64+ Best River Phoenix Quotes: Exclusive Selection

River Jude Phoenix was an American actor, musician, and activist. Phoenix grew up in an itinerant family, as older brother of Rain Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, Liberty Phoenix, and Summer Phoenix. He had no formal schooling, but showed an instinctive talent for the guitar. Profoundly inspirational River Phoenix quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

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Famous River Phoenix Quotes

After Stand By Me came out, people were telling me, ‘You’re so good,’ ‘You’re going to be a star,’ and things like that. You can’t think about it. If you take it the wrong way, you can really get high on yourself. People get so lost when that happens to them. They may think they have everything under control, but everything is really out of control. Their lives are totally in pieces. — River Phoenix

Run to the rescue with love/and peace will follow — River Phoenix

What I have got from my childhood aren’t toys, but memories. And happy memories are better than any toy. — River Phoenix

I don’t want to get so lost in thinking about me and talking about me all the time in interviews. It’s so nice to unwind and just look at other things and get out of yourself. It’s hard to detach myself from myself without neglecting myself. You know what I mean? I don’t want to get in to the habit of thinking about my career because when it comes down to it, it’s not really that important. I could die tomorrow and the world would go on. — River Phoenix

I don’t think I”m a very good actor. Everything is very tentative and at a certain point you click in and just feel the spirit move you. I can be possessed really well. — River Phoenix

I don’t want to get into the habit of thinking about my career because when it comes down to it, it’s not that important. I could die tomorrow and the world would go on. I don’t want to separate myself from the rest of the world. If the world is not going too good, I’m part of that. I’ll be happy to take the blame. I’m along for the ride. — River Phoenix

I’ve been around the movie business, so I can play it cool and all that, but when people are different they have that off thing about them. Their whole presence is just a little innocent, I think. — River Phoenix

Animals can’t really voice their opinion. We feel as though we can be on of the spokespeople on their behalf. — River Phoenix

I’d like to play every type of character, but only once. I like to expierence things. — River Phoenix

I sometimes lie, especially about personal things, because what does it matter? I am a kind of minute commodity. My name is no longer my own. I try to lie as much as I can when I’m interviewed. It’s reverse psychology. I figure if you lie, they’ll print the truth. — River Phoenix

I’m just a normal guy doing a job! — River Phoenix

I did my best work in The Mosquito Coast. I know it wasn’t such a big hit, but for me it was more meaningful than anything else I’d ever done. — River Phoenix

Music is a hobby, because I’m not making any money out of it, but I put just as much conviction into that as I do into my acting. — River Phoenix

I can’t on my own change the regime in South Africa or teach the Palestinians to learn to live with the Israelies, but I can start with me. — River Phoenix

People wonder if I’ll always be a part of this family and the answer is yes. My family has a lot of good energy going in one direction and because of it, we get a lot of things done. That’s why I’ll always spend a lot of time at Camp Phoenix. — River Phoenix

Animals are not our playthings. We are on this earth to protect them. It’s our duty. — River Phoenix

Music is a whole oasis in my head. The creation process is so personal and fulfilling. — River Phoenix

I project a definite innocence. A lot of that is just the way I grew up. — River Phoenix

I’ve learned that if you can’t get it all together to accomplish this thing called peace, you do at least your part in your life, because that’s where you can truly make an immediate difference. — River Phoenix

Everything is ironic to me. There are moments I find hysterical, but I’m probably the only one who would find that, except for a few people. — River Phoenix

Acting is like a Halloween mask that you put on. — River Phoenix

I’m really normal. I play football, go to the beach, drive. We have dogs. I can imagine people calling me a character, but I’m Joe Straight. — River Phoenix

Commercials were too phony for me. I just didn’t like selling products I didn’t believe in. — River Phoenix

I really like acting because you can create a character. You can make someone who has never existed before. That’s neat. — River Phoenix

Sometimes I wish I wasn’t as conscious as I am. It would be so much easier. — River Phoenix

Music is my main goal, but I’m not going to rush a record out. There are so many actors who have come out with albums these days. I don’t want to do it because it’s the thing to do. I want to wait until the time is right. — River Phoenix

I’ve always felt somewhat out of place with other kids my own age, said River. I was constantly reminded by people’s reaction to our names and our diet that we seemed weird to them. — River Phoenix

I told them I was tired of being in the magazines, and how they made it sound like I love them and want girls so badly to buy them. I’m also doing a photo shoot in a couple of weeks – good honest pictures. They’re going to print these pictures anyway, so they might as well be pictures of what I’m really like. — River Phoenix

Although I can’t stop all cruelty to living creatures on the planet, I can be kinder to every living creature in my life. — River Phoenix

When I was old enough to realize all meat was killed, I saw it as an irrational way of using our power, to take a weaker thing and mutilate it. It was like the way bullies would take control of younger kids in the schoolyard. — River Phoenix

We are taught to consume. And that’s what we do. But if we realized that there really is no reason to consume, that it’s just a mind set, that it’s just an addiction, then we wouldn’t be out there stepping on people’s hands climbing the corporate ladder of success. — River Phoenix

