153+ Best Morgan Freeman Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Morgan Freeman is an American actor and film narrator. His emotional depth, subtle humour, and versatility made him one of the most-respected performers of his generation. Wisest Morgan Freeman quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Most Famous Morgan Freeman Quotes

If you live a life of make-believe, your life isn’t worth anything until you do something that does challenge your reality. And to me, sailing the open ocean is a real challenge, because it’s life or death. – Morgan Freeman

Acting means living, it’s all I do and all I’m good at. If I weren’t getting paid well, I would still be acting in a small troupe somewhere. – Morgan Freeman

Challenge yourself; it’s the only path which leads to growth. – Morgan Freeman

You know, the ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death. When their souls got to the entrance to heaven, the guards asked two questions. Their answers determined whether they were able to enter or not. ‘Have you found joy in your life?’ ‘Has your life brought joy to others?’ – Morgan Freeman

I’m making a great effort because sometimes life is not enjoyable. Sometimes it’s painful and sometimes it’s stressful, sometimes it’s agonizing even, so I think once you get around those humps: strive for pleasure and peace. – Morgan Freeman

Very often, you know, you stop walking because you say, ‘Well, I’m tired of climbing this hill. I’m never going to get to the top.’ And you’re only two steps from the top. – Morgan Freeman

My approach to acting is that I am totally intuitive. I read the script and I get it. If I don’t get it, I can’t do it. – Morgan Freeman

Finding joy is probably tantamount to finding yourself and being comfortable in your own skin. – Morgan Freeman

These walls are funny. First you hate ’em, then you get used to ’em. Enough time passes, you get so you depend on them. That’s institutionalized. – Morgan Freeman

I am going to stop calling you a white man and I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man. – Morgan Freeman

In the harshest place on Earth, … love finds a way. – Morgan Freeman

I like the character roles. Somewhere back there I really came to the conclusion in my mind that the difference between acting and stardom was major. And that if you become a star, people are going to go to see you. If you remain an actor, they’re going to go and see the story you’re in. – Morgan Freeman

If you dream you’ve got to dream that it’s going to happen. Remember that. If you dream you have to imagine that it will actually happen. – Morgan Freeman

It’s what I learn from the great actors that I work with. Stillness. That’s all and that’s the hardest thing. – Morgan Freeman

The odds are lousy that I actually said something attributed to me. – Morgan Freeman

You measure yourself by the people who measure themselves by you. – Morgan Freeman

I’ve always been a fan of or desired to or responded to variety. I like variety in life, so variety in work is a must. – Morgan Freeman

Marijuana prohibition is just the stupidest law possible….Just legalize it and tax it like we do liquor. – Morgan Freeman

I don’t get off on romantic parts. But I often think if I had had my dental work done early on, well, maybe. – Morgan Freeman

Look at, look, the Tea Partiers, who are controlling the Republican Party…. Their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term. What’s, what does that, what underlines that? ‘Screw the country. We’re going to whatever we do to get this black man, we can, we’re going to do whatever we can to get this black man outta here… It is a racist thing. – Morgan Freeman

I don’t do comedy. I think if a situation is funny you just play it for real and if it’s funny, it’s funny. – Morgan Freeman

Anyone who spends a significant amount of time with me finds me disagreeable. – Morgan Freeman

Is listening important? I can’t think of a single walk of life where it wouldn’t be. – Morgan Freeman

All my life, all my life that I can, as far back as I can remember, I saw my first movie when I was six years old. And since then I wanted to do that. I wanted to be a part of that. – Morgan Freeman

I don’t remember what my favorite comedy film is – truthfully! I saw Borat and I thought I was not going to be able to get out of the theatre because I was in so much pain from the laughter. – Morgan Freeman

There’s no mystery to it. Nothing more complicated than learning lines and putting on a costume. – Morgan Freeman

I always knew that someone was going to come at me with a script to play God. It’s just one of those things, the way your career is unfolding and all the talk about gravitas etc etc, so I had a strong feeling that someone was going to offer me the part of God. I was totally prepared to say, ‘Thanks but no thanks,’ unless it was a comedy. – Morgan Freeman

