Denzel Washington Quotes

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.


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.


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


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 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.


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


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


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.”


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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