123+ Best Keanu Reeves Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Keanu Charles Reeves is a Canadian actor, producer, and musician. Reeves gained fame for his starring roles in several blockbuster films. Profoundly inspirational Keanu Reeves quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Famous Keanu Reeves Quotes

A relationship is an imaginative act, it’s an act of creation. Someone said to me the other day that a relationship between a person and a kid is unconditional; but the relationship between adults, to each other, is conditional, in a sense. But that condition can be the best kind. – Keanu Reeves

When I think about him, I think about him as John and John Wick. I think of John Wick being the assassin part of John. I would say that guy has strong will; never gives up; he’s kind; and there’s honor about him. He’s also a man of strength. There are even some vulnerabilities to him. Most importantly, he’s good at his job. – Keanu Reeves

I’m Mickey Mouse. They don’t know who’s inside the suit. – Keanu Reeves

I really took it in-house. The Constantine character has a kind of flesh-and-blood practical look at things that would seem, other people would use the word, occult or spiritual. But here, demons are real. So, for me it was more taking it from the film itself. I didn’t really need to go outside the piece itself to inform me because the perspective on it, what the character does, was provided by the script. – Keanu Reeves

I’m a Virgo; it’s in my sign to be hard on myself. – Keanu Reeves

I have definitely been curious and involved in the process, even as a young actor. I was always looking at where the camera was, what story it was telling. And as my experience grew, I wanted to know even more. – Keanu Reeves

Performing an exorcism was like changing your oil. It’s a drag, but necessary. – Keanu Reeves

I went with an exorcist for a bit. I just want to know really practical things, like how do you hold someone possessed by the devil. – Keanu Reeves

And it’s easy to stay grounded. The ground is very close. And we walk on it every day. – Keanu Reeves

Nothing ever truly dies. The universe wastes nothing, everything is simply transformed. – Keanu Reeves

Multi-culture is the real culture of the world – the pure race doesn’t exist. – Keanu Reeves

It’s fun to be hopelessly in love. It’s dangerous, but it’s fun. – Keanu Reeves

I had the classic 40 meltdowns, I did. It’s embarrassing. It was pretty funny. But then I recovered. To me, it was like a second adolescence. Hormonally, my body was changing, my mind was changing, and so my relationship to myself and the world around me came to this assault of finiteness. – Keanu Reeves

Sometimes, with the scale of a film, it’s like when I walked on the sets of The Matrix, especially in Reloaded, there was the city square, or in Revolutions with some of the machine world, you’re like, Wow, this is a big playground, which is fun to watch. But the acting experience and the collaborating and creating the world, working on the piece, they’re the same joys. – Keanu Reeves

For the gun work, I had more of the basic training from the previous [movie John Wick] and the weapon work I have done in the past. In the second movie [John Wick 2], it really went on into another level. I’ve done the three-gun training, where you worked with the pistol, rifle and shotgun. So that all is in the film. – Keanu Reeves

I just felt that if I went into Speed 2, I just… wouldn’t have come up out of the water. – Keanu Reeves

Mortality is very different when you’re 20 to when you’re 50. – Keanu Reeves

But I did ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.’ They made a cereal out of it, so once you’ve had a cereal, it doesn’t get much more surreal than that. Surreal cereal. – Keanu Reeves

Sometimes simple things are the most difficult things to achieve. – Keanu Reeves

What sort of girls do i like? – They are all angels. – Keanu Reeves

The impact of falling in love for the first time has a special place in our architecture. – Keanu Reeves

I like meeting directors. It can be helpful because sometimes when you meet filmmakers you find out if you like them and if they like you, and that is important in terms of considering a role. Choosing a role is all about whether I relate to the role and the story really. That’s the criteria. – Keanu Reeves

I’ve been pleased to work with so many wonderful stars through the years. This has been an amazing journey. I hope it continues. – Keanu Reeves

On a good night, I get underwear, bras, and hotel-room keys thrown onstage… You start to think that you’re Tom Jones. – Keanu Reeves

I thank the earth and the sky every day for the opportunities I’ve had. – Keanu Reeves

I hope I get the bliss. And I know I’m going to have to work for it. But I’ve got to say, really, I have no kind of, can I say secular religiosity? … I don’t have a denominational sight. – Keanu Reeves

But I think we’re also just talking about the literacy of the audience. The visual literacy of the audience. They’ve seen so many images now, especially here in the States. There’s so much to look at, to watch. So, the visual storytelling literacy is harder to impress. – Keanu Reeves

How do I confront aging? With a wonder and a terror. Yeah, I’ll say that. Wonder and terror. – Keanu Reeves

Abstract expression is so solid, so successful and recognizable, but there’s a mystery about the artists that goes into it, a fetishism about the artists themselves and who they were. – Keanu Reeves