My earrings are worth just enough to buy me a coffin if I die in a strange place. That was the reason why sailors used to wear them. – Morgan Freeman

When I was a teenager, I began to settle into school because I’d discovered the extracurricular activities that interested me: music and theater. – Morgan Freeman

Was I always going to be here? No I was not. I was going to be homeless at one time, a taxi driver, truck driver, or any kind of job that would get me a crust of bread. You never know what’s going to happen. – Morgan Freeman

When I was doing theater, I was very successful at believing that I was great, God’s gift to the theater. – Morgan Freeman

Still, it can be more effective to accomplish what you need to accomplish with the minimum effort. Watch Anthony Hopkins. He doesn’t appear to be doing anything. He is so still that you can’t see him working, but you are drawn into his character through his very stillness. – Morgan Freeman

All you have to do is believe, then you will see everything. – Morgan Freeman

Is there a movie I think I should have won the Oscar for? Yeah. All of them. – Morgan Freeman

I always tell my kids if you lay down, people will step over you. But if you keep scrambling, if you keep going, someone will always, always give you a hand. Always. But you gotta keep dancing, you gotta keep your feet moving. – Morgan Freeman

That’s your job as the actor, to understand the human part of the character, to make it real. – Morgan Freeman

If your life turns out to be good and you have a tremendous amount of luck in your life, it’s a good thing to turn around and make it work for others. – Morgan Freeman

Attacking People With Disabilities is the Lowest Display of Power I Can Think Of – Morgan Freeman

The best way to guarantee a loss is to quit. – Morgan Freeman

Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance. – Morgan Freeman

Insanity is being shit on, beat down, coasting through life in a miserable existence when you have a caged lion locked inside and a key to release it. – Morgan Freeman

The first thing that always pops into my head regarding our president, is that all of the people who are setting up this barrier for him… They just conveniently forget that Barack had a mama, and she was white – very white; American, Kansas, middle of America. There is no argument about who he is, or what he is. America’s first black president hasn’t arisen yet. He’s not America’s first black president. He’s America’s first mixed-race president. – Morgan Freeman

Actors cannot work against each other. It’s totally impossible. – Morgan Freeman

Never give up the ganja. – Morgan Freeman

So if I believe in God, and I do, it’s because I think I’m God. – Morgan Freeman

We humans are more concerned with having than with being. – Morgan Freeman

Audiences believe what you believe. It’s a matter of believing yourself. If I believe me, then you’ve got no choice. None at all. – Morgan Freeman

Your best posture is your next posture. – Morgan Freeman

But I can say that life is good to me. Has been and is good. So I think my task is to be good to it. So how do you be good to life? You live it. – Morgan Freeman

It’s just the stupidest law possible… You’re just making criminals out of people who aren’t engaged in criminal activity. And we’re spending zillions of dollars trying to fight a war we can’t win! We could make zillions, just legalize it and tax it like we do liquor. It’s stupid. – Morgan Freeman

I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history. – Morgan Freeman

The public feels that if it’s on the Internet and you can access it, you deserve it. You haven’t committed any kind of crime. We may even have to rename piracy. But in any case, we have to confront it. – Morgan Freeman

Write something insightful. Say Morgan Freeman said it. Win at internet. – Morgan Freeman

I’ve never had any intimate relationships with a dolphin. – Morgan Freeman

How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time. – Morgan Freeman

I hate the word homophobia. It’s not a phobia. You are not scared. You are an asshole. – Morgan Freeman

Never let pride be your guiding principle. Let your accomplishments speak for you. – Morgan Freeman

How are we going to get rid of racism? Stop talking about it! – Morgan Freeman

I once heard a wise man say there are no perfect men. Only perfect intentions. – Morgan Freeman

Fatigue, discomfort, discouragement are merely symptoms of effort. – Morgan Freeman

I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. – Morgan Freeman

If you want to see a miracle, be the miracle – Morgan Freeman

As long as you feel like a victim, you are one. – Morgan Freeman

Don’t be afraid of what you want. This is your time. The barriers are down. – Morgan Freeman

Don’t be different just for different’s sake. If you see it differently, function that way. Follow your own muse, always. – Morgan Freeman

