100+ Richard Burton Quotes That Will Really Inspire You

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Richard Burton quotes that will really inspire you. There are so many Richard Burton quotes that can help you when you are tired of being in the same old rut, and all you need is a little push, a little inspiration, a smile on the face, change of mood, bring you out of the banality of life, make you laugh a little, or may even make you cry a bit, and these Richard Burton quotes exists just do that.

Richard Burton had been a Welsh actor, and he has been noted for his baritone voice, and Richard Burton had then established himself as a Shakespearean actor during the 1950s, and he had given a memorable performance of Hamlet in the year, 1964. Richard Burton had been called “the natural successor to Olivier” by Kenneth Tynan.

Richard Burton had been nominated for an Academy Award for seven times, and had won an Oscar. Richard Burton had been a recipient of BAFTAs, Tony Awards for Best Actor and Golden Globes. During the mid-1960s, Richard Burton had then risen to the ranks of the top box office stars. During the 1960s, Richard Burton had been one of the highest-paid actors in the world, earned fees of $1 million. Richard Burton has been associated in the public consciousness with the actress, Elizabeth Taylor.

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“If you’re going to make rubbish, be the best rubbish in it.”

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“This diamond has so many carats it’s almost a turnip.”

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“Travelers are like poets. They are mostly an angry race.”

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“They lard their lean books with the fat of others work.”

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“The Welsh are all actors. It’s only the bad ones who become professional.”

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“A man that hoards up riches and enjoys them not, is like an ass that carries gold and eats thistles.”

“False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports.”

“I might run from her for a thousand years and she is still my baby child. Our love is so furious that we burn each other out.”

“You may be as vicious about me as you please. You will only do me justice.”

“The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.”

“When I played drunks I had to remain sober because I didn’t know how to play them when I was drunk.”

“Little islands are all large prisons: one cannot look at the sea without wishing for the wings of a swallow.”

“An actor is something less than a man, while an actress is something more than a woman.”

“I’ve done the most awful rubbish in order to have somewhere to go in the morning.”

“How strange are the tricks of memory, which, often hazy as a dream about the most important events of a man’s life, religiously preserve the merest trifles.”

“There is no Heaven, there is no Hell; These are the dreams of baby minds; Tools of the wily Fetisheer, To fright the fools his cunning blinds”

“Our July was a record month as far as total vehicle sales for cars and trucks.”

“At 34 she is an extremely beautiful woman, lavishly endowed by nature with a few flaws in the masterpiece: She has an insipid double chin, her legs are too short and she has a slight potbelly. She has a wonderful bosom, though.”

“Do what thy manhood bids thee do from none but self expect applause? Henoblest lives and noblest dies, who makes and keeps his selfmadelaw.”

“Do what thy manhood bids thee do,/ From none but self expect applause:/ He noblest lives and noblest dies/ Who makes and keeps his self-made laws.”

“Some people may want to look at a new car, but then not want to invest that much. And then they switch over to a used car.”

“Once we met we had so much in common that we wanted to be together all the time.”

“They’ve even started on some 2006 models. And it’s also had a very positive effect on used cars.”

“I rather like my reputation, actually, that of a spoiled genius from the Welsh gutter, a drunk, a womanizer; it’s rather an attractive image.”

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“One of the gladdest moments of human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy.”

“I have to think hard to name an interesting man who does not drink.”

“There is no Heaven, there is no Hell; These are the dreams of baby minds; Tools of the wily Fetisheer, To fright the fools his cunning blinds”

“How strange are the tricks of memory, which, often hazy as a dream about the most important events of a man’s life, religiously preserve the merest trifles”

“They lard their lean books with the fat of others work.”

“I rather like my reputation, actually, that of a spoiled genius from the Welsh gutter, a drunk, a womanizer; it’s rather an attractive image.”

“When I played drunks I had to remain sober because I didn’t know how to play them when I was drunk.”

“If you’re going to make rubbish, be the best rubbish in it.”

“An actor is something less than a man, while an actress is something more than a woman.”

“How strange are the tricks of memory, which, often hazy as a dream about the most important events of a man’s life, religiously preserve the merest trifles.”

“This diamond has so many carats it’s almost a turnip.”

“False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports.”

“Indeed he knows not how to know who knows not also how to un-know.”

“Little islands are all large prisons: one cannot look at the sea without wishing for the wings of a swallow.”

“I’ve done the most awful rubbish in order to have somewhere to go in the morning.”

“The Welsh are all actors. It’s only the bad ones who become professional.”

