The Best Sylvester Stallone quotes

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Sylvester Stallone, the actor and director of Rocky Balboa and Rambo may not be a household name to many people. But his best quotes is one that will inspire you to never give up on your dreams. Born in 1946, Sylvester’s father was an Italian immigrant who worked as a hairdresser for women in New York City. His mother was born in France but raised by her parents in Philadelphia because of World War II In school, he had a difficult time with reading comprehension and writing skills but excelled at math After high school graduation, Sly attended college for architecture where he developed his love for boxing. He also played football at what is now called West Virginia University.

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About Sylvester Stallone

birth of the author

July 6, 1946

education of the author

Miami Dade College University Of Miami

occupation of the author

Actor, Director, Producer, Screenwriter

date of the author

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I’m the Hiroshima of love. — Sylvester Stallone

I’m not right wing, I’m not left wing. I love my country. — Sylvester Stallone

Real love is when you become selfless and you are more concerned about your mate’s or children’s egos than your own. You’re now a giver instead of a taker. — Sylvester Stallone

Love is absolute loyalty. People fade, looks fade, but the loyalty never fades. — Sylvester Stallone

i m the hiroshima of love Sylvester Stallone quote

I have two lovely sons and some good memories, but I’ve had a rather tumultuous personal life. It hasn’t been dull; I’ve been the Hiroshima of love. — Sylvester Stallone

I love art more than anything in the world except for my family. — Sylvester Stallone

I love being so tight on people in close–ups that the veins in their eyes look like the Mississippi River. — Sylvester Stallone

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

I wish my daughters would box. I’m so worried about the guys coming up to them. I would love them to be able to smack a guy right off a bar stool. — Sylvester Stallone

i m not right wing i m not left wing i love my country Sylvester Stallone quote

The trouble with remakes is that people fall in love with the original. It’s like peanut butter. If you try to change the taste of peanut butter, you’re in trouble. — Sylvester Stallone

I loved ‘Rocky’ and ‘Rambo’, and am very proud of them. — Sylvester Stallone


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

You know you’ve been around when they start to remake your own movies when you’re still alive. — Sylvester Stallone

Movies are a collective art. Art by proxy. — Sylvester Stallone

movies are a collective art art by proxy Sylvester Stallone quote

Movies are a whole different ball–game, now. It’s much more of a business–very scientific. — Sylvester Stallone

Rocky is a very predictable movie. The ending is a foregone conclusion. — Sylvester Stallone

Movies are the work of a collective conscious. It takes 500–800 people on a movie to complete a vision. — Sylvester Stallone

I know I can’t play funny roles in movies. I tried, and it didn’t work. — Sylvester Stallone

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

rocky is a very predictable movie the ending is a foregone conclusion Sylvester Stallone quote


A lot of time people are like, ‘oh my God, you’re stereotyped.’ Good, then you’re known for something. — Sylvester Stallone

Time is truly the great enemy. It’s not the great healer, it’s the great stealer. — Sylvester Stallone

Early on everyone should do, every time they do a big film, they should do a little film. It really does keep you grounded. — Sylvester Stallone

Every time I’ve failed, people had me out for the count, but I always come back. — Sylvester Stallone

I believe an artist dies twice. The first time, it’s just terrible–I’ve been there when the phone isn’t ringing for years. — Sylvester Stallone

time is truly the great enemy it s not the great healer it s the great stealer Sylvester Stallone quote

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

I’m more focused and have a greater sense of challenge, because I constantly feel the weight of time. — Sylvester Stallone

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

It’s great the way the old–time directors used to manipulate the hell out of you. You see someone dying and all of a sudden a ghost would come out and they go walking hand in hand up the stairway. — Sylvester Stallone

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

every time i ve failed people had me out for the count but i always come back Sylvester Stallone quote

It took me a long time to be convinced that marriage was right for me because I’ve come from a long line of broken marriages. My parents divorced, and I had two broken marriages myself. — Sylvester Stallone

And five minutes later, i came to my senses. — Sylvester Stallone


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

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

I’m a big believer that, in life, we can’t succeed in everything. Most times, we lose. — Sylvester Stallone

i just fight in my movies never in real life Sylvester Stallone quote

I realized, the older I get, the more difficult life becomes. It’s not easier, it’s more difficult. — Sylvester Stallone

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

I just fight in my movies, never in real life. — Sylvester Stallone

When you’re scared, when you’re hanging on, when life is hurting you, then you’re going to see what you’re really made of. — Sylvester Stallone

Clichés are what good writing is all about. Because our lives are basically clichés. — Sylvester Stallone

clichés are what good writing is all about because our lives are basically clichés Sylvester Stallone quote

I think everyone has a certain kind of formula in their life. When you deviate from that formula, you’re going to fail big or you’re gonna win big. — Sylvester Stallone

Rocky’ represents the optimistic side of life, and ‘Rambo’ represents purgatory. — Sylvester Stallone

No one’s life is totally morbid. Even on a subtle scale there’s little flashes of enlightenment and of happiness and joy. — Sylvester Stallone

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

I believe any success in life is made by going into an area with a blind, furious optimism. — Sylvester Stallone

rocky represents the optimistic side of life and rambo represents purgatory Sylvester Stallone quote

