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Wikipedia Summary for Will Smith

Willard Carroll Smith Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, rapper, and film producer. Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards.

During the late 1980s, he achieved modest fame as a rapper under the name The Fresh Prince. In 1990, his popularity increased dramatically when he began starring in the NBC television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which ran for six seasons until 1996. After the series ended, Smith transitioned from television to film and went on to star in numerous blockbuster films. He is the only actor to have starred in eight consecutive films which grossed over $100 million in the United States box office, eleven consecutive films which grossed over $150 million internationally, and eight consecutive films which opened at the number one spot in the US box office tally.

Smith has been ranked as the most bankable star worldwide by Forbes. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". As of 2014, 17 of the 21 films in which he has had leading roles have accumulated worldwide gross earnings of over $100 million each, with five taking in over $500 million each in global box office receipts. As of 2016, his films have grossed $7.5 billion at the global box office. For his performances as boxer Muhammad Ali in Ali (2001) and stockbroker Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Smith received Academy Award nominations for Best Actor.

My first record came out while I was a senior in high school, which is dangerous.

--Will Smith

Grades are getting low, the teens are getting high!

--Will Smith

Everybody need a partner to stand right by their side. Not only down for the good times. But also down through the bad times.

--Will Smith

It's really beautiful. It feels like God visits everywhere else but lives in Africa.

--Will Smith

Life is not the amount of breaths you take; it's the moments that take your breath away.

--Will Smith

My skin is hard when it comes to my music. But with my movies, I'm still a virgin in a lot of ways. I'm not used to being shot down for no reason.

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I think it would be arrogant and borderline foolish to believe there's no other life forms that exist out there.

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There's a forgiveness that literary audiences will give you that film audiences don't give you. It's the two hour construct. You're in there and it needs to climax and finish.

--Will Smith

I'm profoundly changed. There's a bittersweet emotion that I feel from playing this role... I want the world to be different because I was here. However lofty or crazy or delusional that may sound, I want people's lives to be better because I was here.

--Will Smith

There's a certain delusional quality that all successful people have to have.

--Will Smith

Longer Version:

There's a certain delusional quality that all successful people have to have.  You have to believe that something different than what has happened for the last 50 million years of history -- you have to believe that something different can happen.


I think my general disposition on life is finding what's funny about it. When something happens, the first thing in my mind is, What's funny about it?

--Will Smith

Something hurts, lean in. You just lean into that point until it loses its power over you. There's a certain amount of suffering that you have to be willing to sustain if you want to have a good life. And the real trick is to be able to sustain it with your heart open and still be loving.

--Will Smith

Goofy was the word that was used most often by my sisters because I've been this tall ever since I was 12 years old.

--Will Smith

What people are perceiving will dictate what their life and ultimately what your interaction is.

--Will Smith

I read a Bruce Lee quote that shifted how I'm trying to live my life right now. He said, Some targets are only meant to be aimed at. Right? And I took that to mean a shift for myself from goal orientation to path orientation.

--Will Smith

Tons of women would love to have sex with me. I hate the image of black men as promiscuous and unable to control themselves sexually. I don't like that image.

--Will Smith

Don't ever let someone tell you that you can't do something. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. When people can't do something themselves, they are going to tell you that you can't do it. You want something, go get it. Period.

--Will Smith

I refuse to accept anything less than 100% of what I can achieve.

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I've always considered myself to be just average talent and what I have is a ridiculous insane obsessiveness for practice and preparation.

--Will Smith

You're the dumbest smart person i know, you're the dumbest dumb person i know.

--Will Smith

Just stay ready. Stay in shape and then you don't have to rush to train before the movie starts. I'll show you my abs later because I'm in shape. But that idea, if you stay ready, you don't have to get ready.

--Will Smith

10 ways to love: listen, speak, give, pray, answer, share, enjoy, trust, forgive, promise.

--Will Smith

You be as truthful as you can to a specific situation, and it will become universal.

--Will Smith

In black neighborhoods, everybody appreciated comedy about real life. In the white community, fantasy was funnier. I started looking for the jokes that were equally hilarious across the board, for totally different reasons.

--Will Smith

I'm motivated by fear. Fear of fear. I hate being scared to do something. And I think what developed in my early days was the attitude that I started attacking things that I was scared of.

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The execs don't care what color you are. They care about how much money you make. Hollywood is not really black or white. It's green.

