QUOTES DENZEL WASHINGTON

175 DENZEL WASHINGTON QUOTES

You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too. That's a part of it

“You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too. That’s a part of it.”

– Denzel Washington

 

In any profession it gets to be a grind.
“In any profession it gets to be a grind.”

– Denzel Washington

Black or white good parts are hard to come by. A good actor with a good opportunity has a shot; without the opportunity it doesn't matter how good you are.
“Black or white good parts are hard to come by. A good actor with a good opportunity has a shot; without the opportunity it doesn’t matter how good you are.”

– Denzel Washington

 

Where I think the most work needs to be done is behind the camera, not in front of it.
“Where I think the most work needs to be done is behind the camera, not in front of it.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“You don’t know when you’re being watched. That’s one of the weird things about celebrity. It’s my least favorite part of acting, celebrity.”

– Denzel Washington

 

I'd be more frightened by not using whatever abilities I'd been given. I'd be more frightened by procrastination and laziness.
“I’d be more frightened by not using whatever abilities I’d been given. I’d be more frightened by procrastination and laziness.”

– Denzel Washington

 

I made a commitment to completely cut out drinking and anything that might hamper me from getting my mind and body together. And the floodgates of goodness have opened upon me - spiritually and financially.
“I made a commitment to completely cut out drinking and anything that might hamper me from getting my mind and body together. And the floodgates of goodness have opened upon me – spiritually and financially.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you’re prepared for it.”

– Denzel Washington

 

My faith helps me understand that circumstances don't dictate my happiness, my inner peace.My faith helps me understand that circumstances don’t dictate my happiness, my inner peace.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“You have to grab moments when they happen. I like to improvise and ad lib.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“Man gives you the award but God gives you the reward.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"My

“My mother used to tell me man gives the award, God gives the reward. I don’t need another plaque.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“I’m very proud to be black, but black is not all I am. That’s my cultural historical background, my genetic makeup, but it’s not all of who I am nor is it the basis from which I answer every question.”

– Denzel Washington

 

I never really had the classic struggle. I had faith.
“I never really had the classic struggle. I had faith.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“If you have an enemy, then learn and know your enemy, don’t just be mad at him or her.”

– Denzel Washington

 

If you don't trust the pilot, don't go.
“If you don’t trust the pilot, don’t go.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"It's

“It’s simple: You get a part. You play a part. You play it well. You do your work and you go home. And what is wonderful about movies is that once they’re done, they belong to the people. Once you make it, it’s what they see. That’s where my head is at.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"When

“When I was a child I thought I saw an angel. It had wings and kinda looked like my sister. I opened the door so some light could come into the room, and it sort of faded away. My mother said it was probably my Guardian Angel.”

– Denzel Washington

 

I think a role model is a mentor - someone you see on a daily basis, and you learn from them.
“I think a role model is a mentor – someone you see on a daily basis, and you learn from them.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“The time to worrying about flying is when you’re on the ground. When you’re up in the air, it’s too late. No point in worrying about it then.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"My

“My mother never gave up one me. I messed up in school so much they were sending me home, but my mother sent me right back.”

– Denzel Washington

 

My ultimate life dream project is my kids. My family.
“My ultimate life dream project is my kids. My family.”

– Denzel Washington

 

When I did A Soldier's Story, I was very young and green and thought I knew everything-now I know I know everything!
“When I did A Soldier’s Story, I was very young and green and thought I knew everything-now I know I know everything!”

– Denzel Washington

 

I work hard for the audience. It's entertainment. I don't need validation.
“I work hard for the audience. It’s entertainment. I don’t need validation.”

– Denzel Washington

 

If I am a cup maker, I'm interested in making the best cup I possibly can. My effort goes into that cup, not what people think about it.If I am a cup maker, I’m interested in making the best cup I possibly can. My effort goes into that cup, not what people think about it.”

– Denzel Washington

 

I'm not in the loop; I don't know any actors, really, just the ones I work with.
“I’m not in the loop; I don’t know any actors, really, just the ones I work with.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“I still have my unemployment books and I remember when I worked for the sanitation department and the post office.”

– Denzel Washington

 

I've worked in a factory. I was a garbage man. I worked in a post office. It's not that long ago. I like to think that I'm just a regular guy.
“I’ve worked in a factory. I was a garbage man. I worked in a post office. It’s not that long ago. I like to think that I’m just a regular guy.”

