Sylvester Stallone quotes

  • Action is always seen as the bottom rung of thespian endeavour, that's just the way it is.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Way #Action #Thespians

  • And if I look at my icebox, there's no way I'm sitting there looking like Gandhi. I mean, I don't have crickets in there and little green rice. No, I mean it's a pretty liberal icebox. It's all in there.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Mean #Looks #Sitting

  • I take rejection as someone blowing a bugle in my ear to wake me up and get going, rather than retreat.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Motivational #Military #Rejection

  • I keep trying to tell people. I said, at 40, 45, you're at that crossroads. You really are there. And it's not like you can have gain without pain, but this is it. The days are - like when I wrote this whole thing about, in the beginning of my first magazine. I said, "If you live to be 75 years old, that's 3,900 weekends. That's it."
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Pain #Weekend #Years

  • I learned the real meaning of love. Love is absolute loyalty. People fade, looks fade, but loyalty never fades. You can depend so much on certain people, you can set your watch by them. And that's love, even if it doesn't seem very exciting.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Love #Marriage #Loyalty

  • We do two things in life: We race the clock and everything is a struggle. One way or not, it's a metaphorical battle all of the time.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Struggle #Race #Two

  • I have great expectations for the future, because the past was highly overrated.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Past #Expectations #Great Expectations

  • Without the church it's like having a boat without the rudder. You think you can do it on your own and this may sound pedestrian or trite but I'll equate it to this: all my life I've been involved with exercise but no matter how much - and I know a great deal about the body - you need help. You need a trainer. You need to go to a gym and you need to have the expertise and the guidance of someone else. You cannot train yourself. I feel the same way about Christianity and what the church is. The church is the gym of the soul.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Exercise #Thinking #Soul

  • Don't be gullible, use life before it uses you. Understand there are no free lunches, and for every action you take, there's a reaction.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Lunch #Use #Action

  • The idea that boxing lends itself to cinema so well is because it's usually a morality play - good against evil, insecurity and triumph, fear strikes out, so the audience can really get drawn into the drama of it. Also, it was sensual and very primal. I think subliminaly we do two things - life is a fight, life is a struggle and we understand that from our early, early, early ancestors, and life is a race.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Drama #Struggle #Fighting

  • I believe there's an inner power that makes winners or losers. And the winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Inspirational #Powerful #Believe

  • Some people maybe try to justify their laziness. You take out what you put in and the more I go to church and the more I turn myself over to the process of believing in Jesus, and to listening to his word and have him guide my hand I feel the pressure's off me.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Jesus #Believe #Hands

  • For every guy, there is an opportunity to be a lot better than he thought he could be. We can't all be the star of the team, but we can be a star in our life. That's where you set your goal.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Stars #Team #Opportunity

  • When you are young, you often think that the world spins around you. You think you can do anything, can take the world on your shoulders.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Thinking #World #Young

  • Dreams cost nothing. They are free. The hard part is just keeping them going.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Dream #Cost

  • I think there comes a time when you realize that you need God in your life, God's Word, and the spiritual guidance that only He can give.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Spiritual #Thinking #Giving

  • At the end of the day, 'Rocky' is a love story, and he could never have reached the final bell without Adrian.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #The End Of The Day #Stories #Bells

  • Once I stopped trying to always do everything my way, and once I asked for God's help, things have truly gone a different direction.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Trying #Gone #Way

  • I made some truly awful movies. 'Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot' was the worst. If you ever want someone to confess to murder just make him or her sit through that film. They will confess to anything after 15 minutes.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Mom #Want #Awful

  • It's funny because when Jason [Statham] was drowning I was filming with an iPhone. It may have been a bit insensitive but I just thought, "you know what, this was a magic moment". And I couldn't help him anyway because I didn't want to drown.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Iphone #Magic #Jason

  • To know that the odds are so high that only through the perishing of your life will the minions survive, that's love. That's heroism.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Hero #Odds #Minions

  • In Philadelphia, there's no delineation, they address me as Rocky, for real. They'll say things like: "Rocky, do you like this coat?" Or: "Rock, say hi to my sister." Or: "Yo Rock, I know a great restaurant." There's no Sylvester. Even the Mayor goes: "It's good to have Rocky here today."
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Real #Philadelphia #Rocks

  • 'Rocky' represents the optimistic side of life, and 'Rambo' represents purgatory.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Optimistic #Sides #Rambo

  • I love being verbal in films.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Film

  • Rambo isn't violent. I see Rambo as a philanthropist.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Rambo #Violent #Philanthropist

  • Until America, door to door, takes every handgun, this is what you're gonna have. It's pathetic. It really is pathetic. It's sad. We're living in the Dark Ages over there.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Dark #America #Doors

  • I really have very little aspirations about acting because I think that probably the best things have come and gone. I would like to focus on writing and directing. I love writing and directing even though writing can be incredibly painful and lonely. I get great satisfaction from doing it.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Lonely #Writing #Thinking

  • If you don't have a mountain, build one and then climb it. And after you climb it, build another one; otherwise you start to flatline in your life.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Mountain #Climbs

