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I was not the kind of a principal player that was so
by 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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

History passes the final judgment.
- Sidney Poitier

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

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

Jackie Robinson is a true legend.
- Sidney Poitier

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

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

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

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

To simply wake up every morning a better person than when I went to bed.
- 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 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 wanted to explore the values that are at work,
underpinning my life.
- 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 had chosen to use my work as a reflection of my values.
- 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'll always be chasing you...
Glory.
- Sidney Poitier

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

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

What you leave behind is not what
is engraved in stone monuments,
but what is woven into the lives of others.
- Pericles

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
- Will Durant (commonly attributed to Aristotle)

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures
is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them:
that's the essence of inhumanity.
- George Bernard Shaw

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers
but to be fearless when facing them.
- Rabindranath Tagore

It's not whether you get knocked down;
it's whether you get back up.
- Vince Lombardi

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Love means not ever having to say you're sorry.
- Erich Segal

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus

Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves
that all of life is not black and white.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past,
but by the love we're not extending in the present.
- Marianne Williamson

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional


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