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Denzel Washington Quotes

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Denzel Washington quotes: actor, director, producer, haver of swagger, Denzel dishes the truth.

“Got to be who you are in this world, no matter what.”

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

“Faith will get you to a point.  Luck will get you to a point.  But to achieve the kind of success you dream about, you need to work.  There are no shortcuts, you can’t cheat life, just get to work and don’t stop until you reach your highest potential.”

“Faith is the confidence, the assurance, the enforcing truth, the knowing.”

“Dreams are great.  In fact, dreams are necessary in life or no one would ever go anywhere!  But a dream without a goal, and without action, has no opportunity to come true.”

“Dreams without goals remain dreams.”

“There is a lot of joy to be found in reflecting upon your experiences as you work towards your dreams.  Learn to laugh at your failures, smile at your wins and don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself.”

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

“The only thing stopping you from achieving your dreams are the stories you keep telling yourself that you can’t.  Don’t wait – act now.  Regret nothing.”

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

“Give other people’s opinions their right significance.  Take advice if it is constructive, and learn from it.  But do not build your life based around the opinions of others.  Trust yourself and trust your choices.”

“Life is a melting pot of knowledge and experience, both your own and that of everyone around you.  Don’t be afraid to learn from others’ mistakes, and take bits of useful information or ideas that help you get better at what you do.  Wisdom is there at your fingertips.  Use it.”

“Don’t be afraid to fail big, to dream big.”

“Fall forward!”

“If you don’t fail, you’re not even trying.”

“Every failed experiment is one step closer to success.”

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

“In any profession, it gets to be a grind.”

“I never really had the classic struggle.  I had faith.”

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

“Don’t aspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference.”

“Never confuse movement with progress.  Because you can run in place and not get anywhere.”

“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.”

“In order to change your life, you must change your thoughts.”

“Never compromise on who you are.  You are born with the capacity to achieve greatness if you so desire.  Learning to say no is a critical element to accessing that greatness.  Your choices will define you; so make them the right ones.”

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

“When you do good, you get good!  Fulfillment comes from serving others, not just hustling to serve yourself.  On the path to success, there is always going to be an opportunity to help someone else be successful too.  Take that opportunity, and be the kind of person who makes a difference in the lives of others.”

“Do what you have to do, to do what you want to do.”

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

“The chances you take, the people you meet, the people you love, the faith that you have.  That’s what’s going to define you.”

“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.”

“I work hard for the audience.  It’s entertainment.  I don’t need validation.”

“I’ve been fortunate.  I don’t pick scripts.  Scripts pick me.”

“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.”

“Acting is just a way of making a living; the family is life.”

“Don’t tell me what was said about me.  Tell me, why were they so comfortable to say it to you?”

“I’m a positive person, so I don’t get bogged down with it.  If you’re expecting that, if you wall in that, if you practice that, then you’ll attract what you fear.”

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

“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.”

“Money doesn’t buy happiness.  Some people say it’s a heck of a down payment, though.”

“Success?  I don’t know what that word means.  I’m happy.  But success, that goes back to what, in somebody’s eyes, success means.  For me, success is inner peace.  That’s a good day for me.”

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

“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.”

“In marriage, if you’re a guy, learn two phrases.  One is, ‘Yes, dear,’ and the other is, ‘Honey, you’re right.’  Be patient.  Be good friends first.  And stick together.  You gotta work at it.  It’s not all a honeymoon, it’s not all flowers and roses, but if you’re friends and partners and committed, you’ll be okay.  And everybody’s got advice for you – don’t listen.”

“The greatest lesson I’ve learned in life is, ‘Who knows what’s good or bad?’  Things come along that you really want, and they turn out to be the worst thing in the world.  And some of the worst tragedies that you can conceive turn out to be the best things, the exact medicine you need in that moment.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Put God first in everything you do.  Everything that I have is by the grace of God, I understand that.  It’s a gift.  I didn’t always stick with Him, but He stuck with me.”

“Man gives you the award but God gives you the reward.”

“For whatever reason, God has blessed me with the ability, put me in a position to make these leaps and bounds.  I’m fulfilling my part of the bargain, which is to give back and be a positive influence on others.”

“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.”

“You’ll never see a U-Haul behind a hearse.  Now, I’ve been blessed to make hundreds of millions of dollars in my life.  I can’t take it with me, and neither can you.  It’s not how much you have but what you do with what you have.”

See Tom Hanks quotes and Morgan Freeman quotes too.  Both are excellent.

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