– Denzel Washington

 

Acting is just a way of making a living, the family is life.
“Acting is just a way of making a living, the family is life.”

– Denzel Washington

 

I don't concern myself with award. I'd been to the party enough times to know it really didn't matter.
“I don’t concern myself with award. I’d been to the party enough times to know it really didn’t matter.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“I played Othello, but I didn’t sit around thinking how Laurence Olivier did it when he played it. That wouldn’t do me any good.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“Dakota Fanning is a child, but she is a wonderful actor. I don’t know what a child actor is. She’s an actor who’s a child.”

– Denzel Washington

 

One good thing about acting in film is that it's good therapy.
“One good thing about acting in film is that it’s good therapy.”

– Denzel Washington

 

I've been fortunate. I don't pick scripts. Scripts pick me.
“I’ve been fortunate. I don’t pick scripts. Scripts pick me.”

– Denzel Washington

 

My role 14 years ago in Richard III - that was the first time I played a bad guy and learned a lot about it - they have all the fun!
“My role 14 years ago in Richard III – that was the first time I played a bad guy and learned a lot about it – they have all the fun!”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“The last few years I’ve been saying I was ready to quit. It wasn’t that interesting to me. Now that I’m directing, it’s all new again.”

– Denzel Washington

 

Any good piece of material like Shakespeare ought to be open to reinterpretation.
“Any good piece of material like Shakespeare ought to be open to reinterpretation.”

– Denzel Washington

 

I'm not a film buff. I don't watch a lot of movies.
“I’m not a film buff. I don’t watch a lot of movies.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“Meryl and Katharine Hepburn are probably the two greatest actresses of this and the last century.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"Everybody

“Everybody has a job to do. There are people in Iraq on both sides of this war who do what they do for religious reasons, and they feel with God on their side. Some people are good at annihilating people. Maybe that’s their gift.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"When

“When people protest and are upset with a movie, it becomes a big hit. They hated Passion of The Christ, it worked out pretty well for the box office. So let’s get that going.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“I had a lot of success from the start. I never really was tested for long periods of time. I got my first professional job while I was a senior in college. I signed with the William Morris Agency before I graduated.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“Michelle Pfeiffer hasn’t been finding a lot of work recently because she doesn’t like what a woman her age is offered. That’s a real double standard. You get Sean Connery, who gets older and older, still playing opposite young ladies, but it doesn’t work the other way around.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“I wasn’t allowed to go to movies when I was kid; my father was a minister. 101 Dalmatians and King of Kings, that was the extent of it.”

– Denzel Washington

 

I think the bottom of the totem pole is African-American women, or women of colour. I think they get the least opportunities in Hollywood.
“I think the bottom of the totem pole is African-American women, or women of colour. I think they get the least opportunities in Hollywood.”

– Denzel Washington

 

I and haven't been unemployed for 20 years. I'm an exception to the rule.
“I and haven’t been unemployed for 20 years. I’m an exception to the rule.”

– Denzel Washington

 

That's what I tell young actors. "You don't have to compromise. Go do some theater and wait for an appropriate role."
That’s what I tell young actors. “You don’t have to compromise. Go do some theater and wait for an appropriate role.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“I’m not a big Hollywood star. I’m an actor. I’m called a star. That’s not what I am. First of all I’m a human being; my profession is acting. People give you titles. They say you’re an up and coming star, then they say you’re a star, then they say you’re a washed-up star. So I don’t get caught up in what I’m called. My job, my profession, is acting.”

– Denzel Washington

 

Religion to me is when man gets ahold of spirituality: "My god is right, yours is wrong." Religion to me is the human condition. "If you're a Muslim, you can't be a Christian." That to me is religion.
“Religion to me is when man gets ahold of spirituality: “My god is right, yours is wrong.” Religion to me is the human condition. “If you’re a Muslim, you can’t be a Christian.” That to me is religion.”

– Denzel Washington

 

I've always seen it to be a privilege to make movies. It's a really expensive, creative medium.
“I’ve always seen it to be a privilege to make movies. It’s a really expensive, creative medium.”

– Denzel Washington

 

As an actor in the theater you're taught that you never play a bad guy. You have to love who you are. You can't say, "Oh, I'm a bad guy." How do you play that?
“As an actor in the theater you’re taught that you never play a bad guy. You have to love who you are. You can’t say, “Oh, I’m a bad guy.” How do you play that?”

