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Quotes by Mahershala Ali on time, journey, curiosity, humility, people, desire, etc.

131 Inspiring Quotes By Mahershala Ali That Will Help You Sail Through Testing Times

Famous As: Actor
Born On: February 16, 1974
Born In: Oakland, California, United States

Mahershala Ali is an eminent American actor and rapper. He has earned a number of awards and accolades for his works, including three ‘Screen Actors Guild Awards,’ a ‘Primetime Emmy Award,’ a ‘BAFTA Award,’ two ‘Academy Awards,’ and a ‘Golden Globe Award.’ His breakthrough came with ‘The 4400.’ He gained prominence with his performance in ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,’ and also gained global recognition for his role in ‘The Hunger Games film series.’ We have rounded some interesting sayings by Mahershala Ali on curiosity, desire, time, people, journey, heart, dream, prayer, stress, strength, character, kids, soul, hope, creativity, etc.

Your life, your circumstances change, and you have to continue to grow as a person, and once you have means and opportunity, you have to make different choices to protect what you have.

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You want entertainment in general, every aspect of it, to be more of a reflection of the diverse world that we live in.

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Who is that person that comes around and says, 'You are OK, you are worthy, you are special?' That makes all the difference in the world for many of us. Those are the people we appreciate the most.

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When I was growing up, in the '80s and '90s, I just never really saw myself reflected in the things that I had a liking for. It makes a difference.

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When I was growing up, I was told you could be anything you want to be, but I didn't really believe that because you couldn't be president. Like, I knew that; we never had a black president.

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What you see in 'Daredevil' and 'Jessica Jones' isn't the Hell's Kitchen of today; it's a version of what it was like.

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What I think I learned from working on 'Moonlight' is you see what happens when you persecute people. They fold into themselves.

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We live in diverse communities with all sorts of people from all sorts of different backgrounds. The more our entertainment can be a reflection of the world we live in, the better it is for all of us.

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Viola Davis is a perfect example of somebody who's so much better than the parts she has the opportunity to play.

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Understand that we are all co-creators of our respective destinies.

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To get to play someone who was in some capacity the King of Harlem, that meant something to me. Deep within my bones. I was inspired by the energy that I knew to be a real thing.

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There's nothing fun about 30 people standing around watching you, like, pretend to pleasure someone. Nothing enjoyable about it, believe me.

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There was a sadness over me, a melancholy. That's always been a part of me - those are some of the things that lead you to the arts.

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There are not enough going into production so that we can tout them. Look at 'Precious'... In order for them to stand out, they have to get made in the first place, and that's just not happening enough.

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Theater will cast in a more open way; Denzel Washington might play Richard III. Television and film don't really cast openly like that. The theater world has always been a leader in diversity.

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The things that people won't totally accept come in all shapes and sizes and forms, and I can relate to that in my own youth.

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The people that I admire have a wonderful balance of self-belief and humility.

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The more you work and get known for something, sometimes things begin to narrow a bit, and your opportunities get more... specific.

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The call for diversity is about recognizing that in order to be in the conversation come awards season, it goes back to the content that is being produced.

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Social media has colonized what was once a sacred space occupied by emptiness: the space reserved for thought and creativity.

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Regardless of theology or however you see life or relate to worshiping God, as an artist, my job is to tell the truth and then try to connect with these characters and people as honestly and deeply as possible.

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People will burn through a show in two or three days, and then you're left feeling empty for 51 weeks.

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People do bad things, but that doesn't mean they don't have other colors or qualities.

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People are really paying attention to the comic-book genre, and there's a lot of time and attention being invested in these projects with a wonderful sense of quality control.

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One thing that the audience, and perhaps critics, aren't aware of is that, especially in a film like 'Moonlight,' you always shoot a lot more footage than makes the cut of the film.

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My parents were in high school when I was born. My mom was 16, my dad was 17. They were kids, at the very beginning of coming into their own and finding themselves.

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My dream role is Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion.

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Marvel has such a huge slice of the pie.

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Kids feel like they have to puff up or shrink. These reclusive qualities begin to develop because you feel that who you are is going to either be accepted or rejected by your family and friends.

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It's funny how you can be thought of as somebody who humanizes bad guys, and I'll take that, but it is something that gave me pause, and I started speaking to my team about finding a good guy.

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It's about very talented writers, directors, producers, and actors being in a position for their projects to be supported, but there's just not enough black projects being made.

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It's a lot of wonderful things about the Bay area and Oakland that I absolutely love. I wouldn't change being from there by any stretch.

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In my humble opinion, the ages 22 to about 27 are the most critical years of your adult life. It's your time to gestate in the cocoon of becoming.

