Inspiring Viola Davis Quotes (Author of Finding Me)

“Every artist, true artist, struggles with an overwhelming sense of feeling like you’re not worthy.”  – Viola Davis

Motivational Viola Davis Quotes

  1. “I don’t want anyone putting any limits on me.” 
Viola Davis Quotes

2. “Success pales in comparison to healing.”

3. “When you pray, God puts people in your life to lead you when you cannot lead yourself.”

4. “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”

5. “When your passion and drive are bigger than your fears, you just dive.”

6. “Forgiveness is giving up all hope of a different past.”

7. “You cannot live to please everyone else. You have to edify, educate and fulfill your own dreams and destiny.”

8. “You can’t be hesitant about who you are.”

9. “Self-deprecation is not an answer to keeping one’s balance. I think that it’s very damaging.”

10. “Memories are immortal. They’re deathless and precise.”

Famous Viola Davis Quotes

11. “I knew my life would be a fight, and I realized this: I had it in me.”

12. “Forgiveness is giving up all hope of a different past. They tell you successful therapy is when you have the big discovery that your parents did the best they could with what they were given.”

13. “It is a powerful memory because it was the first time my spirit and heart were broken.”

14. “And whereas I can’t live inside yesterday’s pain, I can’t live without it.”

15. “They say the two most important days in a persons life were the day you were born and the day you discover why you were born.”

16. “They say to serve is to love. I think to serve is to heal, too.”

17. “When you pray, God puts people in your life to lead you when you cannot lead yourself.”

18. “That’s why there’s so much bad acting out there, because you could see actors watching themselves.” 

19. “I want my work to reflect my level of gifts and talent”

20. “May you live long enough to know why you were born.”

Viola Davis Quotes About Life

21. “This was genius. This was art! Expression that is born out of the necessity of ritual to navigate life.”

22. “Sometimes you see how humanity can rise above any kind of cultural ills and hate that a person’s capacity to love and communicate and forgive can be bigger than anything else.” 

23. “For every one actor who makes it to fame there are fifty thousand more who did exactly the same things, yet didn’t make it.”

24. “I truly believe that the privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”

25. “I think sometimes what people miss about black people is that we’re complicated.”

26. “I could create my own family and I could create it intentionally with what I had learned.”

27. “Your only job as an artist is to put the truth out there into the world.”

28. “I don’t have any time to stay up all night worrying about what someone who doesn’t love me has to say about me.” 

29. “Being with that group of women who so easily gave up their vanity and just went for it was a huge learning curve for me.”

30. “We as artists cannot be politicians. We as artists can only be truth-tellers.”

Inspirational Viola Davis Quotes

31. “Anything can be achieved with a good, healthy dose of courage.”

32. “The only thing that separates women of color from everyone else is opportunity.”

33. “I would love to be remembered as a person who used her life to inspire others in any way, shape or form.”

34. “Relationships change us and make us grow.” 

35. “I don’t have any time to stay up all night worrying about what someone who doesn’t love me has to say about me.”

36. “I was sold lies for two years and the worst part is that I believed it because I couldn’t combat it with anything else.”

37. “I think that you always want to gravitate towards people who absolutely are great at what they do and go for authenticity.” 

38. “Abuse elicits so many memories of trauma that embed themselves into behavior that is hard to shake.”

39. “Creativity only resonates if you infuse real life into the work.” 

40. “If the opportunity is not out there for you to play it, then you don’t see it.” – Viola Davis

41. “Everything had been hard for me. I mastered hard. Now, I wanted joy.”

42. “There was an expectation of perfectionism without the knowledge of emotional well-being.”

42. “Every artist, true artist, struggles with an overwhelming sense of feeling like you’re not worthy.” 

43. “I had the persona of being real because I didn’t know what or who else to be. But being real and being transparent are two totally different things. Being real is wearing fifteen-dollar shoes and being proud to wear them. Being transparent is saying, “I’m always anxious. I never feel like I fit in. I need help.”

44. “When you’re really passionate, you’re going to grab hold of every rope you see and wrap them around your arms and legs to claw your way out.”

45. “It gave me temporary self-love from the outside but it would soon wear off because self-love from the outside by definition really isn’t self-love.”

Viola Davis is an American actress and producer. Davis has received many accolades and is one of the select few actors to have received an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony (EGOT); in addition, she is the only African-American to have achieved the Triple Crown of Acting and the third person to have achieved both statuses. 

In 2012 and 2017, Time named her one of the world’s 100 most influential people, and in 2020, The New York Times placed her ninth on its list of the greatest actors of the twenty-first century.

Davis started her acting career in small stage productions in Central Falls, Rhode Island. She graduated from the Juilliard School in 1993, and for her portrayal of Ruby McCollum in the movie Everybody’s Ruby, she was given an Obie Award in 1999. 

Before winning the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Tonya in the 2001 Broadway production of August Wilson’s King Hedley II, she had minor roles in late 1990s and early 2000s film and television projects. 

Her breakthrough came in the drama Doubt (2008), where she played a troubled mother, earning her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.  

Davis won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her role as Rose Maxson in the Broadway revival of August Wilson’s play Fences.

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