98+ Best Leonardo Dicaprio Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio is an American actor, producer, and environmentalist. He has often played unconventional parts, particularly in biopics and period films. Profoundly inspirational Leonardo Dicaprio quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

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Famous Leonardo Dicaprio Quotes

My first date was with a girl named Cessi. We’d had a beautiful relationship over the phone all summer long. Then she came home, and we met to go out for the first time to the movies. When I saw her I was petrified. I couldn’t even look her in the eye to talk to her. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I’ve never tried to reach a certain demographic of an audience or try to say: OK, now I’m going to do this type of film to transition myself into more adult roles. Or a romantic hero. Or whatever it may be. – Leonardo Dicaprio

When I was young, I used to have this thing where I wanted to see everything I used to think ‘How can I die without seeing every inch of this world?’ – Leonardo Dicaprio

At some point in your career, someone is going to tell you, this stove is hot. Do not touch this stove. And the weird thing is, you’ll want to touch it. But resist that urge, man. – Leonardo Dicaprio

To believe in love, to be ready to give up anything for it, to be willing to risk your life for it, is the ultimate tragedy. – Leonardo Dicaprio

It was closer to manual labor than shooting a film. I always think of something Michael Caton-Jones told me: ‘Pain is temporary. Film is forever.’ – Leonardo Dicaprio

I’m probably not going to get married unless I live with somebody for 10 or 20 years. But these people, Romeo and Juliet, took a chance and they did it. We don’t have the balls that Romeo did. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I like to prepare as much as possible beforehand, but there’s definitely that element of fear when you’re on set, and you have to be conscious of it and use that fear to drive you to work harder. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I think it’s a real danger, as an actor, when you try to make some statement through your career about what the business should be doing or ultimately what your image should be or how you want to be perceived. I look at every project that comes along and say, Is this something I can sink my teeth into and can do a good job on? That’s really how I choose roles. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I touched emotions I’ve never tapped in my entire life. I’ve heard people say, ‘I hope this movie doesn’t glamorize drugs. – Leonardo Dicaprio

The things that you did with parents, whether it was spending every Sunday morning with your dad and eating French toast and watching Popeye or decorating the Christmas tree with our mother – these are memories that help you be happy. – Leonardo Dicaprio

If I want to go to a party with a few male friends, it doesn’t mean I’m gay. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I’ve got this reputation for shooting one take which is a wonderful reputation to have but it’s hard to live up to. – Leonardo Dicaprio

A man’s legacy is determined by how the story ends. – Leonardo Dicaprio

As a little kid growing up in Hollywood, I was called ‘a little crazy’. And now I guess I’m still that way. – Leonardo Dicaprio

The Gatsby that I remember reading when I was 15 years old in junior high school was far different from the Gatsby I read as an adult. – Leonardo Dicaprio

If you can do what you do best and be happy, you’re further along in life than most people. – Leonardo Dicaprio

If we do not act together, we will surely perish. – Leonardo Dicaprio

It gets to the point where you’re hot, you’re hot, and when you’re not, you’re not. It’s so true. I have to slow down soon. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I just really love doing what I do. I know every career is fleeting and there will be time periods when I don’t get the opportunities that I’m getting right now, so I am taking advantage of them. – Leonardo Dicaprio

There is no element of genius without some form of madness. – Leonardo Dicaprio

The truth of the matter is this – I never look for films specifically, because ultimately if the fundamentals of the character and the script and the director aren’t there, it makes it a moot point. – Leonardo Dicaprio

Dark green is my favorite color. It’s the color of nature and the color of money and the color of moss! – Leonardo Dicaprio

Everywhere I go, somebody is staring at me. I don’t know if people are staring because they recognize me or because they think I’m a weirdo. – Leonardo Dicaprio

You have to enjoy life in the process. It may sound corny, but it’s true. At the end of the day, we can’t always achieve everything that we dream of but you do have to enjoy life in the process. – Leonardo Dicaprio

Most of the time I just keep to myself. I think like what it would be like to be… someone else. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I like girls who are intelligent, somewhat funny, and pretty with a nice personality. – Leonardo Dicaprio

Obviously, we suppress things, emotions, things during the day – thoughts that we obviously haven’t thought through enough, and in that state of sleep when our subconscious, or mind just sort of randomly fires off different surreal story structures, and when we wake up we should pay attention to these things. – Leonardo Dicaprio

Sometimes I wonder will God ever forgive us for what we’ve done to each other? Then I look around and I realize God left this place a long time ago. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I always wanted to be an actor and I’d never dreamt that not only would I be able to do this for a living, but also on top of that I’d be able to choose and steer the course of my own career. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I got everything I need right here with me. I got air in my lungs, a few blank sheets of paper. I mean, I love waking up in the morning not knowing what’s gonna happen or, who I’m gonna meet, where I’m gonna wind up. Just the other night I was sleeping under a bridge and now here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people. I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it. You don’t know what hand you’re gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you… to make each day count. – Leonardo Dicaprio

