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Quotes of the day: Kirk Douglas

Published Monday, December 08, 2014 @ 7:18 PM EST
Dec 08 2014

Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch, December 9, 1916) is an American film and stage actor, film producer and author. His popular films include Out of the Past (1947), Champion (1949), Ace in the Hole (1951), The Bad and the Beautiful(1952), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), Lust for Life (1956), Paths of Glory (1957), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), The Vikings (1958), Spartacus (1960), Lonely Are the Brave (1962), Seven Days in May (1964), The Heroes of Telemark (1965), Saturn 3 (1980) and Tough Guys (1986). He is one of the last remaining stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Age is in the mind.

All I can say about the old days is that they have passed.

Fame is as much about luck as it is about talent, perhaps more.

Fear is a terrible thing. It makes you do awful things.

Give your children lots of rope. Allow them to make their own mistakes. Don't give them too much advice. Each child is different; you have to respect that. It's a crapshoot: You roll the dice, and you see what happens.

I have to continue growing and functioning. That's the only antidote for old age.

If I thought a man had never committed a sin in his life, I don't think I'd want to talk with him. A man with flaws is more interesting.

If you want to know about a man you can find out an awful lot by looking at who he married.

In order to achieve anything you must be brave enough to fail.

Life is like a B-picture script.

Love has more depth as you get older.

No matter how bad things are, they can always be worse.

Religion has killed millions of people. Something must be wrong.

Sometimes, the thing that ties you down sets you free.

The biggest lie is the lie we tell ourselves in the distorted visions we have of ourselves, blocking out some sections, enhancing others. What remains are not the cold facts of life, but how we perceive them. That's really who we are.

The learning process continues until the day you die.

Virtue is not photogenic. What is it to be a nice guy? To be nothing, that's what. A big fat zero with a smile for everybody.

When you reach 95, after you get over your surprise, you start looking back.

Why can't a woman be more like a dog, huh? So sweet, loving, attentive.

You know, you have to have some inner philosophy to deal with adversity.


(Also born on December 9: John Milton and Dalton Trumbo)

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