Great Quotes from Angela Bassett

It’s important to surround yourself with good people, interesting people, young people, young ideas. Go places, learn new stuff. Look at the world with wonder – don’t be tired about it.

Angela Bassett

We all have a gift; we all have a passion – it’s just about finding it and going into it. Being an asset to your family and community.

Angela Bassett

I’d tell my 20-year-old self, ‘Don’t be afraid to do it all. Whatever you’re interested in, just go for it. Don’t wait around for a better time.’

Angela Bassett

Drink a bunch of water and get facials regularly. I take care of my skin.

Angela Bassett

I can give you the King’s English and then I can take it to the street, but do both or do one and don’t do one knowing only the street. That’s going to hold you back because what comes out is going to impress people, and it will impress them negatively.

Angela Bassett

This is a career about images. It’s celluloid; they last for ever. I’m a black woman from America. My people were slaves in America, and even though we’re free on paper and in law, I’m not going to allow you to enslave me on film, in celluloid, for all to see.

Angela Bassett

Film is forever.

Angela Bassett

I really believe that what I do as an actress is my God-given talent. This is my calling, not my career.

Angela Bassett

When I was in school, my mother stressed education. I am so glad she did. I graduated from Yale College and Yale University with my master’s and I didn’t do it by missing school.

Angela Bassett

I thought I wanted to be a pediatrician because, as a second job, my mother would clean up a pediatrician’s office. So I was like, ‘Oh, OK, baby doctor.’ Until I got to college, and all the courses of science with the blood, guts and cadavers? I was like, ‘Mm, no.’

Angela Bassett

Sometimes you want to skate along or just get by or fly under the radar, but sometimes you have to stand up and let your voice be heard and give it your best and give it your all. As a mother of young children, that’s something I’ve tried to emphasize and highlight for them.

Angela Bassett

I would have to say honestly I was very pleased to be in a film whether it was good or bad with De Niro, Norton and Brando even if I don’t have any scenes with them, I thought it was pretty good company to keep.

Angela Bassett

My mom was always pretty supportive. She saw me do plays and she’d always act out the parts I did. My aunt, who played a big part in my life, was a little bit more reserved, because if they don’t see you on TV every week they think you must be starving.

Angela Bassett

God made a way out of no way.

Angela Bassett

I’m thinking about directing, but I know it’s a lot of work and I appreciate what directors do and I would like to be good at it. The opportunity has presented itself four to five times, and I usually said no because of the script.

Angela Bassett

I like the nice guys. I like when they show the stories, the human element behind it all.

Angela Bassett

I guess I’m breaking out a little of what’s comfortable and easy.

Angela Bassett

The three things I said when I came out of school were I want to work consistently, I want to do good work and I want to be paid fairly, and that’s happened. But I didn’t become an actress for the money. I do it for other reasons.

Angela Bassett

The first time I acted was in high school in Florida, and when I heard that applause I felt so alive and felt that electricity go up my spine.

Angela Bassett

I am content that the work that I’ve done is wonderful.

Angela Bassett

I love doing action. Since I’m not 21, there’s some, ‘Let me get to the gym so I can do it.’ But I love to defy expectations.

Angela Bassett

I want my children to experience as much creativity as possible. That’s what sets your mind on fire.

Angela Bassett

I want to be evil! I did play Lady Macbeth on stage to Alec Baldwin’s Macbeth back in New York in 1998. But I’ve played a lot of characters who are so righteous and understanding. I don’t want to be a goody-goody two-shoes all the time.

Angela Bassett