Robert De Niro quotes

Born
August 17, 1943, New York City, New York, U.S.

Occupation
Actor.

Robert De Niro is an American actor, producer, and director. De Niro’s first major film roles were in the sports drama Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) and Scorsese’s crime film Mean Streets (1973).

There’s nothing more ironic or contradictory than life itself.
– Robert De Niro
It’s important not to indicate. People don’t try to show their feelings, they try to hide them.
– Robert De Niro
I didn’t have a problem with rejection, because when you go into an audition, you’re rejected already. There are hundreds of other actors. You’re behind the eight ball when you go in there.
– Robert De Niro
The talent is in the choices.
– Robert De Niro
I’m lucky that I have whatever I had that makes me have a successful career, if you will.
– Robert De Niro
In acting, I always try to go back to what would actually be the real situation, the real human behavior in life.
– Robert De Niro
The hardest thing about being famous is that people are always nice to you.
– Robert De Niro
I think it’s important to have had at least a few years of obscurity, where people treat you like everybody else.
– Robert De Niro
I’m not a big football person at all.
– Robert De Niro
You’ll have time to rest when you’re dead.
– Robert De Niro
Italy has changed. But Rome is Rome.
– Robert De Niro
If it’s a very emotional scene, you’re kind of relieved when you’ve done it, kind of spent. And there are times when you can be rattled, certain characters if they’re hyper, that can carry over, the residue of that. But I try to leave it on the set.
– Robert De Niro
Time goes on. So whatever you’re going to do, do it. Do it now. Don’t wait.
– Robert De Niro
I always tell actors when they go in for an audition: Don’t be afraid to do what your instincts tell you. You may not get the part, but people will take notice.
– Robert De Niro
I think Hollywood has a class system. The actors are like the inmates, but the truth is they’re running the asylum.
– Robert De Niro
I have so much respect for directors. It’s a tremendous amount of pressure; you have to keep steadfast and keep what you know is right.
– Robert De Niro
I spent lunchtime in a grave during the filming of ‘Bloody Mama.’ When you’re younger, you feel that’s what you need to do to help you stay in character. When you get older, you become more confident and less intense about it – and you can achieve the same effect.
– Robert De Niro
I go to Paris, I go to London, I go to Rome, and I always say, ‘There’s no place like New York. It’s the most exciting city in the world now. That’s the way it is. That’s it.’
– Robert De Niro
Movies are hard work. The public doesn’t see that. The critics don’t see it. But they’re a lot of work. A lot of work.
– Robert De Niro
My definition of a good hotel is a place I’d stay at.
– Robert De Niro
My definition of a good hotel is a place I’d stay at.
– Robert De Niro
You learned the two greatest thing in life, never rat on your friends, and always keep your mouth shut.
– Robert De Niro
I always go back to how people behave. If you watch how people actually behave in a situation, it’s very simple and honest and contained. You don’t need to use as much expression, as much feeling. Some characters will boil over, and that’s another thing, but a lot of times I think you can just do very, very little.
– Robert De Niro
I’ve never been one of those actors who has touted myself as a fascinating human being. I had to decide early on whether I was to be an actor or a personality.
– Robert De Niro
I like to visit L.A., but I wouldn’t want to live there.
– Robert De Niro
I don’t like to watch my own movies – I fall asleep in my own movies.
– Robert De Niro
I love to find new people. It’s not for the sake of their being new; it’s because if you find someone who perfectly fits a part, that’s such a great thing.
– Robert De Niro
If it’s the right chair, it doesn’t take too long to get comfortable in it.
– Robert De Niro
There is a certain combination of anarchy and discipline in the way I work.
– Robert De Niro
I don’t get into these long-winded heavy discussions about character – do we do this or that or what. At the end of the day, what you gotta do is just go out there and do it.
– Robert De Niro
One of the things about acting is it allows you to live other people’s lives without having to pay the price.
– Robert De Niro
Money makes your life easier. If you’re lucky to have it, you’re lucky.
– Robert De Niro