Richard Burton

(1861-1940 / United States)

Richard Burton Quotes

  • ''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.''
    Richard Burton (1925-1984), British stage and screen actor. Interview, 1963, ch. 21, quoted in Ruth Waterbury, Elizabeth Taylor (1964).
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  • ''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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Of Those Who Walk Alone

Women there are on earth, most sweet and high,
Who lose their own, and walk bereft and lonely,
Loving that one lost heart untl they die,
Loving it only.

And so they never see beside them grow
Children, whose coming is like breath of flowers;
Consoled by subtler loves the angels know
Through childless hours.

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