Environmental issues are on everyone’s mind. It’s part of our culture now and I can only applaud and laud anyone who is doing what they can and raising awareness. – Keanu Reeves

I used to have nightmares that they would put ‘He played Ted’ on my tombstone. – Keanu Reeves

I’m older and older. With any experience you have, you know more about yourself. – Keanu Reeves

The serialization through the Internet or through digital portals, means of ways of communicating, and I think that’s great. – Keanu Reeves

Falling in love and having a relationship are two different things but yeah, I can imagine that you can kind of – I think it depends on one’s psychological state. I think there are some people who are on the internet and can fall in love and seem to be in a certain psychological state and other people who are – who couldn’t quite do that. – Keanu Reeves

There’s a lot of great writing, and characters, and stories being told in television nowadays. And much more than there used to be. The opportunities to tell stories, because of the opportunities to show content. And so, it’s drawing actors from cinema, movie actors, actors to where there’s a lot of opportunities to where you can tell stories. – Keanu Reeves

Life is good when you have a good sandwich. – Keanu Reeves

Basically, it starts with four months of training, just basic stretching, kicking and punching. Then you come to the choreography and getting ready to put the dance together. – Keanu Reeves

I want to make a good, solid kung fu movie. – Keanu Reeves

One of the aspects I like about the film is that there is a kind of emotional, psychological discussion during the storytelling, … Before taking a drug, go through yourself, experience yourself, all your hopes and fears in your own time. Before the pharmacology, do the psychology. – Keanu Reeves

All the dreams I dream are nightmares and those nightmares are the ones I live. – Keanu Reeves

The blues have always had some of the best times, best feelings I’ve ever had. – Keanu Reeves

You know what is a nice thought? Retirement. – Keanu Reeves

It’s hard to act in the morning. The muse isn’t even awake. – Keanu Reeves

The acting experience and the collaborating and creating the world, working on the piece, they’re the same joys. – Keanu Reeves

I guess I’m not really involving my imagination to that of a circumstance or happening – I’m just kind of acknowledging it as an existence. – Keanu Reeves

I guess living without love, without experiencing it or being able to give it is pretty strong punishment. – Keanu Reeves

You need to be happy to live, I don’t. – Keanu Reeves

The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way. – Keanu Reeves

It’s the journey of self, I guess. You start with this kind of loner, outside guy, which a lot of people can relate to, and he goes out into the world. – Keanu Reeves

When we talk about how movies used to be made, it was over 100 years of film, literal, physical film, with emulsion, that we would expose to light and we would get pictures. – Keanu Reeves

There’s nothing wrong with being gay, so to deny it is to make a judgment. – Keanu Reeves

Hallelujah! Amen! Christianity is so inherent in western storytelling, you can’t really get around it. But it wasn’t something that drew me to it more or less. – Keanu Reeves

Anything where there’s great enthusiasm, and a place to come share what you think is cool. – Keanu Reeves

I loved the material when I first read it, and the experience of making the film was a great one. So when we came around to complete the trilogy, I just signed on board without even reading the scripts because the experience of the first film was so good. – Keanu Reeves

I like writing songs. I like the camaraderie of the and. I like touring. I love playing bass. And then there’s free beer. – Keanu Reeves

The anti-hero or hero usually has a journey or quest, so they are interesting as you find out what’s going to happen, what they are looking for. What are they trying to do? Sometimes what they do is heroic or comes with a price or sacrifice or maybe the way they do things isn’t so great and that’s when they become anti-heroes. But the journey of an anti-hero combined with a good story done well is always worthwhile. – Keanu Reeves

John Wick does different techniques. Everything is available to him. There isn’t one way of working a weapon. I like the reload with the flick going outside. That movement of getting rid of the magazine is to go sideways with it. – Keanu Reeves

I mean really wonderful. In teaching. Personal epiphanies. About life. About different perspectives-help with different perspectives that you have. You know what I mean? Relationships to nature. Relationships with the self. With other people. With events. – Keanu Reeves

I’ve been really fortunate to be able to do different kinds of films in different scales, different genres, different kinds of roles, and that is important to me. – Keanu Reeves

In my quiet, I was working something out. – Keanu Reeves

I was hopeless at high school – I failed everything but Latin. – Keanu Reeves

The truth is often terrifying, which I think is one of the motifs of Larry and Andrew’s cinema. The cost of knowledge is an important theme. In the second and third films, they explore the consequences of Neo’s choice to know the truth. It’s a beautiful, beautiful story. – Keanu Reeves

Letters are something from you. It’s a different kind of intention than writing an e-mail. – Keanu Reeves

I hope I don’t become just an animation [with a digital film]. – Keanu Reeves

I don’t know if that’s philosophy or if that’s something else, but to me it [digital filming] has an emotional feeling, that this materiality, the loss of the materiality. – Keanu Reeves