--Will Smith

I believe that I can create whatever I want to create. If I can put my head on it right, study it, learn the patterns, and -- it's hard to put into words, it's real metaphysical, esoteric nonsense, but I feel very strongly that we are who we choose to be.

--Will Smith

Probably means there's a good chance. Possibly means we might or we might not.

--Will Smith

The desire to be a good father is really innate. There aren't a lot of movies that depict that relationship because men, we have to pretend that we're not that emotional about it.

--Will Smith

I consider myself an alchemist. An alchemist is basically a mystical chemist, right? And one of the great feats that alchemists used to do is they would take lead -- just take a chunk of lead -- and they could turn lead into gold.

--Will Smith

Adolf Hitler was a vile, heinous, vicious killer responsible for one of the greatest acts of evil committed on this planet.

--Will Smith

We didn't grow up with the sense that where we were was where we were gonna be. We grew up with the sense that where we were almost didn't matter, because we will be becoming something greater.

--Will Smith

The best feeling in the world is knowing that you actually mean something to someone.

--Will Smith

Basic principles: no matter what, no matter when, no matter who... any man has a chance to sweep any woman off her feet. He just needs the right broom.

--Will Smith

The first eight years of schooling was with all white people. So that helped me to understand how white people think. I think that transition is what helped me bridge the gap, because that's what my success has really been about: bridging the gap between the black community and the white community.

--Will Smith

The women who don't seek attention are usually the women you need to be giving your attention to.

--Will Smith

I think with movies I am really connecting to the Joseph Campbell idea of the collective unconscious.

--Will Smith

You can't break poor people mentality. Once you grow up poor, you don't take anything for granted. It can have the negative side also because you can never truly be relaxed.

--Will Smith

I have no idea what my limits are. I believe that if I set my mind to it, within the next fifteen years, I would be the President of the United States.

--Will Smith

The first time that I performed as an actor was the first day on the set of 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.'

--Will Smith

The first step before anybody else in the world believes it, is that you believe it.

--Will Smith

If the world attacks and you slide off track, remember one fact, I got your back.

--Will Smith

Being famous is such a gift for me because small things make people's lives brighter. You just shake somebody's hand. You just smile and write your name and people will talk about it for the rest of their lives.

--Will Smith

Even Hitler didn't wake up going, 'Let me do the most evil thing I can do today.' I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to do what he thought was 'good.'

--Will Smith

The central idea of love is not even a relationship commitment, the first thing is a personal commitment to be the best version of yourself with or without that person that you're with. You have to every single day-mind, body, and spirit-wake up with a commitment to be better.

--Will Smith

You can create whatever you want. You just have to know what you want and take the opportunities as they come your way. We are who we choose to be.

--Will Smith

There is no pain worse than not achieving a dream when it is your fault. If God did not want you to have it, that is one thing. But if you do not get what you desire because you are lazy, there is no pain worse than that.

--Will Smith

I first wanted to be a comedian when I was six or seven and my dad showed me Laurel and Hardy's Perfect Day on tv.

--Will Smith

Why is life at this point in the twentieth century so focused upon the very beginning of life and the very end of life? What about the 80 years we have to live between those two inexorable bookends?

--Will Smith

If we each get on a treadmill right now, one of two things is going to happen... either you're going to get off first or I am going to die. Period.

--Will Smith

There is nothing like having to change your physical form to put you in contact with every weak part of yourself, to train yourself in discipline. Put somebody on a treadmill and I'll tell you how good they are at any other thing they do in life.

--Will Smith

I was trying so hard. I would memorize the entire script, then I'd be lipping everybody's lines while they were talking. When I watch those episodes, it's disgusting. My performances were horrible.

--Will Smith

If you're not making someone else's life better, then you're wasting your time. Your life will become better by making other lives better.

--Will Smith

Greatness is not this, wonderful, esoteric, elusive, god-like feature that only the special among us will ever taste. You know? It's something that truly exists, in, all of us. It's very simple, this is what I believe, and, I'm willing to die for it. Period. It's that simple.

--Will Smith

Any time you see a white guy in jail, you know he did something bad.

--Will Smith

My God, my higher power. It's mine and mine alone. I create my connection and I decide how my connection is going to be.

--Will Smith

Part of being an actor is almost self-hypnosis during those brief moments when the cameras are rolling. You want to actually believe you're Chris Gardner or Muhammad Ali.