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If you're not careful as an actor, you can find yourself, at a certain point, a little bit bored.

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If you convert to Islam after a couple of decades of being a black man in the U.S., the discrimination you receive as a Muslim doesn't feel like a shock.

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I've never seen anyone - and I've had the opportunity to work with some really terrific actors in my time - but Philip Seymour Hoffman is definitely the best I ever had the opportunity to work with.

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I've never seen 'Gone with the Wind.' I don't know if that's something to be embarrassed about, but I know that I should have seen that movie by now.

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I'm so appreciative that people have begun to recognize my work in a way where it can afford me more opportunities.

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I'm not shy about trying to find what truth there is in any genre, whether that be an action piece, a sci-fi piece, a small indie film, or a play. I'm open to it all.

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I'd never been around or seen a black showrunner, and in some ways you wish that it wasn't a big deal.

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I watch a lot of home stuff; I like seeing things go from one thing to another and get fixed up.

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I was supremely fortunate to do several projects that I'm really excited about. So within all that, there's a lot going on this year. I'm excited about 2016.

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I was going to try to get into the creative writing program at Berkeley; it's just that the acting thing worked out.

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I was a sports kid.

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I wanted to take on my full name, which was sort of a crazy thing to do considering that we're in Hollywood.

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I thought, 'I've been doing this for 16 years professionally. I have a window where I want to play leading parts.'

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I think selfishly, as an actor, we always want to do more.

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I think it's important for people of colour to have similar opportunities to white people; that's what is most important.

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I think if you have any desire to be a leading man or to really carry some of these stories, there's this relationship that has to be cultivated with an audience. People have to be able to say your name.

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I think Don Cheadle has always done great work.

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I think #OscarsSoWhite is about there not truly being enough people of color represented.

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I saw this documentary he did years ago called 'Fade to Black.' I was always a Jay Z fan - I liked Jay Z - but after I saw that documentary, I loved Jay Z. I realized how intelligent he was.

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I really wasn't into comic books growing up.

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I really love Tom Hardy. He makes really interesting choices.

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I really enjoyed working with Mariah, Alfre Woodward's character, because she's a wonderful actor, and I felt we had a natural chemistry that was reflective of real family members.

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I prayed every day of my life, and that was instilled in me as a kid, and as I've gotten older, that's just matured in me.

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I loved going to superhero films growing up - you come home, and you pretend to be those people, and it ends up informing much of what you aspire to be. And that's what I will say is important about the genre.

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I love hip hop. It's such an appendage for me. It's something that's always shaped my experience out in the world.

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I know someone from growing up who is in jail right now for the rest of his life, but he was one of the sweetest people I ever knew.

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I just love what Nicholas Britell did with 'Moonlight.'

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I haven't gotten to do the leading man thing, so I would love to do that!

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I have to say goodbye to things in order to take on bigger things that I've always wanted to do.

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I have had that same experience where there are several people who have come up in my life at the right time and have made critical contributions to how I see the world and how I see myself.

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I got out of grad school in 2000. I was about 26 years old. I've always said that I was late to acting because I didn't really start doing it in a focused way until I was in my early 20s.

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I found myself sort of becoming a character actor, though I don't know if that would be my natural makeup.

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I don't really compare any of the characters I play; I try to go into them being very open to what the characters can offer and what I can bring to them and then bring a being to life.

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I don't have a wallet. I carry my driver's license and a couple of credit cards in my phone. That, and a money clip.

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I do think that there are people who are able to connect with and empathize with anyone who is going through something difficult, just naturally. I don't think it's a world of effort for everyone.

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I do believe that there are creative chakras or different sorts of energy centers.

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I do believe in the potential of like-minded people coming together.

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I believe that everything has a shelf life.

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I always hope to be a better person tomorrow than today.

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I always felt that Jay Z, if he had a different upbringing, could be on Wall Street or in politics. If you really listen to Jay Z talk, he's kind of the smartest guy in the room.

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Hollywood has to be a better reflection of the world we live in.

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For my characters, it's important to get really specific about what they listen to. Because it affects how they move in the world.

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Family are the people that can hurt you the most.

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Cultures and races are mixing in a very organic way in the world, and that should be reflected in film and television.

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Coming off 'House of Cards,' playing someone so straight-laced, I was getting offered a lot of F.B.I. agents.

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At graduate school in 1999, I finally had the chance to examine why I believe what I believe. I realised that I'd had no period in my life where I'd consciously tried to develop my own theology.

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At a certain point in my career, I was probably having a difficult time 'holding space.' So you get a character that has to be commanding in order for him to resonate and make sense.

