Leonardo DiCaprio quotes

  • When I was young I used to have this thing where I wanted to see everything I used to think 'How can I die without seeing every inch of this world?'
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Hate #Thinking #World

  • I didn't even know what I did in 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape'. I just went off with whatever I felt instinctually without a second thought.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Eating #Grapes #Second Thoughts

  • You can make history, or you will be vilified by it.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

  • You have to enjoy life in the process. It may sound corny, but it's true. At the end of the day, we can't always achieve everything that we dream of but you do have to enjoy life in the process.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Dream #Enjoy Life #The End Of The Day

  • Brothers don't necessarily have to say anything to each other - they can sit in a room and be together and just be completely comfortable with each other.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Inspirational #Brother #Say Anything

  • As far as my own dreams, I'm not a big dreamer, I think obviously we suppress things in life, emotions and thoughts, and we should wake up and look at that.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Dream #Thinking #Looks

  • Raising awareness on the most pressing environmental issues of our time is more important than ever.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Issues #Environmental #Important

  • People always ask, 'Was it fun? Was it fun working on a movie?' I don't know if that's the operative word. It is challenging and interesting and all those other things, but fun isn't always.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Fun #People #Interesting

  • To believe in love, to be ready to give up anything for it, to be willing to risk your life for it, is the ultimate tragedy.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Giving Up #Believe #Risk

  • We were both [ with Russel Crowe] hand-plucked to do [The Quick and the Death]. He had done Romper Stomper and I had done Gilbert Grape and so we were hand- plucked to do this big budget film. So we were both very bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Hands #Done #Film

  • Love at first sight? I absolutely believe in it! You've got to keep the faith. Who doesn't like the idea that you could see someone tomorrow and she could be the love of your life? It's very romantic.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Believe #Sight #Ideas

  • I have no problem playing anyone who has different politics than me. In fact, I don't take that into consideration at all. You have to find something sympathetic in a man. It's that common ground you need to connect with someone.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Men #Different #Needs

  • Me, I still believe in paradise. But now at least I know its not some place you can look for because its not where you go.  It’s how you feel for a moment in your life when you’re a part of something and if you find that moment, it lasts forever.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Believe #Forever #Looks

  • I remember when I first started having these interpretations of these images, these clichés of what movie stars are and this and that, and they're egomaniacal ***** and tyrants, but in general, for the most part, they're nice people to tell you the truth.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Stars #Nice #Tyrants

  • Dreams feel real while we're in them. It's only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Dream #Real #Vision

  • I spent a long time in art school so I can really draw. I'll doodle and suddenly I'll find the beginning of the movie in one picture. Usually, I start my stuff on the telephone. Right by the telephone I've got a book of doodles. When I'm on the phone, I'll be doing a drawing eventually.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Art #Book #School

  • If you can do what you do best and be happy, you're further along in life than most people.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Being Happy #People

  • Doing what we do [filming], you have to be your own critic and judge and adjudicate as to what you do and how it turned out.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Judging #Critics

  • Global warming is not only the number one environmental challenge we face today, but one of the most important issues facing all of humanity... We all have to do our part to raise awareness about global warming and the problems we as a people face in promoting a sustainable environmental future for our planet.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Numbers #Issues #People

  • We actually did a lot of takes on this movie [J. Edgar Hoover ]. I never left the set wanting more. That's for sure. I don't know. This was a very difficult character for me and a lot of the other actors here, and at times we went and did 8 or 9 or 10 takes on a single day.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Character #Difficult #Hoover

  • You can either be a vain movie star, or you can try to shed some light on different aspects of the human condition.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Stars #Light #Trying

  • There's a difference in our ages [with Leonardo DiCaprio], but we were both in the same sort of position [on The Quick and the Death movie].Everyone below us in a casting position were all these really famous character actors like Keith David. And they were looking at the two of us going, 'Who are these guys?' So that naturally kind of put us together in a way where we'd just hang out together because we didn't care about status. We just wanted to enjoy the experience. The two things that have changed about Leo [ DiCaprio] since that time: he can drink legally and he's no longer a virgin.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Character #Differences #Two

  • Some people don't get it when I'm being sarcastic.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Sarcastic #People #Miscellaneous

  • When I can't immediately define the character, and there's an element of mystery to it and still a lot to be explored, that's when I say yes.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Character #Mystery

  • It's a tough thing-you get in a situation where you feel you have to be perfect all the time and it sucks.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Suicidal #Perfect #Tough

  • I will fly around the world doing good for the environment.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #World #Around The World #Environment

  • I think the environmental movement is the biggest people's movement in the world. Unfortunately, our governments and corporations haven't responded accordingly to protect our planet's natural resources.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Thinking #Environmental #World

  • School, I never truly got the knack of. I could never focus on things I didn't want to learn.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #School #Focus #Knack

  • I created my foundation as a result of that and my website, and I try to shed some light on some very topical issues right now. The idea is to try to get people to become obviously more knowledgeable about the issue and try to get corporations and individuals to contribute to these nonprofit organizations.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #People #Trying #Individual

