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" 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. "
" I'm not just painting for painting's sake. I want to be truthful. "
" I think I'm a much better painter than an actor. "
" I have a lack of fear, whereas in the past the fear of failure was a powerful motivator. Anyway, I have great expectations for the future, but I just don't know if I'm the monarch of all I survey. "
" Just because society says I'm old doesn't mean I am. "
" From the time I got dressed in the back of a deflated, flat-tired, fish-smelling station wagon for Rocky. It's always been do it yourself, kind of like paper-clip it together. "
" I've been involved in something which was chaotic and insane. All I can say now is that I am, and intend to stay, a single man. "
" 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. "
" The body needs to rest. It needs a lot less exercise than you think. "
" I think that gravity sets into everything, including careers, but pendulums do swing and mountains do become valleys after a while... if you keep on walking. "
" I take rejection as someone blowing a bugle in my ear to wake me up and get going, rather than retreat. "
" Life is more than sunglasses and hit movies. Reality - that's the main event. "
" The phenomenal thing that happened to me is that I was able to create two memorable men: one is the ultimate optimist, Rocky, and then you have Rambo, the ultimate pessimist. You're going to always be remembered for them, no matter what you do. "
" Once in one's life, for one mortal moment, one must make a grab for immortality; if not, one has not lived. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" There aren't a lot of opportunities for that rite of passage that makes you a man. War is one of them, and violent sports are another. "
" If you express yourself too much, you're considered weak. "
" 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.' "
" Like I said, I've got too much respect for women to marry them, but that doesn't mean you can't support them emotionally and financially. "
" 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. "
" I am not the richest, smartest or most talented person in the world, but I succeed because I keep going and going and going. "
" Success is usually the culmination of controlling failure. "
" I just fight in my movies, never in real life. "
" 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. "
" I consider myself something of a raconteur. I have a rather audacious sense of humour. "
" I'm more focused and have a greater sense of challenge, because I constantly feel the weight of time. "
" 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. "
" All good actors are unpredictable, and a little crazy in a good way, because they feel more secure playing other people than themselves. "
" I've made a lot of career mistakes. A lot. Actually, a lot of personal ones, too. "
" I respect a woman too much to marry her. "