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Denzel Washington Jr. (born 1954) is an American actor, director, and producer.

He has received two Golden Globe awards, one Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical war drama film Glory (1989) and Best Actor for his role as corrupt detective Alonzo Harris in the crime thriller Training Day (2001).

He is widely regarded as one of the greatest actors of his generation, and is considered an American cultural icon.

In 2002, Washington made his directorial debut with the biographical film Antwone Fisher.

His second directorial effort was The Great Debaters (2007).

His third film, Fences (2016), in which he also starred, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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.

Never compromise on who you are. You are born with the capacity to achieve greatness if you so desire. Learning to say no is a critical element to accessing that greatness. Your choices will define you; so make them the right ones.

Luck is where opportunity meets preparation.

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

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 plague.

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

I’ve worked in a factory. I was a garbage man. I worked in a post office. It’s not that long ago. I like to think that I’m just a regular guy.

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.

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

Forgiveness. It taught me that when people present themselves in a certain way, there’s probably some back story or issue or reason for the way that they are. It’s not you. It’s them. And a lot of times, it’s about something that’s completely out of their control.

When you do good, you get good! Fulfillment comes from serving others, not just hustling to serve yourself. On the path to success, there is always going to be an opportunity to help someone else be successful too. Take that opportunity, and be the kind of person who makes a difference in the lives of others.

If you don’t fail, you’re not even trying.

Never confuse movement with progress. Because you can run in place and not get anywhere.

Nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks. Fall forward. Every failed experiment is one step closer to success.

For me, success in inner peace. That’s a good day for me.

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.

Life is a melting pot of knowledge and experience, both your own and that of everyone around you. Don’t be afraid to learn from others mistakes, and take bits of useful information or ideas that help you get better at what you do. Wisdom is there at your fingertips, use it.

We’ve all received our share of good fortune, so that’s my definition of much. A single blessing is all the bounty in the world, and if you’ve been blessed at all you’re meant to pass some of that on. You’re meant to set a positive example. That’s our responsibility.

Don’t tell me what was said about me. Tell me why were they so comfortable to say it to you?

Don’t aspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference.

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.

Dreams without goals remain dreams.

Never help an ungrateful person get on their feet.

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

Why do we close our eyes when we pray, when we cry, when we kiss, when we dream; because the most beautiful things in our life are not seen, but felt only by the heart.

The chances you take, the people you meet, the people you love, the faith that you have. That’s what’s going to define you.