The real story, the universal story, is that we all stand on a pair of shoulders. We are, all of us, the sum of our influences. We’ve all been taken by the hand and led to a better, more purposeful place.
– Denzel Washington, A Hand To Guide Me, 2006
“I feel no flattery when people speak of my voice. I’m simply grateful that I found a way to work around my impairment. Once a stutterer, always a stutterer. If I get any credit for the way I sound, I accept it in the name of those of us who are impaired.”
– James Earl Jones, 1993
“It’s not the public that inspired an artist to create. An artist feels the need to create even if there is no public. If there were no one on the planet I’d still do funny things. I’d just be laughing by myself.”
– Eddie Murphy, Playboy, February 1990
“I pounded pavements and went to every audition. That was my spirit. Work at whatever you do, whether you get paid or not.“
– Debbie Allen, Parade, November 17, 1991