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170 Leonardo DiCaprio Quotes on Dreaming Bigger

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1. “Be thankful for the hard times, for they have made you.”

2. “Kill them with success and bury them with a smile.”

3. “If you can do what you do best and be happy, you’re further along in life than most people.”

4. “Work until your bank account looks like a phone number.”

5. “Only you and you alone can change your situation. Don’t blame it on anything or anyone.”

6. “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.”

7. “Everybody has gone through something that has changed them in a way that they could never go back to the person they once were.”

8. “I’m not the kind of person who tries to be cool or trendy. I’m definitely an individual.”

9. “Raising awareness on the most pressing environmental issues of our time is more important than ever.”

10. “Brothers don’t necessarily have to say anything to each other—they can sit in a room and be together and just be completely comfortable with each other.”

11. “My mother is a walking miracle.”

12. “We are all shaped from memories we have as young people.”

13. “You can make history, or you will be vilified by it.”

14. “To join the top 1%, you have to do what the 99% won’t.”

15. “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.”

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16. “People will always judge you because they feel dissatisfied with their own life.”

17. “The good thing about acting is that it always keeps you on your toes. It’s not like any other job where you can go in and do the same thing as yesterday.”

18. “I’m 97% sure you don’t like me. But I’m 100% sure I don’t care.”

19. “I’m not a Facebook status. You don’t have to like me.”

20. “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.”

21. “Dreams feel real while we’re in them. It’s only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange.”

22. “Drugs? Everyone has a choice and I choose not to do drugs.”

23. “I just want to keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully people will watch my movies.”

24. “I’ve been very lucky to have achieved a lot of the things that I dreamt of achieving as a young man. But, at the end of the day—and I truly believe this—it is not about achieving great wealth or success. Because they don’t bring happiness, ultimately.”

25. “Considering all that’s happened in my life, I feel like I’m a pretty level headed person that has remained happy and not let my shortcomings overtake the better part of me. I’m fulfilling the things I wanted to fulfill, and I’m still sane.”

26. “I can remember getting rejected systematically by casting directors as a young kid. I felt like the biggest outsider there ever was. That I’d never belong in that club.”

27. “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.”

28. “I really don’t know what I’m doing. I don’t. It’s terrible. I go in there and I learn how to be like the character and do the best I can, and that’s all I really do.”

29. “I’m really moved by all the people on the internet demanding that I should win an Oscar. But to be honest, I only do this job because I love it, not to win prizes.”

30. “It’s incredibly vulnerable to be an actor and also get criticism at a young age when you’re formulating who you are. We’ve seen a lot of people fall victim to that, and it’s very unfortunate.”

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31. “Work until you no longer have to introduce yourself.”

32. “Pay close attention to people who don’t clap when you win.”

33. “Hard work beats talent every time.”

34. “If you don’t see yourself as a winner then you can not perform as a winner.”

35. “It’s easy to be an expert if you’re the only one in the world with an interest.”

36. “Three steps to success: set a goal, work like hell, stay consistent.”

37. “Cheers to the ones who doubted me.”

38. “Either I will find a way or I will create a way, but I will not create an excuse.”

39. “Everything comes to you at the right time. Be patient and trust the process.”

40. “I want you to back yourself into a corner. Give yourself no choice but to succeed. Let the consequences of failure become so dire and so unthinkable that you’ll have no choice but to do whatever it takes to succeed.”

41. “As soon as enough people give you enough compliments and you’re wielding more power than you’ve ever had in your life, it’s not that you become an arrogant little prick, or become rude to people. but you get a false sense of your own importance and what you’ve accomplished. You actually think you’ve altered the course of history.”

42. “My career should adapt to me. Fame is like a VIP pass wherever you want to go.”

43. “Pain is temporary. Film is forever.”

44. “Smile, nod, agree, and do whatever you were going to do anyway.”

45. “Thirty is a very good age for an actor—you can play both young and old men.”

46. “A winner is just a loser who tried one more time.” 

47. “Evaluate the people in your life. Then promote, demote, or terminate. You are the CEO of your life.”

48. “Sacrifice a few years of partying for decades of freedom.”

49. “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.”

