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" You know what I think happened? After 'Rocky,' I was almost set up in the eyes of the media to make a flop. "
" I know I can't play funny roles in movies. I tried, and it didn't work. "
" My life has always been chaotic. 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'm a patriot of the heart. "
" You've got to show your soul otherwise you're just a piece of equipment. "
" I'll always have this blue-collar connection. 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. "
" A lot of women read male magazines. Of course, a lot of guys read female magazines, but they've got another issue to deal with. But a lot of women read men's magazines and think, 'Oh, this is what these guys are thinking? Studying up on the enemy here.' "
" Years ago I was diagnosed with a condition, and my doctors prescribed human growth hormone and testosterone for its treatment. Under medical supervision, I have continued to use both medications. "
" Painting is as close as a person can get to actually capturing the heat of the moment. "
" I'm not just painting for painting's sake. I want to be truthful. "
" Just because society says I'm old doesn't mean I am. "
" When I'm doing a movie, I eat the same thing every day. For lunch, it's tuna salad or chicken salad and cole slaw. That's it. For dinner it's either veal and rice, fish and rice or steak and rice. It gets boring; boy, does it get boring. "
" Every time I've failed, people had me out for the count, but I always come back. "
" 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 very much into buying contemporary art, but I've just decided I want to get rid of it all. Not that it's not great art, but all of a sudden my mood has changed, and I want to go back to seventeenth- and eighteenth-century masters. "
" Voices are like fingerprints, from Cagney to Bogart. They never lost it. My voice is instrumental in categorizing me. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" The day I can't walk is the day I quit movies. "
" The biggest and most interesting crisis in the world is the human crisis, and it never gets boring. It goes back to Shakespeare. You don't need a gimmick; it's just man against man and their intolerance of each other. "
" I loved 'Rocky' and 'Rambo', and am very proud of them. "
" I have a fear of heights that borders on mania. "
" People think retiring is fun. Well, maybe, but if you have a certain kind of fire inside, there is no end in sight. "
" In a contest between me and a bulldog, you would say the bulldog is cuter. "
" I believe there's an inner power that makes winners or losers. And the winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts. "
" 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. "
" I never quite understood these actors - though I envy them sometimes - who can lie out for a year or two. I feel as though time is a real pressing issue, and I want to get as much work done in the time that I have left. "
" When I saw 'Hercules,' my mind just exploded because I was extremely thin; I was insecure. I literally ran out of the theatre and started lifting things, anything I could think of - milk crates. I'm still lifting things. It changed my life. "
" When I'm on a location, I pick a restaurant that's close and private and eat all my meals there. "
" Success is usually the culmination of controlling failure. "
" I think that's become passe, but if you can surround yourself with a kind of monument to yourself and your family - a statement - and you can afford it, then that's a noble project. "