“Our July was a record month as far as total vehicle sales for cars and trucks.”

“You may be as vicious about me as you please. You will only do me justice.”

“I might run from her for a thousand years and she is still my baby child. Our love is so furious that we burn each other out.”

“Travelers are like poets. They are mostly an angry race.”

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“The County salutes the tremendous contributions of groups such as the American Red Cross and also the potential assistance of community and faith-based organizations, and looks forward to partnering with them as we seek to come along side those in need,”

“Some people may want to look at a new car, but then not want to invest that much. And then they switch over to a used car.”

“Little islands are all large prisons; one cannot look at the sea without wishing for the wings of a swallow.”

“The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshiped anything but himself.”

“If you can’t laugh together in bed, the chances are you are incompatible, anyway. I’d rather hear a girl laugh well than try to turn me on with long, silent, soulful, secret looks. If you can laugh with a woman, everything else falls into place.”

“Of the gladdest moments in human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of Habit, the leaden weight of Routine, the cloak of many Cares and the slavery of Civilization, man feels once more happy.”

“Do what thy manhood bids thee do,
from none but self expect applause.
He noblest lives and noblest dies
who makes and keeps his self-made laws.”

“Home is where the books are”

“I’d like to be born the son of a duke with 90,000 pounds a year, on an enormous estate…. And I’d like to have the most enormous library, and I’d like to think that I could read those books forever and forever, and die unlamented, unknown, unsung, unhonored – and packed with information.”

“All faith is False, all Faith is true:
Truth is the shattered mirror strown
In myriad bits; while each believes
his little bit the whole to own.”

“Man remembers and combines but does not create.”

“Scheherazade had perused the books, annals and legends of preceding Kings, and the stories, examples and instances of bygone men and things; indeed it was said that she had collected a thousand books of histories relating to antique races and departed rulers. She had perused the works of the poets and knew them by heart; she had studied philosophy and the sciences, arts and accomplishments; and she was pleasant and polite, wise and witty, well read and well bred.”
? Richard Francis Burton, The Book of a Thousand Nights and One Night 17 volumes
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“And still the Weaver plies his loom,
whose warp and woof is wretched Man
Weaving th’ unpattern’d dark design,
so dark we doubt it owns a plan”

“Ah! gay the day with shine of sun,
and bright the breeze, and blithe the
throng
Met on the River-bank to play,
when I was young, when I was young”

“Cease, man, to mourn, to weep, to wail;
Enjoy thy shining hour of sun;
We dance along Death’s icy brink,
But is the dance less full of fun?”

“The wise do not argue therefrom, that the desires of the woman, as long as she is young and strong, are not as real and urgent of those of the man.”

“The actor Richard Burton once wrote an article for the New York Times about his experience playing the role of Winston Churchill in a television drama:

“In the course of preparing myself…I realized afresh that I hate Churchill and all of his kind. I hate them virulently. They have stalked down the corridors of endless power all through history…. What man of sanity would say on hearing of the atrocities committed by the Japanese against British and Anzac prisoners of war, ‘We shall wipe them out, everyone of them, men, women, and children. There shall not be a Japanese left on the face of the earth? Such simple–minded cravings for revenge leave me with a horrified but reluctant awe for such single–minded and merciless ferocity.”–”

“Shaking off, with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy.”

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“[…] it is not easy to talk […] religion to men who measure excellence by forbidden meats […]”

“Conquer thyself, till thou hast done this, thou art but a slave; for it is almost as well to be subjected to another’s appetite as to thine own.”

“One night when we were sleeping they threw my wife and myself into the sea. My wife, however, was a fairy, and so she did not let me drown, but transported me to an island.”

“Fid-mer,” or the evening flyer, is the Somali name for a bat. These little animals are not disturbed in houses, because they keep off flies and mosquitoes, the plagues of the Somali country. Flies abound in the very jungles wherever cows have been, and settle in swarms upon the traveller. Before the monsoon their bite is painful, especially that of the small green species; and there is a red variety called “Diksi as,” whose venom, according to the people, causes them to vomit. The latter abounds in Gulays and the hill ranges of the Berberah country: it is innocuous during the cold season. The mosquito bites bring on, according to the same authority, deadly fevers: the superstition probably arises from the fact that mosquitoes and fevers become formidable about the same time.”

“Starting in a hollowed log of wood — some thousand miles up a river, with an infinitesimal prospect of returning! I ask myself ‘Why?’ and the only echo is ‘damned fool!… the Devil drives.”

