Viola Davis is an American actress and producer. She is the only black woman to be nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one. Davis is the only black actress to win the Triple Crown of Acting. She was listed by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012 and 2017.
Davis worked hard to overcome her challenging early years. She ventured into acting and appeared on TV, films, and stage and earned considerable name and fame in less than a decade. For her work in the drama, Davis won a Golden Globe Award beside the Academy Award, became the first black woman to win an Oscar, Emmy, and two Tony Awards for acting.
Viola has contributed a lot to her hometown of Central Falls that is situated in Rhode Island. In the year 2016, she inaugurated a community health centre there. She has also donated a lot to the Central Falls High School and the city’s library.
Davis was born on her grandmother’s farm, at the then-Singleton Plantation in St. Matthews, South Carolina. When she was two months old her family moved to Central Falls, Rhode Island, where her father, Dan Davis, worked as a horse groomer and trainer. Her mother, Mary Alice (Logan), a maid and factory worker, was also a civil rights activist.
Her parents’ income was insufficient to support the family. They lived in abject poverty in rat-infested apartments and endured occasional food shortages. At the age of two, Davis along with her mother was taken to jail after the latter was arrested during a protest.
Viola was educated at Central Falls High School, where she developed a love of acting. She studied theater at Rhode Island College and attended the prestigious Julliard School in New York City.
Davis became one of the most inspiring women of color despite all the hardship of her childhood. Her strength comes from within. Her inspirational charisma shines through each time she performs on stage or gives a speech.
May her quotes inspire you to to be strong
1.“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is an opportunity.” – Viola Davis
2.“You can’t be hesitant about who you are.” – Viola Davis
3.“They say to serve is to love. I think to serve is to heal, too.” – Viola Davis
4.“Do not live someone else’s life and someone else’s idea of what womanhood is. Womanhood is you. Womanhood is everything that’s inside of you.” – Viola Davis
5.“You can only shine if you’re included in the narrative, and narratives start when you put the pen to paper and you use your imagination. You just tell a story. That’s all you do.” – Viola Davis
6.“But what the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly. What we do as Black women are to take the worst situations and create from that point.” – Viola Davis
7.“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.” – Viola Davis
8.“Even when I get the fried chicken special of the day, I have to dig into it like it’s filet mignon.” – Viola Davis
‘The happily ever after comes after you’ve done the work.’ – Viola Davis
9.“I would tell my younger self just be yourself—that who you are is good enough.” – Viola Davis
10.“I truly believe that the privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” – Viola Davis
11.“Living out loud is living a life that’s bigger than yourself. Living out loud is long after you’re gone –you leave something on this Earth that’s bigger than yourself.” – Viola Davis
12.“You cannot live to please everyone else. You have to edify, educate and fulfil your own dreams and destiny.” – Viola Davis
13.“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.” – Viola Davis
14.“When your passion and drive are bigger than your fears, you just dive.” – Viola Davis
15.“Ordinary people who are just kind of just going about their lives are transformed into heroes because they have the courage to put their voices out there. And I think that’s a powerful message in this time of political strife.” – Viola Davis
16.“When you pray, God puts people in your life to lead you when you cannot lead yourself.” – Viola Davis
17.“I don’t want anyone putting any limits on me.” – Viola Davis
18.“All you really need to do is shift people just a bit for change to happen. It doesn’t have to be huge and humongous.” – Viola Davis
19.“Whatever comes up, whatever floats my boat, whatever makes me tap into something in me to just decompress – I listen to that.” – Viola Davis
‘All dreams are within reach. All you have to do is keep moving towards them.’ – Viola Davis
20.“I want my work to reflect my level of gifts and talent.” – Viola Davis
21.“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.” – Viola Davis
22.“You have two stark choices when you find yourself in a really desperate situation. You can either fold and cave-in to it or you can become really passionate about getting out of it.” – Viola Davis
23.“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.” – Viola Davis
24.“At the end of the day, nobody can tell you how to tackle failure or how to handle change. The world is very good at encouraging you to go along with the status quo and at basking in your successes.” – Viola Davis
25.“Relationships change us and make us grow.” – Viola Davis
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