I’m a firm believer that things happen as they should. The universe unfolds just as it’s supposed to. – Morgan Freeman

Did you just call me old? I really prefer the word ‘experienced’. – Morgan Freeman

The trick to any profession is making it look easy. – Morgan Freeman

Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’. – Morgan Freeman

Donald Trump is the Honey Boo Boo of rich people. – Morgan Freeman

The highest power is the human mind. That’s where God came from and my belief in God is my belief in myself. – Morgan Freeman

Forgiveness liberates the soul, it removes fear. – Morgan Freeman

If you look back on your life and where you started from it’s like looking back down a mountain back to the desert floor. It’s like now I can’t believe I had whatever it takes or perceived whatever it took to get here. – Morgan Freeman

The reason actors, artists, writers have agents is because we’ll do it for nothing. That’s a basic fact – you gotta do it. – Morgan Freeman

You can’t take credit for talent; you can only take credit for using it. – Morgan Freeman

If I stay at home, I’m not famous. I’m only famous when I’m out in the streets, so I don’t go out on the streets much. – Morgan Freeman

I am God. So it’s easy to play him. They say God is in all things. So if God is in me, then I am in God. Therefore, I am God. God does not exist without me. – Morgan Freeman

Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered as our prince of peace, of civil rights. We owe him something major that will keep his memory alive. – Morgan Freeman

Give me something interesting to play and I’m happy. – Morgan Freeman

I’m not intimidated by lead roles. I’m better in them. I don’t feel pressure. I feel released at times like that. That’s what I’m born to do. – Morgan Freeman

People need to start to think about the messages that they send in the movies. – Morgan Freeman

I want to thank everybody and anybody who ever had anything to do with the making of this picture. – Morgan Freeman

People hear that and say I’m being modest, but I am not a modest person, but I have to be truthful about what I’m doing and what I’m doing is channeling. – Morgan Freeman

Let me be the first to tell you, drinking alcohol is the worst thing to do in cold weather. Hot soup is the best because the process of digesting food helps to warm you up. – Morgan Freeman

As you grow in this business, you learn how to do more with less. – Morgan Freeman

Most of the time it’s the role. Sometimes it’s the story and sometimes it just the paycheck. It’s the little movies that come out as stories or the fact that I have work to go out, you know what I’m saying, you can only be out so long without work, you start getting antsy. – Morgan Freeman

And some places you been before are so great that you don’t ever mind going back. Some places you been before you don’t ever want to go back, you know, like Montreal in the Winter. – Morgan Freeman

I’ve been living with myself all of my life, so I know all of me. So when I watch me, all I see is me. It’s boring. – Morgan Freeman

The accident was a horrible thing – but that horrible thing made Chris, at the end of his life, Superman. It’s a happy irony if there is such a thing. I’m proud to have known him. – Morgan Freeman

I find it difficult to watch myself… I find it boring. – Morgan Freeman

I feel fine, I don’t care who the director is. All you have to do is know what your doing – all of us – everybody in the business – that’s all you ask anyone – you know your job, I know mine, let’s go do it. – Morgan Freeman

This kid came up with Napster, and before that, none of us thought of content protection. – Morgan Freeman

Dr. Martin Luther King is not a black hero. He is an American hero. – Morgan Freeman

Let me tell you about being executive producer. It is not a job, it’s a title. Don’t go around asking executive producers what they do because they don’t do anything, alright? – Morgan Freeman

I knew at an early age I wanted to act. Acting was always easy for me. I don’t believe in predestination, but I do believe that once you get where ever it is you are going, that is where you were going to be. – Morgan Freeman

My parents were working in a hospital in Memphis. But I didn’t live there for any length of time that I remember. The first thing I remember is the town in Mississippi that I live in now, Charleston. – Morgan Freeman

If you’re playing somebody who is not you, then you can imagine that you are that person. You can feel like he feels, move like he moves, look like he looks – in your own mind. – Morgan Freeman

It can have an enormous effect because big budget movies can have big budget perks, and small budget movies have no perks, but what is the driving force, of course, is the script, and your part in it. – Morgan Freeman

Not only do I have to live, right, I have to get some cash for my troubles – it’s a scary thing, and people need to start to think about the messages that they send in the movies. – Morgan Freeman