  • Sometimes I wonder will God ever forgive us for what we've done to each other? Then I look around and I realize God left this place a long time ago.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Long #Forgiving #Done

  • From an outsider's perspective, it's amazing what [Clint Eastwood] does. If he's not directing a film, he's acting in it, or rather he's composing the music for that film. His commitment to what he does is astounding for all of us to witness. It's inspiring, actually.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Commitment #Perspective #Acting

  • The pain is temporary, the film is forever
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Pain #Forever #Film

  • It's interesting in this day and age to do a film about political espionage and wiretapping. I don't think that those types of secrets that J. Edgar Hoover was able to obtain and keep for such a long period of time would be possible in today's world, with the Internet and WikiLeaks.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Thinking #Interesting #Long

  • Everywhere I go, somebody is staring at me, I don't know if people are staring because they recognize me or because they think I'm a weirdo.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Thinking #People #Weirdo

  • The challenge for me was not just the prosthetic work and how to move like an older man would move, but more so how to have 50 years of experience in the workplace and talk to a young Robert F. Kennedy as if he was some political upstart that didn't know what the hell he was talking about. That was the big challenge [in the J. Edgar Hoover mоvie].
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Moving #Men #Political

  • We only get one planet.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Climate Change #Planets

  • That's an inspiration for all women to see a woman thinking and moving differently from those around her.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Moving #Inspiration #Thinking

  • I like to be able to play a character and act out a lot of things which I can't or don't do in my normal everyday life.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Character #Play #Everyday

  • It's a hard concept for me to wrap my head around to completely sacrifice any sort of love in your life, to never experience that on a personal level.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Sacrifice

  • Drugs? Every one has a choice and I choose not to do drugs.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Choices #Drug

  • I've got this reputation for shooting one take which is a wonderful reputation to have but it's hard to live up to.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Reputation #Wonderful

  • I cheated a lot, because I just couldn't sit and do homework. I usually sat next to someone extremely smart.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Smart #Next #Homework

  • Since I was very young I've been fascinated with nature and I actually wanted to be a marine biologist when I was very young. That was a great passion of mine. So I suppose in the off season when I'm not making movies, I became more and more active as an environmentalist trying to be more vocal about issues that I felt were important.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Passion #Marine #Important

  • Right now, our mother -- our mother -- all of our mothers, Mother Earth is hurting. And she needs a generation of thoughtful, caring and active kids like all of you to protect her for the future. You can help us win the battle to clean up our air, our water, our land, to protect our forests, our oceans and our wildlife.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Mother #Hurt #Ocean

  • To play a repressed gay man, I had to explore what life was like in an era of sexual repression.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Gay #Men #Play

  • My father, George, has also affected the choices in my life regarding films. I like films that take chances or say something different or experiment. Growing up with him, I was surrounded by different artists - not just actors or film-makers but cartoonists, poets, writers.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Growing Up #Father #Artist

  • I've never tried to reach a certain demographic of an audience or try to say: OK, now I'm going to do this type of film to transition myself into more adult roles. Or a romantic hero. Or whatever it may be.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Hero #Trying #Adults

  • Dark green is my favorite color. It's the color of nature and the color of money and the color of moss!
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Dark #Color #Moss

  • I suppose playing an older man is a way of preparing myself for getting older.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Men #Getting Older #Way

  • My dad's probably one of the kindest people in the world. When I was younger that's not how I was- I was a little spoiled brat.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Dad #People #World

  • I lived in Hollywood and, ironically, I didn't know you could just go out and get an agent and go on auditions and try and become an actor, I thought it was like a Masonic thing, like a blood line you had to belong to – until I was 13. Then I realised what you had to do. It is the one thing I know I want to do for the rest of my life.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Blood #Trying #Lines

  • We [ with Russel Crowe] had an Arabic coach there [ in the Body of Lies] that was really helpful, because it was more so than any accent. You have to be so exact, and there's different dialects of Arabic from country to country so it was really, really difficult to tell you the truth. And one of the hardest things I've ever had to do language-wise, because it comes from the throat. It's different. And also learning about the customs and the culture and all that, so we had advisors for that sort of thing.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Wise #Country #Lying

  • When a role for a young guy is being offered to me, I think of River Phoenix. It feels like a loss.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Loss #Thinking #Phoenix

  • I grew up in Hollywood but not in any rich neighborhood.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Hollywood #Rich #Grew Up

  • My mother is a walking miracle.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Inspiring #Mom #Mother

  • I think everyone has some sort of connection to Gatsby as a character... he's created himself according to his own emotions and dreams and lifted himself by his bootstraps from a poor kid in the Midwest and created this image that is The Great Gatsby and it's a truly American story in that regard.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Dream #Character #Kids

  • It's not just global warming, it's not just a loss of biodiversity, it's not just the pollution of our oceans and the clearing of our rainforests and all these complicated systems, The [11th Hour] movie talks about the world economy, it talks about politics, it talks about personal transformation and environmental consciousness that we need to have in this generation to implement a lot of these changes that need to occur.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Ocean #Loss #Environmental