  • Children are the first thing I see in the morning and the last thing I see at night. It hurts me to be away from them for a few hours. It really does. I love them and they're girls, so they know how to push my buttons. But I've learned a lot and I have to thank my wife for that.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Girl #Hurt #Morning

  • I am not the richest, smartest or most talented person in the world, but I succeed because I keep going and going and going.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Inspirational #Succeed #World

  • When you're younger you just want to go out and make your mark in the world and doing that, quite often, the people that you love the most and the people you should be closest to suffer from estrangement. I'd be gone nine months a year, so how do you know anyone? When you come home you are a stranger.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Home #Years #People

  • There are endless exercises for arms, but the basics are best-chinups and pushups.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Exercise #Arms #Endless

  • I try to tell people that just because you're buff and cut doesn't mean you're healthy.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Mean #Cutting #People

  • That's what Rocky is all about: pride, reputation, and not being another bum in the neighborhood.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Pride #Reputation #Neighborhood

  • I think there's a kind of built-in arrogance to anyone who considers themself an artist. They want to feel as though like they can run the whole spectrum. "I can do it all. I can do minimalism, and I can do classical art." Well, that's not true.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Running #Art #Thinking

  • Once in one's life, for one mortal moment, one must make a grab for immortality; if not, one has not lived.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Death #Suicide #Moments

  • Age is a state of old mind. It gets to a point where if you get old enough, you forget how old you are, and that's the best thing. And then you walk around kind of like in a fog.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Fog #Mind #Age

  • You've got to show your soul otherwise you're just a piece of equipment.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Soul #Pieces #Equipment

  • I've always said that the artist dies twice. And the first death is the hardest which is the career death, the creative death. The physical death is an inevitability.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Artist #Careers #Creative

  • Some actors are brilliant character guys. They submerge.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Character #Guy #Actors

  • That's the hardest thing about doing sequels - you've lost the element of surprise.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Elements #Surprise #Lost

  • It would be great to be able to pass on to someone all of the successes, the failures, and the knowledge that one has had. To help someone, avoid all the fire, pain and anxiety would be wonderful.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Pain #Fire #Anxiety

  • A lot of time people are like, "oh my God, you're stereotyped." Good, then you're known for something.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #People

  • I'm not a genetically superior person. I built my body.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Body #Persons

  • Everyone has this conjecture that action films are somewhat less prestigious than dramatic films. Nothing could be further from the truth. I've done them both and this is hard and dangerous.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Done #Action #Film

  • I am a sensitive writer, actor and director. Talking business disgusts me. If you want to talk business, call my disgusting personal manager.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Business #Talking #Want

  • Action film is really easy to do, you just get in a car and smash through things and it's called action. The real key is what happens between the action when it's quiet. Loud is easy. Quiet, real hard.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Real #Keys #Car

  • If bad decorating was a hanging offense, there'd be bodies hanging from every tree!
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Tree #Body #Decorating

  • Making a movie is the same as an orchestra; it's moving all the different instruments and the sounds, the kinetic and the auditory and the visual all together. I'm probably the trombone.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Moving #Together #Different

  • Playing polo is like trying to play golf during an earthquake.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Sports #Golf #Earthquakes

  • People think retiring is fun. Well, maybe, but if you have a certain kind of fire inside, there is no end in sight.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Fun #Thinking #Sight

  • I think I came along at an opportune time. I don't know if that would happen anymore, because the whole way of doing business in Hollywood has changed.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Thinking #Way #Hollywood

  • I'm not handsome in the classical sense. The eyes droop, the mouth is crooked, the teeth aren't straight, the voice sounds like a Mafioso pallbearer, but somehow it all works.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Eye #Voice #Teeth

  • I just want to say that, all you do, no matter how bad your diet is, for the first six months or year, I just reduce the amount, even if it's horrible stuff. That you can deal with it.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Years #Want #Matter

  • Life's not about how hard of a hit you can give... it's about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Inspirational #Motivational #Moving

  • I tell people diets don't work. And I don't care what they say. I have tried them all.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #People #Care

  • Success is usually the culmination of controlling failure.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Inspirational #Success #Failure

  • You can actually alter a person's perception when they're that young. I mean, it can affect them in a very positive way.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Mean #Perception #Way

  • When I was a kid, my mother used to feed me mashed-potato sandwiches, brussel sprout sandwiches; my brain cells were starving from lack of food. I'll eat anything. I'll eat dirt.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Mother #Kids #Cells

  • When I'm doing a movie, I eat the same thing every day. For lunch, it's tuna salad or chicken salad and cole slaw. That's it. For dinner it's either veal and rice, fish and rice or steak and rice. It gets boring; boy, does it get boring.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Boys #Lunch #Dinner

  • With a lot of comedians, one of their major attributes is that they look comedic, with a certain hangdog or manic expression. I look like the neighborhood bully. That doesn't elicit laughter.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Laughter #Expression #Bully

  • Years ago I was diagnosed with a condition, and my doctors prescribed human growth hormone and testosterone for its treatment. Under medical supervision, I have continued to use both medications.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Years #Doctors #Growth

