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Denzel Washington Quotes On Faith, Family, And Hard Work


Starring in 50+ films (and counting,) Denzel Washington is nothing short of a true Hollywood movie star. The man has shown the world how versatile his acting skills are, playing roles in Oscar-winning historical dramas to suspenseful action thrillers. As a passionate actor and true veteran of the film industry, we can only imagine the incredible things Washington has to say about faith, family, and hard work – all of which you can find by reading Denzel Washington quotes.

Washington’s remarkable acting career all began with his breakout role on the 1980s TV series St. Elsewhere. But, his career really took off with Carbon Copy, a 1981 film that put Washington’s acting talents on the map. From there, he went on to show his incredible acting talents, through game-changing movies like Malcolm X and Glory, which earned him his first Oscar.

On and off-screen, Washington maintained a charm and appeal that seduced, well, the whole world. In 1996, Washington was the first man of color to be named the Sexiest Man Alive. Soon after, when the 2000s hit, the rest was history. His legendary roles in Remember the Titans (2000) and Training Day (2001) proved that he could play both the nice guy and the sexy bad boy. And, Washington was rewarded for it – with an Oscar for Best Leading Actor in Training Day.

Flash-forward to 2022, Washington is still killing it on screen, with a new film already here for the new year, The Tragedy of Macbeth. That makes 42 years of Washington taking the film screen by storm. And, his quotes give us a glimpse into the mindset of how Washington achieved just that.

Denzel Washington quotes

Enjoy this collection of Denzel Washington quotes on faith, family, and hard work!

  1. Do what you have to do, to do what you want to do.”
  2. “In Los Angeles, everyone is a star.”
  3. “Man gives you the award but God gives you the reward.”
  4. “You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too. That’s a part of it.”Denzel Washington quotes
  5. “Acting is just a way of making a living, the family is life.”
  6. “My faith helps me understand that circumstances don’t dictate my happiness, my inner peace.”
  7. I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you’re prepared for it.”
  8. “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.”
  9. “I never really had the classic struggle. I had faith.”Denzel Washington quotes
  10. “I think a role model is a mentor – someone you see on a daily basis, and you learn from them.”
  11. “I’d be more frightened by not using whatever abilities I’d been given. I’d be more frightened by procrastination and laziness.”
  12. “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.”
  13. “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.”
  14. “My ultimate life dream project is my kids. My family.”
  15. “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.”
  16. “I still have my unemployment books and I remember when I worked for the sanitation department and the post office.”Denzel Washington quotes
  17. “My mother never gave up on me. I messed up in school so much they were sending me home, but my mother sent me right back.”
  18. If you don’t trust the pilot, don’t go.”
  19. “I read the Bible every day.”
  20. “If you have an enemy, then learn and know your enemy, don’t just be mad at him or her.”
  21. “I’ve been fortunate. I don’t pick scripts. Scripts pick me.”
  22. “I work hard for the audience. It’s entertainment. I don’t need validation.”
  23. “You have to grab moments when they happen. I like to improvise and ad-lib.”Denzel Washington quotes
  24. “One good thing about acting in films is that its good therapy.”
  25. “For 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.”
  26. “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.”
  27. “I like talking, I like acting.”
  28. “The poorest people are the sweetest people.”Denzel Washington quotes
  29. “I wasn’t allowed to go to movies when I was a kid; my father was a minister. 101 Dalmatians and King of Kings, that was the extent of it.”
  30. “In any profession, it gets to be a grind.”
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