It’s very, very rare in this business [moviemaking] where a script lands on your lap ready to go. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I think actors make the mistake of finding their little niche in the business and once they try to do something a little darker, boom, they get slapped across the face for it, so they go back to what they did before. – Leonardo Dicaprio

People want you to be a crazy, out-of-control teen brat. They want you miserable, just like them. They don’t want heroes; what they want is to see you fall. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I think the environmental movement is the biggest people’s movement in the world. Unfortunately, our governments and corporations haven’t responded accordingly to protect our planet’s natural resources. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I’m not a big dreamer. I never have been. I remember fragments of my dream, and I try to take a traditional sort of approach to researching this project and doing preparation for it. – Leonardo Dicaprio

You can either be a vain movie star, or you can try to shed some light on different aspects of the human condition. – Leonardo Dicaprio

Right now, our mother — our mother — all of our mothers, Mother Earth is hurting. And she needs a generation of thoughtful, caring and active kids like all of you to protect her for the future. You can help us win the battle to clean up our air, our water, our land, to protect our forests, our oceans and our wildlife. – Leonardo Dicaprio

Being dubbed as a hunk sort of annoys me. It gives me a yucky feeling. – Leonardo Dicaprio

As far as my own dreams, I’m not a big dreamer, I think obviously we suppress things in life, emotions and thoughts, and we should wake up and look at that. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I think it’s much more interesting when people say, I love being famous. I love the attention and getting laid and having people I respect admire me, then when they pretend it hasn’t had an effect on them. – Leonardo Dicaprio

There’s some of Romeo’s romance in me… I romanticize a lot of things in my mind. – Leonardo Dicaprio

Love at first sight? I absolutely believe in it! You’ve got to keep the faith. Who doesn’t like the idea that you could see someone tomorrow and she could be the love of your life? It’s very romantic. – Leonardo Dicaprio

We must set an example now and move environmentalism from being the philosophy of a passionate minority … to a way of life that automatically integrates ecology into governmental policy and normal living standards. – Leonardo Dicaprio

Doing what we do [filming], you have to be your own critic and judge and adjudicate as to what you do and how it turned out. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I’m nothing like Romeo in real life. – Leonardo Dicaprio

My friends, this body – perhaps more than any other gathering in human history – now faces that difficult task. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I think people read the tabloids because they want to see you eating a burger, or out of your makeup or doing something stupid because they just want to see that you’re like everyone else. And that’s okay. I don’t want to catch myself anymore saying that my life is hard, because the good far outweighs the bad in my life. And it’s easier to focus on those things, on the things that are important. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I don’t see why I can’t have friends of both sexes without wild rumors being circulated. It’s crazy. – Leonardo Dicaprio

You see, I think negative emotions are always trumped by positive emotions. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I am not a scientist, but I don’t need to be. – Leonardo Dicaprio

A single idea from the human mind can build cities. An idea can transform the world and rewrite all the rules. – Leonardo Dicaprio

You do need parental guidance and I was in a great position with both my mum and dad. They split when I was a baby but even though I stayed with my mom they were both very much involved in my upbringing. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I’ve been planted here to be a vessel for acting… That’s why I’m really taking any part, regardless of how complicated it’s going to be. – Leonardo Dicaprio

Subconscious is motivated by emotion, right? Not reason. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I didn’t even know what I did in ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’. I just went off with whatever I felt instinctually without a second thought. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I lived in Hollywood and, ironically, I didn’t know you could just go out and get an agent and go on auditions and try and become an actor, I thought it was like a Masonic thing, like a blood line you had to belong to – until I was 13. Then I realized what you had to do. It is the one thing I know I want to do for the rest of my life. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I’m open to doing any kind of role and any kind of genre as long as it’s interesting and as long as I feel it could be a great character to play. I never take into my own personal opinions or my own public image into account when I chose movie roles. – Leonardo Dicaprio

Sometimes you’ve got to go to the wrong place just to show that you’re not afraid to go there. – Leonardo Dicaprio

Obviously, people don’t want other people to tell them how to think or what to believe, or to tell them what’s right politically and what’s wrong. – Leonardo Dicaprio

For the economy itself will die if our ecosystems collapse. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I cheated a lot, because I just couldn’t sit and do homework. I usually sat next to someone extremely smart. – Leonardo Dicaprio

We only get one planet. – Leonardo Dicaprio

My mother is a walking miracle. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I’m never really conscious of saying, I’m going to take on a specific role to combat a certain image in the public eye. I think that’s pretty manipulative and transparent to the public anyway. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I have learned from my experiences in this industry that there is absolutely no way to control people’s opinions on your performance in your movie. You go out there, promote your film and hope people like the work you did. – Leonardo Dicaprio