Life doesn’t offer you promises whatsoever so it’s very easy to become, ‘Whatever happened to… ?’ It’s great to be wanted. I spent a few years not being wanted and this is better. – Morgan Freeman

I’m not one for blaspheming — but that one made me laugh. – Morgan Freeman

I joined the air force. I took to it immediately when I arrived there. I did three years, eight months, and ten days in all, but it took me a year and a half to get disabused of my romantic notions about it. – Morgan Freeman

I can only be so long without work before I start getting antsy. – Morgan Freeman

One of the things you can always depend on – this is one of the truths of the universe, and you heard it first from here – whatever we decide we want to do is what we do. – Morgan Freeman

And finding the hat, I always like to find the hat. And then props just dress the set. It’s all fabulous. – Morgan Freeman

Once you’ve gotten the job, there’s nothing to it. If you’re an actor, you’re an actor. Doing it is not the hard part. The hard part is getting to do it. – Morgan Freeman

It’s sort of well-known that anytime any catastrophe happens anywhere in the world, they can count on the United States for help. – Morgan Freeman

Just that working with Clint again is like coming home. – Morgan Freeman

I don’t know what my favorite film of mine is… But I think the most important film I was in was ‘Glory’. – Morgan Freeman

I like the blues a lot. I grew up on it. – Morgan Freeman

I do know there are a lot of people who seem to be in my corner, and that’s, of course, wonderful. I’m really more interested in the nomination than in the award, because I think the nomination just puts you within a group of outstanding actors. – Morgan Freeman

You’re going to relegate my history to a month. – Morgan Freeman

And that if you become a star, people are going to go to see you. If you remain an actor, they’re going to go and see the story you’re in. – Morgan Freeman

People say it’s a movie about boxing, but… I don’t agree at all. I don’t think it’s a movie about boxing. Boxing is like a platform. It’s just a stage where this is played out. – Morgan Freeman

We are all part of American history. Dr. Martin Luther King is not a black hero. He is an American hero. … The world needs his message today more than ever before. – Morgan Freeman

We know its a very clean-burning fuel. It’s renewable … all we need to do is make it available. – Morgan Freeman

We call on anybody who has even the thought (of giving) to get beyond the thought and help these people. – Morgan Freeman

We want to give people what they want, when they want it. We are following the wave. – Morgan Freeman

Anyone anywhere in the world who has the service will have front row seats right in the comfort of their own home. Think about that. – Morgan Freeman

In my country, we talk to our women, not drug them with plants. – Morgan Freeman

You want to be home about three weeks after you left in a big way but the family’s okay, particularly if you’re going someplace you never been before. – Morgan Freeman

I don’t think you’re going to get nominated every time you jump out of the box. – Morgan Freeman

I’m not sure that my upbringing has in itself informed my acting choices. – Morgan Freeman

What do I want to do? Acting wise? Well, there’s a western that I want to do. There’s a lot of producing that I want to do, projects that I have stacked up that are in my office that I’d like to get done. – Morgan Freeman

I would never complain that Hollywood is racist when I’m one of the people touted as a welcome entity there. – Morgan Freeman

I think that we did a really good thing when we elected Barack Obama. I read his books. He is absolutely and totally qualified for the job. He’s proven himself to be not only qualified for the job, but very good at it. The things that he’s managed to get accomplished in the face of so much push-back is amazing, and I think – this is Morgan Freeman’s personal thought – we’re going to be in a lot of trouble if we don’t reelect him, because the people on the other side of the fence scare me. – Morgan Freeman

I want to be up there, being lauded and applauded and given all these and on the red carpet, waving at the hordes of people. – Morgan Freeman

I remember saying to my agent, “”Listen, everybody’s going out to Hollywood and making movies. I think I ought to go out there.”” And his advice to me was, “”I wouldn’t do that if I were you. If they want you in Hollywood, they’ll send you.”” And sure enough, they did. – Morgan Freeman

I was 22 before I took my first dance class. I had never been athletic, so I was very stiff; I still am. I think what I got mostly from dance was carriage. – Morgan Freeman

