31 Denzel Washington Quotes About Life And Acting

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Denzel Washington Quotes

Denzel Washington is one of America’s great actors. He has had a long and successful career and has plenty of knowledge to share on the topic. Today, we want to go over our favorite Denzel Washington quotes. If we missed any of your favorites, let us know on social media!

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Denzel Washington Quotes About Life

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

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

“I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you’re prepared for it.” – 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’d be more frightened by not using whatever abilities I’d been given. I’d be more frightened by procrastination and laziness.” – Denzel Washington

“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

“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.” – Denzel Washington

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

“The time to worry 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

“You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too.” – Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington Quotes About Acting

“Any good piece of material like Shakespeare ought to be open to reinterpretation.” – Denzel Washington

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

“Dakota Fanning is a child, but she is a wonderful actor. I don’t know what a child actor is. She’s an actor who’s a child.” – Denzel Washington

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

“I played Othello, but I didn’t sit around thinking how Laurence Olivier did it when he played it, that wouldn’t do me any good.” – Denzel Washington

“I’m not in the loop; I don’t know any actors, really, just the ones I work with.” – Denzel Washington

“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

“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.” – Denzel Washington

“I think the bottom of the totem pole is African-American women, or women of colour. I think they get the least opportunities in Hollywood.” – Denzel Washington

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

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

“I’m not a film buff. I don’t watch a lot of movies.” – Denzel Washington

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

“Meryl and Katharine Hepburn are probably the two greatest actresses of this and the last century.” – Denzel Washington

“Michelle Pfeiffer hasn’t been finding a lot of work recently because she doesn’t like what a woman her age is offered. That’s a real double standard. You get Sean Connery, who gets older and older, still playing opposite young ladies, but it doesn’t work the other way around.” – Denzel Washington

“My role, fourteen years ago, in Richard III, that was the first time I played a bad guy and learned a lot about it. They have all the fun!” – Denzel Washington

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

“The last few years I’ve been saying I was ready to quit. It wasn’t that interesting to me. Now that I’m directing, it’s all new again.” – Denzel Washington

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

“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

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

What Are Your Favorite Denzel Washington Quotes?

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