– Denzel Washington

 

"There's

“There’s things that I can do as an actor that I couldn’t do in any other form of life and I’ve got a strange personality. But film requires strange people, so I’ve got a nice comfy home.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"Cats

“Cats are too independent. They piss me off. They play when they want, and then they turn their back on you. Dogs, you throw the ball, and they bring it back, tongue hanging out, tail wagging. Cats are like “Not right now, too busy.” Definitely a dog man. Except when it comes to cleaning up after them! Cats win that!”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“There are films that I don’t like, and then someone will come up to me and say it’s their favorite movie. The movies belong to the people. You make them and you put them out. For me, I love the process of making films. For me, my favorite film is always my next one.”

– Denzel Washington

 

I actually don't hang out with any celebrities. My closest friends are old friends. And my real close friends, none of them are actors.
“I actually don’t hang out with any celebrities. My closest friends are old friends. And my real close friends, none of them are actors.”

– Denzel Washington

 

I'm a logic monster, if things don't make sense I gotta make sense of them.
“I’m a logic monster, if things don’t make sense I gotta make sense of them.”

– Denzel Washington

 

I always think it's not what we know that's terrifying; it's what we don't know. That's sort of pervasive with everything in life.
“I always think it’s not what we know that’s terrifying; it’s what we don’t know. That’s sort of pervasive with everything in life.”

– Denzel Washington

 

Acting, it's not my life, my children and my family, that's life. I'll get up every morning, God willing, for that.
“Acting, it’s not my life, my children and my family, that’s life. I’ll get up every morning, God willing, for that.”

– Denzel Washington

 

A sociopath will do anything to win. Anything.
“A sociopath will do anything to win. Anything.”

– Denzel Washington

 

Acting is like music and you improvise. It's like jazz, there's no rhyme or reason to it. It's not a plan. You practice to music and you just play it.
“Acting is like music and you improvise. It’s like jazz, there’s no rhyme or reason to it. It’s not a plan. You practice to music and you just play it.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"I

“I try not to think about that [getting Oscar] ahead of time. You just try to do the best work you can, and then you get the movie out there, and we’ve been hearing good things. But you never know, you don’t want to get too high, and you don’t want to get too low.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“Americans love to talk about the Constitution and how it protects the rights of every citizen and promises freedom to every citizen, but it’s also a country based on racism and they don’t talk about that too much and every time there’s a film which deals with it there’s certain parts of the country that feel uncomfortable.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“If you don’t love your fellow man, women, person, then you don’t have anything. If you don’t treat your neighbor as you would want to be treated that to me is the fundamental message.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"As

“As an actor, you’re a color of paint on someone else’s palette. But as a director, it’s your canvas and you make the painting you want to make.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“Fundamentally, the most important thing is to get the film made for me and to get as many people to see it as possible. And if I help that, then – I know I help that, let’s put it that way. I do know that I help that. It is called show business.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“I don’t feel pressure, because I do what I want to do. I don’t feel pressure at all. I’ve never done any movies because I thought this was what somebody wanted me to do. I’m a bit more, for lack of a better word, selfish than that. But like I say in the movie, you do what you have to do so that you can do what you want to do.”

– Denzel Washington

 

I'm not interested in being a celebrity; I'm interested in being a better actor and a better director.
“I’m not interested in being a celebrity; I’m interested in being a better actor and a better director.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“I honestly believe, and I’ve said it many times, that the universal stems from the specific and I can’t walk around with a performance and ask everyone how they feel about it, but if noble is an opinion that people have I’ll accept that. I’ve been asked many times why I don’t play bad guys, or heavies, and I would do it, absolutely, in a second, just haven’t been offered any so… if anybody has a script out there tonight I’m more than willing.”

– Denzel Washington

 

My mother used to tell me: "You gotta smile more. Because if you don't smile, the way you look at people, they'll think you're mad at them."
My mother used to tell me: “You gotta smile more. Because if you don’t smile, the way you look at people, they’ll think you’re mad at them.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“We’ve all had some level of injustice, whether 20 years in prison, or 20 minutes sitting in your car waiting for a police officer to determine your future. Or even a few moments in an elevator with some woman clutching her purse thinking you’re going to rob her ¾ regardless of celebrity, that has happened to me.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"I

“I just do what I feel and what I like. I don’t necessarily censor or feel an obligation to have a particular moral standard – I’m willing to wallow in the mud, if necessary. It appears as if there seems to be a consistency in result, but maybe that has as much to do with the roles I choose as it does with how I play them. I do what pleases me.”

