Sidney Poitier


Born
in Miami, Florida, The United States
February 20, 1927

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In 1964, Poitier became the first Bahamian to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, for his role in Lilies of the Field. Poitier was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

Average rating: 3.69 · 10,678 ratings · 1,269 reviews · 13 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Measure of a Man: A Spi...

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Life Beyond Measure: Letter...

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Montaro Caine

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This Life

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Separate But Equal

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Untitled Novel

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The Measure of a Man a Memoir

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I Thought We Were Making Mo...

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A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World:...

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D'Aulaire's Book of Greek M...

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“I am the me I choose to be.”
Sidney Poitier
tags: life

“A person doesn't have to change who he is to become better.”
Sidney Poitier, The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography

“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, The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography

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