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.

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

Profession: Actor
Nationality: American

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

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

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

The poorest people are the sweetest people.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

In any profession it gets to be a grind.

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.

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.

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

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