Rich kids gave us their old clothes. They were the best clothes we ever had. We were these very pure, naive, poor children. The rich kids called us a lot of names but it never bothered us because we didn’t know what the words meant. — River Phoenix

I try to lie as much as I can when I’m interviewed. It’s reverse psychology. I figure if you lie, they’ll print the truth. — River Phoenix

I remember we’d roll into gas stations in our beat-up van and I’d tell the attendant, ‘I’m going to be an actor! — River Phoenix

I would rather quit while I was ahead. There’s no need in overstaying your welcome. — River Phoenix

I’m a minor, stupid talent compared to my brother (Joaquin). — River Phoenix

I have twenty personalities on top of the ten I already have. So now I have thirty people in my head! — River Phoenix

We take these animals and completely violate who they are. We use them, abuse them, and deprive them all their lives…then we cut their throats, shred them and eat them! Morally, I’m against it, ethically, I can’t justify it, and ecologically, it’s just insane. The thought of meat-eating makes me shudder. As far as wearing fur is concerned, it is the rudest, most inconsiderate, selfish and sick façade I can imagine. — River Phoenix

When I was younger, I was worried about how others viewed me and if I was good enough. I realize now that you can’t mold an image or try to be something that you are not. As far as being an actor is concerned, your work really speaks for itself. — River Phoenix

I don’t need tightly exploitative. Suggesting that I would use this personal part of my life for a (expletive) movie … it kind of makes me sick. — River Phoenix

In simplicity there is truth. — River Phoenix

I have a lot of chameleon qualities, I get very absorbed in my surroundings. — River Phoenix

You feel the spirit move you. I can be possessed really well. — River Phoenix

I like girls who are natural because I am natural in everything I do. If I meet a girl who is snobby and wants special treatment, she’s not going to get it from me because she hasn’t earned it. But I’ve been basically lucky because I’ve mostly met nice girls-and that’s what attracts me. — River Phoenix

Addiction is not just for bad people or scumbags — it’s a universal disease. — River Phoenix

It’s a great feeling to think that I can be a friend to so many people through my movies. — River Phoenix

I don’t want to die in a car accident. When I die it’ll be a glorious day. It’ll probably be a waterfall. — River Phoenix

We’re all worth it, man. We’re all worth millions of planets and stars and galaxies and universes. — River Phoenix

Vegetarianism is a link to perfection and peace. But it’s a small link. There are lots of other issues: apartheid , vivisection, political prisoners, the arms race. There’s so much going on in this world today, so much ignorance among people. That’s not to say I’m not standing amongst everybody. But the point is, what can we do now? That’s the thing about vegetarianism; it’s an individual’s decision and it’s something you have control over. How many things do we really have control over? — River Phoenix

We need an extreme movement because what is happening to animals is so extreme. Some misinformed people claim that animal rights activists are terrorists, but these people are simply ignorant of who the real terrorists are – the companies and industries that torture literally billions of animals each year. — River Phoenix

I wouldn’t eat a hamburger for 40,000 dollars. — River Phoenix

It still strikes me as strange that anyone could have any moral objection to someone else’s sexuality. It’s like telling someone else how to clean their house. — River Phoenix

When I was in first grade, everyone made fun of my name, of course. I think it’s kind of a big name to hold up when you’re nine years old. It seemed goofy. I used to tell people I wanted to change the world and they used to think, ‘This kid’s really weird’. — River Phoenix

I’ve been wanting to go into music ever since I can remember. I mean even before I became an actor. I just thought it would be a tough field to break into, so I became an actor instead. — River Phoenix

People are constantly trying to make an image for you. Theyll dress you up and tell you to pose a certain way and take all these pictures... they want a certain image, so they create that. And unless youre spending a lot of time to create another image to counteract that image, theirs will win. So right now, Im kind of dealing with a lot of false ideas of what Im about. — River Phoenix

Biggest problem was I was terrible for commercials – I couldn’t smile on cue. — River Phoenix

Once you get into that street groove, the other side-the straight side-looks really scary. — River Phoenix

Life is multi-layered and there’s no way I could do my life justice in one pat answer. — River Phoenix

My life certainly hasn’t been ordinary: different is the word. It hasn’t always been stable – except in the important things which are love and security within the family. Whenever there were strains at home, we could always communicate. The rule was that the younger you were, the louder you were allowed to scream. As the eldest, I just talked. — River Phoenix

I would get songs sung to me, like ‘Old Man River, ‘or kids would call me Mississippi and things like that. At the time, I wished I had a name that blended in more with my surroundings. Now, though, I’ve really learned to love it. From fifteen, I really liked it. It felt appropriate. Before that, I don’t think it quite fitted me. I had to grow into it . — River Phoenix

I feel that there are great minds up there who would like to see what I can do with an Oscar nomination. I guess many people would change after a nomination in the way they see things. In my case it’s really irrelevant in terms of what I do. Still, it was an incredible experience which I will put in my memories, like everything else. — River Phoenix

I would never, never do anything unless I believed in it. — River Phoenix

It makes you realize drugs aren’t just done by bad guys and sleazebags; it’s a universal disease. — River Phoenix

We were constantly moving to different countries and adjusting to new things. It was such a free feeling. I’m glad I didn’t have a traditional upbringing. — River Phoenix