Richard Burton

(1861-1940 / United States)

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  • 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 diabol...
    Richard Burton (1925-1984), British stage and screen actor. Interview, 1963, ch. 21, quoted in Ruth Waterbury, Elizabeth Taylor (1964).
  • ''When I played drunks I had to remain sober because I didn't know how to play them when I was drunk.''
    Richard Burton (1925-1984), British stage and screen actor. Quoted in Leslie Halliwell, Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion (1984).
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Black Sheep

From their folded mates they wander far,
   Their ways seem harsh and wild;
They follow the beck of a baleful star,
   Their paths are dream-beguiled.

Yet haply they sought but a wider range,
   Some loftier mountain-slope,
And little recked of the country strange
   Beyond the gates of hope.

And haply a bell with a luring call
   Summoned their feet to tread
Midst the cruel rocks, where the deep pitfall
   And the lurking snare are spread. ...

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