11 Of The Best Chadwick Boseman Quotes

By Amit Chowdhry ● September 3, 2020
  • These are some of the best Chadwick Boseman quotes you should know

Actor Chadwick Boseman recently passed away following a lengthy battle with colon cancer. Originally from South Carolina, Boseman started acting professionally after studying directing at Howard University. 

Boseman started his career with guest appearances on TV and he was a series regular on Lincoln Heights (2008–2009) and Persons Unknown (2010). Boseman’s breakout role was as baseball player Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013). And Boseman also played James Brown in Get on Up (2014) and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in Marshall (2017).

When Boseman played superhero Black Panther between 2016 and 2019 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), he attained international fame. Black Panther smashed the box office results at over $1.3 billion. When Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016, he kept the condition private and continue to pursue acting while receiving treatment. 

These are some of the Chadwick Boseman quotes you should know:

“I love all types of music. Jazz, classical, blues, rock, hip-hop. I often write scripts to instrumentals like a hip-hop artist. Music inspires me to write. It’s either music playing or completely silent. Sometimes distant sound fuels you. In New York there’s always a buzzing beneath you.”

“I started out as a writer and a director. I started acting because I wanted to know how to relate to the actors. When people ask me what I do, I don’t really say that I’m an actor, because actors often wait for someone to give them roles.”

“I think you realize how much you need to have people that you love. It is not as much about them loving you, it’s about you needing to love people.”

“I’m an artist. Artists don’t need permission to work. Regardless of whether I’m acting or not, I write. I write when I’m tired in fact because I believe your most pure thoughts surface.”

“Receiving an award for playing a superhero is amazing, but it’s even greater to acknowledge the heroes that we have in real life.”

“There’s nothing more stressful than your stomach growling. But interestingly enough, some of my best writing came when I was poor and hungry – living off water and oatmeal, mind clear.”

“When you are deciding on next steps, next jobs, next careers, further education, you should rather find purpose than a job or a career… Purpose crosses disciplines. Purpose is an essential element of you. It is the reason you are on the planet at this particular time in history.”

“When you play characters, you shouldn’t just be putting on their characteristics – you should be finding it inside yourself.”

“You have to cherish things in a different way when you know the clock is ticking, you are under pressure.”

“You might have one thing in your head. But the things you’re doing don’t really lead down the right road necessarily. When you’re young, you don’t want to hear that. You think you can do everything, be all things.”

“You’re not free unless you can show the good and the bad, all sides of them. So to me, when I play a character, it’s important that I can show every aspect of them.”

Featured Photo Credit: Chadwick Boseman via official Twitter account