“O genius,” I said, “you see that this Sultan was not content with merely forgiving the envious man for the attempt on his life; he heaped rewards and riches upon him.”

“The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.”

“The penis smooth and round was made with anus best to match it, * Had it been made for cunnus’ sake it had been formed like hatchet!”

“When I played drunks I had to remain sober because I didn’t know how to play them when I was drunk.”

“[replying to a cable from Laurence Olivier at the height of the Cleopatra (1963) scandal: “Make up your mind, dear heart. Do you want to be a great actor or
a household word?”] Both.”

“I’ve done the most awful rubbish in order to have somewhere to go in the morning.”

“My father considered that anyone who went to chapel and didn’t drink alcohol was not to be tolerated. I grew up in that belief.”

“[in 1963, about adultery] The minute you start fiddling around outside the idea of monogamy, nothing satisfies anymore.”

“I’ve played the lot: a homosexual, a sadistic gangster, kings, princes, a saint, the lot. All that’s left is a Carry On film. My last ambition.”

“I have to think hard to name an interesting man who does not drink.”

“My father said all actors were homosexuals. That is nonsense, of course. But perhaps most actors are latent homosexuals and we cover it with drink. I was a
homosexual once, but not for long. But I tried it. It didn’t work so I gave it up. (1975)”

“I rather like my reputation, actually, that of a spoiled genius from the Welsh gutter, a drunk, a womanizer; it’s rather an attractive image.”

“You may be as vicious about me as you please. You will only do me justice.”

“[asked why he refused to see his performance in Cleopatra (1963)] Well, I don’t want to kill myself.”

“The only thing in life is language. Not love. Not anything else.”

“All I wanted to do was to live, pick up a new Jag, and act at the Old Vic.”

“All great art comes from people who are either ugly or have a terrible inferiority complex. I know no one who is beautiful and produces art.”

“[about Elizabeth Taylor] Elizabeth has great worries about becoming a cripple because her feet sometimes have no feeling in them. She asked if I would stop
loving her if she had to spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair. I told her that I didn’t care if her legs, bum and bosoms fell off and her teeth turned
yellow. And she went bald. I love that woman so much sometimes that I cannot believe my luck. She has given me so much.”

“[about his love of reading] Home is where the books are.”

“[about being hired to play Marc Antony opposite Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra (1963)] Well, I suppose I must don a breastplate once more to play opposite
Miss Tits.”

“[on Elizabeth Taylor] I might run from her for a thousand years and she is still my baby child. Our love is so furious that we burn each other out.”

“[on Elizabeth Taylor] At thirty-four she is an extremely beautiful woman, lavishly endowed by nature with a few flaws in the masterpiece: She has an insipid
double chin, her legs are too short and she has a slight potbelly. She has a wonderful bosom, though.”

“A man that hoards up riches and enjoys them not, is like an ass that carries gold and eats thistles.”

“Richard Burton is now my epitaph, my cross, my title, my image. I have achieved a kind of diabolical fame. It has nothing to do with my talents as an actor.”

“That counts for little now. I am the diabolically famous Richard Burton.”

“An actor is something less than a man, while an actress is something more than a woman.”

“Certainly most movie executives were making love to the starlets. But then, so were most of us actors.”

“[in 1974] I was up to, I’m told, because, of course, you don’t remember if you drink that much, about two-and-a-half to three bottles of hard liquor a day.
Fascinating idea, of course, drink on that scale. It’s rather nice to have gone through it and to have survived.”

“[on Elizabeth Taylor] The most astonishingly self-contained, pulchritudinous, remote, removed, inaccessible woman I had ever seen.”

“[on Frankie Howerd] If I had his talent, I’d drop Shakespeare tomorrow.”

“[on Staircase (1969)] I believe in this film absolutely. It is a kick against the system.”

“[in 1962] And I’m too old. I’m now thirty-six. And I look about 5’2″. I’m 5’10” but I look smaller. It’s because I’m so wide or my head’s too big or
something.”

“[on Elizabeth Taylor] I love her, not for her breasts, her buttocks or her knees but for her mind. It is inscrutable. She is like a poem.”

“[on Sophia Loren] She is as beautiful as an erotic dream. Tall and extremely large-bosomed. Tremendously long legs. They go up to her shoulders, “practically. Beautiful brown eyes, set in a marvelously vulpine, almost satanic, face.”

“[in 1984] I still smoke too much. I think it gives my voice an edge.”

“(on Julie Andrews, his co-star in “Camelot”] Every man I know who knows her is a little bit in love with her.”

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