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25 Denzel Washington Quotes On Success, Dreams and Love

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Our latest collection of Denzel Washington quotes on Everyday Power Blog!


Unquestionably, one of Hollywood’s most charismatic and magnetic superstars, Denzel Washington is know 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.


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 Washing quotes on the blog.


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 plaque.” – 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! 🙂


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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, its 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 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

Which Denzel Washington quotes were your favorite?

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