– Denzel Washington

 

If you take the time and put in the effort to write your own material and absolutely refuse to be denied the right to make your film it is difficult whatever colour you are.
“If you take the time and put in the effort to write your own material and absolutely refuse to be denied the right to make your film it is difficult whatever colour you are.”

– Denzel Washington

 

We'll all retire from life at some point. The great thing about acting is you don't necessarily have to retire.
“We’ll all retire from life at some point. The great thing about acting is you don’t necessarily have to retire.”

– Denzel Washington

 

When people say "What do you want people to get from this movie?" I say, "Well, it depends on what they bring to it." I don't try to decide what people should get from it or why. I don't do a part for those kinds of reasons.
“When people say “What do you want people to get from this movie?” I say, “Well, it depends on what they bring to it.” I don’t try to decide what people should get from it or why. I don’t do a part for those kinds of reasons.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"I

“I think we’re fascinated by gangsters and that whole lifestyle and crossing the line. We get sort of stuck in our normal lives, if you will, and you want to be bigger than life and I think people somehow live through these sorts of characters.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“Denzel Washington: I like the collaboration, I like seeing people do well, so I really plan to direct the rest of my days.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“I always say the time to worry about flying is when you’re on the ground. If you don’t trust the captain, don’t go.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"I

“I don’t look back, no. Maybe when I’m older; people say, ‘What’s your favorite film?’ I say, ‘My next one.’ I’m not interested in sitting around; I just don’t, never have.”

– Denzel Washington

 

When you trust the director you want to trust his or her choices. I don't want to say, 'No, I don't like this girl or that guy," when the director really loves them. No, you want to go with what the director likes.
“When you trust the director you want to trust his or her choices. I don’t want to say, ‘No, I don’t like this girl or that guy,” when the director really loves them. No, you want to go with what the director likes.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“Sometimes when you’re the good guy, you’re sort of trapped. “Oh, he can’t say that.” And even when you’re playing a real person like a Steven Biko, you’re sort of stuck within those confines. So yeah, bad guys do have more fun.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"Taking

“Taking the money from drug operations and all that sort of stuff is something that goes past what most of us in society would expect a policeman should do. That temptation hits the police force at the same time as the temptation to take those drugs that are readily available hits the people on the streets.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“When you make a movie it’s always interesting, because you end up in places you never would as a normal visitor or tourist.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"I'm

“I’m not afraid to upset people. But I am not as upset because I understand what I’m up against.”

– Denzel Washington

 

I think that if there can be considered racism it's to do with the lack of opportunities for writers and producers and the people behind the camera.
“I think that if there can be considered racism it’s to do with the lack of opportunities for writers and producers and the people behind the camera.”

– Denzel Washington

 

I love research and being educated. It's a great job being able to step into all kinds of professions and into other people's shoes.
“I love research and being educated. It’s a great job being able to step into all kinds of professions and into other people’s shoes.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"Years

“Years ago, even prior to 9/11, I did a movie called “The Siege.” I did a lot of research with the FBI and the CIA. And I was amazed at that time (I guess we might all know it now) how little information they shared with each other. So after that, I’m not surprised by anything.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"I'm

“I’m selfish, I think. I think an artist has to be. I’m not worried about what people think. I play the parts that I find interesting. It’d bother me more to be just pigeonholed into doing what people think is ethical or that’s boring to me. I don’t pick parts with that in mind, I just find interesting stories. If it’s interesting to me, then I do it.”

