Morgan Freeman has had a fantastic career. He’s an actor, narrator, and director. Undeniably one of the most respected actors today. Freeman has his name in a vast number of movies, plays, and documentaries. We’ve seen him portray a prisoner, a principal, a president, a soldier, and God himself. Even early on, his presence onscreen was powerful enough to shine when working with big Hollywood stars.
Some people are born with an inbuilt magnetic force that pulls them towards what they’re meant to do. Such was in this case. When he was just a little boy of six, he watched his first film and knew that was what he wanted to be a part of when he grew up. Knowing what you want is half the battle won, you must now fight to win it. He struggled with hunger and homelessness while he looked for acting gigs in Hollywood. His perseverance paid off, and his talent helped him land role after role.
The road to the top is not all as glorious as it seems. Sometimes you lose your way; He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force upon graduating from High School. He soon realized it was different from what he had imagined and so he moved to Hollywood to try his luck there.
Morgan Freeman has learned a lot from his 80 years. His quotes on life, success, and acting are sure to guide you too.
1.“Challenge yourself; it’s the only path that leads to growth.”
Morgan has starred in different genres and played diverse roles for all of them. A person who wants to learn more, and keep doing better, cannot do so without stepping out of their comfort zone. Challenge yourself to do something you’ve always wanted to.
2.“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.” – Red, Shawshank Redemption
Red’s line in the movie perfectly expresses his feeling towards Andy. A beautiful line for one of the most memorable scenes in movie history. If you haven’t seen Shawshank redemption yet, now is the best time.
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3.“Don’t be different just for different’s sake. If you see it differently, function that way. Follow your own muse, always.”
With half the youth facing an identity crisis, it’s easy to lose yourself in-between trying to fit in and struggling to stand out. Always remember to follow your own perception, don’t blend into the crowd when you belong somewhere else. Have confidence in who you are.
4.“I don’t have to work. I could stop and never have to worry about paying the rent. I’m working for the joy of doing it.”
When you love what you do, money becomes secondary.
5.“Acting means living, it’s all I’m good at. If I weren’t getting paid well, I would still be acting in a small troupe somewhere.”
The joy of doing something you love surpasses the illusion of money. When you love what you do, you don’t work just for the pay; you work to answer your inner calling.
6.“Very often, you know, you stop walking because you say, ‘Well, I’m tired of climbing this hill. I’m never going to get to the top.’ And you’re only two steps from the top.”
As long as you don’t give up, you’re still in the game. With anything that you want to achieve in life, remember to give it all you have and some more. Leave no space for regret.
7.“I’m a firm believer that things happen as they should. The universe unfolds just as it’s supposed to.”
As Paulo Coelho wrote in The Alchemist, “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
Have faith in these inspirational words and prove yourself right.
8.“You can’t take credit for talent; you can only take credit for using it.”
What is talent if you waste it? There are thousands of people spread across the world who are profoundly gifted, but they never use it. Having talent is like owning all the tools, you need to use them to achieve results.
9.“Is there a movie I think I should have won an Oscar for? Yeah. All of them.”
Savage! Morgan Freeman has worked in tons of movies throughout his career. He may have been a part of some films that didn’t do very well, but he himself was always great. He surely knows what he’s worth, do you?
10.“One of the things you can always depend on – this is one of the truths of the universe, and you heard it first from here – whatever we decide we want to do is what we do.”
Wherever you are and may go in your life, it’s all a result of the decisions you make for yourself. Your life is yours to live, anything you do is on you.
11.“If you look back on your life and where you started from it’s like looking back down a mountain back to the desert floor. It’s like now I can’t believe I had whatever it takes or perceived whatever it took to get here.”
We often underestimate ourselves. If something seems challenging, we tell ourselves we can’t do it and give up without trying. No one has reached the top without challenging themselves. The seats on top are reserved for those who dare to climb, make sure you have a reservation there.
12.“People need to start to think about the messages that they send in movies.”
Since movies are the most entertaining and popular form of mass media, they have a huge influence on their viewers. The audience is able to take away so much from a movie. Films should be more aware and careful of the message they send.
