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Robert De Niro Quotes

Robert De Niro Interview

Robert De Niro quotes: acting OG’s great advice and insight.

“Time goes on.  So whatever you’re going to do, do it.  Do it now.  Don’t wait.”

“Passion should always trump common sense.”

“If it’s the right chair, it doesn’t take too long to get comfortable in it.”

“Better to be king for a night than a schmuck for a lifetime.”

“If you don’t go, you’ll never know.”

“Whenever there is any doubt, there is no doubt.”

“The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.”

“If you don’t do it the right way now, it’ll never be what it should be – and it’s there forever.”

“Sometimes if you have financial restraints, it’s a benefit.  It forces you to come up with a more creative way.”

“You don’t always have to have the answer to everything.”

“Good advice can save you a little aggravation.”

“You can’t give what you don’t have or what you’re not able to give.  Once you give up more than what you have, you’re lying, you’re forcing something.  You have to trust yourself and do it as simply as you can.  Don’t try to bring something that’s not there.”

“I never walk into a place I don’t know how to walk out of.”

“Be brave, but not reckless.”

“You’ll have time to rest when you’re dead.”

“I always tell actors when they go in for an audition: ‘Don’t be afraid to do what your instincts tell you.  You may not get the part, but people will take notice.'”

“I always go back to how people behave.  If you watch how people actually behave in a situation, it’s very simple and honest and contained.  You don’t need to use as much expression, as much feeling.  Some characters will boil over, and that’s another thing, but a lot of times I think you can just do very, very little.”

“You learned the two greatest thing in life, never rat on your friends, and always keep your mouth shut.”

“When you love someone you gotta trust them, there’s no other way.  You gotta give them the key to everything that’s yours.  Otherwise, what’s the point?”

“You don’t need words to express feelings.”

“There is only one way to gain access to the truth and that is to not expect anything.”

“When I’m working, I believe in rhythms of things.  One thing complements another; it’s a complete arc – a beginning, a middle, and an end that comes about nicely.  Make the point and move on.”

“The mind of a writer can be a truly terrifying thing.  Isolated, neurotic, caffeine-addled, crippled by procrastination, consumed by feelings of panic, self-loathing, and soul-crushing inadequacy.  And that’s on a good day.”

“Auditions are like a gamble.  Most likely you won’t get the part, but if you don’t go, you’ll never know if you could’ve got it.”

“I don’t get into these long-winded heavy discussions about character – do we do this or that or what?  At the end of the day, what you gotta do is just go out there and do it.”

“One of the things about acting is it allows you to live other people’s lives without having to pay the price.”

“Reputation, you know – a lifetime to build, seconds to destroy.”

“I don’t remember what made me want to be an actor.  In fact, I’m always curious.”

“Movies are hard work.  The public doesn’t see that.  The critics don’t see it.  But they’re a lot of work.  A lot of work.”

“This is as close as it gets to what it can be like to be in the middle of this stuff.  The fear factor is always there – everything from losing tens of millions of dollars on a film that doesn’t work to not being able to get a good table in a top restaurant because your last movie flopped.”

“I’ve never been one of those actors who has touted myself as a fascinating human being.  I had to decide early on whether I was to be an actor or a personality.”

“There is a certain combination of anarchy and discipline in the way I work.  The talent is in the choices.”

“I’m hoping that if things work out with digital technology, they can finally make us look younger and I can go on for another 40 years.”

“As I get older, I think that things have been predetermined for me, whether I liked it or wanted it, wished for it, whatever, way before in some way.  And with others, you do have a choice that you can change.  And that choice that you make is still part of this grand scheme.”

“I might like to do things that are more retiring.  Like sit in a place and just look at the view.  Take a nice walk.  Have a coffee.  But not retire.  As long as I’m enjoying what I’m doing, why retire?”

“There’s nothing more ironic or contradictory than life itself.”

“No matter how cleverly you sneak up on a mirror, your reflection always looks you straight in the eye.”

“Feeling a little bit alive is a lot better than just waiting to die.”

“You’re only as healthy as you feel.”

“Your powers are a gift from God or whoever the hell wrote your life script.”

“Now is now.  Then is then.  And the future will be what the future will be.  So enjoy the moment while you’re in it.  Now is a great time.”

“Running a casino is like robbing a bank with no cops around.  For guys like me, Las Vegas washes away your sins.  It’s like a morality car wash.”

“I think that’s what we love about the vodka, is that it’s consistent.  It’s consistent in its pureness and that’s how I tie it to restaurants.”

“I have either a cucumber martini, gin martini, or a vodka martini.  That’s it.  Simple.”

“Money makes your life easier.  If you’re lucky to have it, you’re lucky.”

“Write down everything you want to do with your life and then spend the next 25 years doing them.”

“The hardest thing about being famous is that people are always nice to you.”

“No, I’m really okay.  I have no complaints, knock on wood.  That’s my little thing!”

“I’m lucky that I have whatever I had that makes me have a successful career, if you will.”

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