Being a celebrity doesn't have an iota of value when you're looking death in the eye.

Fundamentally, we all want the same thing. We want to love. We want to be loved, and we want to matter.

My father passed from cancer in 2000; his brother died of cancer before that. My grandfather died of cancer.

All work and no play make any forensic pathologist a dull boy.

Part of the problem I find with money books is that there's this whole set of money books that make you feel almost guilty to spend a dollar.

Credit card interest payments are the dumbest money of all.

I'm not excusing crime or those who bring poison into the community, but I do want brothers and sisters in prison to know someone cares.

We all have different timetables in reaching and realizing that being in healthy partnership is better than being on our own.

Obviously, this whole 'no child left behind' idea is more rhetoric than actual practice.

I'm not telling anyone, 'Quit your job and be homeless to go for your dream.'

I've done romantic comedy, and I don't get to flex that muscle often.

Intimacy can be about holding someone's hand. It could be about stroking their hair.

When it comes to African Americans and African American actors, Hollywood has always felt that if you can make us laugh, that's fine, but we don't need to see you do a 'Schindler's List,' where there's no jokes or music or comedic through-line.

Whatever your calling is as a service, follow it - that's beautiful.

My undergraduate studies at Brown and graduate degrees from Harvard prepared me for a multifaceted career as an actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

I've gotten a firsthand view at the destruction that black men and black women not being able to stay and build healthy relationships has had on the black family and black children.

I think the number one safe haven where people put their money is to invest in yourself first.

If you have a debt issue or credit card issue, start dealing with it. If you have a tax issue, don't just say, 'I'm not going to file.' There are ways to deal with these things, but you must communicate with your creditors, whether it's a credit card company or tax department.

My friend is a former race car driver, so he races for Mercedes, and I root for him. I have a car that I love to race, I'll take it to the track.

Many of us are walking around living smaller lives than we're meant to live. Don't allow yourself to dream smaller than you were meant to dream.

There's nothing wrong with wanting a partner and doing the things to have one. To protect ourselves, we have to say, 'I don't need one.'

For me, self-esteem-building and confidence-building is the foundation for anything that we do, whether you want to be a writer, a painter, or a entrepreneur.

My first two books, 'Letters to a Young Brother' and 'Letters to a Young Sister,' were... distributed pretty widely. Judges in juvenile justice facilities started citing the book as required reading.

The wealth cure is looking at your life step by step - making a diagnosis and saying, 'Am I using money or is money using me?'

I say 'date potential.' The reason why is no matter who you date, anyway, five years from now, you're going to be different, and he's going to be different. The key is to really find somebody that you can grow with that you can change with, evolve with and that you can be partners with.

Most people aren't honest with themselves about money.

There's a wealth gap that is happening, and that is all over the world, you know? The rich are getting richer and holding a higher percentage of money or wealth that's out there.

I don't want the George Clooney lifelong bachelorhood. If I found the right person, I would commit in a minute.

My favorite vacation spot is a beautiful beach. I've been to many, many beaches on many continents: Mombasa, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Barbados, Mexico and the U.S. What's beautiful about beach communities is for whatever reason, they feel like vacation to me.

The media is convincing people that if you have that 'next thing,' that diamond, the right car, then you'd be happier.

We're living in a time, unfortunately, where, you know, a lot of young men, particularly young men of color, being raised by single mothers. And their mothers so desperately want to connect with them, but I found, in talking with a lot of young men, that sometimes it's difficult.

Dr. King said, 'We are all tied together in a garment of mutual destiny.' Which says to me no matter how well I may be doing in Hollywood, if a young brother or sister in Louisiana, the South Bronx, the South Side of Chicago, South Central Los Angeles - is not doing well, then I'm not doing very well.

Voting is an individual, personal thing.

I studied theater in college, and I absolutely knew that I loved acting, and I knew that I loved theater.

The real important things are kindness and a sense of humor. I've been fortunate to have dated and could have easily married women who have those qualities, and time and circumstances didn't work out. Timing plays a big part.

You can't have justice unless you have truth.

Poverty existed before January 20, 2008, OK? Before President Obama took office.

I'm really proud of the characters I've been able to play. Certainly, playing the character on 'CSI' as Dr. Sherman Hawkes is a wonderful stereotype-busting role.

You can live a healthy lifestyle and do the best to be aware of your body and conscious, and that's what I attempt to do.

The longer you hold a dollar, the longer you hold money, the more valuable it becomes over time. So the younger you are, the more ability you have to hold money longer term.

I've made money in real estate, hotel, and restaurant investments.

Gabrielle Union is my best friend.

People always want to think that because you're not from a certain circumstance, you can't relate. That's ridiculous.

I've been trying to make a difference as an actor. I want to play characters that move people, have them look at their lives differently, or give them an escape.

I will not reach my full potential as a man unless I find my partner.

Here's the deal: I believe - and I attempt to live my life this way - we all have more time than we think we do. We all waste so much time.

You're in a situation where you have limited education opportunities, you don't have any money, you can't get a job; what are you going to do? You're going to go back to this criminal network that you actually made while you were in prison.

It's heartening when people hear for the first time that their vote really matters.

You deserve a great life. I want to see you become unreasonably happy. And you can. And you will.