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35 Motivational Denzel Washington Quotes on Movies, Love & Success


Denzel Washington is a prolific actor that has portrayed a wide variety of characters so convincingly we often do not know where Denzel ends and the character he’s playing begins. Allow these Denzel Washington quotes to show you the value of dedication, hard work, and following your dreams.

Unquestionably, one of Hollywood’s most charismatic and magnetic superstars, Denzel Washington is known for his huge body of work spanning from socially conscious dramas, biopics, and suspense thrillers. Aside from creating outstanding movies, Denzel along with director Spike Lee, have also paved the way for other African – American actors and actresses.

35 Denzel Washington Quotes On Success, Dreams and Love

Washington attended Fordham University in 1977, where he earned a B.A. in Journalism. He found time to pursue his interest in acting when he graduated and moved to San Francisco. There, Washington got his first taste of theater, by winning a scholarship to the American Conservatory Theatre. Washington was first noticed in 1982 when he joined the cast of the long-running TV series St. Elsewhere.

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Since then, Washington has starred in over 40 movies, 4 theater productions and has been nominated for over 30 different awards.

A person who has accomplished so much, from such humble beginnings has clearly tapped into his Everyday Power and we are proud to have such amazing Denzel Washington quotes on the blog.

Enjoy reading these quotes, and don’t forget to also check out our collection of Martin Scorsese quotes from his amazing film career.

Inspirational Denzel Washington Quotes From His Movies and Interviews

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

If you’re looking for more money, more love, more success, or more impact you always have to manage the stress, obligations, commitments, and criticism that come along with all of it. When you want more, you get more of everything.

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

Who are you learning from? Who are you studying? What kind of people are you building relationships with?

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

Are you doing what you are truly capable of? Will you be able to live with the regret if you don’t? What scares you the most about going for it?

4. “My mother used to tell me man gives the award, God gives the reward. I don’t need another plague.” – Denzel Washington

Believe that what you are doing is bigger than yourself, and you will find an irreplaceable peace.

5. “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

We are able to be in our ‘flow’ when we are well prepared and in the moment. Allow yourself to be in the ‘flow’ of things with great preparation and a strong sense of ease and belonging. That is is what you scan control.

6. “Luck is where opportunity meets preparation.” – Denzel Washington

What are you preparing for? Are you preparing for your greatest achievement, whatever that may be?

7. “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.” – Denzel Washington

Focus on what you are doing, and not the critics. Critics never made history, and critics never made anyone’s life better. Focus on adding value in your own unique special way.

8. “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.” – Denzel Washington

What decisions have you made lately about what you put into your body? Do you treat your body like a Ferrari, only putting in high octane gas, or like a hoopty, where it doesn’t matter what you put in there since it never goes about 20mph! 🙂

Also read our selection of motivational Matthew McConaughey quotes as well as these insightful Idris Elba quotes on acting, music, and more.

Denzel Washington Quotes On Acting

9. “Every day, sincerely and without phoniness, Lou demonstrated by his actions how very vital it is – more than anything else – to understand and appreciate the people who work with you….Do your job well, learn your job well, but always remember that the people you work with are your most valuable asset. Embrace them. Honor them. Respect them” – Denzel Washington

10. “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, it’s about something that’s completely out of their control” – Denzel Washington

11. “When I was a child I thought I saw an angel. It had wings and kinda looked like my sister. I opened the door so some light could come into the room, and it sort of faded away. My mother said it was probably my Guardian Angel.” – Denzel Washington

12. “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” – Denzel Washington

13. “My faith helps me understand that circumstances don’t dictate my happiness, my inner peace.” – Denzel Washington

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

Denzel Washington Quotes On Love and Life

15. “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.” – Denzel Washington

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

17. “In Los Angeles, everyone is a star.” – Denzel Washington

18. “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.” – Denzel Washington

19. “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

Also read these wise Keanu Reeves quotes on living life with kindness.

Denzel Washington Quotes On Love

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

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

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

23. “My mother never gave up one me. I messed up in school so much they were sending me home, but my mother sent me right back.” – Denzel Washington

24. “If you don’t trust the pilot, don’t go.” – Denzel Washington

25. “My ultimate life dream project is my kids. My family.” – Denzel Washington

You might also like these Sidney Poitier quotes showcasing his Hollywood legacy

More Denzel Washington quotes and sayings

26. “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

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

28. “Do what you gotta do so you can do what you wanna do.” – Denzel Washington

29. “Don’t be afraid to fail big, to dream big.” – Denzel Washington

30. “You never know how you’re going to affect people.” – Denzel Washington

31. “I just try to be honest and true to the character and play the part.” – Denzel Washington

32. “Every failed experiment is one step closer to success.” – Denzel Washington

33. “I actually don’t hang out with any celebrities. My closest friends are old friends. And my real close friends, none of them are actors.” – Denzel Washington

34. “Talent comes from God. If you have been given some, then value it, cultivate it, work and develop it.” – Denzel Washington

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

Which Denzel Washington quotes were your favorite?

Do you have any other inspirational quotes by Denzel Washington to add? Let us know in the comment section below.

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