53 Emblematic Quotes by Robert Downey Jr.

Every Robert Downey Jr. quote feels like fresh air. Not because we are hardcore fans that like anything about him, but rather because every single word comes with years of wisdom. 

If you stop for a minute and read some of them, you will find inspiration in every part of them. Addiction, money, future, self-love; the topics are endless, and the way he approaches them is unique. 

More than quotes we can take from a film, we prefer to focus on those said by the person, not the actor alone. Thus, the ones we compiled this time will be a direct connection with the big star. 

Just keep your mind open and take the time to consider these great quotes part of new things to learn and inspire yourself. 

  • “Job one is to get out of that cave. A lot of people do get out but don’t change.”
  • “I’m not afraid of total failure because I don’t think that will happen. I’m not afraid of success because that beats the hell out of failure.”
  • “Discipline for me is about respect. It’s not even about self-respect; it’s about respect for life and all it offers.”
  • “Sometimes, you just gotta be drop-kicked out of the nest.”
  • “I always think part of success is being able to replicate results.”
  • “Nothing will serve you better than a strong work ethic. Nothing!”
  • “People never change because they are under threat or under duress. Never. They change because they see something that makes their life seem valuable enough to start moving toward a life worth living.”

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  • “Worrying is like praying for something that you don’t want to happen.”
  • “I think it’s good to be confident. If I’m not on my team, why should anybody else be?”
  • “There is unpanned gold in every soul you run into, no matter what walk of life they are from.”
  • “You have to let go of the things that are darling to you. You have to take the focus off yourself and put it on the shape of the scene and the intention of what everyone else needs.”
  • “Sometimes you gotta run before you can walk.”
  • “I am in the continual process of transcending fear.”
  • “Life is just so painful and messy and hard and worth it and all that stuff.”
  • “There’s somewhere you’re supposed to go, and if you get quiet enough, you’ll make it.”
  • “I think you end up doing the stuff you were supposed to do at the time you were supposed to do it.”
  • “Whenever I watch someone doing something, even if it doesn’t turn out so great, I at least admire their intentions.”
  • “Nothing’s a break for me. Not even the breaks are breaks.”
  • “One must always be mindful.”
  • “Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever you were gonna do anyway.”
  • “I have a sense of destiny that you are led to the things you are supposed to do.”

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  • “You need to know what to do when the sun is not shining.”
  • “People rise out of the ashes because, at some point, they are invested with a belief in the possibility of triumph over seemingly impossible odds.”
  • “I’m not weird. I’m adorably eccentric.”
  • “I take some pride in…representing myself exactly how I would like to have my son remember me to his son.”
  • “Sometimes I wish I was a llama.”
  • “I know very little about acting. I’m just an incredibly gifted faker.”
  • “People never change because they are under threat or under duress. Never. They change because they see something that makes their life seem valuable enough to start moving toward a life worth living.”
  • “Remember that just because you hit bottom doesn’t mean you have to stay there.”
  • “When you have a good script, you’re almost in more trouble than when you have a terrible script.”
  • “There are some parents who have really done it right and told their kid, ‘You know, we have this dough, none of this is for you. You have to get your own.’”
  • “The higher the stakes, the happier I am, the better I will be.”

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  • “All these years, my favorite thing to do in life was to be laughing until the tears well up. Now I’ve found that humor is something as valuable as an Aqua-Lung to divers.”
  • “I want to give myself the freedom not to have to be projecting my whole life ahead.”
  • “I’ve always felt like an outsider in this industry. Because I’m so insane, I guess.”
  • “To me, friendship means loving tolerance.”
  • “Remember that just because you hit bottom doesn’t mean you have to stay there.”
  • “I think that we all do heroic things, but hero is not a noun; it’s a verb.”
  • “I don’t need an Iron Man suit. I’m already a weapon of mass seduction.”
  • “I’m coming from a place of total strength and humility now.”
  • “I know who I am.”
  • “I used to be so convinced that happiness was the goal, yet all those years I was chasing after it, I was unhappy in the pursuit. Maybe the goal really should be a life that values honor, duty, good work, friends, and family.”
  • “I need a lot of support… Life is really hard, and I don’t see some active benevolent force out there. I see it as basically a really cool survival game. You get on the right side of the tracks, and you now are actually working with what some people would call magic.”

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  • “If you’re doing a drama that has some comedic elements, you can’t forget that it’s primarily a very serious film that has some light relief.”
  • “Tofu is the root of all evil, and there’s only one thing that can change a man’s mind, and that’s a modified Uzi with an extra-long clip.”
  • “You can’t go from a $2,000-a-night suite at La Mirage to a penitentiary and really understand it and come out a liberal.”
  • “Smoking dope and smoking coke, you are rendered defenseless. The only way out of that hopeless state is intervention.”
  • “I don’t think I’m in any position to give anybody advice about anything.”
  • “[Addiction’s] not about placating the bad dog – it’s about feeding the good dog. You still have to feed the bad dog, but only enough so that the ASPCA doesn’t bring you up on charges.”
  • “McDonald’s being the official restaurant of the Olympics is like smoking being the official medicine of cancer.”
  • “I didn’t have an identity. It was manufactured. My identity now? It was written on the wall by ancient forces.”

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  • “I’m not a poster boy for good behavior and recovery in Hollywood; I’m just a guy who knows he has a lot to be grateful for.”
  • “Pick a dysfunction, and it’s a family problem.”

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