Life is more than sunglasses and hit movies. Reality–that’s the main event. — Sylvester Stallone

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

I’ve kind of fashioned my life after a Slinky. Bend me in a million shapes, and eventually I’ll spring back to what I originally was. — Sylvester Stallone

Going in one more round when you don’t think you can–that’s what makes all the difference in your life. — Sylvester Stallone

In the movies, I kill guys with an axe. In real life, I can’t control a nine–year–old girl. — Sylvester Stallone

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

Once is a man’s life, for one mortal moment, he must make a grab for immorality; if not, he has not lived. — Sylvester Stallone

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

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In Sylvester Stallone Statements


If it’s not broken, break it. That’s how new discoveries are made. That’s why everything that changes life is called a breakthrough. — Sylvester Stallone


Certain characters, mostly heroes, have to be the straight silent type; that is part of the make–up. — Sylvester Stallone

some actors are brilliant character guys they submerge Sylvester Stallone quote

I’m perceived to be this solitary character, but nothing could be further from the truth. — Sylvester Stallone

Some actors are brilliant character guys. They submerge. — Sylvester Stallone

It’s an honor to take a fictional character like rocky and do something in the world of reality. — Sylvester Stallone

I’ve always boxed a certain way. But with Rocky, the character himself had to be kind of awkward. So I had to learn to fight that way. — Sylvester Stallone

On the sequel, you’ve lost the element of surprise. Usually, on the first one you may not go very, very deep into character; the second one you start to explore the character a bit more. — Sylvester Stallone

clothing is the first step to building a character Sylvester Stallone quote

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

I love donald trump, he’s a great dIckensIan character. you know what I mean? there are certaIn people lIke arnold, babe ruth, that are bIgger than lIfe. but I don’t know how that translates. — Sylvester Stallone

Clothing is the first step to building a character. — Sylvester Stallone

If I’d made it right away as an actor, I would’ve stopped at a certain level and stayed there, probably as a character actor. — Sylvester Stallone

The character of Rocky was built on the idea that he was chosen to do something. That’s why the first image in Rocky is the picture of Christ. — Sylvester Stallone

Every generation has to find their own heroes. — Sylvester Stallone


I think I’m a much better painter than an actor. — Sylvester Stallone

When you’re an actor, you’re a slave to other people’s visions. — Sylvester Stallone

I’ve had a lot of operations. I’m kind of like Franken–actor. — Sylvester Stallone

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

i think i m a much better painter than an actor Sylvester Stallone quote


I never started out to be an action actor. I was an ensemble actor. — Sylvester Stallone

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

I never started out to be an action actor. I was an ensemble actor. ‘Rocky’ was an ensemble film. ‘F.I.S.T.’ was an ensemble. ‘Paradise Alley’ was an ensemble. — Sylvester Stallone

People assume that ‘The Expendables’ is old school, but it’s only old school because that’s the way I know how to make an action film. It’s pretty real. — Sylvester Stallone

If you look back at life, I bet you will regret about 80% of your actions. But life consists of all mistakes. — Sylvester Stallone

i never started out to be an action actor i was an ensemble actor Sylvester Stallone quote

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

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

I tend to think of action movies as exuberant morality plays in which good triumphs over evil. — Sylvester Stallone

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

Characters I’ve played, they used to impact my paintings, like 80 percent of the time, and especially when I was doing an action film. — Sylvester Stallone

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

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

Most action is based on redemption and revenge, and that’s a formula. Moby Dick was formula. It’s how you get to the conclusion that makes it interesting. — Sylvester Stallone

Good action films–not crap, but good action films–are really morality plays. They deal in modern, mythic culture. — Sylvester Stallone


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

I want to thank my ImagInary frIend rocky balboa for beIng the best frIend I ever had, steve jobs. — Sylvester Stallone

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

For ‘Rocky II,’ I got a torn pectoral muscle, I got all beat up inside, I had to have an operation to splice things back together. — Sylvester Stallone

Rocky would definitely run for councilman. Maybe mayor. But these people are actually most effective in the family unit. That’s where they shine. — Sylvester Stallone

Training and working in Philadelphia is a very unusual situation because that city does believe that Rocky is real. No one calls me Sylvester, it’s Rocky. — Sylvester Stallone


I saId, ‘If you don’t want me to go, I won’t.’ [coogler] saId, ‘I want you to go.’ that’s the kInd of guy he Is, he wants us to go and represent the fIlm. — Sylvester Stallone

Whenever I don’t get injured, the film is a dud. I didn’t bleed on ‘Rhinestone.’ I didn’t bleed on ‘Stop! Or My Mom will Shoot.’ — Sylvester Stallone

The one thing in my films, I only kill people who need to be killed, or killers killing killers. And I believe that the violence is very justifiable. — Sylvester Stallone

Now it really is, believe it or not, 90% of the films are green lit, not by the studio heads, but by the marketing department. — Sylvester Stallone

I was an insecure kid. Once I saw ‘Hercules’ with Steve Reeves, it completely changed my life. If I had never gone to that film, I wouldn’t be here today. — Sylvester Stallone

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