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A collection of badass quotes and sayings by Mark Ruffalo on family, mom, love, God, nature, movies etc.

170 Badass Quotes By Mark Ruffalo

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Mark Ruffalo is not only a popular actor and producer, but also an esteemed activist. A supporter of pro-choice movement, he did not munch his words when he said, “I don't want to turn back the hands of time to when women shuttled across state lines in the thick of night to resolve an unwanted pregnancy, in a cheap hotel room." He is also against fossil fuels, declaring that, “…up to seven million people a year are dying from fossil fuel pollution”.  However, in his interviews, he has also talked elaborately on himself and his acting career, his childhood days, his mother and siblings, his views on marriage and parenthood etc. Let us now look into some of his quotes on family, mom, love, God, nature, movies etc.

Certainly, it's very easy to fall in love with cash. If you're going to make all your decisions based on cash, you're going to have a pretty naffy career.

- Mark Ruffalo

That's what I love about music...all these banalities suddenly turn into these beautiful, effervescent pearls.

- Mark Ruffalo

You can tell a lot about a person by what’s on their playlist.

- Mark Ruffalo

Literally, I think I've quit acting three or four times, only for a few days. Maybe for a few weeks.

- Mark Ruffalo

I don't want to feel like I'm stuck doing one-stock performances.

- Mark Ruffalo

I didn't really have any interest in producing anything.

- Mark Ruffalo

I don't know, one out of every two marriages ends up in divorce so there's a lot of great people out there who people aren't happy with.

- Mark Ruffalo

I don't understand how people can take a gentle, loving life and treat it with such cruelty.

- Mark Ruffalo

I've just been more interested in doing film right now and I don't want to go away from my family for six months, which was what I would have had to have done if I did the play on Broadway.

- Mark Ruffalo

Yeah, there's a tendency to get pigeonholed in Hollywood.

- Mark Ruffalo

We'll engage in pretty extreme violence in the world but, you know, the one thing that comes to humans as easily as eating or breathing or sleeping, is sex.

- Mark Ruffalo

Do theater. Because you'll develop a craft that you'll always have. It'll give you a chance to really learn how to act and you won't go into the world with a few measly tricks that will only carry you so far.

- Mark Ruffalo

I still feel like I'm trying to make it. It's hard to shed the struggling actor thing.

- Mark Ruffalo

We are turning our grief into winnable actions.

- Mark Ruffalo

A leader in America or anyone who says they truly care about this nation without taking some kind of action is either a liar or insane. In either case, they are unfit to lead.

- Mark Ruffalo

I try to do the things that speak to me in one way or another, and sometimes I'm even drastic.

- Mark Ruffalo

Studio movies are looking more like independent movies and independent movies are looking more like studio movies, and I think cinema is better now because of it.

- Mark Ruffalo

I like extremes. I like to change things up and keep from getting complacent or stale.

- Mark Ruffalo

I didn't like the distance between my family and myself that I was experiencing from having to work all the time.

- Mark Ruffalo

I come from the theatre where there are no boundaries to the style you're doing; you're doing Molière, then you're doing Chekhov and then you're doing Arthur Miller in a season and no-one bats an eye.

- Mark Ruffalo

I love acting and I love it in all its different manifestations.

- Mark Ruffalo

Actors, you kind of have these ebbs and flows. These moments where you're in your glory - where you're really cracking - and moments where you're not.

- Mark Ruffalo

My first cut was three hours and 17 minutes. And then I just became very shrewd about the editing.

- Mark Ruffalo

The idea of selling is a projection that people create about people that is more of a reflection of who they are than what is actually happening in front of them with the artist.

- Mark Ruffalo

I got into acting because I wanted to act and I love acting. That's my true north: to be creative and to be challenged in what I love to do.

- Mark Ruffalo

The fact that I can make a living and support three kids and my wife doing what I love to do... who does that? That's golden. It's a very privileged thing.

- Mark Ruffalo

Each role, I feel like takes you on a different journey based on who that character is.

- Mark Ruffalo

When you're trying to do character work that's different from what people expect from you, you're sort of in territory that is uncharted, and you don't know how it's playing all the time.

- Mark Ruffalo

When you're on the road, you sort of go crazy and being away from your family you get stir-crazy and lonely, so I try to keep myself involved as much as possible.

- Mark Ruffalo

It's a point of pride that no one would treat me any differently because I'm an actor than if I was a gardener.

- Mark Ruffalo

I grew up on Lake Michigan during the PCB explosion, and I remember seeing the sick, dead fish with tumors, the weird deformed seagulls, the scum and the filth floating. We couldn't go swimming.

