125+ Best Sylvester Stallone Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Sylvester Enzio Stallone is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. Profoundly inspirational Sylvester Stallone 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 Sylvester Stallone Quotes

If you’re willing to take the humiliation of sticking your head above the crowd, maybe it’s, you know, the pleasure will be worth the pain. – Sylvester Stallone

Usually whenever you’re scared of something, do it. If you’re not afraid of it, don’t do it. – Sylvester Stallone

We’re all expendable. We think the world’s going to stop when a pope dies, or a king. And then… life goes on. – Sylvester Stallone

Boxing is sort of an inevitability. We know they are going to be pounding each other. – Sylvester Stallone

You know what I think happened? After ‘Rocky,’ I was almost set up in the eyes of the media to make a flop. – Sylvester Stallone

When I tried to branch out into comedy, I didn’t do very well at it, so I went back to doing what I do naturally well, or what the audience expects from me – action pictures. – Sylvester Stallone

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. – Sylvester Stallone

There’ll never be a ‘Rocky IV.’ You gotta call a halt. – Sylvester Stallone

A lot of guys have muscles. A lot of strong men in this world. I think it’s important to show that even under all this strength there’s a fragile side, a side that can be affected. – Sylvester Stallone

You know you’ve been around when they start to remake your own movies when you’re still alive. – Sylvester Stallone

Life’s not about how hard of a hit you can give… it’s about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward. – Sylvester Stallone

We do two things in life: We race the clock and everything is a struggle. One way or not, it’s a metaphorical battle all of the time. – Sylvester Stallone

Going in one more round when you don’t think you can – that’s what makes all the difference in your life. – Sylvester Stallone

When I tried to play characters that strayed from who I am it ended in disaster. People didn’t expect me in comedies or musicals. – Sylvester Stallone

I want to turn my attention to movies about love relationships. Exploring the female psyche – there ought to be some interesting discoveries there. Love stories. If you do it right, people want to hear romantic dialog. – Sylvester Stallone

I abused my body so much throughout my career that I am literally held together by glue. The stuff I took thickens the bones and reinforces the tendons. – Sylvester Stallone

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. – Sylvester Stallone

I love being so tight on people in close-ups that the veins in their eyes look like the Mississippi River. – Sylvester Stallone

I think I came along at an opportune time. I don’t know if that would happen anymore, because the whole way of doing business in Hollywood has changed. – Sylvester Stallone

I really am a manifestation of my own fantasy. – Sylvester Stallone

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. – Sylvester Stallone

I’m perceived to be this solitary character, but nothing could be further from the truth. – Sylvester Stallone

I think audiences have hit the wall with CGI and special effects. They have seen so many over-the-top events that they can’t suspend disbelief. – Sylvester Stallone

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. – Sylvester Stallone

Certain characters, mostly heroes, have to be the straight silent type; that is part of the make-up. – Sylvester Stallone

I try to eliminate as much dialogue as possible, and I guess Rambo is my really best experiment with how to eliminate dialogue. – Sylvester Stallone

The only happy artist is a dead artist, because only then you can’t change. After I die, I’ll probably come back as a paintbrush. – Sylvester Stallone

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. – Sylvester Stallone

I made some truly awful movies. ‘Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot’ was the worst. If you ever want someone to confess to murder just make him or her sit through that film. They will confess to anything after 15 minutes. – Sylvester Stallone

The world meets nobody halfway. When you want something, you gotta take it. – Sylvester Stallone

I try to combine in my paintings cinematic feeling, emotional feeling, and sometimes actually writing on the page to combine all the different elements of communication. – Sylvester Stallone

Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that! – Sylvester Stallone

I think kids growing up, if they were picked on and feeling inferior at 12, they’re going to feel that way at 72. You just deal with it better. I’m serious. – Sylvester Stallone

If you don’t have a mountain, build one and then climb it. And after you climb it, build another one; otherwise you start to flatline in your life. – Sylvester Stallone

I tell people diets don’t work. And I don’t care what they say. I have tried them all. – Sylvester Stallone

Without love, loyalty, desires, passion, courage, dignities, faith, beliefs and all the other ingredients that go into making the human soul something so elevated that only God knows its limits, we are only shells bobbing aimlessly in a calm sea of mediocrity. …And if you can figure that out, please write and explain it to me because you’re a better man than I am. – Sylvester Stallone

Painting is as close as a person can get to actually capturing the heat of the moment. – Sylvester Stallone

There’s a natural law of karma that vindictive people, who go out of their way to hurt others, will end up broke and alone. – Sylvester Stallone

I don’t fall into the physical manifestation of a man of letters. So I guess people assume the scripts are delivered to me under the door. – Sylvester Stallone

Time is truly the great enemy. It’s not the great healer, it’s the great stealer. – Sylvester Stallone

When I’m on a location, I pick a restaurant that’s close and private and eat all my meals there. – Sylvester Stallone

Boxing is a great exercise … as long as you can yell cut whenever you want to. – Sylvester Stallone

