Top 52 Quotes of Laurence Fishburne

You know, whatever happens between the two of us that’s created when we come together as actors is not something I think we can explain.

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When I think of Othello, I think of a poet-warrior. Let me say that again – a romantic warrior. And I think I have those qualities in common with him.

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When I first read ‘Boyz,’ I cried. It could have been about some kids in Warsaw, Poland. I knew it was good, but I had no idea what it would do to me.

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When I came into my adulthood, I recognized how fortunate I was to be doing what I loved to do.

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We don’t really see a lot of war movies about the people that are left behind, dealing with the deaths of those who serve and the sacrifices they make.

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We are three dimensional beings: body, mind, spirit.

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There’s a bunch of plays that I never got to do because I was either too young or too old for the parts, like ‘Slow Dance on the Killing Ground’ and ‘Dutchman.’ For ‘American Buffalo,’ I was the wrong color.

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‘The Fugitive Kind,’ ‘Rope,’ ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ – I watched all these as a way of reminding myself that you can do a movie based on a play. You can do a movie that stays in one place for a long stretch.

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The 50s are the age of elegance. That’s kind of my intention when I get dressed: casual elegance.

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Special effects are characters. Special effects are essential elements. Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they aren’t there.

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Philanthropic work reminds you of everyone’s common humanity, and that’s really the common denominator for everyone.

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People think my name is Morpheus. Many times, people will say to me, ‘Morpheus!’ and I will complete the sentence by saying, ‘is not my name!’

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Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist’ means a lot to me.

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On a motorcycle, you can’t really think about more than where you are. There’s a freedom that comes with that – from stress, worry, sweating the small stuff.

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My vocation is I do what I do. I’m an actor; that’s what I do.

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My mother is quite a woman. She would push me, and when I got tired of her pushing, I’d say: ‘Leave me alone. Don’t push so much.’

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Mine were informal mentors. They were all in my working life.

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John Wick is not a guy that asks for help, so when he goes to somebody for help, whoever that is, you know he’s a serious cat.

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I’ve played a lot of bad guys, ’cause that was the only work I could get. People saw my face and went ‘oooh’.

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It’s very difficult to set a film in one setting without giving the audience some intensity and some relief.

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It’s nice to get the feedback from a theater audience. It’s a gas.

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It’s important for a lot of young black males to value swagger over intelligence. Swagger is important, but intelligence must come before the swagger.

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It’s funny, a lot of people think I take myself seriously because I come off so serious sometimes. But it’s not that I take myself seriously, I take what I do seriously.

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It’s always a collective group of people coming together to oppose those things which are fundamentally contrary to our basic humanity.

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It’s a huge blessing to know you’ve done something that has affected people the way ‘The Matrix’ has. It’s like, there’s ‘Star Wars,’ and then there’s ‘The Matrix.’ It’s cool to be a part of that.

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In order to be the best version of yourself, you have to dedicate time, effort, and support to other people who need it.

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I’m not dyeing my hair and trying to pretend I’m 40. That’s not going to work for me.

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I’m left-handed: I can think and feel at the same time. My feminine side is very highly developed.

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If you like rock and roll, if you like rhythm and blues, if you like jazz, if you like hip-hop, you might be black-ish.

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If you asked someone who was a Maori about how they felt about how they were treated in Australia or New Zealand, you’ll get an answer. They’ll have something to tell you. And you might not like what you hear.

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I work with my instincts. I don’t have a process that I learned in an acting class whereby I break a script down or whereby I do a certain kind of research.

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I try to stay in shape a little bit, but I don’t obsess about it.

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I think of myself as being a relatively intelligent man who is open to a lot of different things and I think that questioning our purpose in life and the meaning of existence is something that we all go through at some point.

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I think everyone is very surprised at how ‘Matrix’ has become the pop culture phenomenon that it is.

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I think any city that does the Olympics takes on the world and has to grow and has to kind of assimilate all sorts of folks.

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I really don’t know that I’m iconic. I don’t even know that people think I’m cool.

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I play characters. I don’t think I really have a persona per se. I don’t play the same guy every time. I show up, you don’t know what I’m gonna do. I like it that way. I’ve intentionally tried to do it that way. I think that’s what’s interesting.

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I have this unshakeable faith. I believe in myself; I believe in God.

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I have a man cave somewhere in California – a totally undisclosed location where manly things occur. There are motorcycles, there are secret doors and passageways. Women are welcome, but they must knock.

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I don’t think Othello is a jealous man – he is a man who has been deceived by another person, just as everybody in the play is deceived by that person… The playwright uses the word ‘jealousy’ over and over and over again, but I don’t think it has anything to do with being jealous.

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I didn’t want to be a big star. I wanted to be a really good actor.

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I didn’t have much of a childhood, but that’s O.K. I have a livelihood.

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I certainly believe that being in contact with one’s spirit and nurturing one’s spirit is as important as nurturing one’s body and mind. We are three dimensional beings: body, mind, spirit.

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I can’t remember a picture that has expressed black attitudes and personal relationships as vividly as we’ve done in ‘Cadence.’

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I came up around people who took acting seriously, who cared about acting, cared about the theater and, in the ’70s, made movies that said something that mattered. I came up with those people, and I was a kid. Their ethos and credo became mine.

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I always want to read the script and know everything and at least understand the context of the world that you’re in and why you’re there and all that stuff. It’s good to know something. I like to know, but I’ve never been one of these, ‘Just show me my stuff,’ no, I like to know what the whole picture is so I can understand how I fit into it.

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I ain’t afraid of germs, man. And I ain’t afraid of getting sick.

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Doing theater makes you feel like a real actor.

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Doing ‘CSI: N.Y.’ is not ‘CSI.’ Doing ‘CSI: Miami’ is not ‘CSI: N.Y.,’ it’s ‘CSI: Miami.’ It has a very, very specific tone. It has a very specific look. It has a specific way in which they tell their stories that’s different from ‘CSI: N.Y.’ and ‘CSI.’

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All I know is, I’m trying to do things that are a little different whenever I can.

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Acting is a childlike thing. To act well, you have to be childlike in order to free yourself.

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Acting and philanthropy are braided together. I’ve tried to seek out things that speak not just specifically to the community that created me, but that speak in a way that’s universal and all of humanity celebrates.

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