Will Smith Quotes


Sometimes you have to forget what's gone appreciate what still remains and look forward to what's coming next.

Traditional education is based on facts and figures and passing tests - not on a comprehension of the material and its application to your life.

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

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

We all want to be in love and find that person who is going to love us no matter how our feet smell no matter how angry we get one day no matter the things we say that we don't mean.

I control every interaction with every human being I'm with. I can actually manage any situation with 98 percent of the people on Earth.

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.

What developed in my early days was the attitude to start attacking the thing I was scared of

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

Believing in yourself is the first step to accomplishing any goal. If you think you're going to fail you probably will.

Life is...the moments that take your breath away.

I can't run away when I'm scared. I always have to attack. That's how I deal with seemingly difficult things.

The only man you will ever get is some fool named Grady who falls asleep in his soup.

When you create art the world has to wait.

I am inspired beyond my ability to articulate... and now I know what and who I want to be... a soldier for peace.

I'm used to people clapping at the end of the movie.

I'm not afraid to die on a treadmill.

There ain't no problem that some other dude didn't have 1 000 years ago.

It feels like God visits everywhere else but lives in Africa.

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

Begging for acknowledgment or even asking diminishes dignity and diminishes power.

Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn now and again.

Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't driving around on a bus and having a campfire kind of adding to the environment problem?

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

I've never really viewed myself as particularly talented. I've viewed myself as slightly above average in talent.

I've viewed myself as slightly above average in talent. And where I excel is ridiculous sickening work ethic.

My God my higher power it's mine and mine alone. I create my connection and I decide what my connection is going to be.

I work from almost a dangerous place in my mind sometimes.

Money and success don't change people; they merely amplify what is already there.

I would have absolutely messed up 'The Matrix'.

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

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.

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.

I'm human viagra. I'm Willagra. I'm a sex machine now. I'm raring to go every second of the day. My wife's loving it." (On the change in his body that Ali's intense physical training required)

I try to speak my points of view about black America and how I feel about black men and the role that black men should play in their lives with their children and in their lives with their women.

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

A rapper is about being completely true to yourself. Being an actor is about changing who you are.

Sorry I'm allergic to bullshit.

I know who I am I know what I believe that's all I need to know. From there you do what you need to do.

When I was young and I'd get A's I'd get this good feeling of all the things that I could be. And then I'd never became any of them.

Well all I know is what I read in the papers.

Bouncing in the club where the heat is on All night on the beach till the break of dawn

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.

Black people playing tennis next white people will be tap dancing!

The way I like to measure greatness is... How many people can you make want to be better?

When you find things that are tried and true for millennia you can bet that it's going to happen tomorrow.

My school was 90 percent white but 90 percent of the kids I played with were black. So I got the best of both worlds. I think that is where my comedy developed.

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

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

I don't know what my calling is but I want to be here for a bigger reason. I strive to be like the greatest people who have ever lived.

The big thing I tell my kids is you have to control how you label things. It's very important to me they understand the power they have to create the lives that they want.

I look at Bill Clinton the way I look at Bill Gates. As long as my Microsoft stock is going up I don't care what Bill Gates does in the privacy of his own home.

You have to make every group you come in contact with better.

I had to focus and create a character in Bagger Vance not just do my 'Will Smith' thing and get paid.

On learning to swim: I'm too big to have some woman hold my stomach and say 'Now kick your feet.'

I want the world to be better because I was here.

I was raised in a Baptist household went to a Catholic church lived in a Jewish neighborhood and had the biggest crush on the Muslim girls from one neighborhood over.

Haters are the people who will broadcast your failures and whisper your success.

Remember don't try to build the greatest wall that's ever been built. Focus on laying a single expertly-placed brick. Then keep doing that every day.

I do not have to build a perfect wall today. I just have to lay a perfect brick.

I want to take care of people. I want to help people. The maximum joy that I have is when I can create something that makes someone else's life lighter brighter or better.

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.

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

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

Throughout life people will make you mad disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do cause hate in your heart will consume you too.

For me there is nothing more valuable than how people feel in a movie theater about a movie.

Being realistic is the quickest path to mediocrity

Being realistic is the most commonly travelled road to mediocracy

Danger is real fear is a choice

Danger is very real but fear is a choice.

So if you stay ready you ain't gotta get ready and that is how I run my life.

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

If you stay ready you don't have to get ready.

It's better to be prepared than to get ready.

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

Just because the kid's cute doesn't mean you're not the father.

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.

To me it's science fiction for me to do the things I've been blessed to do in this industry.

Summer summer summertime time to sit back and unwind.

I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

Everybody need a partner to stand right by their side.

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.

It's quite highly possible that I have peaked. I mean I just can't imagine what else I could do beyond this. It's really a bittersweet kind of feeling.

I love being black in America and especially being black in Hollywood.

You can cry ain't no shame in it.

I wake up every morning believing today is going to be better than yesterday.

Be magic choose and believe that you can do anything you set your mind to believe. We are who we choose to be.

I truly believe that I can be president of the US if I really want to.

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

I want to represent the idea that you really can make what you want I believe I can create whatever I want to create.

If it was something that I really committed myself to I don't think there's anything that could stop me becoming President of the United States.

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.

Your life will become better by making other lives better.

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

I'm motivated by fear...a fear of fear. I hate being afraid to do something.

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

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?

Begin each day as if it were on purpose.

If you look at somebody like 50 Cent ain't nobody telling 50 what to do and how to do what he does. He has a vision of who he wants to be and he instructs everybody along those lines.

Give me about 10 years I'm going to run for President. If I can squeeze in an NBA championship before that I'll do it.

