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35 Denzel Washington Quotes on Opportunity, Worry & Pride

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Denzel Washington Quotes

Denzel Washington is an American actor, known for his performances in Training Day, Flight, The Equalizer, The Book of Eli, Safe House and many more notorious films.

We’ve put together this collection of the best Denzel Washington quotes:

 

35 Denzel Washington Quotes

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

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

3. “I never really had the classic struggle. I had faith.” – Denzel Washington

4. “My faith helps me understand that circumstances don’t dictate my happiness, my inner peace.” – Denzel Washington

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

6. “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

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

8. “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

 

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9. “I don’t concern myself with awards. I’ve been to the party enough times to know it really didn’t matter.” – Denzel Washington

 

10. “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

11. “Never help an ungrateful person get up on their feet. It’s like telling a wolf that you’re a sheep.” – Denzel Washington

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12. “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.” ― Denzel Washington

13. “Fall forward!” ― Denzel Washington

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

15. “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

16. “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

17. “If you don’t trust the pilot, don’t go.” – Denzel Washington

18. “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

 

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

 

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

21. “Acting is just a way of making a living, the family is life.” – Denzel Washington

22. “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

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

24. “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. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” – Denzel Washington

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25. “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.” ― Denzel Washington

26. “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

27. “In any profession it gets to be a grind.” – Denzel Washington

28. “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

 

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

 

30“I work hard for the audience. It’s entertainment. I don’t need validation.” – Denzel Washington
31. “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

32. “My ultimate life dream project is my kids. My family.” – Denzel Washington

33. “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

34. “I’ve been fortunate. I don’t pick scripts. Scripts pick me.” – Denzel Washington

35. “A wise woman knows the importance of speaking life into her man. If you love him, believe in him, encourage him, and be his peace.” – Denzel Washington

36. “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

37. “We have 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.” ― Denzel Washington

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Dan Western is the founder of Wealthy Gorilla. Dan is a young ambitious guy who has been researching self-development for the past two years and is now off travelling the world. His mission is to inspire others to live their dreams and be the person to whom they say; "Because of you, I never gave up." Join Wealthy Gorilla on Facebook.

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