Because we’re actors we can pretend and fake it, but I’d rather the intimate investment was authentic. – Keanu Reeves

Violence within the context of policing has a sense of control and power to it, whether it is dominance, getting what you want, or acting out of emotion. At the same time, it is not ultimately satisfying and [you are] trapped in the cycle. – Keanu Reeves

Sure I believe in God and the Devil, but they don’t have to have pitchforks and a long white beard. – Keanu Reeves

Luxury is the opportunity to experience quality, be it a place, a person or an object. – Keanu Reeves

One interview would lead us to another interview, which led us to another interview. We had the questions and the idea of chonicling this moment in time. But we didn’t have a movie, per se. As we started interviewing people, it started to kind of define itself. – Keanu Reeves

I cried over beauty, I cried over pain, and the other time I cried because I felt nothing. I can’t help it. I’m just a cliché of myself. – Keanu Reeves

Tattoos are interesting, but at the same time they are also a mask – you are exhibiting your past life on your body. – Keanu Reeves

Fame is drag. The paparazzi culture is more pervasive than it used to be. On the positive side, it’s nice not to have to worry about bills. – Keanu Reeves

I believe in love at first sight. You want that connection, and then you want some problems. – Keanu Reeves

I attempt to connect with my muse and go on demon rides. – Keanu Reeves

Money buys you the freedom to live your life the way you want. – Keanu Reeves

You’re playing and you think everything is going fine. Then one thing goes wrong. And then another. And another. You try to fight back, but the harder you fight, the deeper you sink. Until you can’t move… you can’t breathe… because you’re in over your head. Like quicksand. – Keanu Reeves

We are the sum of who we are. We pick certain things at certain moments that influenced us. – Keanu Reeves

Here comes 40. I’m feeling my age and I’ve ordered the Ferrari. I’m going to get the whole mid-life crisis package. – Keanu Reeves

If we’re talking about the science fiction or action genres, I’ve always tried when I could to do them in a way that’s not just cookie-cutter – that they bring something fresh or original to it, have some kind of ideas to it. I’ve been fortunate, in some sense, to do those kinds of movies that are unique. – Keanu Reeves

Violence is sometimes a very practical solution, but I don’t think it is the ultimate solution. Owning a gun is not OK for me. But I could argue both sides. Why shouldn’t people own them? I’m not fundamentally against citizens having access to a weapon but I think it has complications. It’s probably not the wisest idea. Obviously, it has consequences. Personally, I do not own a weapon. – Keanu Reeves

I do think there must be some kind of interaction between your living life and the life that goes on from here. – Keanu Reeves

Energy can’t be created or destroyed, and energy flows. It must be in a direction, with some kind of internal, emotive, spiritual direction. It must have some effect somewhere. – Keanu Reeves

I wish I could say something classy and inspirational, but that just wouldn’t be our style. … Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory… lasts forever. – Keanu Reeves

The inspiration really comes first from the character and the story. That vision of what the story is, and what the character is, the world that they inhabit and what the story wants to tell. That’s really what inspires me. – Keanu Reeves

But, you know, it’s still a drag to get your picture taken when you’re eating a sandwich. It’s a downer. – Keanu Reeves

I try not to think about my life. I have no life. I need therapy. – Keanu Reeves

The recognition of the law of the cause and effect, also known as karma, is a fundamental key to understand how you’ve created your world, with actions of your body, speech and mind. When you truly understand karma, then you realize you are responsible for everything in your life. It is incredibly empowering to know that your future is in your hands. – Keanu Reeves

When the people you love are gone, you’re alone. – Keanu Reeves

Life and art had a nice parallel, in the sense of coming together as strangers who are separate in prison who need to work together, getting to know each other. – Keanu Reeves

Eventually, it came to this place like, I’d like to direct, but I need to find the story to tell. Man of Tai Chi became the story to tell. – Keanu Reeves

Positive energy brings good feelings, and dark energy often means harm. But the destruction in dark energy is also a subtle aspect of construction, like how even forest fires have their benefits. Sometimes enemies are our best teachers, people can learn from their mistakes, destruction sometimes means rebirth. – Keanu Reeves

Money doesn’t mean anything to me. I’ve made a lot of money, but I want to enjoy life and not stress myself building my bank account. I give lots away and live simply, mostly out of a suitcase in hotels. We all know that good health is much more important. – Keanu Reeves

Our dreams can teach us, instruct us, confuse us… sometimes I think they look to be considered. And in terms of like, they are an opportunity and I think they most certainly could be utilized to focus, to try and achieve – whether it’s looking for someone, or influencing us, or inspiring us. – Keanu Reeves

