You can cry, ain't no shame in it.

Money and success don't change people; they merely amplify what is already there.

And where I excel is ridiculous, sickening, work ethic. You know, while the other guy's sleeping? I'm working.

I've viewed myself as slightly above average in talent. And where I excel is ridiculous, sickening work ethic.

The first step is you have to say that you can.

My skin is hard when it comes to my music. But with my movies, I'm still a virgin in a lot of ways. I'm not used to being shot down for no reason.

On learning to swim: I'm too big to have some woman hold my stomach and say 'Now kick your feet.'

If it was something that I really committed myself to, I don't think there's anything that could stop me becoming President of the United States.

I've always considered myself to be just average talent and what I have is a ridiculous insane obsessiveness for practice and preparation.

For me, there is nothing more valuable than how people feel in a movie theater about a movie.

It's quite highly possible that I have peaked. I mean, I just can't imagine what else I could do beyond this. It's really a bittersweet kind of feeling.

My school was 90 percent white, but 90 percent of the kids I played with were black. So I got the best of both worlds. I think that is where my comedy developed.

I've never really viewed myself as particularly talented. I've viewed myself as slightly above average in talent.

In black neighborhoods, everybody appreciated comedy about real life. In the white community, fantasy was funnier. I started looking for the jokes that were equally hilarious across the board, for totally different reasons.

In my mind, I've always been an A-list Hollywood superstar. Y'all just didn't know yet.

The things that have been most valuable to me I did not learn in school.

Traditional education is based on facts and figures and passing tests - not on a comprehension of the material and its application to your life.

Life is lived on the edge.

Well, all I know is what I read in the papers.

Goofy was the word that was used most often by my sisters because I've been this tall ever since I was 12 years old.

Love is the ultimate theme, but it's not just for women.

Tommy Lee Jones is hilarious. I would say, if you look at the body of his work, the character he is most like is the one in 'The Fugitive.' That's how he talks and jokes. That is the type of energy he has.

A rapper is about being completely true to yourself. Being an actor is about changing who you are.

There's so much negative imagery of black fatherhood. I've got tons of friends that are doing the right thing by their kids, and doing the right thing as a father - and how come that's not as newsworthy?

We all want to be in love and find that person who is going to love us no matter how our feet smell, no matter how angry we get one day, no matter the things we say that we don't mean.

My first record came out while I was a senior in high school, which is dangerous.

I'm a student of patterns. At heart, I'm a physicist. I look at everything in my life as trying to find the single equation, the theory of everything.

I don't know what my calling is, but I want to be here for a bigger reason. I strive to be like the greatest people who have ever lived.

If you're not willing to work hard, let someone else do it. I'd rather be with someone who does a horrible job, but gives 110% than with someone who does a good job and gives 60%.

I've trained myself to illuminate the things in my personality that are likable and to hide and protect the things that are less likeable.

Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.

As a child, I watched 'Dallas' and that was my vision for my life for as long as I could remember.

The first time that I performed as an actor was the first day on the set of 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.'

I'm a student of world religion, so to me, it's hugely important to have knowledge and to understand what people are doing.

So if you stay ready, you ain't gotta get ready, and that is how I run my life.

Don’t ever let somebody tell you…you can’t do something. You got a dream... you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves... they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something go get it.

When you create art, the world has to wait.

When I was growing up, I installed refrigerators in supermarkets. My father was an electrical engineer.

Whatever your dream is, every extra penny you have needs to be going to that.

I would have absolutely messed up 'The Matrix'.

I was raised in a Baptist household, went to a Catholic church, lived in a Jewish neighborhood, and
I want the world to be better because I was here.

I try to speak my points of view about black America, and how I feel about black men and the role that black men should play in their lives with their children and in their lives with their women.

I think with movies I am really connecting to the Joseph Campbell idea of the collective unconscious.

I really believe that a man and a woman together, raising a family, is the purest form of happiness we can experience.

I never viewed myself as particularly talented. Where I excel is ridiculous, sickening, work ethic. You know, while the other guy's sleeping, I'm working.

I mean, I'm very serious with my kids about them comprehending the intricacies of global finance.

I love producing. I am loving doing that. I think that is my most natural space in the business. I just love producing or editing and that's where I thrive.

I love being black in America, and especially being black in Hollywood.