50. “I believe, you know, as history unfolds, certain films will disappear, and certain ones will stand the test of time. And you never know which ones those are. And you’ve just got to go for the opportunities of films you think might be memorable.”

51. “I will succeed and nothing in this world is going to stop me.”

52. “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.”

53. “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.”

54. “My life has got to be like this.”

55. “Portraying emotionally ill characters gives me the chance to really act.” .

56. “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.”

57. “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.”

58. “I’ve changed. You can’t help it. Your mind starts working in a different way. You feel really scrutinized by people.”

59. “This created world really helped me as an actor. It heightened everything, which made it more dangerous, more interesting and more liberating.”

60. “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.”

61. “Enough is enough. The truth is our planet’s alarm is now going off and it’s time to wake up and take action.”

62. “Global warming is not only the number one environmental challenge we face today, but one of the most important issues facing all of humanity. We all have to do our part to raise awareness about global warming and the problems we as a people face in promoting a sustainable environmental future for our planet.”

63. “As a kid, I was going to be a marine biologist or an actor. When I became successful as an actor, I said, ‘Well, maybe I can lend a voice to this with an equal passion.’ You realize how lucky we are and how destructive we’ve been and what little regard we have for the natural world.”

64. “I will fly around the world doing good for the environment.”

65. “What I really wanted was to travel and see all the different animals that were on the verge of extinction.”

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

67. “As a young boy, I was obsessed with endangered species and the extinct species that men killed off. Biology was the subject in school that I was incredibly passionate about.”

68. “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.”

69. “I love being immersed in nature, going to places in the world that are pristine and untouched by man. It’s almost a religious experience when you go to a place like the Amazon, and there’s no civilization for thousands of miles.”

70. “I saw all the moral decay you could, beginning at 2 years old. But I also got to see how the other half lived.”

71. “I created my foundation as a result of that and my website, and I try to shed some light on some very topical issues right now. The idea is to try to get people to become obviously more knowledgeable about the issue and try to get corporations and individuals to contribute to these nonprofit organizations.”

72. “A wrong connection will give you shock throughout your life, but the right one will light up your life.”

73. “Fall in love with the person who enjoys your madness. Not an idiot who forces you to be normal.”

74. “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.”

75. “Anyone I’m with has to give me freedom. I like to be with someone who has character and style and someone who is very understanding.”

76. “I knew it was a great mistake for a man like me to fall in love.”

77. “I’ve never been Romeo who meets a girl and falls for her immediately. It’s been a much slower process for me each time I’ve gone into a relationship.”

78. “It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing all the hype that’s written about you. Who knows? In a couple of years, you might find me in the loony bin!”

79. “When you develop an infatuation for someone you always find a reason to believe that this is exactly the person for you”

80. “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.”

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

82. “The first kiss I had was the most disgusting thing in my life. The girl injected about a pound of saliva into my mouth, and when I walked away I had to spit it all out.”

83. “I’ve always been a slow starter. My first date was with a girl called Cessi. We had a beautiful relationship over the phone all summer, and then when we met, I couldn’t look her in the eye.”

84. “The best thing about acting is that I get to lose myself in another character and actually get paid for it. It’s a great outlet. As for myself, I’m not sure who I am. It seems that I change every day.”

85. “Don’t think for a moment that I’m really like any of the characters I’ve played. I’m not. That’s why it’s called ‘acting.’”

86. “Acting is the only time when I truly maintain the spontaneity that I want to be present at all times.”

87. “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.”

88. “Doing what we do, you have to be your own critic and judge and adjudicate as to what you do and how it turned out.”

89. “The bottom line is, when it comes to an actor and his performance, whether nominated or not, it simply has to do with whether that character had enough resonance with the audience. You know, to the filmgoers. And that is something that you can’t control.”

90. “Hopefully I’ve gotten better as an actor as the years have gone on, but the type of work I want to do has never changed.”

91. “I didn’t know what types of movies I wanted to do. I want to do things that are different. I want to take my time with each role.”

92. “I don’t ask other actors questions. I think that’s too intrusive. I just watch. I don’t want to be constricted to an idea of what acting is by anyone else. I want to take my own education.”

