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Quotes

ALCOHOL

"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."

CRITICISM

"A film is just like a muffin. You make it. You put it on the table. One person might say, ''Oh, I don't like it.'' One might say it's the best muffin ever made. One might say it's an awful muffin. It's hard for me to say. It's for me to make the muffin."

PERFORMANCE FILMS vs. ACTION MOVIES

"I like talking. I like acting. Running and jumping and ducking bullets is not my idea of a good day."

GIVING BACK

“For whatever reason, God has blessed me with the ability, put me in a position to make these leaps and bounds. I'm fulfilling my part of the bargain, which is to give back and be a positive influence on others.”

FAMILY MAN

"Acting is not life; those children are life...I don't want to be that person who says, 'Oh, God, I wasn't there. I was more thinking about me than them.' My career has been enhanced by family, stability, having birthday parties. If I didn't have a family, what would I be doing this weekend?"

"I always try to have my family with me when I am out in public...Black people can have families." (Denzel helps to remove negative stereotypes of the oneparent black family.)

"Luck is where opportunity meets preparation."

SCHOOL

"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."


Famous Lines

Starring as Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (The Hurricane):
"Hate put me in prison. Love's gonna bust me out."

Starring as John Hobbes (Fallen):
"Why are we here? Us, humans? I mean there's six billion of us, we're like ants, I mean do we care what ants do, from a moral standpoint?"

Starring as Nathaniel Serling (Courage Under Fire):
"Son, I work for the Pentagon, so I admit I'm a little slow on the uptake, but did you just threaten me?"

Starring as Easy Rawlins (Devil in a Blue Dress):
"A man once told me that you step out of your door in the morning, and you are already in trouble. The only question is are you on top of that trouble or not?"

Starring as Malcolm X (Malcolm X):
"We didn't land on Plymouth Rock. Plymouth Rock landed on us!"

Starringas Ron Hunter (Crimson Tide):
"If I'm wrong, then we're at war; God help us all."

Starring as Trip (Glory):
"I'm from around Tennessee. I ran away when I was 12 years old and I ain't never looked back."

Starring as Don Pedro of Aragon (Much Ado About Nothing):
"I shall see thee, ere I die, look pale with love."