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All Quotes by author - Louis Gossett, Jr.
" After the Academy Award, well, I was left with a lot of time on my hands. I thought I'd get a lot of offers - and they didn't come. "
" 'Avatar' was gorgeous. There are good stories in there, but when used in other movies they're similar to those violent video games. Characters using deadly weapons. The children follow these movies. "
" George Clooney and Brad Pitt, with those 'Oceans' films they do, they get to work together, make a whole lot of money, and make a major film statement. Imagine if once a year, myself, Denzel Washington, Laurence Fishburne, James Earl Jones, we did some relevant film together to make a statement. "
" I am so grateful that the public has given me this gift. They look at me as a person - not as a race or a color. The word for it is freedom - to be accepted as me. "
" I believe the gift of acting is a gift from God, my oath to God, and I want to make sure on a daily basis that it is honed and deeply spiritual... I want to believe that the audience believes that my acting comes from this special place. "
" I can do more than anyone suspects. I pride myself on my versatility. It took 32 years of difficult parts, second leads, villains and juveniles. The Oscar changed the quality of the roles I was being offered. "
" I didn't know anything about acting, I didn't know anything about theater, but I was just an exceptional student at high school. I wanted to play ball; I'm going after a basketball scholarship and be a doctor. I got injured and my marks began to drop. "
" If a role isn't different, it's not worth doing. "
" I grew up with all my cousins. The men worked, and the older women raised us - my mother, my aunt, my grandmother. My great-grandmother was the matriarch, and sometimes there were 30 of us. "
" I had an Oscar, an Emmy, and yet I had this big hole in my soul. "
" I'm cancer-free. And I'm on antioxidants and acupuncture and a different diet. And I have a different outlook on life. I don't have resentment any more. It's wonderful. "
" I think God asks us to promise to replenish the planet and to pay 100% attention to our young so that they will develop character and a good conscience. "
" I think more important than law is the hearts of people. "
" It's presumptuous for us to think we are the only beings in the cosmos. "
" I was always told that I'd have to do a movie with a white guy in order to get the money. That's the way it was. That made me feel that I should have chosen some other profession, so I could have gotten my just deserts. "
" I was at Woodstock. In the mud. "
" I was down in Wilmington, Delaware, doing 'The Desk Set' with Shirley Booth. I was at the DuPont Hotel. I walked out, and there was this grill next door called the New England Grill. I loved seafood. They said very nicely, 'We don't serve colored people.' "
" I was invited to play with the New York Knicks. I was never drafted, but I was invited to the rookie camp. "
" I was president of the schools in junior high and high school, got a scholarship to New York University, played a little basketball, and was a celebrity. "
" My father's best friend, Georgie Terra, was an Italian guy. The children and the cousins and nieces and nephews were children of the Mafia. Those were the children he grew up with. If you want to go to a safe neighborhood, go to where the Mafia is. "
" My father was adopted. He grew up in the Italian household. "
" Never made a million dollars from any of my 78 movies. People thought I had this fortune, which I never had. "
" One family, one nation, indivisible. That mentality is essential for our salvation. "
" One of my best friends while shooting 'Roots' was Vic Morrow, the guy that whips Kunta. "
" One of the most fascinating projects I worked on right after 'Officer' was 'Sadat,' a role for which Anwar Sadat's widow, Jehan, personally chose me. Although this TV miniseries won me nominations for the Golden Globe and an Emmy, strangely, it was boycotted in the Middle East. "
" Some Marine units actually use 'An Officer and a Gentleman' in their training programs. "
" Sometimes I believe that the reason I have been able to do such exemplary work on the screen is because this is the only place I can be free, neither censured nor judged. "
" The Lord may not come when you want Him, but he's always going to be there on time. "
" The only time I was really free was when the director said 'Action' in front of a camera or on the stage, and that's when I flew. "
" There are beautiful words in the Bible and in our pledges and the Declaration of Independence. "
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