Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE, is a Bahamian-American actor, film director, author and diplomat... (wikipedia)
I lived in a country where I couldn't live where I wanted to live. I lived in a country where I couldn't go where I wanted to eat. I lived in a country where I couldn't get a job, except for those put aside for people of my colour or caste.
To simply wake up every morning a better person than when I went to bed.
So it's been kind of a long road, but it was a good journey altogether.
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.
If I'm remembered for having done a few good things, and if my presence here has sparked some good energies, that's plenty.
Generally, I tend to despise human behavior rather than human creatures.
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.
My father was a poor man, very poor in a British colonial possession where class and race were very important.
I had chosen to use my work as a reflection of my values.
So much of life, it seems to me, is determined by pure randomness.