Denzel Washington Quotes


I didn't realise that Ridley Scott has never won an Academy Award.

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

As the filmmaker yes I have to look out for everybody. But I don't have to know everybody's approach.

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

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.

In Los Angeles everyone is a star.

Bad guys need love too.

In any profession it gets to be a grind.

I never tell anyone what to take away from a movie.

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

We just had to stay out-of-the-way [in Fences]. [August Wilson] already wrote a masterpiece. And you really don't know how it's going to work until you get it in front of an audience.

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.

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

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

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

Don't aspire to make a living aspire to make a difference.

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

Thank God in advance for what's already yours.

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.

Don't be afraid to fail big to dream big.

Come on I know bad acting when I hear it.

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

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.

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

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

It's not easy for me to admit that I've been standing in the same place for 18 years.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Don't get all sentimental on me Makes me think I'm gonna die.

I've worked with children all my life.

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 people] come into the world exactly like you. It's just that there are circumstances in the culture that are dictated and put on our lives that we have to fight against.

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.

I read the Bible every day.

I get nervous when a picture goes beyond two hours.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

[Fences] is just a great play to bring to the screen.

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

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

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

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

Put God first in everything you do.

Revenge is a meal best served cold.

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.

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

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

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.

I believe in God. I don't fear man I fear God.

You canâ??t break me because you didnâ??t make me.

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.

You will never see a U-Haul behind a hearse

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!

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?

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

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

Every punch that's thrown is mine. Every punch that's caught I catch....

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

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.

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.

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.

People tend to relax when they're off camera. That's when they should be working the hardest.

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

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

It could be that it's not that different. Circumstances no matter what the color is could be similar.

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

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

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

It's not what you know it's what you can prove.

One failed experiment is one step closer to Success

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

[My father] could see as far as he could see and my mother wanted us to go to college so it was a very real part of my life.

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.

Raising the standard of the work not complaining about somebody not voting.

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

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

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.

Even though the story [Fences] is set during the 1950s some contemporary women might have trouble understanding her decision.

[Having monologue] are talking to somebody even if it's just to yourself convince yourself if that's what you're trying to do.

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.

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

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.

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

I asked my mother I said "You divorced my dad how did you decide? She said "I decided twelve years before he knew it." I was like wow; I'm learning something new every day.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

You'll see some great performances [in Fences]. And I'm not just saying that because I directed it either! You'll see!

I know as an actor I don't like sharing everything with the director. And it's fine if they don't with me.

There's racism everywhere.

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

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

If you don't fail you're not even trying.

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

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

I try to encourage actors to work harder off screen because that's where you find things.

By the way sitting with other mommies is probably the most frightening experience in the entire world. They're serious into mommy-shaming.

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

For me success is inner peace. That's a good day for me.

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 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.

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.

[Movie "Fences"] is more than holds up today. We have had a tremendous response at the screenings.

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.

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.

Writing is a weapon and itâ??s more powerful than a fist could ever be.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Growing up I didn't watch movies.

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.

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

Money doesn't buy happiness. Some people say it's a heck of a down payment though.

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

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.

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

You don't have to kill somebody to play a murderer. You have to read the script and interpret the character.

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

In the movie I realized I had the luxury of getting to see how the other person feels.

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

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

It's important for us to tell our stories.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Luck is where opportunity meets preparation.

It's tricky with monologues and I never like to use that word. Like I told the actors you are talking to somebody; there is no such thing as a monologue.

The poorest people are the sweetest people.

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.

If it ain't on a page it ain't on a stage.

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

Say what you really want to say.

I worked with Sidney Lumet years ago and we had a long rehearsal process and he would tape out the entire set on the stage so I stole that from him.

I walk by faith not by sight.

A sociopath will do anything to win. Anything.

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).

If you want to be a warrior you have to train.