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Sidney Poitier Quotes and Sayings

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mine was an easy ride compared to Jackie Robinson's.
- 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 father was a poor man, very poor in a British colonial
possession where class and race were very important.
- Sidney Poitier

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

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

Jackie Robinson is a true legend.
- Sidney Poitier

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

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

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

History passes the final judgment.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

So I decided to start writing plays,
and went to Yale.
- Richard Foreman

When we did Top of the Pops for the third time,
we decided to do it as a television program here called Come Dancing,
which is not as rude as it sounds.
- Neil Innes

I decided to write category romance as I'd recently discovered them,
and enjoyed them.
- Nora Roberts

Having once decided to achieve a certain task,
achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste.
The gain in self confidence of having accomplished
a tiresome labor is immense.
- Arthur Helps

Now I worry.
If people ended up liking me, did I do the job wrong?
So I decided they didn't end up liking me -
they ended up being able to deal with me.
- Daniel Okrent

So I decided the only place I can speak to the world is from outside Israel.
- Mordechai Vanunu

Bogart could have been color blind.
He got to know a man before he decided if he liked him or not.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

I was little impressed with this rough and ready way
of persuading people to renew their contracts and decided
that I was now quite free of any obligations.
- Pietro Mascagni

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

Basically there is no difference between whites and blacks,
browns and yellows.
I decided to think no more of people as Northerners and Southerners.
- Ethel Waters

I had a lot of dates but I decided to stay home and dye my eyebrows.
- Andy Warhol

I make it clear why I write as I do and why other poets write as they do.
After hundreds of experiments I decided to go my own
way in style and see what would happen.
- Carl Sandburg

Well, if you look back, in almost two and a half years,
the biggest change probably was in late 2000 when we
decided to totally change the CA business model.
- Sanjay Kumar

I think our relationship with Epic had run its natural course,
and it happened to coincide with the fulfillment of our contract.
We decided not to resign with them.
- Mike McCready

They decided to let immigrants in and I am an immigrant.
They gave us a chance to participate in this country's life and I took it.
- Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Remember, a real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken new action.
If there's no action, you haven't truly decided.
- Tony Robbins

So I decided to form a production company with my wife and our partner Diane.
- Ray Liotta

I decided blacks should not have to experience the
difficulties I had faced,
so I decided to open a flying school and teach other black women to fly.
- Bessie Coleman

I deliberately decided to write a kind of guide to
leather bars for straight people,
for people not into leather, so that people could see what it was all about.
- Thom Gunn

The skit was very successful based on the applause.
After that show, the three of us decided to get together
and try and come up with some songs that we could all participate in.
- Phil Harris

I decided I was going to tell these stories.
I went around and met Crumb.
He was the cartoonist.
I started realizing comics weren't just kid stuff.
- Harvey Pekar

I decided that if the police couldn't catch the gangsters,
I'd create a fellow who could.
- Chester Gould

It helped me when I decided that we're on this planet
to learn to live together and get along.
- Greta Scacchi

After a number of years dating, we decided we were good partners.
- Melinda Gates

But you can catch yourself entertaining habitually
certain ideas and setting others aside;
and that,
I think, is where our personal destinies are largely decided.
- Alfred North Whitehead

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

The truth of the matter was that I made myself disappear.
I never liked being a Judge, so I just decided to start over.
Sorry to inconvenience anyone.
- Joseph Force Crater

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

I cannot say to a person who suffers injustice,
'Wait.' Perhaps you can.
I can't.
And having decided that I cannot urge caution I must stand with him.
- Sandra Casey Cason

A few years ago, I decided I wanted to be home with my family.
- Rick Moranis


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