Drugs? Every one has a choice and I choose not to do drugs. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I suppose playing an older man is a way of preparing myself for getting older. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I grew up when I was 15 when I had my first opportunity in movies. I watched every great movie for a year and a half, and since then I’ve asked myself how I can emulate such artistry. That’s really my motivation. I want to do something as good as my heroes have done. – Leonardo Dicaprio

The role of Rimbaud is one of the most important roles to play for a young actor. – Leonardo Dicaprio

And now it’s your turn – the time to answer the greatest challenge of our existence on this planet is now. – Leonardo Dicaprio

Meryl Streep does things I would never have thought possible… Her presence on screen is outstanding. – Leonardo Dicaprio

My father, George, has also affected the choices in my life regarding films. I like films that take chances or say something different or experiment. Growing up with him, I was surrounded by different artists – not just actors or filmmakers but cartoonists, poets, writers. – Leonardo Dicaprio

It’s a weird feeling when people are defining you, and you haven’t even defined yourself. – Leonardo Dicaprio

Me, I still believe in paradise. But now at least I know its not some place you can look for because its not where you go. It’s how you feel for a moment in your life when you’re a part of something and if you find that moment, it lasts forever. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I was always the kid in school who tried to get attention, not necessarily the class clown, but I’d do little unexpected performances. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I remember when I first started having these interpretations of these images, these clichés of what movie stars are and this and that, and they’re egomaniacal pricks and tyrants, but in general, for the most part, they’re nice people to tell you the truth. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I’m still exploring in a lot of ways. I don’t know myself completely. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I will fly around the world doing good for the environment. – Leonardo Dicaprio

The more I’ve acted, I’ve realized that I have a) no control of and b) no way of really quite understanding how people react to anything I do, or any movie I do. – Leonardo Dicaprio

Climate change is severely impacting the health of our planet and all of its inhabitants, and we must transition to a clean energy economy that does not rely on fossil fuels. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I spent a long time in art school so I can really draw. I’ll doodle and suddenly I’ll find the beginning of the movie in one picture. Usually, I start my stuff on the telephone. Right by the telephone I’ve got a book of doodles. When I’m on the phone, I’ll be doing a drawing eventually. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I’ve been in the business since I was 16, so I’ve had a 14-year career. I’ve always had acting in my blood. Doing this, whatever it is, was something I was drawn to since my earliest memories. Ironically, I lived in Hollywood, but never understood that all it took was getting an agent and being persistent. – Leonardo Dicaprio

Yes, I can play younger than my age. But I can play characters older than I am, too. I’m not an actor who can just play the kid. – Leonardo Dicaprio

Dreams feel real while we’re in them. It’s only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I didn’t worry about what DeNiro thought… I went in, looked him in the eye, and got the part. I was confident, even though I’d never done anything like it before. Now I realise it was ignorant confidence-I had no idea. – Leonardo Dicaprio

When I can’t immediately define the character, and there’s an element of mystery to it and still a lot to be explored, that’s when I say yes. – Leonardo Dicaprio

What I would do in order to be popular was, I’d put myself on line and joke around and be funny, and I was always known as the crazy kid. – Leonardo Dicaprio

Like everything, personal relationships and all that stuff is sort of put on ice while you go off to your location for five or six months. So, do I feel more settled in my life and in my work? Absolutely, yeah. – Leonardo Dicaprio

You can make history, or you will be vilified by it. – Leonardo Dicaprio

One of my passions is to meet people and then imitate them. I love doing that. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I became an actor at a very young age, but I also had a deep respect for nature, and I think I was sort of a little biologist when I was younger. I watched documentaries on rainforest pollution and the loss of species and habitats for animals around the world. It affected me in a very hardcore, emotional way when I was younger. So, later in life I wanted to continue that path more and investigate and learn more about ecological issues. – Leonardo Dicaprio

You learn after you’ve been in the business for a while that it’s not getting your face recognized that’s the payoff. It’s having your film remembered. – Leonardo Dicaprio

As we progress into the twenty-first century, anyone who considers themselves a realist will have to make the environment a top priority. – Leonardo Dicaprio

It’s my first sort of commercial attempt, but it made sense for me because I’m not that kind of guy and I’m not going to continue to do that kind of movie. – Leonardo Dicaprio

We’ve been given this gift, our planet, and we’ve found no other place in the universe that we can inhabit. I want to do something to create radical change to help save it. It’s our responsibility. – Leonardo Dicaprio

It’s easy to be an expert if you’re the only one in the world with an interest. – Leonardo Dicaprio

I want to be the perfect child. I owe so much to my parents and the way I was brought up. – Leonardo Dicaprio