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Quotes by Denzel Washington

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Wikipedia Summary for Denzel Washington

Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. (born December 28, 1954) is an American actor, director, and producer. He has been described as an actor who reconfigured "the concept of classic movie stardom," mostly associating with characters defined by their grace, dignity, humanity, and inner strength. He has received seventeen NAACP Image Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, one Tony Award, and two Academy Awards from nine nominations: Best Supporting Actor for playing Union Army soldier Private Trip in the historical drama film Glory (1989), and Best Actor for his role as corrupt detective Alonzo Harris in the crime thriller Training Day (2001). In 2020, The New York Times ranked him as the greatest actor of the twenty-first century.

Washington has received much critical acclaim for his film work since the 1980s, including his portrayals of real-life figures such as South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko in Cry Freedom (1987), civil rights activist and Muslim minister Malcolm X in Malcolm X (1992), boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter in The Hurricane (1999), football coach Herman Boone in Remember the Titans (2000), poet and educator Melvin B. Tolson in The Great Debaters (2007), and drug kingpin Frank Lucas in American Gangster (2007). He has been a featured actor in films produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and has been a frequent collaborator of directors Spike Lee, Antoine Fuqua, and Tony Scott. In 2016, he received the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards.

In 2002, Washington made his directorial debut with the biographical film Antwone Fisher. His second directorial effort was The Great Debaters (2007). His third film, Fences (2016), in which he also starred, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Quote: Do what you have to do, to do what you want to do. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of pink pig figurine on white surface
Photo Credit: Fabian Blank

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


Quote: At the end of the day it's not about what you have or even what you've accomplished. It's about who you've lifted up, who you've made better. It's about what you've given back. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

At the end of the day it's not about what you have or even what you've accomplished. It's about who you've lifted up, who you've made better. It's about what you've given back.


Quote: I like talking. I like acting. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

I like talking. I like acting.


Quote: 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. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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.


Quote: I read the Bible every day. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

I read the Bible every day.


Quote: I'm not interested in being a celebrity; I'm interested in being a better actor and a better director. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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


Quote: There are two kinds of pain in this world. The pain that hurts, the pain that alters. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

There are two kinds of pain in this world. The pain that hurts, the pain that alters.


Quote: I even asked Saniyya Sidney why she wanted to be an actor and she said, I'm serious about this. These other little kids they want to play, and I don't have time for that. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

I even asked Saniyya Sidney why she wanted to be an actor and she said, I'm serious about this. These other little kids they want to play, and I don't have time for that.




Quote: 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. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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.






Quote: 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. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of Denzel Washington quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: After directing the first film it feels kind of tricky being back to being in front of the camera, because I've always got one eye over there, kind of thinking of what they are doing, and how the shot is being composed. I think it takes a couple of films to just get back to just being an actor. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of Denzel Washington quote: After directing the first film it feels kind of tricky being back to being in front of the camera, because I've always got one eye over there, kind of thinking of what they are doing, and how the shot is being composed. I think it takes a couple of films to just get back to just being an actor.- black text on quotes background

After directing the first film it feels kind of tricky being back to being in front of the camera, because I've always got one eye over there, kind of thinking of what they are doing, and how the shot is being composed. I think it takes a couple of films to just get back to just being an actor.


Quote: When you make a movie it's always interesting, because you end up in places you never would as a normal visitor or tourist. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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


Quote: That's what I tell young actors. You don't have to compromise. Go do some theater and wait for an appropriate role. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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


Quote: Come on, I know bad acting when I hear it. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

Come on, I know bad acting when I hear it.


Quote: I just try to be honest and true to the character and play the part. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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


Quote: We've all received our share of good fortune, so that's my definition of much. A single blessing is all the bounty in the world, and if you've been blessed at all you're meant to pass some of that on. You're meant to set a positive example. That's our responsibility. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of Denzel Washington quote; white text on black background

We've all received our share of good fortune, so that's my definition of much. A single blessing is all the bounty in the world, and if you've been blessed at all you're meant to pass some of that on. You're meant to set a positive example. That's our responsibility.


Quote: Every failed experiment is one step closer to success. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

Every failed experiment is one step closer to success.


Quote: In my humble opinion, in the nuclear world, the true enemy is war itself. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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.