– Denzel Washington

 

When you don't understand something, you label it and condemn it" (94) - Danny Glover, "The Fundamental Things
“When you don’t understand something, you label it and condemn it” (94) – Danny Glover, “The Fundamental Things”

– Denzel Washington

 

The strongest, toughest men all have compassion. They're not heartless and cold. You have to be man enough to have compassion - to care about people and about your children" (217) - John Singleton "Oh Man, I've Become My Father
“The strongest, toughest men all have compassion. They’re not heartless and cold. You have to be man enough to have compassion – to care about people and about your children” (217) – John Singleton “Oh Man, I’ve Become My Father”

– Denzel Washington

 

Bad guys need love too.
“Bad guys need love too.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“Every day, sincerely and without phoniness, Lou demonstrated by his actions how very vital it is – more than anything else – to understand and appreciate the people who work with you…Do your job well, but always remember that the people you work with are your most valuable asset. Embrace them. Honor them. Respect them” (206) – “Prescriptions for Success” by John Schuerholz”

– Denzel Washington

 

Don't get all sentimental on me, Makes me think I'm gonna die.
“Don’t get all sentimental on me, Makes me think I’m gonna die.”

– Denzel Washington

 

I just try to be honest and true to the character and play the part.
“I just try to be honest and true to the character and play the part.”

– Denzel Washington

 

At the end of the day, it's not about what you have or even what you've accomplished. It's about what you've done with those accomplishments. Its about who you've lifted up, who you've made better. It about what you've given back" (23).
“At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about what you’ve done with those accomplishments. Its about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It about what you’ve given back” (23).”

– Denzel Washington

 

There's racism everywhere.
“There’s racism everywhere.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“We do what we have to so we can do what we want to.”

– Denzel Washington

 

It is very important to transcend the places that hold us.
“It is very important to transcend the places that hold us.”

– Denzel Washington

 

In Los Angeles, everyone is a star.
“In Los Angeles, everyone is a star.”

– Denzel Washington

 

One failed experiment is one step closer to Success.
“One failed experiment is one step closer to Success.”

– Denzel Washington

 

In my humble opinion, in the nuclear world, the true enemy is war itself.
“In my humble opinion, in the nuclear world, the true enemy is war itself.”

– Denzel Washington

 

Growing up I didn't watch movies.
“Growing up I didn’t watch movies.”

– Denzel Washington

 

Every punch that's thrown is mine. Every punch that's caught, I catch....
“Every punch that’s thrown is mine. Every punch that’s caught, I catch….”

– Denzel Washington

 

So the desire you have, that itch that you have to be whatever it is you want to be … that itch, that desire for good is God's proof to you sent already to indicate that it's yours. You already have it. Claim it.
“So the desire you have, that itch that you have to be whatever it is you want to be … that itch, that desire for good is God’s proof to you sent already to indicate that it’s yours. You already have it. Claim it.”

– Denzel Washington

There is nothing good or bad, except by comparison" (209) - "Effort is Everything" by Bud Selig
“There is nothing good or bad, except by comparison” (209) – “Effort is Everything” by Bud Selig”

– Denzel Washington

 

When my oldest boy was about 14, I started to talk to him about some of the mistakes I made in life, just to put a few dents in that shiny armor.
“When my oldest boy was about 14, I started to talk to him about some of the mistakes I made in life, just to put a few dents in that shiny armor.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"Money

“Money doesn’t buy happiness. Some people say it’s a heck of a down payment, though.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"I'm

“I’m from around Tennessee. I ran away when I was 12 years old and I ain’t never looked back.”

– Denzel Washington

 

Raising the standard of the work, not complaining about somebody not voting.
“Raising the standard of the work, not complaining about somebody not voting.”

– Denzel Washington

 

What's a celebrity anyway? Paris Hilton's a celebrity. I'm just a working actor.
“What’s a celebrity anyway? Paris Hilton’s a celebrity. I’m just a working actor.”

– Denzel Washington

 

A film is just like a muffin. You make it. You put it on the table. One person might say, Oh, I don't like it. One might say it's the best muffin ever made. One might say it's an awful muffin. It's hard for me to say. It's for me to make the muffin.
“A film is just like a muffin. You make it. You put it on the table. One person might say, Oh, I don’t like it. One might say it’s the best muffin ever made. One might say it’s an awful muffin. It’s hard for me to say. It’s for me to make the muffin.”

– Denzel Washington

 

I've worked with children all my life.
“I’ve worked with children all my life.”

– Denzel Washington

Revenge is a meal best served cold.
“Revenge is a meal best served cold.”

– Denzel Washington

 

I have a new respect for filmmakers, that's for sure, 'cause it's not easy. If I'm allowed to, I'll be directing for the rest of my life. I love the process.
“I have a new respect for filmmakers, that’s for sure, ’cause it’s not easy. If I’m allowed to, I’ll be directing for the rest of my life. I love the process.”

