Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is an American actor and film narrator.
Freeman won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor with Million Dollar Baby (2004) and has received Oscar nominations for his performances in Street Smart (1987), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and Invictus (2009). He has also won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
In 2005, Freeman criticized the celebration of Black History Month, saying, „I don’t want a black history month. Black history is American history.“ He opined that the only way to end racism is to stop talking about it, and he noted that there is no „white history month.“
Freeman once said in an interview with 60 Minutes‘s Mike Wallace, „I am going to stop calling you a white man and I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man.“
In reaction to the death of Freddie Gray and the 2015 Baltimore protests, Freeman said he was „absolutely“ supportive of the protesters.
„That unrest [in Baltimore] has nothing to do with terrorism at all, except the terrorism we suffer from the police. […] Because of the technology – everybody has a smartphone – now we can see what the police are doing. We can show the world, Look, this is what happened in that situation. So why are so many people dying in police custody? And why are they all black? And why are all the police killing them white? What is that? The police have always said, ‘I feared for my safety.’ Well, now we know. OK. You feared for your safety while a guy was running away from you, right?“
How are we going to get rid of racism? Stop talking about it!
I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.
Dr. Martin Luther King is not a black hero. He is an American hero.
As long as you feel like a victim, you are one.
Challenge yourself; it’s the only path which leads to growth.
How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time.
You know, the ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death. When their souls got to the entrance to heaven, the guards asked two questions. Their answers determined whether they were able to enter or not. ‘Have you found joy in your life?’ ‘Has your life brought joy to others?’
Never let pride be your guiding principle. Let your accomplishments speak for you.
If you want to see a miracle, be the miracle.
I once heard a wise man say there are no perfect men. Only perfect intentions.
Fatigue, discomfort, discouragement are merely symptoms of effort.
Don’t be different just for different’s sake. If you see it differently, function that way. Follow your own muse, always.
I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice.
Forgiveness liberates the soul, it removes fear.
The highest power is the human mind. That’s where God came from and my belief in God is my belief in myself.
We humans are more concerned with having than with being.
Insanity is being shit on, beat down, coasting through life in a miserable existence when you have a caged lion locked inside and a key to release it.
Still, it can be more effective to accomplish what you need to accomplish with the minimum effort. Watch Anthony Hopkins. He doesn’t appear to be doing anything. He is so still that you can’t see him working, but you are drawn into his character through his very stillness.
I always tell my kids if you lay down, people will step over you. But if you keep scrambling, if you keep going, someone will always, always give you a hand. Always. But you gotta keep dancing, you gotta keep your feet moving.
I’m a firm believer that things happen as they should. The universe unfolds just as it’s supposed to.
I hate the word hоmоphobiа. It’s not a phobia. You are not scared. You are an asshole.