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Quotes by Robert De Niro on people, wealth, life, marriage, movies, death, work, talent, and choices.

106 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Robert De Niro That Inspire You To Live Your Dreams

Famous As: Actor
Born On: August 17, 1943
Born In: New York City

Robert De Niro is a distinguished American director, actor, and producer. He is renowned for his thrillers, crime films, and for his collaborations with well-known filmmaker Martin Scorsese. He has earned a number of awards and accolades for his works, including a ‘Golden Globe,’ a ‘Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award,’ two ‘Academy Awards,’ the ‘Cecil B. DeMille Award,’ and the ‘Kennedy Centre Honor.’ He was also awarded the ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom’ from ‘President Barack Obama’ in 2016. We have compiled some sayings by Robert De Niro which have been amassed from his dialogues, interviews, and movies. Go through some notable quotes by Robert De Niro on talent, discipline, anarchy, life, movies, truth, personality, character, love, actress, woman, acting, money, rejection, marriage, etc.

If you're an actor, always be true to your character. If you are not an actor, have character and always be true to yourself.

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The talent is in the choices.

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Sometimes if you have financial restraints, it’s a benefit. It forces you to come up with a more creative way.

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I hurt someone's feelings once.

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A guy told me one time, "Don't let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner

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I got some bad ideas in my head.

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If you don't go, you'll never know.

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Movies are hard to make, and you have to work toward a common ethic and do your best. You don't want to work with people who don't care or who are acting out some neurotic, crazy thesis on the set.

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I didn't have a problem with rejection, because when you go into an audition, you're rejected already. There are hundreds of other actors. You're behind the eight ball when you go in there.

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It's a very stressful thing, directing a movie. You have the budget, you have the schedule, you are in certain confines, and you have everybody giving you advice about what to do.

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The hardest thing about being famous is that ... in a conversation everybody's agreeing with what you're saying. ... You need people who can tell you what you don't want to hear.

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Everyone's always interested in a dark theme, especially when there's humor connected to it. It seems like that helps, if that's an integral and organic part of the whole story.

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I don’t get into these long-winded heavy discussions about character - do we do this or that or what. At the end of the day, what you gotta do is just go out there and do it.

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I go to Paris, I go to London, I go to Rome, and I always say, 'There's no place like New York. It's the most exciting city in the world now. That's the way it is. That's it.'

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Good directors can bring certain things out of you, with their intensity or gentleness or sensitivity or understanding. They can make an actor feel he can do no wrong.

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I always tell actors when they go in for an audition: Don't be afraid to do what your instincts tell you. You may not get the part, but people will take notice.

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In the casino, the cardinal rule is to keep them playing and to keep them coming back. The longer they play, the more they lose, and in the end, we get it all.

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I've never been one of those actors who has touted myself as a fascinating human being. I had to decide early on whether I was to be an actor or a personality.

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I always wanted to direct. Directing is a lot more of a commitment though, a lot more time. I like directors who do very few takes, they know what they want.

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You always learn something about movies. Directing or acting, there's always something new. It's the technological thing; there's always something to learn.

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I love to find new people. It's not for the sake of their being new; it's because if you find someone who perfectly fits a part, that's such a great thing.

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When you love someone you gotta trust them, there's no other way. You gotta give them the key to everything that's yours. Otherwise, what's the point?

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In civilized societies, we spend our lifetimes trying to become what is socially acceptable. We're dark and we're light. We all have both sides to us.

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Everybody's in New York and, hopefully, my younger kids will go to college in New York and find something they want to do so they'll stay in the city

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I guess the only thing to do now is meet his parents. I'm sure they're decent people. I mean they gotta be if they named their son Gaylord Focker.

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I mean, the actors that I admired were Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, an actress named Barbara Harris. And Greta Garbo. They were great actors.

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Running a casino is like robbing a bank with no cops around. For guys like me, Las Vegas washes away your sins. It's like a morality car wash.

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I think that's what we love about the vodka, is that it's consistent. It's consistent in its pureness and that's how I tie it to restaurants.

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Don't let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner.

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When you are working hard, you don't have time for anything other than what you are doing in the scene and what the director wants.

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You talking to me? You talking to me? Then who the hell else are you talking to - you talking to me? Well, I'm the only one here.

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When you feel that you can't fight it, you just go for it. When it comes to the arts, passion should always trump common sense.

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Auditions are like a gamble. Most likely you won't get the part, but if you don't go, you'll never know if you could've got it.

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Movies are hard work. The public doesn't see that. The critics don't see it. But they're a lot of work. A lot of work.

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I think Hollywood has a class system. The actors are like the inmates, but the truth is they're running the asylum.

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Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?

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The director respects what they've hired you for and chosen you for: to do the part and respect what you're doing.

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In acting, I always try to go back to what would actually be the real situation, the real human behavior in life.

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I think it's important to have had at least a few years of obscurity, where people treat you like everybody else.

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Sometimes if you have financial restraints, it's a benefit. It forces you to come up with a more creative way.

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If De Niro wants to spend the twilight of his career as the McDonald's of master thespians, we can't stop him.

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One of the things about acting is it allows you to live other people's lives without having to pay the price.

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Somebody steals from me, I'm gonna say you stole. Not talk to him for spitting on the sidewalk. Understand?