  • The man who can best gets along with women, is the man who can get along without them.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Men

  • Without love, loyalty, desires, passion, courage, dignities, faith, beliefs and all the other ingredients that go into making the human soul something so elevated that only God knows its limits, we are only shells bobbing aimlessly in a calm sea of mediocrity. ...And if you can figure that out, please write and explain it to me because you're a better man than I am.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Loyalty #Writing #Passion

  • Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Strength #Moving #Mean

  • Today's action hero, his skills are through technology. He can fly, he can throw a bolt of lightning, he can freeze people.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Hero #Technology #Skills

  • There'll never be a 'Rocky IV.' You gotta call a halt.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Halt

  • When boxers are in the ring, they're simple. It's when the fight is over, that's when the other fight, the real fight, begins. That's the problem.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Real #Fighting #Simple

  • When I tried to branch out into comedy, I didn't do very well at it, so I went back to doing what I do naturally well, or what the audience expects from me - action pictures.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Branches #Comedy #Action

  • When I tried to play characters that strayed from who I am it ended in disaster. People didn't expect me in comedies or musicals.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Character #Who I Am #Play

  • When I'm on a location, I pick a restaurant that's close and private and eat all my meals there.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Location #Meals #Restaurants

  • When life hits you pretty hard, you can go into a dark corner.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Dark

  • When people meet me, they're often surprised - I talk a great deal.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #People #Deals

  • We're all expendable. We think the world's going to stop when a pope dies, or a king. And then... life goes on.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Kings #Thinking #Goes On

  • There might have been a period around 'Tango & Cash' when I was nearly fashionable. My problem is that my weight's always been changing for the movies I'm in.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Cash #Might #Weight

  • What I'm trying to do now in my life - not just with the building, but with everything - is to construct things that will have enduring qualities, and won't just be ephemeral flashes in the pan.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Trying #Quality #Ephemeral

  • Voices are like fingerprints, from Cagney to Bogart. They never lost it. My voice is instrumental in categorizing me.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Voice #Fingerprints #Lost

  • When I saw 'Hercules,' my mind just exploded because I was extremely thin; I was insecure. I literally ran out of the theatre and started lifting things, anything I could think of - milk crates. I'm still lifting things. It changed my life.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Insecure #Thinking #Mind

  • Usually whenever you're scared of something, do it. If you're not afraid of it, don't do it.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Scared #Not Afraid

  • The older I get the more things I gotta leave behind.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Aging #Behinds

  • You're a disease. And I'm the cure.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Badass #Disease #Cures

  • Back there I could fly a gunship, I could drive a tank, I was in charge of million dollar equipment, back here I can't even hold a job PARKING CARS!
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Money #Jobs #Car

  • Nothing is real if you don't believe in who you are!
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Real #Believe

  • The champion's management says let's do this for real, for charity. Rocky says no but decides to be true to himself even though he's going to be berated by everyone. Just to compete, not to win.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Real #Winning #Champion

  • You have to grab life by the throat and squeeze before it grabs you by your neck and breaks it. Own your destiny.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Destiny #Necks #Break

  • I really am a manifestation of my own fantasy.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Fantasy #Manifestation

  • You cannot train yourself. I feel the same way about Christianity and about what the church is: The church is the gym of the soul.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Soul #Church #Way

  • Remember the mind is your best muscle...BIG ARMS can move rocks, but BIG WORDS can move mountains... Ride the brain train for success....
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Moving #Rocks #Brain

  • The world meets nobody halfway. When you want something, you gotta take it.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #World #Want #Halfway

  • Artists die twice. First creatively. Then physically. The second one is the easiest.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Creativity #Artist #Firsts

  • Time is truly the great enemy. It's not the great healer, it's the great stealer.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Time #Enemy #Healer

  • I abused my body so much throughout my career that I am literally held together by glue. The stuff I took thickens the bones and reinforces the tendons.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Careers #Together #Body

  • The way to be successful in Hollywood is to be as obnoxious as the next guy.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Successful #Guy #Way

  • Every rep I did on chin-ups, on squats with 500 pounds, I never said, to myself, 'Oh, my God, another rep.' I said, 'Yes, another rep, because that will make my dream turn into a reality.'
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Dream #Reality #Pounds

  • When you find the right components in your life, the right people, that gel with you, then you feel as though you're invincible. It may be a fallacy, but you at least feel as though you can take all that life has to dish out.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #People #May #Dishes

  • If you express yourself too much, you're considered weak.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Inspirational #Too Much #Weak

  • The only happy artist is a dead artist, because only then you can't change. After I die, I'll probably come back as a paintbrush.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Stupid #Artist #Dumb

  • I think I'd like to be remembered as someone who beat the odds through just plain determination. ... that I persevered. Because I think that being somewhat of a pest to life, constantly plaguing and pursuing, will bring results.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Determination #Commitment #Thinking

  • Ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Destiny

  • I never quite understood these actors - though I envy them sometimes - who can lie out for a year or two. I feel as though time is a real pressing issue, and I want to get as much work done in the time that I have left.
    -- Sylvester Stallone

    #Real #Lying #Years