Your spiritual sense will make you either a winner or a loser. – Sylvester Stallone

All young men want to prove themselves. – Sylvester Stallone

Everybody has anger or regret in them one way or another. They all try different things to get it out. Some people go to psychiatrists. Some paint pictures. Some people talk it out. – Sylvester Stallone

Polo is like tennis – you literally have to live it. – Sylvester Stallone

I know people get upset and go, ‘They’re going to take away the assault weapon’. But who needs an assault weapon? Like, really, unless you’re carrying out an assault. – Sylvester Stallone

When people meet me they’re often surprised. I talk a great deal. – Sylvester Stallone

Don’t be gullible, use life before it uses you. Understand there are no free lunches, and for every action you take, there’s a reaction. – Sylvester Stallone

Nothing is real if you don’t believe in who you are! – Sylvester Stallone

I do believe that American should deal from strength. – Sylvester Stallone

Every morning, I crawl out of bed. I sit there and think, ‘Do I really need this?’ And I drag myself to the gym in my garage. It’s not fun. I hate it. I work out alone. Weights. – Sylvester Stallone

I really have very little aspirations about acting because I think that probably the best things have come and gone. I would like to focus on writing and directing. I love writing and directing even though writing can be incredibly painful and lonely. I get great satisfaction from doing it. – Sylvester Stallone

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. – Sylvester Stallone

I think I’m a much better painter than an actor. – Sylvester Stallone

I wish I had thought of Velcro muscles myself. I didn’t have to go to the gym for all those years, all the hours wedded to the iron game, as we call it. – Sylvester Stallone

In Philadelphia, there’s no delineation, they address me as Rocky, for real. They’ll say things like: Rocky, do you like this coat? Or: Rock, say hi to my sister. Or: Yo Rock, I know a great restaurant. There’s no Sylvester. Even the Mayor goes: It’s good to have Rocky here today. – Sylvester Stallone

Nothing’s harder than writing. There’s no comparison. With directing, you can bounce a lot of ideas around. There’s tremendous support – you’ve got editors and sound mixers. With writing, it’s all you, and it’s just crippling when people tear up your pages. – Sylvester Stallone

I just fight in my movies, never in real life. – Sylvester Stallone

People asked if I could have played the Terminator. Are you kidding? Not a chance, I never could have played the Terminator. – Sylvester Stallone

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. – Sylvester Stallone

If you think people are inherently good, you get rid of the police for 24 hours – see what happens. – Sylvester Stallone

That’s the hardest thing about doing sequels – you’ve lost the element of surprise. – Sylvester Stallone

I have all kinds of chest injuries; I tore my vein during ‘Rocky II’ and had 60 stitches. If you’ve seen ‘Rocky Balboa,’ you’ll know how bad they look. – Sylvester Stallone

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. – Sylvester Stallone

I take rejection as someone blowing a bugle in my ear to wake me up and get going, rather than retreat. – Sylvester Stallone

I’m not just painting for painting’s sake. I want to be truthful. – Sylvester Stallone

I think I’d like to be remembered as someone who beat the odds through just plain determination. … that I persevered. Because I think that being somewhat of a pest to life, constantly plaguing and pursuing, will bring results. – Sylvester Stallone

In the movies, I kill guys with an axe. In real life, I can’t control a nine-year-old girl. – Sylvester Stallone

You have to be really loyal to the people that supported you when you were coming up. – Sylvester Stallone

I could start a war in 30 seconds. But some countries spend 100 years trying to find peace. Just like good manners, peace has to be learned. – Sylvester Stallone

When you’re pushed killing is as easy as breathing. – Sylvester Stallone

I keep trying to tell people. I said, at 40, 45, you’re at that crossroads. You really are there. And it’s not like you can have gain without pain, but this is it. The days are – like when I wrote this whole thing about, in the beginning of my first magazine. I said, If you live to be 75 years old, that’s 3,900 weekends. That’s it. – Sylvester Stallone

The man who can best gets along with women, is the man who can get along without them. – Sylvester Stallone

I thought I had reached a point in life where everything would be smooth. But it is not. It just gets more jagged and pitted and filled with turns that take you into the dark recesses of your mind. It never seems to get easy. – Sylvester Stallone

You’re a disease. And I’m the cure. – Sylvester Stallone

The action movies changed radically when it became possible to Velcro your muscles on. It was the beginning of a new era. The visual took over. The special effects became more important than the single person. That was the beginning of the end. – Sylvester Stallone

Gangster is the truest friend I can ever ask for. – Sylvester Stallone

Dreams cost nothing. They are free. The hard part is just keeping them going. – Sylvester Stallone

Action is always seen as the bottom rung of thespian endeavour, that’s just the way it is. – Sylvester Stallone

No one will hit you harder than life itself. It doesn’t matter how hard you hit back. It’s about how much you can take, and keep fighting, how much you can suffer and keep moving forward. That’s how you win. – Sylvester Stallone

