Living consciously involves being genuine; it involves listening and responding to others honestly and openly; it involves being in the moment.

— Sidney Poitier

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

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You don't have to become something you're not to be better than you were.

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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.

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Sidney Poitier quote I always wanted to be someone better the

I always wanted to be someone better the next day than I was the day before.

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Okay listen, you think I'm so inconsequential? Then try this on for size.

All those who see unworthiness when they look at me and are given thereby to denying me value - to you I say, I'm not talking about being AS GOOD as you. I hereby declare myself BETTER than you.

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

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Of all my father's teachings, the most enduring was the one about the true measure of a man. That true measure was how well he provided for his children, and it stuck with me as if it were etched in my brain.

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

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We're all imperfect, and life is simply a perpetual, unending struggle against those imperfections.

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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.

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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.

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I was born two months early, and everyone had given up on me. But my mother insisted on my life.

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

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About Sidney Poitier

Quotes 100 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Actor
Birthday October 16

If I'm remembered for having done a few good things and if my presence here has sparked some good energies, that's plenty.

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

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

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True 'joy' is the difference between just amusing ourselves to death and creating 'meaningful' pleasure.

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I couldn't adjust to the racism in Florida.

It was so blatant... I had never been so described as Florida described me.

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Forgiveness works two ways, in most instances.

People have to forgive themselves too. The powerful have to forgive themselves for their behavior. That should be a sacred process.

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

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I'd seen my father. He was a poor man, and I watched him do astonishing things.

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As I entered this world, I would leave behind the nurturing of my family and my home, but in another sense I would take their protection with me. The lessons I had learned, the feelings of groundedness and belonging that have been woven into my character there, would be my companions on the journey.

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I know how easy it is for one to stay well within moral, ethical, and legal bounds through the skillful use of words - and to thereby spin, sidestep, circumvent, or bend a truth completely out of shape. To that extent, we are all liars on numerous occasions.

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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.

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

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My mother was the most amazing person.

She taught me to be kind to other women. She believed in family. She was with my father from the first day they met. All that I am, she taught me.

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Every new fashion is a form of rebellion.

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I was fortunate enough to have been raised to a certain point before I got into the race thing. I had other views of what a human is, so I was never able to see racism as the big question. Racism was horrendous, but there were other aspects to life.

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My autobiography was simply the story of my life.

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As I've mentioned, a large part of my father's legacy is the lesson he taught his sons. He brought us together and said, 'The measure of a man is how well he provides for his children.

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

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

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

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I"ve learned that I must find positive outlets for anger or it will destroy me.

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

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

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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.

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I would like to grow less afraid of dying.

I am infinitely less afraid today than I was 15 or 25 years ago. I was most afraid of dying when I was 33, because I come from a Catholic family.

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Marriage is no way of life for the weak, the selfish, or the insecure.

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

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

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

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

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Jackie Robinson is a true legend.

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My father was a tomato farmer. There is the phrase that says he or she worked their fingers to the bone, well, that's my dad. And he was a very good man.

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The journey has been incredible from its beginning.

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My father was the quintessential husband and dad.

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Generally, I tend to despise human behavior rather than human creatures.

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

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

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