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Quotes of the day: Paul Newman

Published Sunday, January 25, 2015 @ 9:24 PM EST
Jan 25 2015

Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 - September 26, 2008) was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver, auto racing team owner, environmentalist, social activist, and philanthropist. He won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in the 1986 Martin Scorsese film The Color of Money and eight other nominations, six Golden Globe Awards (including three honorary ones), a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, an Emmy Award, and many honorary awards. He also won several national championships as a driver in Sports Car Club of America road racing, and his race teams won several championships in open wheel IndyCar racing. Newman married actress Joanne Woodward in 1958, and they remained married for 50 years, until his death. He was a co-founder of Newman's Own, a food company from which Newman donated all post-tax profits and royalties to charity. As of 2014, these donations exceeded US$400 million. He was also a co-founder of Safe Water Network, a nonprofit that develops sustainable drinking water solutions for those in need. In 1988, Paul founded the SeriousFun Children's Network, a global family of camps and programs for children with serious illness which has served 290,076 children since its inception. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A man with no enemies is a man with no character.

Acting is like letting your pants down; you're exposed.

Being on President Nixon's enemies list was the highest single honor I've ever received. Who knows who's listening to me now and what government list I'm on?

Building weapons that we don't need, don't work, and aren't necessary, and have no mission- that's not bad politics, that's robbery.

I am confounded at the stinginess of some institutions and some people. I'm bewildered by it. You can only put away so much stuff in your closet.

I don't think there's anything exceptional or noble in being philanthropic. It's the other attitude that confuses me.

I wasn't driven to acting by an inner compulsion. I was running away from the sporting goods business.

I'm like a good cheese. I'm just getting mouldy enough to be interesting.

Just when things look darkest, they go black.

Men experience many passions in a lifetime. One passion drives away the one before it.

Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.

Once you've seen your face on a bottle of salad dressing, it's hard to take yourself seriously.

People stay married because they want to, not because the doors are locked.

Show me a good loser and I will show you a loser.

The embarrassing thing is that my salad dressing is out-grossing my films.

You can't be as old as I am without waking up with a surprised look on your face every morning: 'Holy Christ, whaddya know- I'm still around!' It's absolutely amazing that I survived all the booze and smoking and the cars and the career.


(January 26 is also the birthday of Douglas MacArthur.)

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