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As young people, you want to see people who in some way look like you to some degree, because it makes it a little easier for you to aspire to take on the qualities of those people.

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As an actor, as you grow into where you fit in the industry, you're just trying to find the opportunities, hoping they grow and you get to do more.

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As a kid, my dad would take me to see indie films when I would visit him in New York. Films that I just wouldn't see growing up in the Bay Area.

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A lot of actors know they want to be actors a little bit earlier on. I didn't even really start studying until I was about 22.

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'Moonlight' is a project that resonated with me more than anything else. I wouldn't have done 'Luke Cage' if they hadn't made time for 'Moonlight.'

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'Mahershala' is my nickname.

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'House of Cards' opened some doors. I've been able to tackle some diverse stories and characters.

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'Free State of Jones' went beyond that. It got into how the South wasn't as homogenous as we thought it was - or even the North for that matter, where we like to assume everyone wanted to free the slaves and they were all abolitionists. It actually shows how complex these ideologies were on both sides.

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'Luke Cage' is about a reluctant superhero who lives in the shadows in Harlem. He has to decide if he's going to step up and fight for the heart of the city and defend the people against Cornell 'Cottonmouth' Stokes, my character, who kinda wants to keep everything in order and intact. I'm the criminal element in the story.

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At a earlier age, I was kind of into a pretty large scope or range of music from Hieroglyphics and the Hobo Junction guys and all that to like a lot of stuff that was in New York like Diamond D, Nas, Brand Nubian, of course Biggie, OC, Organized Confusion, Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Digable Planets, who I just saw recently, and they killed it.

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At that moment in time when we feel like the other, we were not the person embraced, not one of the cool kids, not in the club - when you're that person, it makes you feel smaller, and when they persecute you as a result, that's a difficult position to be in.

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Basketball wasn't going particularly well, but in my senior year, I did a play and got a wonderful card from a professor that said, 'I don't know what your plans are after school or if acting is a part of it, but you have something special.' Hearing that from someone who I had so much respect for pointed me in that direction.

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Before I got into grad school, I used to work as a deck hand on these ferry boats in San Francisco, and they did day tours. It wasn't a bad job. I made decent money. But you were sitting down all day, tying up the boat, wiping it down. For some guys, that's a dream job, but for me it was kind of torture.

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Come on, we would be foolish to say that there's never been African-American leads in some capacity, people of color in some capacity, leading shows or what have you. But it hasn't happened enough and in a manner that is an accurate reflection of the world that we live in.

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Cottonmouth is the result of having to react to his circumstances. He had to, in some ways, take control of the situation and own his circumstances. But as a result of that, he became a person he didn't intend to become.

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I approach things from my feeling first. I have to get a feel for the character. I'll do that through music; I'll do it through what is naturally popping up for me when I read the script. My ideas or whatever the occupation of the character might be.

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I converted Dec. 31, 1999. It was a Friday. That was my second time going to the mosque. The woman who is my wife now... was basically raised Muslim - and she was at that point where she was deciding or trying to come to terms with her own relationship with Islam and how to embrace that for herself.

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I don't want to say I took myself too seriously, but I put a lot of pressure on myself coming out of school. I saw so many people leave the business behind, certain opportunities disappear for folks who had to go into other professions. That kind of terrified me. As a result, I wanted things to happen really quickly.

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I got my Equity card right out of NYU grad school in 2000, doing 'The Great White Hope' at Arena Stage. I played Jack Jefferson. It was an amazing part to walk into, to carry that responsibility for that amount of time. The challenges and the breadth of that role were pretty amazing.

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I grew up on a wide range of stuff. OutKast, they been around for over 20 years, and some of the L.A. cats like Defari, Dilated Peoples and Likwit Crew. I was always going to these shows and catching the KRS-One tennis ball, as he would throw those out, EPMD. I could go on and on.

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I had two jobs coming out of school: I did a play, 'The Great White Hope.' I played the boxer Jack Johnson. And I was the lead in this indie film. Then I moved to Los Angeles because New York was cold and it was really too quiet for me at that time. I was out of school; I was hungry. The auditions were trickling in, and I was antsy and ready to go.

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I love Michelle Williams. I think she's extraordinary. I was such a fan of 'Blue Valentine,' and I heard stories about how Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams worked on that. They lived together for a period of time as rehearsal. From nine in the morning to five at night, living in a space together. The work is really awe-inspiring.

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I owe a lot to my time on 'House of Cards' because, up until I booked that show, I had been working consistently for 12 years, but I wasn't working on anything that mattered in the way 'House of Cards' did to its audience, to casting directors, to directors and producers. The show hit this sweet spot.

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