- Mark Ruffalo

There's a level of trust that you have to have with somebody.

- Mark Ruffalo

Most great parts for guys in wheelchairs tend to go to actors who walk.

- Mark Ruffalo

I have a bag full of stuff that I give to people when they come to my house.

- Mark Ruffalo

Activists must be admired for the sacrifices they are willing to make for those things they hold dear. I would say those kinds of ways of looking at life enrich the value of life, and that is a good thing.

- Mark Ruffalo

Whoever controls your energy controls your destiny. 100 percent renewable energy is 100 percent American.

- Mark Ruffalo

My kids get very upset with me when I leave to do film work, but they have a lot of patience with me when I leave to do environmental work.

- Mark Ruffalo

Electrify your life! With heating and cooling, cooking and travel, and you will be doing a lot to help the future of this planet. There is no need to burn anything anymore.

- Mark Ruffalo

Trying to find the story within the story was hard. Filmmaking is such a reductive process in a strange way and you keep whittling away to what is essential.

- Mark Ruffalo

That was an interesting aspect: to go to war with the Church to fight for the very thing that the Church was meant to give to people.

- Mark Ruffalo

Artists have always been the front line; that's part of our responsibility. But a lot of the big actors come out, they get slammed, and then they retreat.

- Mark Ruffalo

I'd never seen anyone do a rebuttal review to some of the reviews.

- Mark Ruffalo

Even if my movies weren't big blockbusters, directors generally liked me, so they would fight for me.

- Mark Ruffalo

The working-class folks and the poor, and those normal people living their lives out in the world without the glitter and the fanfare. There is a lot to learn from them.

- Mark Ruffalo

Some of my favorite scenes aren't in the movie. Because you, at some point, realize that your responsibility as director is purely to the story. It's not to your pleasure.

- Mark Ruffalo

The biggest industry hoax is that the United States can't move to renewable energy now. It's a lie.

- Mark Ruffalo

That's my secret Cap: I'm always angry.

- Mark Ruffalo

I'm very nervous in the beginning and then I get in there and start doing my work and I feel more comfortable.

- Mark Ruffalo

Climate change is the greatest threat to our existence in our short history on this planet. Nobody's going to buy their way out of its effects.

- Mark Ruffalo

There is nothing a good long walk can't help work out.

- Mark Ruffalo

I know what it's like to have these big multinational corporations invade your land and promise jobs and promise it's gonna be safe, and then you see the consequences.

- Mark Ruffalo

Folks should be able to harvest, store, use, or sell their own energy as they see fit. This is not a Democratic nor Republican issue, and if anyone tries to convince you it is, they are being purposely misleading.

- Mark Ruffalo

No great advancement has ever been kept at bay because of ideology, nor greed. Eventually progress moves us forward.

- Mark Ruffalo

My dad [...] sent me a text saying, 'You know who you should play? Columbo. That's your Academy Award.'

- Mark Ruffalo

Nothing anyone says in a bar is true.

- Mark Ruffalo

I have a carpool with a corrections officer and a construction worker. My kids get to see that we're not segregated based on wealth or standing. It's very cool.

- Mark Ruffalo

There's a misperception about actors that we actually choose the roles we end up doing - it's more that we're chosen for them.

- Mark Ruffalo

I enjoyed growing up part of my life in Virginia Beach. We had the ocean and the beach and a beautiful landscape.

- Mark Ruffalo

By electrifying our lives, we reduce our energy costs by 39 percent, which is a huge savings in itself.

- Mark Ruffalo

People are like, 'How does Julianne Moore look naked?' I don't know. She was pressed up against me the whole time. I couldn't look at her.

- Mark Ruffalo

Burning natural gas will not save us from climate change. It's the same as burning any other carbon-based fuel.

- Mark Ruffalo

Today, wind is the cheapest energy in America; solar is not far behind. In time, fossil fuels will only get more and more expensive.

- Mark Ruffalo

You value the thing you are fighting for, but then you learn to value the time it takes to do it and the time you have off. Both of which are precious.

- Mark Ruffalo

When people sit across from people - gay, straight, whatever - and they talk, they find out that people they may have been demonizing for their lifetime aren't the demons we've expected them to be.

- Mark Ruffalo

Also, stick around. Don't lose your heart, just keep going, keep at it.

- Mark Ruffalo

It is a fact that, today, up to seven million people a year are dying from fossil fuel pollution.

- Mark Ruffalo

Love conquers all - love is the grace that transcends any kind of injustice in the end.