Costume is always an asset. Normal costume you have a lot to say about – if you’re wearing suits or ties, and what color you want, and how it’s going to be cut, and stuff like that, and whether or not you’re going to wear a hat, and blah, blah, blah. But, when you’re wearing a special costume, and of course, costume is probably the second ingredient in character, script being first, I always find that the costume does a lot to cement your character, to put it firmly in mind. – Morgan Freeman

In my home, who is my boss? If you ask my wife she’ll say certainly not her. She claims that she can’t make me do anything and so she’s not my boss. I am. I’m pretty sure, maybe. – Morgan Freeman

A lot of people are going around saying, ‘You won the Academy Award for such and such.’ ‘No. I didn’t.’ ‘You didn’t?’ ‘Well, you should have.’. – Morgan Freeman

Doing comedy is as easy as doing anything else. You’re dependent totally on the material. – Morgan Freeman

I really wanted to work with Luc Besson. I’m a big fan of his. Did you ever see ‘The Professional.’ It was very violent. But a fabulous story, a fabulous movie, very well done. So that and two or three other projects of his that I’ve seen, I just thought if I had a shot to work with him, I wanted to do it. – Morgan Freeman

Writing I think, out of what all of us do, writing is the hardest. You’re the only who start with nothing except what’s up here. You do that. It’s really hard I think, acting is not. – Morgan Freeman

I don’t do cold. My reaction to cold is drastic. I’m a southern boy. – Morgan Freeman

In growing up, I was a child of the movies. I went to the movies every given opportunity, and that’s pretty much what has informed a lot of my choices. – Morgan Freeman

Playing is no challenge; every time that you get a role you get to go play with other people in the sandbox and so there is no challenge, real challenge. The challenge, the major challenge is getting the work, finding the sandbox. – Morgan Freeman

Nobody is trying to save energy. We’re trying to shift our use of fuel. Forget saving energy; if we get the right kind of energy, there are endless amounts. – Morgan Freeman

Working on stage is really a great voice developer. – Morgan Freeman

If I wasn’t acting, I have no clue what I’d be doing ’cause I have no other talent. – Morgan Freeman

I think the educational value is what comes first. I’ve always thought that the most effective tools we have for disseminating information, i.e. education, is television and film. – Morgan Freeman

I got my first job as a card-carrying actor in New York in 1967. Before that, I was a very desperate wannabe. – Morgan Freeman

I’ve travelled a lot, but I am essentially American. All my input has been American. – Morgan Freeman

If your income on films or whatever you’re producing using film drops below a certain level, then you don’t have enough money to stay in business. People like to say that this is all just about making money, but if you don’t make money, you don’t make anything. – Morgan Freeman

I’m always trying new things and learning new things. If there isn’t anything more you can learn – go off and die. – Morgan Freeman

I like working with directors because I’m really opinionated about what things work and may not work, what audiences like and may not like, (not really) but I do have opinions about things. I like to be able to say them and then have them acted on. The director who responds to me like that, always gets my appreciation. I do appreciate it. What I find is the best directors, no matter what kind of name they have, are like that. – Morgan Freeman

I’m easy going for the most part but sometimes in the morning if I didn’t sleep well I can be kind of grumpy. But my grumpiness doesn’t have that much to do with my dissatisfaction with my station in life. – Morgan Freeman

You want to retire from a job you’re not that all enamoured with. I love what I do. I want to keep doing it till I can’t get out of bed doing it. – Morgan Freeman

I try to keep my mind active. I’m a solitaire and puzzle addict. I exercise religiously. I don’t do many things religiously and I’ve taken up golf to have something to do when I have nothing to do. – Morgan Freeman

The main thing about awards in movies is that they can serve as an economic surge for the film. If you’re movie gets nominated for any award it does it a big favor. People might go and see it again… they won’t give up on it. – Morgan Freeman

I believe in helping the planet survive, and that includes reaching out to help some of the disappearing creatures whose habitats we’re destroying. It’s up to us to somehow reverse that trend. I don’t know how we’ll achieve it, but we need to. – Morgan Freeman

If we don’t save the oceans, if we don’t do something about what we’re doing to the oceans, as well as the planet at large, we’re going to be really sorry. – Morgan Freeman

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