Jada Pinkett Smith's Most Candid Quotes

The Red Table Talk host has shared enough life experience and wisdom to help you get through anything

01 of 12

On Her Marriage to Husband Will

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"It's more of a life partnership… I don't own him. He doesn't own me. He has to be his own person first, and vice versa… Love is freedom."


02 of 12

On Being a Working Mom

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"For every woman it's important that we recognize that we have the right to figure out what works for us personally. We don't have to do what everyone else is doing. If we are good, our family is going to be good."

— on Red Table Talk

03 of 12

On the Lesson She Learned from Cheating on a Partner

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"I had two relationships before Will that were kind of serious to me, where I got cheated on — which really broke my heart — and then I cheated on somebody that I really cared about. And I have to tell you, me cheating on someone was more devastating than me being cheated on. It actually taught me to forgive when I got cheated on because I understood and what I understood most was that it didn't have anything to do with me."

— on Red Table Talk

04 of 12

On Happiness

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"I really thought happiness had a lot to do with pleasure, and I realized that happiness is about peace."

— on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

05 of 12

On Embracing Discomfort

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"Sometimes our biggest treasures and our biggest lessons are in the zones of discomfort."

— on Red Table Talk

06 of 12

On Being Unfiltered About Her Relationship with Will

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"What was really important about Will and I doing that [Red Table Talk] together — two things: First of all was really to kind of get rid of the idea that people in the public eye have perfect relationships. We were kind of sick of living up to that. We were real sick of it. And then second of all, really having myself and Will come and talk about our relationship — sometimes you see just women do it alone or you just see a guy do it. Us coming together and taking responsibility for both of our parts and also Will being the successful guy that he is and being willing to share what his pitfalls were in the relationship and in his family, you can't imagine how many other successful men called and said, 'Wow, my wife has been saying the same thing for years. Because you said it, it opened my eyes and because you said it, now I'm willing to listen.' "

— on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

07 of 12

On the Power of Introspection

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"When you've walked through the darkness of your own heart and mind ... there is no shadow you fear."

— on Twitter

08 of 12

On Apologizing to Daughter Willow for Not Allowing Her to Express Sadness as a Child

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"I was like, oh snap, I need to apologize for having denied [Willow] a certain amount of closeness. Not allowing her to have her vulnerability at certain points of her life because I was afraid of my own. And I wanted to acknowledge that."

— on Red Table Talk

09 of 12

On Self Love

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"The ego will never fail to strangle the love out of one's heart if we allow it to take center stage in our relationships. Transferring our trust to our hearts from our egos is a painful process in learning HOW to love. BUT… through it all… when we finally get to the place where we can give and receive love in its most pure state… ego free… it is only ever… beauty."

— on Instagram

10 of 12

On Love as a Superpower

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"I've always believed a woman's superpower is how deep she can love, you know? And one of the things growing up in Baltimore, I grew up around a lot of Black women that didn't have, necessarily, resources to give, right? But they had their strength and they had their love to offer."

— on Red Table Talk

11 of 12

On Rebuilding Her Marriage

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"I am kind of a ride-or-die chick. I just knew with the kind of love that Will and I share — which is beyond romantic love — that we could transform our union and figure out how to re-create what we had."


12 of 12

On Destigmatizing Sex Exploration for Women

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"I don't think we know, culturally, what women like in regards to sex. Because women have not been allowed to explore in the same way as men."

— on Red Table Talk

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