One of my teachers used to call me Prince because I always had a way of charming myself in and out of different situations.

Don't chase people. Be yourself do your own thing and work hard

Don't chase people. Be yourself do your own thing and work hard. The right people - the ones who really belong in your life - will come to you. And Stay.

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

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.

You can't win enough you can't have enough money you can't succeed enough. There is not enough.

I've always been the goofy kid. Growing up I always enjoyed the comedic aspect of relating to women. Even on camera it was always the funny take on it.

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.

Ninety percent of what youre saying isnt coming out of your mouth.

The road to success is through commitment.

Don't compare yourself to others. That's when you start to lose confidence in yourself.

The game cannot be won only played.

Because I know that hope and fear are connected I put my mask of hope on.

Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind feelings and emotions

Human beings are not creatures of logic; we are creatures of emotion. And we do not care what's true. We care how it feels.

Smiling is the best way to face every problem to crush every fear to hide every pain.

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.

Marriage is the hardest thing you will ever do. The secret is removing divorce as an option. Anybody who gives themselves that option will get a divorce.

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.

I don't necessarily believe in organized religion.

I'm a student of world religion so to me it's hugely important to have knowledge and to understand what people are doing.

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?

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

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

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.

The greatest dreams are always unrealistic.

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

I think that my sensibilities are becoming slightly less delicate and I'm venturing out in a storytelling world.

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.

As a child I watched 'Dallas' and that was my vision for my life for as long as I could remember.

I have fun. I enjoy my life. And I was hardwired for a deep connection between service God and happiness. You kind of need all of those things to be in play for one to have the others.

If anybody can find someone to love them and to help them through this difficult thing that we call life I support that in any shape or form

For me and my storytelling and the way that I embrace stories in the way that I embrace characters I desperately needed to know that everything was okay.

Greatness lives on the edge of destruction

Life is dangerous and you're not gonna live a life without risk.

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

And where I excel is ridiculous sickening work ethic. You know while the other guy's sleeping? I'm working.

Whatever your dream is every extra penny you have needs to be going to that.

I love producing. I am loving doing that. I think that is my most natural space in the business. I just love producing or editing and that's where I thrive.

Life is lived on the edge.

Greatness exists in all of us.

You have to create something in a way that has direction that it has vision and then your partner will take it and figure out whatever their expertise is.

When I was growing up I installed refrigerators in supermarkets. My father was an electrical engineer.

I want to represent possibilities. I want to represent magic right that you're in a universe and two plus two equals four.

I'm a student of patterns. At heart I'm a physicist. I look at everything in my life as trying to find the single equation the theory of everything.

I love living. I think that's infectious it's something you can't fake.

Our thoughts our feelings our dreams our ideas are physical in the universe.

The first step is you have to say that you can.

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.

I had a hit single on the radio for 30 days before I graduated from high school.

My grandmother used to always say 'People need to be worth something.'

Just as a person just in my life the way I was raised my grandmother made it very clear that God will make a way.

I have a great time with my life and I wanna share it.

It's great to be black in Hollywood. When a black actor does something it seems new and different just by virtue of the fact that he's black.

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.

You want something? Go get it.

For me the greater purpose of the story is just to illuminate some pattern of human truth.

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

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

If you're not willing to work hard let someone else do it. I'd rather be with someone who does a horrible job but gives 110% than with someone who does a good job and gives 60%.

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.'

Hurry up and write your number down before I don't want it no more

The guy who's willing to hustle the most is gonna be the guy that just gets that loose ball.

If you learn how to defeat that person when you're running. You will know how to not quit when things get hard in your life.

Thomas Jefferson was a real poet. He was slick with that 'pursuit' of happiness because the 'pursuit' puts it back on you.

I try to connect to human emotion. I'm always looking for something primal something really base that is beyond language that people understand beyond language.

The person that works the hardest wins.

I love you and I'm here for you.

She has got to have command of her body. So when she goes out into the world she's going out with a command that is hers. She is used to making those decisions herself.

I've trained myself to illuminate the things in my personality that are likable and to hide and protect the things that are less likeable.

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

I believe that eclecticism is a virtue. It may not be a word but its definitely a virtue.

I'd rather live my life knowing that I'm not perfect than spend my whole life pretending to be.

I don't want to be an icon. I want to be an idea. I want to represent possibilities.

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

The keys to life are running and reading.

In my mind I've always been an A-list Hollywood superstar. Y'all just didn't know yet.

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

When I say I am going to run three miles I run five. With that mentality it is actually difficult to lose.

I think that when I make a film I'm terrified that people will come to work and work on something that they're not proud of.

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

I want to represent possibilities

I like to look good but I like my body to function well more than anything. For me it's as spiritual and intellectual as it is physical. And emotional. I enjoy pushing myself.

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.

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.

Your words and thoughts have physical power.

Whatever you have is gonna die and you are gonna have to rebirth something new. You have to be willing to ride the waves.

There's nothing you've ever been successful at that you didn't work on every day.

Anything can go away. There's no such thing as safety and security. You can do things that give you the illusion of safety and security but there's really no such thing.

While the other guy's sleeping? I'm working. While the other guy's eatin'? I'm working.

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.

Things work in spite of me sometimes.

You might be [outshining me in many ways]. But if we get on a treadmill there are two things: you're getting off first or I'm going to die. It's that simple right?

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.

Love is the ultimate theme but it's not just for women.

I feel like I could run for President. People often laugh but if I set my mind to it within the next 15 years I could be in the White House.

The things that have been most valuable to me I did not learn in school.