– Denzel Washington

 

You never know how you're going to affect people.
“You never know how you’re going to affect people.”

– Denzel Washington

 

I've always felt protected. That's the God's honest truth.
“I’ve always felt protected. That’s the God’s honest truth.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"Talent

“Talent comes from God. If you have been given some, then value it, cultivate it, work and develop it.”

– Denzel Washington

 

I am not going to bury my son! My son is going to bury me!
“I am not going to bury my son! My son is going to bury me!”

– Denzel Washington

 

If you want to be a warrior, you have to train.
“If you want to be a warrior, you have to train.”

– Denzel Washington

 

I fought the good fight, I finished the race, I kept the faith.
“I fought the good fight, I finished the race, I kept the faith.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“We live in a time when people give up too easy.”

– Denzel Washington

 

You will never see a U-Haul behind a hearse,
“You will never see a U-Haul behind a hearse,”

– Denzel Washington

 

"I

“I got on my knees and sort of communicated with the spirits. When I came out, I was in charge. I couldn’t have acted that, I couldn’t have written that.”

– Denzel Washington

 

The Bible says "faith without works is nothing" so destiny is great, fate is great, faith is great - but you still have to work at it. I don't just sit at home and wait for it all to unfold.
“The Bible says “faith without works is nothing” so destiny is great, fate is great, faith is great – but you still have to work at it. I don’t just sit at home and wait for it all to unfold.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"I'm

“I’m a parent. I think we’re responsible for the problems that young people have. I believe that. I don’t blame them for any of it. I blame us for what we haven’t done as mothers and fathers, not sticking together as a unit.”

– Denzel Washington

 

Hate put me in prison. Love's gonna bust me out.
“Hate put me in prison. Love’s gonna bust me out.”

– Denzel Washington

 

Put God first in everything you do.
“Put God first in everything you do.”

– Denzel Washington

 

Dreams without goals, are just dreams and they ultimately fuel disappointment.
“Dreams without goals, are just dreams and they ultimately fuel disappointment.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“Why do we close our eyes when we pray, cry, kiss, or dream? Because the most beautiful things in life are not seen but felt by the heart.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“I get nervous when a picture goes beyond two hours.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"I

“I read a ton of scripts. I read a lot of scripts, and you read one, and first of all, you felt like you read it in 14 minutes, because you’re turning the pages so fast you can’t wait to see what’s going to happen.”

– Denzel Washington

 

Don't be afraid to fail big, to dream big.
“Don’t be afraid to fail big, to dream big.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“I’m a positive person, so I don’t get bogged down with it. If you’re expecting that, if you wall in that, if you practice that, then you’ll attract what you fear.”

– Denzel Washington

 

For me, success is inner peace. That's a good day for me.
“For me, success is inner peace. That’s a good day for me.”

– Denzel Washington

 

The poorest people are the sweetest people.
“The poorest people are the sweetest people.”

– Denzel Washington

 

The only reason I'm acting in films I direct is to get the money to make them, quite frankly, it's not what I'm interested in doing.
“The only reason I’m acting in films I direct is to get the money to make them, quite frankly, it’s not what I’m interested in doing.”

– Denzel Washington

 

The lessons I learned in Sunday School have kept me on track.
“The lessons I learned in Sunday School have kept me on track.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“I found that nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"Cursed

“Cursed be the ground for our sake. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for us. For out of the ground we were taken, for the dust we are and to the dust we shall return.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"There's

“There’s a book called “The Sociopath Next Door.” I thought most sociopaths were violent. In fact, they aren’t. But almost all sociopaths want to win, no matter what.”

– Denzel Washington

 

True desire in the heart for anything good is God's proof to you sent beforehand to indicate that it's yours already,
“True desire in the heart for anything good is God’s proof to you sent beforehand to indicate that it’s yours already.”

– Denzel Washington

 

Luck is where opportunity meets preparation.
“Luck is where opportunity meets preparation.”

– Denzel Washington

 

To protect the sheep, you gotta catch the wolf. And it takes a wolf to catch a wolf, you understand?
“To protect the sheep, you gotta catch the wolf. And it takes a wolf to catch a wolf, you understand?”

