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7 Quotes by Denzel Washington That Will Inspire You in Difficult Times



Like the billions of people around the world, I too, have had my low days during this COVID-19 pandemic. And it’s okay. Too many people want to try to put up a macho front rather than embracing the simple fact that you're human and it's okay to be afraid.

Embracing your fear is okay.

What’s not okay is being drowned in your fear. Deciding to give up. Choosing to not live responsibly. These are not okay. You have a choice: to live in faith or to live in fear. I hope you are choosing to live in faith because there is so much more life to enjoy after your difficult times. In times like this, we could all use a little motivation. It’s good for the soul.

Here are 10 motivational quotes by the great Denzel Washington that will inspire you through any difficult time you may be facing.


“King Kong ain't got shit on me!”

If this scene from one of his most famous movies, Training Day doesn't make you bust up in laughter, I don't know what will.

On a serious note, life can sometimes look like King Kong. A monster terrifying and destroying everything around you. But sooner or later if you want to rise up out of your fear, you are going to have to stand up in faith and look life straight in the eyes and fight back.

David defeated Goliath, why can't you?

“So you never know who you touch. You never know how or when you’ll have an impact, or how important your example can be to someone else.”

You were put on this earth for a reason. You were created with a purpose. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You have a unique gift that needs to be shared with the world.

Do everything you do with a purpose. No matter how little you think it is, you don't know who's watching you, and who you are inspiring. Live life with no regrets, but full of purpose.

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

I’ve learned to embrace failure. Failing doesn't mean you're a loser. If that’s the case, everyone would be a loser. Learn to accept it, but don't accept not trying. Your dreams deserve more respect than that.

When you fail, see it as an opportunity; a learning experience. A chance to become more intelligent the next time you try.

“Some people will never like you because your spirit irritates their demons.”

You were not designed for everyone to like you.

People will hate you for no reason, will think you are not good enough. And that's okay because you can’t be good enough for everyone, but you can be the best for that one person that deserves you most.

“Do what you gotta do, so you can do what you wanna do.”

You have to put in the dirty hard work.

Your work ethic, persistence, and patience will help you succeed and deliver the life you want even with poor strategy.

“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.”

If you are not going to give your craft all you got don't bother with it.

If you are in the pursuit of something, be willing to go all out. It may not be easy but in the end, it will be sweet.

“We have 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.”

There will always be someone less fortunate than you.

Or someone that is on the same trail that you finished or currently on. Share the knowledge that has been built and given to you.

Your knowledge isn't a treasure until it's been unhidden and passed on to others.

Final Thought

You have the power to change the world, and you have the choice to let the world change you. You are not alone. If there is one thing we all share as humans it’s that we all will face troubling times but how we respond to them is what defines us.

Go out and change the world, don't let it change you.

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