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Sidney Poitier Quotes: "You don't have to become something you're not to be better than you were."

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




Sidney Poitier Quotes: "To simply wake up every morning a better person than when I went to bed."

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




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

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



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "A person doesn't have to change who he is to become better."

A person doesn't have to change who he is to become better.



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "I do know that I'm responsible not for what happens, but for what I make of it."

I do know that I'm responsible not for what happens, but for what I make of it.



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "I am the me I choose to be."

I am the me I choose to be.




Sidney Poitier Quotes: "You don't have to become something that you aren't to become better than you are."

You don't have to become something that you aren't to become better than you are.



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "I always wanted to be someone better the next day than I was the day before."

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



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "I set my star so high that I would constantly be in motion toward it."

I set my star so high that I would constantly be in motion toward it.



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "I think the way I want to think. I live the way I want to live."

I think the way I want to think. I live the way I want to live.



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "So much of life, it seems to me, is determined by pure randomness."

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




Sidney Poitier Quotes: "We're all imperfect, and life is simply a perpetual, unending struggle against those imperfections."

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



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "I decided in my life that I would do nothing that did not reflect positively on my father's life."

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



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "When you walk with someone, something unspoken happens. Either you match their pace or they match yours."

When you walk with someone, something unspoken happens. Either you match their pace or they match yours.



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "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."

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

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



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "I have always been a learner because I knew nothing."

I have always been a learner because I knew nothing.



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

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



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

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



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "True 'joy' is the difference between just amusing ourselves to death and creating 'meaningful' pleasure."

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



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "I had chosen to use my work as a reflection of my values."

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



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

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



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

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



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "I couldn't adjust to the racism in Florida. It was so blatant... I had never been so described as Florida described me."

I couldn't adjust to the racism in Florida. It was so blatant... I had never been so described as Florida described me.



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "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."

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.



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "I'd seen my father. He was a poor man, and I watched him do astonishing things."

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



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Acting isn't a game of "pretend." It's an exercise in being real."

Acting isn't a game of "pretend." It's an exercise in being real.



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "We all suffer from the preoccupation that there exists... in the loved one, perfection."

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



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "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."

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.



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "Every new fashion is a form of rebellion."

Every new fashion is a form of rebellion.



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

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



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "I wouldn't change a single thing, because one change alters every moment that follows it."

I wouldn't change a single thing, because one change alters every moment that follows it.



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "If you apply reason and logic to this career of mine, you're not going to get very far. You simply won't."

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 Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "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."

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

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



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "The older we get the less afraid we are."

The older we get the less afraid we are.



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "My autobiography was simply the story of my life."

My autobiography was simply the story of my life.



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

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



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "Marriage is no way of life for the weak, the selfish, or the insecure."

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



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "I'll always be chasing you... Glory."

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



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "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."

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.



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "In my case, the body of work stands for itself... I think my work has been representative of me as a man."

In my case, the body of work stands for itself... I think my work has been representative of me as a man.



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "I cannot be understood in three minutes."

I cannot be understood in three minutes.



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "My father was a poor man, very poor in a British colonial possession where class and race were very important."

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



Sidney Poitier Quotes: "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."

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.