Quote: I pray that you all put your shoes way under the bed at night so that you gotta get on your knees in the morning to find them. And while you're down there thank God for grace and mercy and understanding. We all fall short of the glory, we all got plenty. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

I pray that you all put your shoes way under the bed at night so that you gotta get on your knees in the morning to find them. And while you're down there thank God for grace and mercy and understanding. We all fall short of the glory, we all got plenty.


Quote: I've found that nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

I've found that nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks.


Quote: A sociopath will do anything to win. Anything. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

A sociopath will do anything to win. Anything.


Quote: 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. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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.


Quote: The secret to a happy marriage? Do whatever your wife tells you. 'Yes, dear.' And breathe. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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






Quote: You don't pick black actors or black directors because they are black. You pick them because they are good. If you lend somebody 50 million dollars you want you're money back. You don't care if they are oppressed. You just want you're money back. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

You don't pick black actors or black directors because they are black. You pick them because they are good. If you lend somebody 50 million dollars you want you're money back. You don't care if they are oppressed. You just want you're money back.


Quote: People have said to me for a long time, Man you're funny. I say, Well, I'm quick, but being funny on purpose, take after take -- that's why I said for me it was new territory, and so by improvising something might come out that might be good. And it's film, so they can cut it if it isn't. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of Denzel Washington quote: People have said to me for a long time, Man you're funny. I say, Well, I'm quick, but being funny on purpose, take after take -- that's why I said for me it was new territory, and so by improvising something might come out that might be good. And it's film, so they can cut it if it isn't.- black text on quotes background

People have said to me for a long time, Man you're funny. I say, Well, I'm quick, but being funny on purpose, take after take -- that's why I said for me it was new territory, and so by improvising something might come out that might be good. And it's film, so they can cut it if it isn't.


Quote: I called Scott Rudin, and I told him I wanted to do the play Fences, so that's how the ball got rolling. I never said, I'll do the play, and the next year I'll do the film, I just wanted to do the play. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

I called Scott Rudin, and I told him I wanted to do the play Fences, so that's how the ball got rolling. I never said, I'll do the play, and the next year I'll do the film, I just wanted to do the play.


Quote: 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. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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.


Quote: We all are doing the best we can. I would like to say that I'm a walking poster board for feminism and women's liberation, but there are things that I do in my life that deeply, deeply fall short of being a statement for being a strong woman. I am flawed as much as anyone else. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of Denzel Washington quote; white text on black background

We all are doing the best we can. I would like to say that I'm a walking poster board for feminism and women's liberation, but there are things that I do in my life that deeply, deeply fall short of being a statement for being a strong woman. I am flawed as much as anyone else.


Quote: We rehearsed for two weeks in Fences, and we taped out the whole house in the front, and the rooms, and we stood it up like a play. We tried to get off book and gave people small props. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

We rehearsed for two weeks in Fences, and we taped out the whole house in the front, and the rooms, and we stood it up like a play. We tried to get off book and gave people small props.


Quote: I remember my mother and father arguing about light bulbs because my father thought he could save money by putting 25-watt bulbs instead of 60-watt bulbs and my mother was trying to explain to him that her children needed to learn to read so that they could go to college. He couldn't see that. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of Denzel Washington quote: I remember my mother and father arguing about light bulbs because my father thought he could save money by putting 25-watt bulbs instead of 60-watt bulbs and my mother was trying to explain to him that her children needed to learn to read so that they could go to college. He couldn't see that.- black text on quotes background

I remember my mother and father arguing about light bulbs because my father thought he could save money by putting 25-watt bulbs instead of 60-watt bulbs and my mother was trying to explain to him that her children needed to learn to read so that they could go to college. He couldn't see that.


Quote: That's where you can find things and modulate your performance and give the other actors something fresh to respond to. We've probably all worked with actors who when it's suddenly your close up, they get sleepy. I don't like that. It's selfish acting, and I won't tolerate it. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of Denzel Washington quote; white text on black background

That's where you can find things and modulate your performance and give the other actors something fresh to respond to. We've probably all worked with actors who when it's suddenly your close up, they get sleepy. I don't like that. It's selfish acting, and I won't tolerate it.


Quote: We know what hair smells like when a hot comb hits it. That's a cultural thing. We know what that smells like on Sunday mornings, usually church-related or something. In my house, it was getting ready for church and your sister was getting her hair fried. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

We know what hair smells like when a hot comb hits it. That's a cultural thing. We know what that smells like on Sunday mornings, usually church-related or something. In my house, it was getting ready for church and your sister was getting her hair fried.


