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I am a poor student sitting at the feet of giants,
by Rod Taylor

I am a poor student sitting at the feet of giants,
yearning for their wisdom and begging for lessons that
might one day make me a complete artist,
so that if all goes well, I may one day sit beside them.
- Rod Taylor

To put what you see on paper is the same as funneling
what you feel through yourself as a performer.
- Rod Taylor

Acting doesn't suffice.
- Rod Taylor

I was one of the first of the uglies.
Rock Hudson and Tab Hunter...
were very pretty fellows, and that was the trend.
I was one of the first of the uglies to get lucky.
- Rod Taylor

 

But I did a lot of boxing and I was captain of an Australian surf club.
- Rod Taylor

I wouldn't dream of selling my work.
I give them to friends, to charities.
- Rod Taylor

Art doesn't feed me or fill the void when I am not working.
If I haven't worked for six months, I can't paint.
- Rod Taylor

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I'd much rather turn down a starring role in a bad
picture and do a small role in a very good picture.
- Rod Taylor

Acting is something I love.
- Rod Taylor

I worked at Mark Foy's during the day and studied drama at night.
- Rod Taylor

To a large degree, those early lean days were self-imposed.
- Rod Taylor

I'm not doing my work for constant success.
- Rod Taylor

Anyway, when I was a kid, I dutifully went to the Sydney
Technical and Fine Arts College.
- Rod Taylor

The most important thing in my life is my work.
- Rod Taylor

The fact that I'm going to be unsuccessful at times
is pretty well-balanced by the fact that I'm going
to be successful at others.
- Rod Taylor

I pray and try every day to be a better actor.
- Rod Taylor

So I went and did an audition and became the biggest radio actor in Sydney,
and that's how it all started.
- Rod Taylor

When people think it's successful, I'm grateful.
When they don't - OK, I'll try again.
- Rod Taylor

I did well as an actor in Australia,
and then Paramount invited me over...
to have a look at me.
- Rod Taylor

When I said I no longer wanted to be a painter,
that I wanted to be an actor, the first thing I did
was get a stinking job in an insurance building.
- Rod Taylor

I married at a tender age during my early stage and radio struggles.
- Rod Taylor

Dore Schary was then head of the studio and he wanted to change my name.
- Rod Taylor

Apart from being interested in a good role,
I think it's necessary to make up your mind as to whether
it will make a movie that will entertain an audience
all over the world and not just in your own backyard.
- Rod Taylor

I suddenly realized how much I loved her when we attended
Alfred Hitchcock's 75th birthday party last August.
There was something magical about that night,
and it made me see how much she really meant to me.
- Rod Taylor

In the beginning I had a real work problem.
Every time I had job I had to convince the immigration
authorities I was the only man for that job and get
a special work permit until I went under contract to MGM.
- Rod Taylor

Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

When life is too easy for us, we must beware
or we may not be ready to meet the blows
which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

We are rich only through what we give,
and poor only through what we refuse.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

No one has ever become poor by giving.
- Anne Frank

Outer show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
- Aesop

Let us touch the dying, the poor,
the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received
and let us not be ashamed
or slow to do the humble work.
- Mother Teresa

It is not the man who has too little,
but the man who craves more, that is poor.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

If the misery of the poor be caused
not by the laws of nature,
but by our institutions,
great is our sin.
- Charles Darwin

Who, being loved, is poor?
- Oscar Wilde

Far better is it to dare mighty things,
to win glorious triumphs,
even though chequered by failure,
than to take rank with those poor spirits
who neither enjoy much nor suffer much,
because they live in the grey twilight
that knows not victory or defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt

A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.
- W. C. Fields

Jesus preached more and taught more
about helping the poor and the sick and the hungry
than he did about heaven and hell.
Shouldn't that tell us something?
- John Grisham

Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself.
Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor
for helping us to love God better because of them.
- Mother Teresa

I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colors.
I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and
am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.
- Winston Churchill

I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money.
- Pablo Picasso

When the rich think about the poor, they have poor ideas.
- Evita Peron

But, alas!
what poor Woman is ever taught that she should have
a higher Design than to get her a Husband?
- Mary Astell

Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
- Francis Bacon

No society can surely be flourishing and happy,
of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.
- Adam Smith

Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

It is only the poor who pay cash,
and that not from virtue,
but because they are refused credit.
- Anatole France

To give aid to every poor man is far beyond the reach and power of every man.
Care of the poor is incumbent on society as a whole.
- Charles Edwards

Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!
- Wallace Stevens

We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor
are our equals in every sense except that of being equal to us.
- Lionel Trilling

Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike.
Each has their suffering.
Some suffer too much, others too little.
- The Buddha

Pale Death beats equally at the poor man's gate and at the palaces of kings.
- Horace

A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.
- Henry Ford

I love this work I do.
It's a privilege to serve the poor.
- Bono

The Moon Cannot Be Stolen:
A thief entered the little hut of a Zen Master,
but discovered there was nothing to steal.
The Zen Master discovered the thief.
"You have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler,
"and you should not return empty-handed.
Please take my clothes as a gift."
The thief was bewildered,
but he took the clothes and slunk away.
The Zen Master sat naked, watching the moon.
"Poor fellow," he mused,
"I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon."
- Traditional Zen Koan

The man of science is a poor philosopher.
- Albert Einstein

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool,
a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.
- Sholom Aleichem

Youth is the best time to be rich, and the best time to be poor.
- Euripides

It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.
- Lewis Carroll

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem,
it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.
- David Friedman

The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans
is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt,
too.
- Oscar Levant

A person cannot love a plant after he has pruned it,
then he has either done a poor job or is devoid of emotion.
- Liberty Hyde Bailey

Keeping books on social aid is capitalistic nonsense.
I just use the money for the poor.
I can't stop to count it.
- Evita Peron

I try to give to the poor people for love
what the rich could get for money.
No, I wouldn't touch a leper for a thousand pounds;
yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.
- Mother Teresa

When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

We approach people the same way we approach our cars.
We take the poor kid to a doctor and ask,
What's wrong with him, how much will it cost,
and when can I pick him up?
- James Hillman

The poor don't know that their function in life is
to exercise our generosity.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

The only way for a rich man to be healthy is by exercise and abstinence,
to live as if he were poor.
- William Temple

The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway
is usually a poor judge of distance.
- Laurence J. Peter

The Christian missionary may preach the gospel
to the poor naked heathen,
but the spiritual heathen who populate Europe
have as yet heard nothing of Christianity.
- Carl Jung

Of the 22 industrialized nations of the world,
we're dead last in per capita giving to poor people.
- Tony Campolo

He ate and drank the precious Words,
his Spirit grew robust; He knew no more that he was poor,
nor that his frame was Dust.
- Emily Dickinson


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