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Robert Redford Quotes

Redford Interview

Robert Redford quotes: actor, producer, and philanthropist, Charles Robert Redford Jr., offers the following quotes for us to get learnt.

“I can’t think of anything outside of having the gift of yourself and creating yourself.  I can’t think of a better thing to do than being able to put it back.  Creative expression, I think, is vital to the success of any society.  A society without art will die.”

“Success is a tricky mistress.  It’s nice to have but it’s a tricky thing to embrace.”

“I guess there are different ways to handle success.  You can multiply it financially and use it to multiply your net worth.  That’s always been very appealing to me.”

“Sometimes the failures can be exciting and fun.  It’s just a step on the road, it’s not the end of something.”

“Problems can become opportunities when the right people come together.”

“Not taking a risk is a risk.  That’s how I see it.”

“When I was young, I said to myself, ‘You’ve got to make the most of your life.’  It’s all about taking risks.  Push yourself to do as much exploration as possible.  Find yourself.  Because sometimes we think we’ve found ourselves, but it’s only part of ourselves we’ve found.  We haven’t pushed ourselves far out there where we make mistakes and things don’t work out, but at least we’ve discovered something.  I felt that’s what my life had to be.”

“If you could ever do a project that really has magic in it, and justifiable magic, you should do it.”

“I don’t think about when it’s going to stop and what you do before it stops.  You just keep moving.”

“If you can do more, you should.”

“Never revisit the past, that’s dangerous.  You know, move on.”

“You’re never going to be the same person you are right now.”

“It’s good to say, ‘Look, I can’t always be right, but my gut tells me this’ – and then you confirm with your gut.”

“I’m interested in that thing that happens where there’s a breaking point for some people and not for others.  You go through such hardship, things that are almost impossibly difficult, and there’s no sign that it’s going to get any better, and that’s the point when people quit.  But some don’t.”

“Storytellers broaden our minds: they engage, provoke, inspire, and ultimately, connect us.”

“Ambiguity is something that I really respond to.  I like the complexity of it.”

“The measure of our success will be the condition on which we leave the world for the next generation.”

“I am passionate.  I am political about my country, about what it is, how strong it is, how strong it remains.”

“What we are living with is the result of human choices and it can be changed by making better, wiser choices.”

“We’ve lost our moral foundation, which allows us to go this far over.  So I don’t blame Trump.  I just think he is what he is.  We’re the ones who let that happen.  We should be looking at ourselves.”

“I have faith in the pendulum swinging.  Right now it’s so far against the wall that it can’t go any farther; it’s gonna start to swing back.  That’s my optimism.  One of the cures is gonna be getting the American people to fully wake up.  All the American people, particularly young people, because they’re gonna inherit this earth; they’re gonna inherit what we’re doing.”

“I try to avoid giving advice.  The only advice I will give is to pay attention.  I don’t mean to the screen in your hand.  I’m talking about the natural world.  I spent a lot of time educating my children about nature by putting them in nature.  I said, ‘I want you to listen; I want you to look.’  There’s so much technology coming into our lives that takes us away from the natural stuff, so I’m pushing the other way.”

“Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better.”

“I was never a good student.  I had to be dragged into kindergarten.  It was hard to sit and listen to somebody talk.  I wanted to be out, educated by experience and adventure, and I didn’t know how to express that.”

“When I was a kid I was not a good student.  I went to the University of Colorado, my grades were poor.  I was asked to leave after a year.  What I really wanted to do was to be an artist.”

“I don’t know what your childhood was like, but we didn’t have much money.  We’d go to a movie on a Saturday night, then on Wednesday night my parents would walk us over to the library.  It was such a big deal, to go in and get my own book.”

“When I started, I was an artist; I wanted to be an artist.  I became an actor almost by accident.  I acted for 15 years and tried to produce.  I looked for stories that were the story beneath the story that you thought you knew, like The Candidate.”

“Hollywood was not a place I dreamed of getting to.  I never could take seriously the obsession people have about being a celebrity or getting to Hollywood – I was born next door.”

“What really matters is the work.  And what matters to me is doing the work.  I’m not looking at the back end: ‘What am I going to get out of this?  What’s going to be the reward?’  I’m just looking at the work, the pleasure of being able to do the work.  And that’s what the fun is: to climb up the mountain is the fun, not standing at the top.  There’s nowhere to go.  But climbing up, that struggle, that to me is where the fun is.  That to me is the thrill.  But once that’s over, that’s kind of it.  I don’t look too much beyond that.”

“I’ve always wanted to try new things because it’s exciting and it keeps you active and alive.”

“I’m not a facelift person.  I am what I am.”

“I’m not good at compromise.”

“I have the freedom to take chances, to say no.  I have the freedom to be who I really want to be, rather than have to conform to this or that just to stay alive.”

“I’m gonna die but I haven’t thought about retiring.”

“I think you just keep going.  I’ve been that way my whole life.”

“I have no regrets, because I’ve done everything I could to the best of my ability.”

“As an artist I just can’t think of a better life than the one I’ve been blessed with.  It’s just a great ride.”

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