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Richard Gere Quotes

Richard Tiffany Gere

Richard Gere quotes: on money, career moves, getting older, losing loved ones, being a dreamer, and more.

“Always walk towards open doors.  And if they slam shut in your face, kick that sucker in and keep going.”

“When you get up in the morning, set your motivations.”

“The reality is, we can change.  We can change ourselves.  We can change our minds.  We can change our hearts.  And therefore, the universe changes.”

“If you have any question in your mind, don’t do it.  If you go in thinking it’s going to fix something that’s wrong, don’t do it.”

“If the work is going well and it’s something that has value with some meaning to it, it gives back a lot.”

“I’m rarely in a situation where, if you have a good idea, it’s not embraced.  That’s stupid.  And I don’t work with stupid people.”

“The drive for happiness is vital; it’s what keeps us in motion.”

“People don’t understand what happiness is, so they have an idea of what will make them happy, but it never does.”

“We can all afford to give something – and that, at the end of the day – is what matters most above all else.  Not only can we do good, we can be good.  Ultimately, that’s what makes us happy.  We think it’s money or a job or power or the right boyfriend or girlfriend.  It’s when we are good, that we’re happy.  It’s as simple as that.”

“Anything that’s expanding the mind and heart is happiness.  But it’s not a goal.”

“Relationships are like sharks.  They’ve got to keep going into deeper, colder water, sometimes scarier, darker territories… to stay alive.”

“Everyone responds to kindness.”

“I don’t believe that one can have a fulfilled life alone – only when shared.”

“For all the technological advances we have now, I still think things were better 30 years ago.  We’re working too hard and not taking time out to consider what it really means to be human.  We’re not taking advantage of having the technology to make our lives easier.”

“I have no sense of time, and I’m a dreamer.”

“I’ve lived in New York when I’ve had nothing, and I’ve lived in New York when I had money, and New York changes radically depending on how much money you have.  It’s the texture of life.”

“It’s nice to have money, but the first thing I did with money was buy my father a snowblower, because my job was to shovel snow, and I wasn’t there to do it any more, so I was able to buy him a blower.”

“I have never dyed my hair in my life – and I am not going to start now.  I have had to darken it for a couple of films.  It perhaps knocks off five years, no more.  But the moment filming is over, I just let it go grey again.  It is the same with facial surgery.  Why bother with all that stuff?  I am not kept awake worrying about such things at five o’clock in the morning.  I try to keep the weight off and stay fit and leave it at that.”

“I have a tendency to wander off and do my own thing.  I’m a bit of a dreamer, much to the annoyance of my friends.  Anything that takes me away from taking myself too seriously – that stops the hardness and coldness which would otherwise make me feel separate to the rest of the universe – can only be a good thing.”

“Men are taught not to be too emotional and I don’t think that’s right.  I don’t find it difficult to cry.  The last time I did was two days ago, just thinking about how kind people can be.  As I’ve got older my temper has become softer and softer.  My anger doesn’t linger any more.  It kind of just burns itself out.  It’s not a bad thing to really feel things instead of bury them.”

“Someday you will be faced with the reality of loss.  And as life goes on, days rolling into nights, it will become clear that you never really stop missing someone special who’s gone, you just learn to live around the gaping hole of their absence.”

“When you lose someone you can’t imagine living without, your heart breaks wide open, and the bad news is you never completely get over the loss.  You will never forget them.  However, in a backwards way, this is also the good news.  They will live on in the warmth of your broken heart that doesn’t fully heal back up, and you will continue to grow and experience life, even with your wound.  The people you lose remain a part of you.  Remember them and always cherish the good moments spent with them.”

“My career has never been thought out.  I never engineered a career.  I just have always done whatever I wanted.  You’re restricted by what you’re offered… but the incredible list of brilliant directors and actors and writers I’ve worked with, you know I’m kind of amazed myself that I’ve been able to ride this career this long with such good people.”

“The studios are interested in the possibility of making huge profits.  But I’m still making the same films that I was making when I started.  Small, interesting, character‑driven and narrative‑driven stories.  It hasn’t impacted my life at all.”

“You can’t take classes for how to be when you become famous.  After American Gigolo my life changed and it was both wonderful and difficult.  I was young and suddenly people knew who I was.  I just wanted to work.  I don’t think of myself as ‘rich and famous.’  I’m just not interested in it.”

“I’ve got a lot of opportunities, a lot of love in my life, a lot of things going for me.  Still, it’s not complete.  I know this is not the whole thing.  There’s much more.”

“This is America and therefore I am obligated to make as much money as I can.”

“I’m not that tough; I’m not that smart.  I need life telling me who I am, showing me my mind constantly.  I wouldn’t see it in a cave.”

“I’ve had an interesting life.”

“I have made plenty of mistakes.  The key to life is to learn from them.  I have been a little too introspective, but I think that stemmed from insecurity or shyness.  I took a long time to grow up.”

“Old age is clearly a case of mind over matter.  If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

“I’m younger than I once was.  Internally.  Less self-conscious.  Less insecure.”

“I don’t regret anything.  Everything happens for a reason – it’s part of the healing process.  Life is a healing process.”

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