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Sidney Poitier: I am the me I choose to be

[ 1 ] November 12, 2010 |

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. – Sidney Poitier

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

What was his unique style or personality that set him apart from everyone else?

* Southern Gentleman * Perseverance * Legendary Actor *

I don’t mean to be like some old guy from the olden days who says, “I walked thirty miles to school every morning, so you kids should too.” That’s a statement born of envy and resentment. What I’m saying is something quite different. What I’m saying is that by having very little, I had it good. Children need a sense of pulling their own weight, of contributing to the family in some way, and some sense of the family’s interdependence. They take pride in knowing that they’re contributing. They learn responsibility and discipline through meaningful work. The values developed within a family that operates on those principles then extend to the society at large. By not being quite so indulged and “protected” from reality by overflowing abundance, children see the bonds that connect them to others – 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

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  1. don says:

    Now that I read these quotes and really sit and think about it – Sidney Poiter definitely had a swag about himself that set him apart from others.

    The opening quote makes perfect sense.

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