Will Smith, who considers himself an 'average talent' who achieved success thanks to his obsession over practice and preparation, often attempts to inspire his fans to do the same through his speeches. His words sometimes contain a spiritual undertone, given his Baptist upbringing, even though he declared himself non-religious. He once donated money to Christian ministries, Scientology organizations and a mosque. He also donated money to a private elementary school that he runs with his wife and raised funds for Global Citizen charity by performing a bungee jump in Grand Canyon. Below is a collection of his inspirational quotes from his speeches and interviews. He often urges fans to dream big and strive for success through persistence.
I was raised in a Baptist household, went to a Catholic church, lived in a Jewish neighborhood, and had the biggest crush on the Muslim girls from one neighborhood over.
There's so much negative imagery of black fatherhood. I've got tons of friends that are doing the right thing by their kids, and doing the right thing as a father - and how come that's not as newsworthy?
When you create art, the world has to wait.
And where I excel is ridiculous, sickening, work ethic. You know, while the other guy's sleeping? I'm working.
For me, there is nothing more valuable than how people feel in a movie theater about a movie.
In black neighborhoods, everybody appreciated comedy about real life. In the white community, fantasy was funnier. I started looking for the jokes that were equally hilarious across the board, for totally different reasons.