Black history is American history.
I can only be so long without work before I start getting antsy.
I gravitate towards gravitas.
I don't want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.
I find it difficult to watch myself... I find it boring.
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. Still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone. I guess I just miss my friend.
I knew at an early age I wanted to act. Acting was always easy for me. I don't believe in predestination, but I do believe that once you get where ever it is you are going, that is where you were going to be. Was I always going to be here? No I was not. I was going to be homeless at one time, a taxi driver, truck driver, or any kind of job that would get me a crust of bread. You never know what's going to happen.
[On Clint Eastwood, best director:] If he hires you, he hires you because he feels like you know what to do. And he's very, very largely out of the way. He directs the picture, you do the acting. I love that, and I think that most of the people that he works with love that.
Getting a standing ovation was kind of humbling that so many people are so happy that I have been named for this award. A lot of people say you're due - maybe you are, maybe you aren't - it's an accolade.
Life doesn't offer you promises whatsoever so it's very easy to become, 'Whatever happened to...?' It's great to be wanted. I spent a few years not being wanted and this is better.
In the harshest place on Earth, ... love finds a way.
[Man] is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.
I'm not one for blaspheming -- but that one made me laugh.
In my country, we talk to our women, not drug them with plants.
Strange country, this...England.
We want to give people what they want, when they want it. We are following the wave.
You whine like a mule.
We are all part of American history. Dr. Martin Luther King is not a black hero. He is an American hero. ... The world needs his message today more than ever before.
Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered as our prince of peace, of civil rights. We owe him something major that will keep him and his memory alive.
Ben - Sir Ben - is always a lift. He's always interesting to watch, so you just try and remember your lines.
But I can say that life is good to me. Has been and is good. So I think my task is to be good to it. So how do you be good to life? You live it.
Dr. Martin Luther King is not a black hero. He is an American hero.
Give me something interesting to play and I'm happy.
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 am going to stop calling you a white man and I'm going to ask you to stop calling me a black man.