Denzel Washington Quotes

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

“For me, success is inner peace. That’s a good day for me.” ~ Denzel Washington

For me, success is inner peace.

“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

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

Don't aspire to make a

“Be careful what you ask for because when you pray for rain, you have to deal with the mud as well.” ~ Denzel Washington

“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.” ~ Denzel Washington

“Nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks. Fall forward. Every failed experiment is one step closer to success.” ~ Denzel Washington

Nothing in life is worthwhile

“Do what you have to do, to do what you want to do.” ~ Denzel Washington

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

“To protect the sheep, you gotta catch the wolf. And it takes a wolf to catch a wolf, you understand?” ~ Denzel Washington

To protect the sheep, you gotta

“True desire in the heart for anything good is God’s proof to you sent beforehand to indicate that it’s yours already,” ~ Denzel Washington

“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,” ~ Denzel Washington

“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

“The Bible says “faith without works is nothing” so destiny is great, fate is great, faith is great – but you still have to work at it. I don’t just sit at home and wait for it all to unfold.” ~ Denzel Washington

The Bible says faith without

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

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

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

Got to be who you are in

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

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

“I even asked [Saniyya Sidney] why she wanted to be an actor and she said, “I’m serious about this. These other little kids they want to play, and I don’t have time for that.”” ~ Denzel Washington

“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

The time to worrying about

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

“One good thing about acting in film is that it’s good therapy.” ~ Denzel Washington

“If you want to be a warrior, you have to train.” ~ Denzel Washington

“When people protest and are upset with a movie, it becomes a big hit. They hated Passion of The Christ, it worked out pretty well for the box office. So let’s get that going.” ~ Denzel Washington

When people protest and are

“It’s important for us to tell our stories.” ~ Denzel Washington

“I’ve always seen it to be a privilege to make movies. It’s a really expensive, creative medium.” ~ Denzel Washington

“When you make a movie it’s always interesting, because you end up in places you never would as a normal visitor or tourist.” ~ Denzel Washington

“Revenge is a meal best served cold.” ~ Denzel Washington

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

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

“I’m not interested in being a celebrity; I’m interested in being a better actor and a better director.” ~ Denzel Washington

I'm not interested in being a

“I get nervous when a picture goes beyond two hours.” ~ Denzel Washington

“Hate put me in prison. Love’s gonna bust me out.” ~ Denzel Washington

“I have a new respect for filmmakers, that’s for sure, ’cause it’s not easy. If I’m allowed to, I’ll be directing for the rest of my life. I love the process.” ~ Denzel Washington

“In the movie I realized, I had the luxury of getting to see how the other person feels.” ~ Denzel Washington

In the movie I realized, I had

“I worked with Sidney Lumet years ago, and we had a long rehearsal process, and he would tape out the entire set on the stage, so I stole that from him.” ~ Denzel Washington

“I asked my mother I said, “You divorced my dad, how did you decide? She said, “I decided twelve years before he knew it.” I was like wow; I’m learning something new every day.” ~ Denzel Washington