- Mark Ruffalo

When you have to fight for the things you love, you have to measure the value of those things in ways you may not in any other way.

- Mark Ruffalo

It's easy to do nothing, but your heart breaks a little more every time you do.

- Mark Ruffalo

No great undertaking ever looks like it's winnable. That only comes later and only if you are lucky and are willing to fight and have a group of folks around you that are willing to do the same thing, too.

- Mark Ruffalo

Every piece of geopolitical strife that's happening in the world today is revolved around energy, either trying to grab resources or people using resources to fund radical groups.

- Mark Ruffalo

I think where people get into trouble is hiding and feeling ashamed about what they don't have any control over in the first place.

- Mark Ruffalo

My mom was a hairstylist, but she quit doing that to raise the kids - there were four of us. There was no money.

- Mark Ruffalo

It's a mature thing to understand that your pictures of a lifetime together with someone were... well, the reality is not what we're taught.

- Mark Ruffalo

Actors, like it or not, their voices carry deeply into the culture: people look towards them for attitudes, for right or wrong, and today, the mainstream media doesn't really balance the unheard.

- Mark Ruffalo

I want to get into some television. There might be a perception about me being only a movie actor, you know, and there's this whole new sort of frontier opening up in that medium.

- Mark Ruffalo

As an actor, you can do everything. I grew up in the theater, and you could do a musical, a comedy, a tragedy.

- Mark Ruffalo

I have mental illness in my family. I have a lot of compassion for those people.

- Mark Ruffalo

I normally don't have that much confidence. I usually am trying to talk to directors out of giving me a job.

- Mark Ruffalo

I've been having a lot of fun with the Hulk motion-capture stuff, actually. The only distinction that I hold is that I am the only actor to ever play Banner and the Hulk.

- Mark Ruffalo

I love 'The Sportswriter' by Richard Ford. Ford really captures for me the bittersweetness of the quietly suffering American man. It's stoic, sad, and really beautiful.

- Mark Ruffalo

My surfboard is a 7-foot-3-inch spoon made by Rip Curl, kind of between a longboard and a shortboard. Surfing brings me into the here and now. It's a dance with the present.

- Mark Ruffalo

I have a very dear family and very dear friends. They're my rock. These are people who knew me from the beginning, you know, as a loser in a 1972 Dodge Dart with the bumper literally duct-taped to the body.

- Mark Ruffalo

The fracking chemicals sit in open pits, get trucked around, or sent through pipelines that can burst. What do you think happens when frack chemicals and floods and storm swollen rivers mix?

- Mark Ruffalo

I never used to get photographed and people asking for autographs. I don't mind the autographs, but the paparazzi I find weird. As an actor, you want to be able to regard the world instead of having it regard you.

- Mark Ruffalo

When you're a young actor, and you're really fighting to have your place in the world - for me, anyway - it took a mental focus and energy and striving. It took a long time. And it was my whole life.

- Mark Ruffalo

You really can have your dreams and at the same time have a family. But it has to be a really deliberate practice.

- Mark Ruffalo

I've never Googled myself on the Internet.

- Mark Ruffalo

I don't like to go to the gym very much if I can help it.

- Mark Ruffalo

For the longest time, I was Scott Ruffalo's brother. I mean, he was the mayor of Beverly Hills. He was just so beloved there.

- Mark Ruffalo

My mom was a hairdresser. My aunt was a hairdresser. My brother was a hairdresser. My sisters are hairdressers.

- Mark Ruffalo

It's been up, down, and sideways for me, man. I could become a huge star, or I could get cancer tomorrow.

- Mark Ruffalo

I don't have to be a leading man. I can be a character actor. That's really what interests me anyway.

- Mark Ruffalo

Whatever we want to think about American business - work hard, tell the truth, have morality - it's a myth. There's a lot of graft.

- Mark Ruffalo

Shakespeare does a great job of taking 5,000-year-old stories and turning them into modern pieces that are true to the original essence but are completely remade.

- Mark Ruffalo

If you're not yelling at your kids, then you're not spending enough time with them!

- Mark Ruffalo

'What Doesn't Kill You' is a really great movie that was little seen but, I think, is one of my personal favorites.

- Mark Ruffalo

For some reason, my whole life has been, 'You can't do this, you can't do that.'

- Mark Ruffalo

I want to do a western. Nobody does westerns anymore.

- Mark Ruffalo

Certainly, it's very easy to fall in love with cash. If you're going to make all your decisions based on cash, you're going to have a pretty naffy career.

- Mark Ruffalo