The Best Sidney Poitier quotes

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Born in 1924, Sidney Poitier is a legend and an inspiration. He was the first black actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor and was also the first black man to be nominated three times for that award. His life story should inspire all of us who are trying to make it in this world.

Here are the best sentences from Sidney Poitier.

Discover the most inspiring Work, Life, Family quotes from Sidney Poitier, and much more.


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About Sidney Poitier

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February 20, 1927

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Bahamian, American

occupation of the author

Actor, Director, Ambassador

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United States

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Years Of Service:

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1267Th Medical Detachment

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World War Ii


So I’m OK with myself, with history, my work, who I am and who I was. โ€” Sidney Poitier

I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work,’ he said. ‘I want to achieve it by not dying.’ But โ€” Sidney Poitier

I get offered work these days. โ€” Sidney Poitier

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

so i m ok with myself with history my work who i am and who i was Sidney Poitier quote

I wanted to explore the values that are at work, underpinning my life. โ€” Sidney Poitier

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

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. โ€” Sidney Poitier

I cannot be understood in three minutes. โ€” Sidney Poitier


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. โ€” Sidney Poitier

my father was very big on marriage Sidney Poitier quote

I come from a great family. I’ve seen family life and I know how wonderful, how nurturing, and how wonderful it can be. โ€” Sidney Poitier

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. โ€” Sidney Poitier

My father was a certain kind of manโ€“I saw how he treated my mother and his family and how he treated strangers. And I vowed I would never make a film that would not reflect properly on my father’s name. โ€” Sidney Poitier

My father was very big on marriage. โ€” Sidney Poitier


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

marriage is no way of life for the weak the selfish or the insecure Sidney Poitier quote

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

My autobiography was simply the story of my life. โ€” Sidney Poitier

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

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

So much of life, it seems, is determined by pure randomness. โ€” Sidney Poitier

my autobiography was simply the story of my life Sidney Poitier quote

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. โ€” Sidney Poitier

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Racism is very painful. That’s life. It never ends. โ€” 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. โ€” Sidney Poitier

I learned to hear silence. That’s the kind of life I lived: simple. I learned to see things in people around me, in my mom, dad, brothers and sisters. โ€” Sidney Poitier

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

The impact of the black audience is expressing itself. They look to films to be more expressive of their needs, their lives. Hollywood has gotten that messageโ€“finally. โ€” Sidney Poitier

Living consciously involves being genuine; it involves listening and responding to others honestly and openly; it involves being in the moment. โ€” Sidney Poitier

If I’m remembered for having done a few good things and if my presence here has sparked some good energies, that’s plenty. โ€” Sidney Poitier

Inspiring Phrases From Sidney Poitier

The older we get the less afraid we are. โ€” Sidney Poitier

If you apologize because you are afraid, then you are a child not a man. โ€” Sidney Poitier

the older we get the less afraid we are Sidney Poitier quote

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

I am the me I choose to be. โ€” Sidney Poitier

You know? โ€” Sidney Poitier

In America, it is difficult to be your own man. โ€” Sidney Poitier

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