Success Quotes

Quality film-making is the key. You don’t wanna do films with black casts and directors just for the sake of doing it. Critical acclaim and commercial success is the goal. Also the way we work together as artists; giving to one another and sharing in the work. That’s what a renaissance is: artists who wanna […]

A ball player has to be kept hungry to become a big leaguer. That’s why no boy from a rich family has ever made the big leagues.

May the New Year bring you courage to break your resolutions early! My own plan is to swear off every kind of virtue, so that I triumph even when I fall!

Having a power watch is about a quiet sense of strength. It makes a statement that says you’re successful.

One of the most toxic things in the world is success. I’ve seen people think they have all the answers, like: ‘If I’ve succeeded at this, then there’s nothing I can’t succeed at!’

Do you want to know the secret of my success? Easy. Brown mascara. I always wear brown mascara. Fair actresses should never use black mascara if they want their eyes to show up. It’s the opposite of what they think—that black mascara will make them show up more.

It’s a lot more fun to write with your friends and to celebrate success together when they’re attached to a song. But I try to put one song that’s a solo write on every record. It doesn’t always happen.

None of the men in my life ever wanted me to be successful. I think they thought I’d leave them.

I always felt that I would be somebody, but it still surprises me. Like when I drive through Times Square and see my billboard. Or when I got a standing ovation on Broadway for my role in “A Raisin in the Sun.” Or when I finished the marathon. Or when I perform at Madison Square […]

I was an overnight success all right, but thirty years is a long, long night.