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.

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.

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.

I've worked with children all my life.

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.

Man gives you the award but God gives you the reward.

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

Meryl and Katharine Hepburn are probably the two greatest actresses of this and the last century.

Acting is just a way of making a living, the family is life.

I'm not in the loop; I don't know any actors, really, just the ones I work with.

When I did A Soldier's Story, I was very young and green and thought I knew everything-now I know I know everything!

I read the Bible every day.

If you don't trust the pilot, don't go.

I had a lot of success from the start. I never really was tested for long periods of time. I got my first professional job while I was a senior in college. I signed with the William Morris Agency before I graduated.

At the end of the day it's not about what you have or even what you've accomplished… it's about who you've lifted up, who you've made better, it's about what you've given back.

In any profession it gets to be a grind.

My faith helps me understand that circumstances don't dictate my happiness, my inner peace.

I wasn't allowed to go to movies when I was kid; my father was a minister. 101 Dalmatians and King of Kings, that was the extent of it.

I work hard for the audience. It's entertainment. I don't need validation.

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.

You have to grab moments when they happen. I like to improvise and ad lib.

I don't concern myself with award. I'd been to the party enough times to know it really didn't matter.

I'm not a film buff. I don't watch a lot of movies.

I and haven't been unemployed for 20 years. I'm an exception to the rule.

Everybody has a job to do. There are people in Iraq on both sides of this war who do what they do for religious reasons, and they feel with God on their side. Some people are good at annihilating people. Maybe that's their gift.

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.

One good thing about acting in film is that it's good therapy.

I'd be more frightened by not using whatever abilities I'd been given. I'd be more frightened by procrastination and laziness.

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.

Growing up I didn't watch movies.

Any good piece of material like Shakespeare ought to be open to reinterpretation.

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.

I think a role model is a mentor - someone you see on a daily basis, and you learn from them.

I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you're prepared for it.

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.

If you have an enemy, then learn and know your enemy, don't just be mad at him or her.

You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too. That's a part of it.

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.

My mother used to tell me man gives the award, God gives the reward. I don't need another plaque.

My ultimate life dream project is my kids. My family.

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.

I've been fortunate. I don't pick scripts. Scripts pick me.

I like talking. I like acting.

In Los Angeles, everyone is a star.

I never really had the classic struggle. I had faith.

The poorest people are the sweetest people.

I still have my unemployment books and I remember when I worked for the sanitation department and the post office.

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.

My role 14 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!