we all are.
Loneliness comes with life.
- Whitney Houston

I decided I would never do interviews again.
- Danielle Steel

They had me on the operating table all day.
They looked into my stomach, my gall bladder,
they examined everything inside of me.
Know what they decided? I need glasses.
- Joe E. Lewis

And I think that when I finally decided to let go and
let God and allow that to happen,
I became a lot more successful than I could have done
if I had planned it all myself.
- Clay Aiken

I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught.
- Georgia O'Keeffe

I thought it was pretty good to be mentioned in a big paper,
so I decided to keep the nickname.
- Dick Lane

Neal had a couple of good ideas and they fit nicely,
so that's the way I decided to go.
- Raymond E. Feist

We've always decided ourselves what we wanted to put
out as our singles and that sort of things.
- John Deacon

I decided to run for governor because I got mad...
I want to make government more directly accountable to the people.
- Jesse Ventura


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