Quote: The lessons I learned in Sunday School have kept me on track. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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


Quote: Some said America took a step forward electing a black president. In light of the unconstitutiona l expansion of powers, lack of transparency and fueling the fires of unrest that clearly hasn't been the case. Vote based on merits, not to fill a racial quota. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

Some said America took a step forward electing a black president. In light of the unconstitutiona l expansion of powers, lack of transparency and fueling the fires of unrest that clearly hasn't been the case. Vote based on merits, not to fill a racial quota.




Quote: Viola Davis is one of the great actors of her generation. She has one of these moments in the theater that I don't even know how to describe. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

Viola Davis is one of the great actors of her generation. She has one of these moments in the theater that I don't even know how to describe.


Quote: 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. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of Denzel Washington quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: My mother used to tell me man gives the award, God gives the reward. I don't need another plaque. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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.


Quote: I am not going to bury my son! My son is going to bury me! by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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




Quote: It is very important to transcend the places that hold us. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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


Quote: What it taught me was forgiveness. It taught me that when people present themselves in a certain way, there's probably some back story or issue or reason for the way that they are. It's not you. It's them. And a lot of times, its about something that's completely out of their control. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of Denzel Washington quote: What it taught me was forgiveness. It taught me that when people present themselves in a certain way, there's probably some back story or issue or reason for the way that they are. It's not you. It's them. And a lot of times, its about something that's completely out of their control.- black text on quotes background

What it taught me was forgiveness. It taught me that when people present themselves in a certain way, there's probably some back story or issue or reason for the way that they are. It's not you. It's them. And a lot of times, its about something that's completely out of their control.


Quote: Bad guys need love too. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

Bad guys need love too.


Quote: I'm a logic monster, if things don't make sense I gotta make sense of them. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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


Quote: Be careful what you ask for because when you pray for rain, you have to deal with the mud as well. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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.


Quote: I fought the good fight, I finished the race, I kept the faith. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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


Quote: To protect the sheep, you gotta catch the wolf. And it takes a wolf to catch a wolf, you understand? by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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


Quote: You can't break me because you didn't make me. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

You can't break me because you didn't make me.


Quote: Thank God in advance for what's already yours. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

Thank God in advance for what's already yours.


Quote: Goals on the road to achievement cannot be achieved without discipline and consistency. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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


Quote: Nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks. Fall forward. Every failed experiment is one step closer to success. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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




Quote: I'm from around Tennessee. I ran away when I was 12 years old and I ain't never looked back. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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


Quote: If you don't trust the pilot, don't go. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

If you don't trust the pilot, don't go.


Quote: 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. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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.


Quote: Meryl and Katharine Hepburn are probably the two greatest actresses of this and the last century. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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


Quote: 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! by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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!


Quote: Where I think the most work needs to be done is behind the camera, not in front of it. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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


Quote: I've been fortunate. I don't pick scripts. Scripts pick me. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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.


Quote: I've worked with children all my life. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

I've worked with children all my life.


Quote: 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. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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.


Quote: I don't concern myself with award. I'd been to the party enough times to know it really didn't matter. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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


Quote: Any good piece of material like Shakespeare ought to be open to reinterpretation. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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.


Quote: My ultimate life dream project is my kids. My family. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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


Quote: When I did A Soldier's Story, I was very young and green and thought I knew everything-now I know I know everything! by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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.


Quote: The poorest people are the sweetest people. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

The poorest people are the sweetest people.


Quote: I think a role model is a mentor -- someone you see on a daily basis, and you learn from them. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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


Quote: I still have my unemployment books and I remember when I worked for the sanitation department and the post office. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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


Quote: Man gives you the award but God gives you the reward. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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.


Quote: If you have an enemy, then learn and know your enemy, don't just be mad at him or her. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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


Quote: In any profession it gets to be a grind. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

In any profession it gets to be a grind.


Quote: In Los Angeles, everyone is a star. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

In Los Angeles, everyone is a star.


Quote: 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. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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.


Quote: My faith helps me understand that circumstances don't dictate my happiness, my inner peace. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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


Quote: I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you're prepared for it. by author Denzel Washington overlaid on photo of photo of author Denzel Washington with quote

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


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