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    • (Speaking as Khan Noonian Singh in Star Trek) Ricardo: It's better to rule in hell than serve in heaven.

    • Ricardo: In the purest sense of the word, be adventurous in everything. When you don't know anything you can't love anything. So be adventurous in every way.

    • Ricardo$: (When asked about his most challenging role)I was in Tokyo playing a kabuki actor in the movie Sayonara, and it was Christmas and I was homesick, and I couldn't learn the movements of the kabuki, which are so exacting. I actually cried out of desperation. It was one of my lowest ebbs as an actor. Eventually I was able to learn them, and I felt very free, because freedom comes from discipline, and that is the most disciplined theater in the world.

    • Ricardo: Let's open a hand of friendship and love and brotherhood. That is my dream. I'll never see it complete while I'm still alive, but I think this is the beginning, and that is what makes me so happy to see this come to fruition.

    • Ricardo: Mexico is my mother; the United States the best friend I will ever have. And so I dream of the day when my mother will say, 'Ricardo, you have chosen a wonderful friend.' And the day when the friend will say, 'Ricardo, you have a sensational mother.' That is why it is very important to bring us together. Brothers and sisters, love thy neighbor as thyself.

    • Ricardo: Mexico is my mother; the United States the best friend I will ever have. And so I dream of the day when my mother will say, 'Ricardo, you have chosen a wonderful friend.' And the day when the friend will say, 'Ricardo, you have a sensational mother.' That is why it is very important to bring us together. Brothers and sisters, love thy neighbor as thyself.

    • Ricardo: Mexico is my mother; the United States the best friend I will ever have. And so I dream of the day when my mother will say, 'Ricardo, you have chosen a wonderful friend.' And the day when the friend will say, 'Ricardo, you have a sensational mother.' That is why it is very important to bring us together. Brothers and sisters, love thy neighbor as thyself.

    • Ricardo: (Onstage, at the Ricardo Montalban Theater) Most of you know the five stages of the actor. But in my case, there are seven stages. The first stage is, 'Who is Ricardo Montalban?' The second stage is, 'Get me Ricardo Montalban.' Third stage is, 'Get me a Ricardo Montalban type.' The fourth stage is, 'Get me a young Ricardo Montalban.' Fifth stage is, 'Who is Ricardo Montalban?' Sixth stage, in my case because of the 'Spy Kids' movies, is, 'Wait a minute — isn't that Whats-his-name?' Seventh stage — because of this theatre, people passing by a few years from now — is, 'Who the hell is that?'

    • Ricardo Montalban has appeared in more than 50 motion pictures.

    • Ricardo: Freedom cannot exist without discipline...freedom is the right to do what we ought to do.

    • Ricardo: We have seen immorality and violence revealed in the media that in my day would have ended the career of the actor. Unfortunately today, that kind of publicity can make the actor more colorful and bankable.

    • Ricardo: True love doesn't happen right away; it's an ever-growing process. It develops after you've gone through many ups and downs, when you've suffered together, cried together, laughed together.

    • Ricardo: There couldn't be better parents than mine, loving yet strict. They disciplined with love. A child without discipline is, in away, a lost child. You cannot have freedom without discipline.

    • Ricardo: Standing on soil feels so much different than standing on city pavement; it lets you look inward and reflect and see who you really are, while you see a beautiful, unspoiled land as far as the eye can see. It allows your inner life to grow.

    • Ricardo: Politics is too partisan, and sometimes patriotism is cast aside. Patriotism is honor and love of your country and your brothers and sisters. With politics I get the impression that it's all about what's good for the party and not necessarily what's good for the country.

    • Ricardo: It is to TV that I owe my freedom from bondage of the Latin lover roles. Television came along and gave me parts to chew on. It gave me wings as an actor.

    • Ricardo: If you shake your fist, the other guy will shake his too. But if you extend your hand to shake their hand, then they will extend theirs also, and you've made a friend.

    • Ricardo: I shot my leg during a rehearsal! Thank God they were blanks.

    • Ricardo: I found enormous opposition to my religion. It's like if you want to strengthen your biceps, you lift heavy weight, as heavy as you can handle, and work your muscles against resistance until it grows strong. I had to do that with my religion.

    • Ricardo: Hollywood does not write parts for people like me, an elderly gentleman, and when they find out you're crippled, forget about it. No, I'll never work again.

    • Ricardo: Hollywood does not write parts for people like me, an elderly gentleman, and when they find out you're crippled, forget about it. No, I'll never work again.

    • Ricardo: Being the only non-Black was a unique experience. After a few weeks, you're not aware of skin color differences. You see the color; you're not blind, but it doesn't matter. You see the human being first.

    • Ricardo: Because we should always respect other nationalities, I have always tried to play them with dignity.

    • Ricardo: I think of Christopher Reeve who said he would pay two million dollars to be able to feel pain again. What a courageous man! So I have to think that pain is a blessing.

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