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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Weighed down by grief, o'erborne by deep despair,
She lifted up white arms to heaven and prayed
That day for death; she made a mighty prayer
Beside her dear one gently to be laid.

And standing thus, it flashed across her mind
How she must make a seemly silhouette
Against the sky, her figure sharply lined
Upon the westering sunlight, black as jet.

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