--Will Smith

I so connected to symbolically being able to turn lead into gold. My grandmother used to say, Life give you a lemon, you go ahead and make lemonade. To me, that's alchemy.

--Will Smith

I've always been attracted to characters with insurmountable odds and obstacles, because innately, however inarticulately I've always believed that my dreams and my desires can command and bend time and space to be the things that I want them to be.

--Will Smith

Gettin' jiggy wit it is, like, the next level of cool. It's cool to the eighth power. Some people are fly, some people are kind of hot. But when you are the jiggiest, when you exude jiggy-essence, it's the acme of cool.

--Will Smith

I've always been a jokester. The things I got in trouble for, when I was little, was always about making a joke or setting up a prank or being silly when I should be paying attention.

--Will Smith

When you connect to a primal idea -- life, death, hunger, hope, fear -- any of those primal ideas are going to translate, and I think that's the thing that I've always been attracted to in my work.

--Will Smith

The Bible talks about your spirit being immortal, that you were created for existence beyond your physical body. Well, that's no different from Scientology! I don't think that because the word someone uses for spirit is thetan that the definition becomes any different.

--Will Smith

Tommy Lee Jones is hilarious. I would say, if you look at the body of his work, the character he is most like is the one in 'The Fugitive.' That's how he talks and jokes. That is the type of energy he has.

--Will Smith

My biggest emotional defeat and the greatest emotional pain I've had as an actor was when Wild Wild West opened up to $52 million. The movie wasn't good. And it hurt so bad to be the No. 1 movie -- to open at $52 million -- and to know the movie wasn't good.

--Will Smith

Never lie to people, because the people you are able to lie to, are the people who trust you.

--Will Smith

Never lie, steal, cheat, or drink. But if you must lie, lie in the arms of the one you love. If you must steal, steal away from bad company. If you must cheat, cheat death. And if you must drink, drink in the moments that take your breath away.

--Will Smith

If you're always ready, you don't have to get ready.

--Will Smith

I love you and I'm here for you.

--Will Smith

You'll never achieve 100 percent if 99 percent is okay.

--Will Smith

Can I say something? Um, I'm the type of person that if you ask me a question and I don't know the answer, I'm gonna tell you that I don't know. But I bet you what, I know how to find the answer and I will find the answer.

--Will Smith

Don't let failure go to your heart, and don't let success go to your head.

--Will Smith

Those who say I can, and those who say I can't -- are both usually right.

--Will Smith

The greatest dreams are always unrealistic.

--Will Smith

You want something? Go get it.

--Will Smith

Never underestimate the pain of a person, because in all honesty, everyone is struggling. Some people are just better at hiding it than others.

--Will Smith

There are so many people who have lived and died before you. You will never have a new problem; you're not going to ever have a new problem. Somebody wrote the answer down in a book somewhere.

--Will Smith

Being realistic is the most common path to mediocrity.

--Will Smith

Longer Version:

Being realistic is the most commonly travelled road to mediocrity. What's the point of being realistic? It's unrealistic to walk into a room, flip a switch, and have light come on, but fortunately Edison didn't think so.


Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft.

--Will Smith

Fear is not real. It is a product of thoughts you create. Do not misunderstand me. Danger is very real. But fear is a choice.

--Will Smith

Longer Version:

Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity Kitai. Do not misunderstand me, danger is very real, but fear is a choice.


We spend money that we do not have, on things we do not need, to impress people who do not care.

--Will Smith

Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your life.

--Will Smith

I believe you need to be educated about what you want to do in life, but I don't believe you actually need college to get you there.

--Will Smith

Boys laugh at what they put girls through -- but they won't be laughing when -- they're wiping tears off their daughters face for the same reason.

--Will Smith

If you're absent during my struggle, don't expect to be present during my success.

--Will Smith

There's no reason to have a plan B because it distracts from plan A.

--Will Smith

Your life will become better by making other lives better.

--Will Smith

Sorry, I'm allergic to bullshit.

--Will Smith

The person that works the hardest wins.

--Will Smith

The road to success is through commitment.

--Will Smith

Greatness lives on the edge of destruction.

--Will Smith

Make a choice of what you want, who you want to be and how you're going to do it. The universe will get out of your way.

--Will Smith

The separation of talent and skill is one of the largest misconceptions in modern society. Talent is something you born with, but skill can only be attained through Hours and Hours of hard work perfecting your talent as a craft. Which is why Talent will fail you without skill.

--Will Smith

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