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You have to think about one shot. One shot is what it's all about. A deer's gotta be taken with one shot.

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When I think of a good restaurant, it's where the food has been consistent; there's always a consistency.

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You learned the two greatest thing in life, never rat on your friends, and always keep your mouth shut.

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I always say people can call me anything they want as long as they don't call me late for supper.

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Write down everything you want to do with your life and then spend the next 25 years doing them.

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It's important not to indicate. People don't try to show their feelings, they try to hide them.

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One regret I have: I didn't get as much of the family history as I could have for the kids.

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You draw on whatever’s relevant to the part you’re playing; it makes it more personal.

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There is only one way to gain access to the truth and that is to not expect anything.

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I have either a cucumber martini, gin martini, or a vodka martini. That's it. Simple.

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As an actor, you use the things from yourself that you can apply to the character.

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Certain writers have it very precise and there's not much room to add something.

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I don't remember what made me want to be an actor. In fact, I'm always curious.

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I can get around pretty easily. People don't expect to see me walking around.

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Time goes on. So whatever you're going to do, do it. Do it now. Don't wait.

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There is a certain combination of anarchy and discipline in the way I work.

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The hardest thing about being famous is that people are always nice to you.

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If it's the right chair, it doesn't take too long to get comfortable in it.

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The one thing I always talk about in terms of restaurants is consistency.

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Some day a real rain will come and wash all the scum off the streets.

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I don't like to watch my own movies - I fall asleep in my own movies.

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You don't just play a part. You've got to earn the right to play it.

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Feeling a little bit alive is a lot better than just waiting to die.

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Reputation, you know – a lifetime to build, seconds to destroy.

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I have to be able to trust you with my life. Do you understand?

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There's nothing more ironic or contradictory than life itself.

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If you don't co-operate you're gonna suffer from fistophobia.

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Better to be king for a night than a schmuck for a lifetime.

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The older you get, the more you know about certain things.

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Thank God for the rain to wash the trash off the sidewalk.

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I never walk into a place I don't know how to walk out of.

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I certainly know the difference between right and wrong.

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My definition of a good hotel is a place I'd stay at.

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You do what you do best, try to stop guys like me

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If we do a sequel, I want to beat somebody's ass!

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Whenever there is any doubt, there is no doubt.

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Things rarely turn out the way we want them to.

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Loneliness has been following me my whole life.

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You'll have time to rest when you're dead.

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The saddest thing in life is wasted talent

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You don't need words to express feelings.

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Passion should always trump common sense.

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As a kid I didn't root for the bad guys.

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You don't have to rush to do anything.

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I will not hesitate. Not for a second.

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Italy has changed. But Rome is Rome.

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You don'’t always have to have the answer to everything.

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Every set up that you do, everything is precisely modulated and raised and lowered.”

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According to a new survey, women say they feel more comfortable undressing in front of men than they do undressing in front of other women. They say that women are too judgmental, where, of course, men are just grateful.

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The mind of a writer can be a truly terrifying thing. Isolated, neurotic, caffeine-addled, crippled by procrastination, consumed by feelings of panic, self-loathing, and soul-crushing inadequacy. And that’s on a good day.

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Ok let me explain, if you were bitten by a mad infected dog, who will you blame? the dog or its owner? Definitely the owner, so, all the blame is on the USA Government’s shoulders for adopting and supporting a state like Israel

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The bottom line is if the movie does well, everybody is happy and they forget about what they went through. And if it doesn't, it's 'I told you.' There's one director who I won't mention, who said, 'it's all blood under the bridge.'

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When you make a movie, everyone should leave their own personal problems at home. When they start bringing those to set, filming can be very difficult... You don't need any extra drama. Put the drama into the story, in the characters.

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When you make a drama, you spend all day beating a guy to death with a hammer, or what have you. Or, you have to take a bite out of somebody's face. On the other hand, with a comedy, you yell at Billy Crystal for an hour, and you go home.

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Even I like to go to certain restaurants and places where you have to wear a jacket, a suit and a tie, and I like that sort of old world style. I am sure it will come back in many ways, if it hasn't already. It's kind of nice and it breaks it up.

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I always enjoy coming to Israel. Israelis are warm, they're energetic people. Forthright. Very smart. I always like smart people. They're nice people, you know. Aggressive, and I respect that aggressiveness because you need it in their situation.

Robert De Niro

I spent lunchtime in a grave during the filming of 'Bloody Mama.' When you're younger, you feel that's what you need to do to help you stay in character. When you get older, you become more confident and less intense about it - and you can achieve the same effect.

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As I get older, I think that things have been pre-determined for me, whether I liked it or wanted it, wished for it, whatever, way before in some way. And with others, you do have a choice that you can change. And that choice that you make is still part of this grand scheme.

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New York is more exciting, I guess, than even Paris or London. New York's the center of something; I don't know what, really - the center of a lot of things. With all its problems and chaos and craziness, it's still a great place to live. I can't see myself living anywhere else.

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There are certain things I am clueless about as far as the new technologies. I see these people in front of these computers all day and I don't know what they are doing - they are doing something, obviously - with Facebook, Instagram and all that. I am aware of it, but basically not in touch.

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