My mother and my father were illiterate immigrants from Russia. When I was a child they were constantly amazed that I could go to a building and take a book on any subject. They couldn't believe this access to knowledge we have here in America. They couldn't believe that it was free.— Kirk Douglas
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I came from abject poverty. There was nowhere to go but up.
Streets crowded with people strolling, or sitting at outdoor cafes.
And always, talking, gesturing, singing, laughing. I liked Rome immediately.Everybody was a performer.
God answers all prayers. Sometimes the answer is no.
Virtue is not photogenic.
The biggest lie is the lie we tell ourselves in the distorted visions we have of ourselves, blocking out some sections, enhancing others. What remains are not the cold facts of life, but how we perceive them. That's really who we are.
Life is like a B-picture script! It is that corny.
If I had my life story offered to me to film, I'd turn it down.
You haven't learned how to live until you've learned how to give.
When I produced Spartacus, the writer was Dalton Trumbo, who spent a year in jail because he would not answer McCarthy's questions about other people. He submitted the picture under the false name of Sam Jackson.
The only advantage I have found in being Jewish is that I can be openly anti-Semitic.
I guess I was a bad boy... Yes, yes, I've had lots of women in my life.
Virtue is not photogenic. What is it to be a nice guy? To be nothing, that's what. A big fat zero with a smile for everybody.
Know what a loner is? He's a born cripple.
He's a cripple because the only person he can live with is himself. It's his life, the way he wants to live. It's all for him.
Now, why is it that most of us can talk openly about the illnesses of our bodies, but when it comes to our brain and illnesses of the mind we clam up and because we clam up, people with emotional disorders feel ashamed, stigmatized, and don't seek the help that can make the difference.
On a crowded bus in Israel, a mother was speaking to her son in Yiddish.
An Israeli woman reprimanded her. "You should be speaking Hebrew. Why are you talking to him in Yiddish?" The mother answered, "I don't want he should forget he's a Jew."
I remember little things that break my heart.
We were coming out of Michael's house one day, and he noticed my shoelaces were undone. He bent down and tied them. I almost cried. To me, it was such a gesture of love.
I was living in a terrible time when people were being accused of being communists, and they attacked the movie industry, especially the writers. People couldn't work if they were on the blacklist. The studios banned them. It was the most onerous period in movie history. I don't think we have ever had a period so dark as that.
The learning process continues until the day you die.
I'm concerned that the world is a mess.
That's why when I wrote my last book, Let's Face It, I dedicated it to the younger generation because, let's face it, the world is in a mess. Right now, the young people will inherit that mess. I think we have to do everything we can.
Why can't a woman be more like a dog, huh? So sweet, loving, attentive.
No matter how bad things are, they can always be worse.
So what if my stroke left me with a speech impediment? Moses had one, and he did all right.
When you get old the worst thing is you lose so many friends.
Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, John Wayne. People who I loved to work with.
I'm a loner clear down deep to my guts.
The first thing I look for in a woman is warmth-femininity.
It's got nothing to do with a pretty face.
When you get to my age, you find that most of your dear friends are gone.
Now, what does an actor who can't talk do? Wait for silent pictures to come back?
Fear is a terrible thing. It makes you do awful things.
I bought the book, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
I paid to have it made into a play and I played in it for six months. I came back and I tried to make it into a movie, without success.
Maybe there is no peace in this world.
I don't know ... But I know as long as we live we must stay true to ourselves.
Love has more depth as you get older.
Being seventy has its advantages. I was outspoken before, but now what have I got to keep quiet about?
Since my stroke, I have begun to see so many miracles all around me.
I look out of the window in my room: verdant grass, silver-tipped oak leaves, tall palm trees gentle swaying as they reach to the sky, masses and masses of roses. All colors, so many shapes, exquisite fragrances.
I have a great respect for actors like Clint Eastwood, who's a wonderful director. I think two pictures that I directed were not successful, so I decided not to make any more.
I never had any desire to be a film actor.
I never thought I was the good-looking movie type, which I assumed they wanted.
The best wine comes from home, wherever it is.
If I can get enough signatures, to present an apology to slavery, I will present it to the President. The House of Representatives has already passed the resolution for the apology, but it has to pass the Senate. I think, in spite of all our problems, I think we're in the right direction.
Fame is as much about luck as it is about talent, perhaps more.
Sometimes, the thing that ties you down sets you free.
If I have to speak in public, I am terrified.
Really a bad guy is more interesting, dramatically, than the good guy.
I have studied religion, and I have concluded that there is some power. We don't understand it.
I know Italians and I like them. A lot of my father's best friends were Italians.
Acting is a youthful profession.
If you want to know about a man you can find out an awful lot by looking at who he married.
When you reach 95, after you get over your surprise, you start looking back.
I think religion has caused so much catastrophe in the world.
You know, you have to have some inner philosophy to deal with adversity.
I was not a very good Jew. I never practised what Judaism tells you to do, to teach your kids all about Judaism.
"Hail to the Chief" was played, and the President got up and made a gracious opening remark. "I've been in this office for six years, and yet every time I hear that music, I turn around wondering who they're playing it for."
Sometimes an interviewer will look at me and say, 'You're bright!' They're actually surprised I might be bright.
I didn't start out to be a movie star. I started out to be an actor.