13.“Never let pride be your guiding principle. Let your accomplishments speak for you.”
Humility and modesty are rare qualities. They outshine the proud and conceited.
14.“How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time.”
Our world is overpopulated by 7.6 billion people on our planet. One act of kindness from each one would create such a significant difference.
15.“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.”
A motivational quote that applies to everyone, no matter how bad a situation, keep giving your best. Hard work gets noticed; eventually, Morgan Freeman himself didn’t become a star until he reached his 50’s.
16.“How are we going to get rid of racism? Stop talking about it.”
17.“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.”
Life is unpredictable. One day you’re out starving for real food and the next you’re on the big screen doing what you love.
18.“Fatigue, discomfort, discouragement are only symptoms of effort.”
Let your work do the talking.
19.“The best way to guarantee a loss is to quit.”
In the movie ‘The Bucket List’ where he plays a cancer patient alongside Jack Nicholson, the two of them go on a trip despite having only a few months left.
That is precisely how confident we should be towards life; every day is a chance to keep going.
20.“Insanity is coasting through life in a miserable existence when you have a caged lion locked inside and the key to release it.”
21.“The highest power is the human mind. That’s where God came from, and my belief in God is my belief in myself.”
Believe in yourself, everything else is irrelevant.
22.“You measure yourself by the people who measure themselves by you.”
A mirror held up on the truth of society. People like to observe and comment on business that has nothing to do with them. Finding peace and confidence with your self will make life so much easier.
23.“If you’re playing somebody who is not you, then you can imagine that you are that person. You can feel like he feels, move like he moves, look like he looks – in your own mind.”
A look inside the mind of a great actor.
24.“I once heard a wise man say there are no perfect men. Only perfect intentions.”
Nobody is perfect. Don’t go looking for perfection, seek the good in people.
25.“I’m not intimidated by lead roles. I’m better in them. I don’t feel pressure. I feel released at times like that. That’s what I’m born to do.”
As Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a play and all the men and women merely players.” If our lives are different genres of movies, make sure yours is an inspiring one with a happy ending. Take center stage in your life. He followed his dream and achieved his goal. To have the luxury to do what you want and excel in it, is a privilege you have to earn for yourself.
26.“All my life, all my life that I can remember, I saw my first movie when I was six years old. And since then I wanted to do that. I wanted to be a part of that.”
To know what you want to become at a young age is an advantage, and you should use it.
27.“There is no bad religion, there are only bad people.”
All religion has one base, and that is kindness. The people cause the negative energy surrounding them.
28.“Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance.”
Life is a constant state of blur for the most of us. It’s here one second, and it has passed the next. Let’s take Morgan Freeman’s advice and let life happen while we stay still.
29.“We humans are more concerned with having than with being.”
With the rise of the digital age, it seems the list of things we want has become endless. Happiness can be found in the simplest of nature, the illusions created by man are impermanent distractions made for their sole benefit.
30.“If you live a life of make-believe, your life isn’t worth anything until you do something that does challenge your reality.”
We live in a bubble and call it our world. To pop the exterior and to face the world is a complicated yet central part of finding yourself.
31.“Audiences believe what you believe. It’s a matter of believing in yourself. If I believe me, then you’ve got no choice. None at all.”
Watching Morgan Freeman in his various characters on screen is always a treat. You know it’s him, yet his performance pulls you in, and you completely forget.
32.“Once you’ve gotten the job, there’s nothing to it. If you’re an actor, you’re an actor. Doing it is not the hard part. The hard part is getting to do it.”
The title given to a job is much more intimidating than the post itself. If you got the job, it’s because you can do it.
33.“And that if you become a star, people are going to go to see you. If you remain an actor, they’re going to go to see the story you’re in.”
His roles, no matter how small, have always stolen the show.
Morgan Freeman has had a long and beautiful life. He’s played some of the most memorable and compelling roles in the cinemas. His existence and presence in the film industry was a blessing for us all. Who would have narrated all those documentaries otherwise? A rare one-of-a-kind human who deserves all the adoration and respect he has earned.
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