I think there’s a kind of built-in arrogance to anyone who considers themself an artist. They want to feel as though like they can run the whole spectrum. I can do it all. I can do minimalism, and I can do classical art. Well, that’s not true. – Sylvester Stallone

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. – Sylvester Stallone

I’m more focused and have a greater sense of challenge, because I constantly feel the weight of time. – Sylvester Stallone

I’m a big believer that, in life, we can’t succeed in everything. Most times, we lose. – Sylvester Stallone

A lot of guys don’t want to admit that they have a propensity for generosity and for violence. – Sylvester Stallone

Consider the source…Don’t be a fool by listening to a fool. – Sylvester Stallone

I have tons of regrets, but I think that’s one of the reasons that push people to create things. Out of their angst, their regret, comes the best from artists, painters and writers. – Sylvester Stallone

When you’re on top and you lead the parade, everyone’s there throwing lilies and lilac water on your head. But when those parades have gone by and there’s a storm in your heart, there are very few people that are going to sit there and listen to you bemoan life. – Sylvester Stallone

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. – Sylvester Stallone

Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up. – Sylvester Stallone

People assume that ‘The Expendables’ is old school, but it’s only old school because that’s the way I know how to make an action film. It’s pretty real. – Sylvester Stallone

Without the church it’s like having a boat without the rudder. You think you can do it on your own and this may sound pedestrian or trite but I’ll equate it to this: all my life I’ve been involved with exercise but no matter how much – and I know a great deal about the body – you need help. You need a trainer. You need to go to a gym and you need to have the expertise and the guidance of someone else. You cannot train yourself. I feel the same way about Christianity and what the church is. The church is the gym of the soul. – Sylvester Stallone

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. – Sylvester Stallone

I have great expectations for the future, because the past was highly overrated. – Sylvester Stallone

Back there I could fly a gunship, I could drive a tank, I was in charge of million dollar equipment, back here I can’t even hold a job PARKING CARS! – Sylvester Stallone

When I was in junior high school, the teachers voted me the student most likely to end up in the electric chair. – Sylvester Stallone

When I was a kid, my mother used to feed me mashed-potato sandwiches, brussel sprout sandwiches; my brain cells were starving from lack of food. I’ll eat anything. I’ll eat dirt. – Sylvester Stallone

If you express yourself too much, you’re considered weak. – Sylvester Stallone

I learned the real meaning of love. Love is absolute loyalty. People fade, looks fade, but loyalty never fades. You can depend so much on certain people, you can set your watch by them. And that’s love, even if it doesn’t seem very exciting. – Sylvester Stallone

If you’re gonna be a failure, at least be one at something you enjoy. – Sylvester Stallone

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. – Sylvester Stallone

I tend to think of action movies as exuberant morality plays in which good triumphs over evil. – Sylvester Stallone

It took me a long time to be convinced that marriage was right for me because I’ve come from a long line of broken marriages. My parents divorced, and I had two broken marriages myself. – Sylvester Stallone

Today’s action hero, his skills are through technology. He can fly, he can throw a bolt of lightning, he can freeze people. – Sylvester Stallone

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.’ – Sylvester Stallone

I’d rather do something I love badly than to feel bad about not doing something I love. – Sylvester Stallone

I’m not right wing, I’m not left wing. I love my country. – Sylvester Stallone

I have a fear of heights that borders on mania. – Sylvester Stallone

I wanted to show I had balls at age 60. – Sylvester Stallone

Sometimes I write with music on, and if I’m in a good flow, I don’t even hear it. – Sylvester Stallone

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. That’s where you set your goal. – Sylvester Stallone

Early on everyone should do, every time they do a big film, they should do a little film. It really does keep you grounded. – Sylvester Stallone

The character of Rocky was built on the idea that he was chosen to do something. That’s why the first image in Rocky is the picture of Christ. – Sylvester Stallone

The more I go to church and the more I turn myself over to the process of believing in Jesus and listening to His Word and having Him guide my hand, I feel as though the pressure is off me now. – Sylvester Stallone

Testosterone to me is so important for a sense of well-being when you get older. – Sylvester Stallone

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. – Sylvester Stallone

Don’t discuss your dreams. Pursue them! – Sylvester Stallone

I was on cruise control from ’85 to ’95, and it was my fault. There were a lot of self-inflicted wounds, when I was not doing any original material. I wasn’t directing. I wasn’t writing. That’s not who I am. – Sylvester Stallone

Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! – Sylvester Stallone

If you look at people that have survived crashing in the mountains and lived up in the snow for 40 days – it’s possible to do extraordinary feats. – Sylvester Stallone

The way to be successful in Hollywood is to be as obnoxious as the next guy. – Sylvester Stallone

It would be great to be able to pass on to someone all of the successes, the failures, and the knowledge that one has had. To help someone, avoid all the fire, pain and anxiety would be wonderful. – Sylvester Stallone

Most action is based on redemption and revenge, and that’s a formula. Moby Dick was formula. It’s how you get to the conclusion that makes it interesting. – Sylvester Stallone

The older I get the more things I gotta leave behind. – Sylvester Stallone

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