Richard Burton Quotes

False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports.

I might run from her for a thousand years and she is still my baby child. Our love is so furious that we burn each other out.

You may be as vicious about me as you please. You will only do me justice.

You may be as vicious

I’ve made more millions than I can count. But you know, it’s a faerie gold – the tax people take most of it, and the rest goes to people you need to stay alive, places to live, conveyances to get from here to there.

I am writing to please myself, though there is a feeling in some place in my head that this may be publishable. I haven’t been writing for nothing.

How do you live with one person for 13 years and another for eight and find both as alien as strangers?

If I had a chance for another life, I would certainly choose a better complexion.

If I had a chance for

What an extraordinary world it is.

If you’re going to make rubbish, be the best rubbish in it.

I grew up among heroes who went down the pit, who played rugby, told stories, sang songs of war.

Indeed he knows not how to know who knows not also how to un-know.

Indeed he knows not how

I am as dispassionate as it is possible for a human being to be and not be a machine.

The Welsh are all actors. It’s only the bad ones who become professional.

You reach the top of the heap, but it’s a circle, and you slip on the down side, maybe for years. You get scared.

Let’s have days and days of brilliant clarity, etched and limpid, cool and surgical.

Let's have days and days

An actor is something less than a man, while an actress is something more than a woman.

I abhor mere prettiness

My sister Edith died at the age of 43. She was the youngest sister and the funniest. I had to harrumph and snort a few times to stop the weeping.

It is impossible to tell you what is consisted in the act of love.

It is impossible to tell

Little islands are all large prisons: one cannot look at the sea without wishing for the wings of a swallow.

How strange are the tricks of memory, which, often hazy as a dream about the most important events of a man’s life, religiously preserve the merest trifles.

The only nice poets I’ve ever met were bad poets, and a bad poet is not a poet at all – ergo, I’ve never met a nice poet.

My next film, ‘The Prince Of Players,’ was Hollywood’s first turkey in CinemaScope – when CinemaScope was new and hotter than a pistol.

My next film, The Prince Of

I’ve done the most awful rubbish in order to have somewhere to go in the morning.

A man that hoards up riches and enjoys them not, is like an ass that carries gold and eats thistles.

This diamond has so many carats it’s almost a turnip.

They lard their lean books with the fat of others work.

I hate myself and my face in particular.

I hate myself and my

When I played drunks I had to remain sober because I didn’t know how to play them when I was drunk.

The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.

How terrible a thing time is

Every word I write I suspect the next day.

Sometimes I am so much my father’s son that I give myself occasional creeps.

Sometimes I am so much

Warren Beatty seems very self-conscious and actory.

I don’t have tremendous physical vitality since I had a neck operation, and I’m more aware than I used to be of the tedium of acting.

I’m so weak at saying no

Anyone can play Henry VIII. I mean, even Robert Shaw… has played it.

Anyone can play Henry

All the bad things that have ever happened to me have always happened in Rome.

How drab people are, especially from the press.