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Born: 1936-12-22
Profession: Actor
Nation: American
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I love the fact that it starts from there, and you don't know where it's gonna go. Wait long enough - love will find you. Everything's a surprise. When you think you've got it all figured out... as Emerson said, the dice of God are always loaded.

Tags: Enough, God, Love

The fact that that's the difference between Mexicans and Cubans is pronounced. It's so immediately recognizable, the way a Cuban speaks, the way a Cuban moves the hands.

Tags: Between, Difference, Fact

Definitely not a sitcom, that's my first condition. No sitcoms.

Tags: Condition, Definitely, Sitcom

Food is a passion. Food is love.

Tags: Food, Love, Passion

I guess I work well with others I handle younger actors well.

Tags: Guess, Others, Work

I never learned to cook; I was a little spoiled as far as that's concerned.

Tags: Concerned, Far, Learned

I started in radio, again accidentally. I wasn't looking for this kind of work at all.

Tags: Again, Looking, Work

I think you can tell the human condition better through comedy.

Tags: Comedy, Human, Tell

I work with Garry no matter what. What I wanted to keep going was the streak.

Tags: Keep, Wanted, Work

I'm attracted to pathos, because life is mostly pathos. I've had a lot of it in my life.

Tags: Attracted, Life, Mostly

I've dodged bullets but there's no scandal in my life.

Tags: Bullets, Life, Scandal

On those, I've said it before, I work free. It's the waiting they pay me for.

Tags: Free, Waiting, Work

Pretty Woman was the easiest job I've ever done. I just wore the right toupee.

Tags: Done, Job, Woman

Sometimes I just walk through; I just show up, as in The Other Sister.

Tags: Show, Sister, Sometimes

Which reminds me of a fortune cookie: you often find your destiny on the path you take to avoid it.

Tags: Destiny, Often, Path

Yes, and it's my third movie with Richard. American Gigolo was my first.

Tags: American, Movie, Yes

You can trust a Neil Simon script. Every dot. Every dash; that pause means something. He takes all the jokes out, practically.

Tags: Means, Takes, Trust

You know, a low budget, you have to work harder. You have to plan well; you don't have much time to rehearse.

Tags: Plan, Time, Work

You're at the top of your game if you do comedy.

Tags: Comedy, Game, Top

I started in 1946 in radio. I was ten years old. I was discovered singing in a school play. Someone was in the audience and it's six degrees of separation.

Tags: Old, School, Someone

I used to work, part time, in a deli, in those days when your parents made you work just so you should know what work was like. And you'd make 4, 5, 6, ten dollars.

Tags: Parents, Time, Work

I'm a parent, especially when you've had the intense parenting the way I had. It's all in the bank. It's all in the great experience bank. Those are your secrets. That's the stuff that makes your work rich, that's what you dip into.

Tags: Experience, Great, Work

I know now what this meant, that the bison were the gift of a good spirit and were our strength, but we should lose them, and from the same good spirit we must find another strength.

Tags: Another, Good, Strength
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And if the great fear had not come upon me, as it did, and forced me to do my duty, I might have been less good to the people than some man who had never dreamed at all, even with the memory of so great a vision in me.

Tags: Fear, Good, Great

They told me I had been sick twelve days, lying like dead all the while, and that Whirlwind Chaser, who was Standing Bear's uncle and a medicine man, had brought me back to life.

Tags: Dead, Life, Sick

When I got back to my father and mother and was sitting up there in our tepee, my face was still all puffed and my legs and arms were badly swollen; but I felt good all over and wanted to get right up and run around.

Tags: Father, Good, Mother

You remember that my great vision came to me when I was only nine years old, and you have seen that I was not much good for anything until after I had performed the horse dance near the mouth of the Tongue River during my eighteenth summer.

Tags: Good, Great, Remember

You see, I had been riding with the storm clouds, and had come to earth as rain, and it was drought that I had killed with the power that the Six Grandfathers gave me.

Tags: Power, Rain, Storm

Sometimes dreams are wiser than waking.

Tags: Dreams, Sometimes, Wiser

There can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which is within the souls of men.

Tags: Men, Peace, True

Grown men can learn from very little children for the hearts of little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.

Tags: Children, Great, Men

Grandfather, Great Spirit, once more behold me on earth and lean to hear my feeble voice.

Tags: Earth, Great, Once

And I say the sacred hoop of my people was one of the many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father.

Tags: Children, Father, Mother

The boys of my people began very young to learn the ways of men, and no one taught us; we just learned by doing what we saw, and we were warriors at a time when boys now are like girls.

Tags: Learned, Men, Time

And when I breathed, my breath was lightning.

Tags: Breath, Breathed, Lightning

My friend, I am going to tell you the story of my life, as you wish; and if it were only the story of my life I think I would not tell it; for what is one man that he should make much of his winters, even when they bend him like a heavy snow?

Tags: Friend, Life, Snow

I was four years old then, and I think it must have been the next summer that I first heard the voices.

Tags: Next, Old, Summer

After the horse dance was over, it seemed that I was above the ground and did not touch it when I walked.

Tags: After, Dance, Touch

A good nation I will make live.

Tags: Good, Nation

And as he spoke of understanding, I looked up and saw the rainbow leap with flames of many colors over me.

Tags: Colors, Leap, Rainbow

I cured with the power that came through me.

Tags: Cured, Power

I looked below and saw my people there, and all were well and happy except one, and he was lying like the dead - and that one was myself.

Tags: Dead, Except, Happy

I had a vision with which I might have saved my people, but I had not the strength to do it.

Tags: Might, Strength, Vision

If you will read again what is written, you will see how it was.

Tags: Again, Read, Written

So I took the bright red stick and at the center of the nation's hoop I thrust it in the earth.

Tags: Earth, Nation, Took

To use the power of the bison, I had to perform that part of my vision for the people to see.

Tags: Perform, Power, Vision

And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being.

Tags: Tell, Together, While

I think I have told you, but if I have not, you must have understood, that a man who has a vision is not able to use the power of it until after he has performed the vision on earth for the people to see.

Tags: Able, After, Power

Now suddenly there was nothing but a world of cloud, and we three were there alone in the middle of a great white plain with snowy hills and mountains staring at us; and it was very still; but there were whispers.

Tags: Alone, Great, Three

The soldiers did go away and their towns were torn down; and in the Moon of Falling Leaves (November), they made a treaty with Red Cloud that said our country would be ours as long as grass should grow and water flow.

Tags: Away, Country, Said

Also, as I lay there thinking of my vision, I could see it all again and feel the meaning with a part of me like a strange power glowing in my body; but when the part of me that talks would try to make words for the meaning, it would be like fog and get away from me.

Tags: Power, Thinking, Words

I looked about me once again, and suddenly the dancing horses without number changed into animals of every kind and into all the fowls that are, and these fled back to the four quarters of the world from whence the horses came, and vanished.

Tags: Again, Number, Once

But I think I have done right to save the vision in this way, even though I may die sooner because I did it; for I know the meaning of the vision is wise and beautiful and good; and you can see that I am only a pitiful old man after all.

Tags: Beautiful, Good, Wise
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