– Denzel Washington

 

I believe in God. I don't fear man, I fear God.
“I believe in God. I don’t fear man, I fear God.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“Writing is a weapon and it’s more powerful than a fist could ever be.”

– Denzel Washington

 

I walk by faith, not by sight.
“I walk by faith, not by sight.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“Hate, hatred for yourself, for other people, will confine you, but love can set you free.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“Nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks. Fall forward. Every failed experiment is one step closer to success.”

– Denzel Washington

 

If you don't fail, you're not even trying.
“If you don’t fail, you’re not even trying.”

– Denzel Washington

The chances you take, the people you meet, the people you love, the faith that you have. That's what's going to define you.
“The chances you take, the people you meet, the people you love, the faith that you have. That’s what’s going to define you.”

– Denzel Washington

 

Got to be who you are in this world, no matter what.
“Got to be who you are in this world, no matter what.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“A man once told me that you step out of your door in the morning, and you are already in trouble. The only question is are you on top of that trouble or not?”

– Denzel Washington

 

"Success?

“Success? I don’t know what that word means. I’m happy. But success, that goes back to what in somebody’s eyes success means. For me, success is inner peace. That’s a good day for me.”

– Denzel Washington

 

Do what you have to do, to do what you want to do.
“Do what you have to do, to do what you want to do.”

– Denzel Washington

 

Don't aspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference.
“Don’t aspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference.”

– Denzel Washington

 

The secret to a happy marriage? Do whatever your wife tells you. 'Yes, dear.' And breathe.
“The secret to a happy marriage? Do whatever your wife tells you. ‘Yes, dear.’ And breathe.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“Be careful what you ask for because when you pray for rain, you have to deal with the mud as well.”

– Denzel Washington

 

Thank God in advance for what's already yours.
“Thank God in advance for what’s already yours.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"Put

“Put God first in everything you do… Everything that I have is by the grace of God, understand that. It’s a gift… I didn’t always stick with Him, but He stuck with me.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“Do what you gotta do so you can do what you wanna do.”

– Denzel Washington

 

Goals on the road to achievement cannot be achieved without discipline and consistency.
“Goals on the road to achievement cannot be achieved without discipline and consistency.”

– Denzel Washington

 

I actually sat out in the audience a few times with my mother.
“I actually sat out in the audience a few times with my mother.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“We do what we have to do so we can do what we want to do.”

– Denzel Washington

 

We're not sure yet who will play my father,
“We’re not sure yet who will play my father,”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“You can’t break me because you didn’t make me.”

– Denzel Washington

 

So you never know who you touch. You never know how or when you'll have an impact, or how important your example can be to someone else" (20).
“So you never know who you touch. You never know how or when you’ll have an impact, or how important your example can be to someone else” (20).”

– Denzel Washington

 

Family is life; acting is making a living.
“Family is life; acting is making a living.”

– Denzel Washington

 

We just go. It's a shorthand. It's familiar.
“We just go. It’s a shorthand. It’s familiar.”

– Denzel Washington

 

It's about one of the biggest and most notorious drug dealers in the history of America, Frank Lucas and a New York detective, Richie Roberts, who tracks him down.
“It’s about one of the biggest and most notorious drug dealers in the history of America, Frank Lucas and a New York detective, Richie Roberts, who tracks him down.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“It’s not only a pleasure, but an honor for me to be here tonight.”

– Denzel Washington

 

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“It’s hard because a lot of people expect me to be a certain way,” says J.D., whose face is a bit fuller, yet sounds strikingly like his father.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"I've

“I’ve heard (the rumors). Having babies, I’ve left home and all this… I’m a big boy. I can take it. But what bothers me about all of that stuff is the effect on the family.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"I

“I want to be responsible. If I give you $50 million, it’s because I want my money to come back. Not because I like your haircut.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"I'm

“I’m on a plane tonight. No partying tonight. I gotta hit it, I gotta do what I gotta do so I can do what I want to do. I gotta work. They call it show business.”

– Denzel Washington

 

"I

“I really want my father’s life to be portrayed honestly. I don’t want people getting drawn into the theatre because they want to see the last scene where he’s shot and killed.”

– Denzel Washington

 

If there is a political message I don't know what it is. Don't rob a bank?
“If there is a political message I don’t know what it is. Don’t rob a bank?”

– Denzel Washington

 

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