Sidney Poitier Quotes

“You don’t have to become something you’re not to be better than you were.” ~ Sidney Poitier

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

I was the only Black person

“I do know that I’m responsible not for what happens, but for what I make of it.” ~ Sidney Poitier

“You don’t have to become something that you aren’t to become better than you are.” ~ Sidney Poitier

“True ‘joy’ is the difference between just amusing ourselves to death and creating ‘meaningful’ pleasure.” ~ Sidney Poitier

“I am the me I choose to be.” ~ Sidney Poitier

I am the me I choose

“We’re all imperfect, and life is simply a perpetual, unending struggle against those imperfections.” ~ Sidney Poitier

“I decided in my life that I would do nothing that did not reflect positively on my father’s life.” ~ Sidney Poitier

“I always wanted to be someone better the next day than I was the day before.” ~ Sidney Poitier

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

I was born two months early,

“So much of life, it seems to me, is determined by pure randomness.” ~ Sidney Poitier

“If the image one holds of one’s self contains elements that don’t square with reality, one is best advised to let go of them, however difficult that may be.” ~ Sidney Poitier

“Acting isn’t a game of “pretend.” It’s an exercise in being real.” ~ Sidney Poitier

“I had chosen to use my work as a reflection of my values.” ~ Sidney Poitier

I had chosen to use my

“Every new fashion is a form of rebellion.” ~ Sidney Poitier

“I was a gift to my mother. She was a remarkable person. God or nature, or whatever those forces are, smiled on her, then passed me the best of her.” ~ Sidney Poitier

“I find myself, at this time in my life, no less challenged, no less plagued, no less intrigued by what I still don’t know.” ~ Sidney Poitier

“I’d seen my father. He was a poor man, and I watched him do astonishing things.” ~ Sidney Poitier

I'd seen my father. He was

“We all suffer from the preoccupation that there exists… in the loved one, perfection.” ~ Sidney Poitier

“But I always had the ability to say no. That’s how I called my own shots.” ~ Sidney Poitier

“The older we get the less afraid we are.” ~ Sidney Poitier

“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.” ~ Sidney Poitier

“I cannot be understood in three minutes.” ~ Sidney Poitier

As I've mentioned, a large

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

“In my case, the body of work stands for itself… I think my work has been representative of me as a man.” ~ Sidney Poitier

In my case, the body

“Generally, I tend to despise human behavior rather than human creatures.” ~ Sidney Poitier

“Marriage is no way of life for the weak, the selfish, or the insecure.” ~ Sidney Poitier

“To be compared to Jackie Robinson is an enormous compliment, but I don’t think it’s necessarily deserved.” ~ Sidney Poitier

“My father was the quintessential husband and dad.” ~ Sidney Poitier

My father was the quintessential

“I don’t very often read novels.” ~ Sidney Poitier

“If you are anxious about death, then you don’t have a sense of the oneness of things-you feel that after death, you will be no more.” ~ Sidney Poitier

“I did not go into the film business to be symbolized as someone else’s vision of me.” ~ Sidney Poitier

“I am not a hugely religious person, but I believe that there is a oneness with everything. And because there is this oneness, it is possible that my mother is the principal reason for my life.” ~ Sidney Poitier

I am not a hugely religious

“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

“When I set out to become an actor, I had set myself a standard.” ~ 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

If you apply reason and

“I knew what it was to be uncomfortable in a movie theater watching unfolding on the screen images of myself – not me, but black people – that were uncomfortable.” ~ Sidney Poitier