  • Acting is the only time when I truly maintain the spontaneity that I want to be present at all times.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Acting #Want #Spontaneity

  • I'm just starting to scratch the surface of what really makes me happy and it's taken me a while to admit that acting like a little child and being a jerk and a punk is fun.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Being Happy #Fun #Children

  • I think it's much more interesting when people say, "I love being famous. I love the attention and getting laid and having people I respect admire me," than when they pretend it hasn't had an effect on them.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Love Is #Thinking #People

  • As we progress into the twenty-first century, anyone who considers themselves a realist will have to make the environment a top priority.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Priorities #Progress #Twenties

  • I think actors make the mistake of finding their little niche in the business and once they try to do something a little darker, boom, they get slapped across the face for it, so they go back to what they did before.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Mistake #Thinking #Trying

  • Meryl Streep does things I would never have thought possible... Her presence on screen is outstanding.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Doe #Outstanding

  • I want to be the perfect child. I owe so much to my parents and the way I was brought up.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Children #Perfect #Parent

  • I've managed to keep a clear head and remain sane in this business because I remain a kid off-camera.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Kids #Cameras #Clear

  • The things that you did with parents, whether it was spending every Sunday morning with your dad and eating French toast and watching Popeye, or decorating the Christmas tree with our mother - these are memories that help you be happy.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Mother #Morning #Memories

  • The subconscious is motivated by emotion, not reason.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Emotion #Reason #Motivated

  • I never thought I could travel unless I had a wife or someone to share it with. You don't necessarily need that, but I am the type of person that wants to share a lot.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Wife #Needs #Want

  • Like everything, personal relationships and all that stuff is sort of put on ice while you go off to your location for five or six months. So, do I feel more settled in my life and in my work? Absolutely, yeah.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Ice #Stuff #Location

  • I'm still exploring in a lot of ways. I don't know myself completely.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Way #Stills #Exploring

  • The Gatsby that I remember reading when I was 15 years old in junior high school was far different from the Gatsby I read as an adult.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Reading #School #Years

  • I'll just be the first to say that Ken [Watanabe] should be a national treasure in Japan, because he is an unbelievably talented actor. You couldn't find more of a gentleman. He's sweet, he's kind and he's extremely thoughtful in the work that he does.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Sweet #Thoughtful #Japan

  • These types of films that are psychologically sort of dark at times, I find extremely exciting to do because there's always something to think about. There's nothing more boring than to show up on set and say a line and know that your character means exactly what they say. It's interesting to have an unreliable narrator in a film and that's what both of those films have been.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Character #Mean #Dark

  • The truth is that I've always been fascinated with wealth in America. To me, it's been about the American dream and the corruption of that dream.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Dream #America #Wealth

  • When you grow up in the [film] industry, the director is your father. You follow your father's lead, but you make your own way.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Growing Up #Father #Directors

  • My parents know I was outgoing as a child, and whenever people came over I'd automatically do impressions of them as soon as they left; it was my mom's favorite thing.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Mom #Children #People

  • I think sexiness in most people - and this is going to sound superficial - is definitely something you don't plan.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Thinking #People #Sound

  • There's so many intangible forces that come into play when making a film, I have no idea what the public will ultimately think of something that I do, let alone critics.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Thinking #Play #Ideas

  • Kate Winslet also happens to be one of my close friends who I goof off with like crazy. It was a reunion of two people who, I guess, are a little bit older, a tiny bit wiser but ultimately were the same as they were when they were 21.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Crazy #Two #People

  • At some point in your career, someone is going to tell you, "This stove is hot. Do not touch this stove." And the weird thing is, you'll want to touch it. But resist that urge, man.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Men #Careers #Hot

  • To put a lot of hard work and effort into a project or character and for it to be recognised, how can it not be nice?
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Nice #Hard Work #Character

  • I like to prepare as much as possible beforehand, but there's definitely that element of fear when you're on set, and you have to be conscious of it and use that fear to drive you to work harder.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Hard Work #Use #Elements

  • I always wanted to be an actor and I'd never dreamt that not only would I be able to do this for a living, but also on top of that I'd be able to choose and steer the course of my own career.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Careers #Actors #Able

  • It's amazing to completely focus on something for four, five or six months, have it completely consume your life and be constantly thinking about somebody else's set of circumstances and how they would react to something. I find it fascinating. It's rewarding and on a professional and personal level.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Thinking #Focus #Levels

  • It's very, very rare in this business [moviemaking] where a script lands on your lap ready to go.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Land #Lap #Scripts

  • I've gotten to play some pretty intense characters and I tend to think it's therapeutic for me.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #Character #Thinking #Play

  • The more I've acted, I've realised that I have a) no control of and b) no way of really quite understanding how people react to anything I do, or any movie I do.
    -- Leonardo DiCaprio

    #People #Understanding #Way