Denzel Washington Quotes

There is no such thing as tough. There is trained and untrained. Now which are you?


That’s what everybody keeps saying. “I’m just a professional”. Everybody keeps saying that to me. “I’m just a professional”, “I’m just a professional”. I’m getting sick and tired of hearing that.


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.


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


What we did [shooting “Fences”] was we got young students from Carnegie Mellon, the acting and theater students, and we had them as our understudies. I told them, “You have to be off book and be ready. If Viola [Davis] has to leave you have to jump in.


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


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.


I’m gonna take your family apart piece by piece, you understand me? Piece by piece.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


It was never my dream to be famous. I didn’t start acting to be a movie star. I started in the theater and my desire was to get better at my craft. It’s still my desire. I don’t consider myself a movie star, nor do I really have the desire to be one. I’m just an entertainer…An actor who works hard at his craft. Whatever labels people give me, that’s not really me or part of my process.


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


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.


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


Luck is where opportunity meets preparation.


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


I’m not a big Hollywood star. I’m an actor. I’m called a star. That’s not what I am. First of all I’m a human being; my profession is acting. People give you titles. They say you’re an up and coming star, then they say you’re a star, then they say you’re a washed-up star. So I don’t get caught up in what I’m called. My job, my profession, is acting.


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.


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