You want to play another kind of character in another genre, and it’s been something I’ve been trying to do if I can in the career so far, and it’s something I hope to continue because it’s interesting to me and you get to do different things as an actor. – Keanu Reeves

I always felt a bit alone and isolated from other people…I did a lot of pretending as a child. It was my way of coping with the fact that I didn’t feel like I fit in. – Keanu Reeves

I’m sorry my existence is not very noble or sublime. – Keanu Reeves

So many people have that relationship. The companionship. The connection. To our – to other beings, our pets. I hate to call them pets. But you know, to other creatures that we share our lives with. – Keanu Reeves

What would happen if you melted? You know, you never really hear this talked about much, but spontaneous combustion? It exists!… [people] burn from within… sometimes they’ll be in a wooden chair and the chair won’t burn, but there’ll be nothing left of the person. Except sometimes his teeth. Or the heart. No one speaks about this, but it’s for real. – Keanu Reeves

I am waiting for the right story to tell. Just like ‘Man of Tai Chi’ just seemed to be the right story to tell. So, I’m looking for that. Because I really love directing. I love developing the story. I love actors. I love the cinema of it, the way that you tell a story visually. – Keanu Reeves

‘Speed’ and ‘Point Break’ were a lot of running and jumping, and then ‘The Matrix Trilogy’ had a lot of fights and wire work and green screen elements. – Keanu Reeves

It carried quite a wallop. I have all the classic symptoms. Reflection. Where am I now? Where have I come from? What’s important? Dealing with the moment of a different kind of feeling for mortality. Shifting of the body. Contextualizing or reevaluating behaviors and values. All those kinds of things. – Keanu Reeves

I don’t know the law, the kind of law of quantity and quality, but I think the opportunity of people being able to express themselves and to have the means of production is a great thing. It’s also changing how we’re telling stories. – Keanu Reeves

You have to change your life if you’re not happy and wake up if things aren’t going the way you want. – Keanu Reeves

I am not handsome or sexy. Of course, it’s not like I am hopeless. – Keanu Reeves

Kissing someone is pretty intimate, actually very intimate, and your heart always kind of skips a beat before you do that. – Keanu Reeves

I have a producing partner named Stephen Hamel, and we’ve been trying to generate material. – Keanu Reeves

Artists are losing the choice to use film. People have a love for it – the grain, how it feels, the texture. – Keanu Reeves

When I work on a film, you know, I try to get or inhabit the body of the character -from the vision of the directors or how I think the character should be – so if it’s a film like SPEED, you hit the gym, you get to do some, train with SWAT People, hehe, but in general, I’m really focused and dedicated, and then in regular life, I don’t go to the gym as often. – Keanu Reeves

I think the form, the Hollywood movie, I think the quality is obviously always going to be there and I think that the question of taste, there’s always a question of taste. – Keanu Reeves

I think – I don’t know, maybe it’s nostalgia. But the choice, losing the choice to be able to use film is going to be – it’s gone. It’s going to be gone. – Keanu Reeves

Grief changes shape, but it never ends. People have a misconception that you can deal with it and say, ‘It’s gone, and I’m better.’ They’re wrong. – Keanu Reeves

I’m a meathead, man. You’ve got smart people, and you’ve got dumb people. I just happen to be dumb. – Keanu Reeves

I’m not a photographer, so I didn’t get into F-stops or ND filters or background, foreground, cross-light, all that stuff. But I was interested in the camera and the lenses. That’s the world that I’m moving in, in terms of acting and giving a performance. – Keanu Reeves

Art is about trying to find the good in people and making the world a more compassionate place. – Keanu Reeves

The whole aspect of cinema and film festivals should be a moment to come together and celebrate art and humanity. It would be a shame if there was such a divide. – Keanu Reeves

I was always interested – I mean, it’s kind of part of your job – I was always interested in the camera. – Keanu Reeves

Sometimes when you make a film you can go away for three months and then come back and live your life. But this struck a much deeper chord. I don’t have the ability yet to speak about it in an objective. – Keanu Reeves

People were saying that David Geffen and I had gotten married and it just blew me away. Not that they thought I was gay, but that they thought I could land a guy that hot. – Keanu Reeves

I don’t know any real jiu-jitsu or judo or anything. I do movie kung fu. With that, you can fake a punch, but you can’t really fake a judo throw. You can get help from the person who you’re throwing because they can kind of launch themselves. – Keanu Reeves

And of course, to work with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, and work with a wonderful, beautiful script directed by Nancy Meyers, it was really for me a dream come true. – Keanu Reeves

When I don’t feel free and can’t do what I want I just react. I go against it. – Keanu Reeves

It’s always wonderful to get to know women, with the mystery and the joy and the depth. If you can make a woman laugh, you’re seeing the most beautiful thing on God’s Earth. – Keanu Reeves

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