37 Noteworthy Denzel Washington Quotes

37 Noteworthy Denzel Washington Quotes

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37 noteworthy Denzel Washington Quotes
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Denzel Washington is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received 3 Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and 2 Academy Awards.

He has an estimated net worth of $130 million, is on the Forbe’s list of the most influential actors, and ranked as the 50 most influential people in movie history on IMDB.

Here are 37 noteworthy Denzel Washington Quotes:

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

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

3. “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

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

5. “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

6. “In any profession it gets to be a grind.” – Denzel Washington

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

8. “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

9. “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

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

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

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

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

14. “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

15th Denzel Washington Quote – “I work hard for the audience. It’s entertainment. I don’t need validation.” – Denzel Washington

16. “You don’t know when you’re being watched. That’s one of the weird things about celebrity. It’s my least favorite part of acting, celebrity.” – Denzel Washington

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

18. “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

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

20. “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

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

22. “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

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

24. “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.” – Denzel Washington

25. “I don’t concern myself with award. I’d been to the party enough times to know it really didn’t matter.” – Denzel Washington

26. “When I did A Soldier’s Story, I was very young and green and thought I knew everything-now I know I know everything!” – Denzel Washington

27. “I’ve been fortunate. I don’t pick scripts. Scripts pick me.” – Denzel Washington

28. “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

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

30th Denzel Washington Quote “A wise woman knows the importance of speaking life into her man. If you love him, believe in him, encourage him, and be his peace.” – Denzel Washington

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

32. “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.” – Denzel Washington

33. “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

34. “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

35. “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.” ― Denzel Washington

36. “We have 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

37. “Fall forward!” ― Denzel Washington

Which is your favorite Denzel Washington quote? Comment below.

Yale Middleton is a Revenue Specialist for Hilton Worldwide. He is passionate about personal development, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Yale also works as a team member for the top self development website Addicted2Success. You can also follow him on his Facebook.


  1. Why do we not give more of this type of exposure to the people of today? We need this type of uplifting and inspiring motivation to change the ugly world we have created today. No one remains humble anymore and generous. They are all about themselves. If we want to make a change we must change a little bit of ourselves each and everyday. It will be like a stone in a pond and create a ripple effect and begin changing things around it. This was great by Denzel and I applaud his wisdom. He is by far one of the best MEN in our spotlight today.

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