93. “I get unhappy doing things that I’m not passionate about because I feel like I’m squandering this incredible gift I’ve been given to finance films. As soon as my name alone was enough to make this happen, I vowed to myself that I was going to work with directors who were changing cinema, doing something important, you know?”

94. “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.”

95. “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.”

96. “I have to say that whatever decisions I make, I really do think that movie making is a director’s medium. They are the people that ultimately shape the film, and a director can take great material and turn it into garbage if they are not capable of making a good movie.”

97. “I am completely open to doing a romantic comedy, but I will never do something just for the sake of doing a specific genre or because it’s the time or place to do a different type of movie. I think that would be a huge mistake.”

98. “I couldn’t deal with playing a character who rides motorcycles and has a leather jacket and is a tough kid, y’know?”

99. “97% of the people who quit too soon are employed by the 3% who never gave up.”

100. “I’m motivated by the world’s most powerful drug—money.”

101. “She asked me what my favorite position was. I said CEO.”

102. “When you tell people, ‘I started my own business!’ You get 4 likes and 2 comments. When you tell people, ‘I got the job!’ You get 800 likes and 133 congratulatory comments.”

103. “It’s business! Leave your emotions at the door!”

104. “If money isn’t everything, work at McDonalds.”

105. “If you have done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better. If you want to be successful, respect one rule.”

106. “If you have the ability to convince somebody of something that you don’t necessarily think is the case, it’s a valuable asset. Not that I’m like a , but we spend most of the day not fully being honest, you know?”

107. “Money was always on my mind when I was growing up. So I was always wondering how we were going to afford this and that. Acting seemed to be a shortcut out of the mess.”

108. “Some people aren’t loyal to you, They are loyal to the needs of you. Once their need changes, so does their loyalty.”

109. “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?’”

110. “I don’t know if I’m more confident than ever before, because I definitely had confidence when I was starting out. Maybe I have less confidence now than I did then.”

111. “Before you ask why someone hates you, ask yourself why you even give a fuck.” 

112. “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.”

113. “I have no problem playing anyone who has different politics than me. In fact, I don’t take that into consideration at all. You have to find something sympathetic in a man. It’s that common ground you need to connect with someone.”

114. “Being dubbed as a hunk sort of annoys me. It gives me a yucky feeling.”

115. “I am not of the vein of actors—and I will not pretend to be one—that takes my character home with me. I don’t.”

116. “I’ve never done drugs. That’s because I saw this stuff literally every day when I was 3 or 4 years old.”

117. “I respect the person, not the gender. I simply can’t respect a shitty person just because of his or her gender.”

118. “I got a friend to travel with me. I need somebody to bring me back to who I am. It’s hard to be alone.”

119. “I think I will always feel like an outsider.”

120. “I want to be a jerk like the rest of my friends, and have fun, and not care about the consequences, but I just can’t now.”

121. “I was a bit of a loudmouth, and I was in an environment where the elements aligned to have kids smack the hell outta me once in a while.”

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

123. “I’ve always been spontaneous and outgoing. I’ve tried lots of things so I’ve got some good life experiences, which is great ’cause it means I’ve got lots of material to work with as an actor.”

124. “I like to be able to play a character and act out a lot of things which I can’t or don’t do in my normal everyday life.”

125. “People always ask, ‘Was it fun? Was it fun working on a movie?’ I don’t know if that’s the operative word. It is challenging and interesting and all those other things, but fun isn’t always.”

126. “I like stories in specific time periods. ‘The Revenant’s’ era of American history was fascinating because it was this lawless no-man’s land. It defined the idea of the American frontiersman as man conquering nature. In a way, the story of Hugh Glass is about man dominating nature.”

127. “I love science fiction, but I have a hard time feeling for characters in a galaxy far away. Choosing movies is the one thing in my life where there’s no compromising.”

128. “To be honest, I’m not really prepared to do a musical, simply because I think I have a pretty atrocious voice.”

129. “I dress to be as comfortable as I possibly can. Most of my clothing is either black, grey, or dark blue, and I don’t really wear a lot of colors. But I do like jackets. I have a little bit of an obsession with them.”

130. “I love scuba diving, and I’ve been up and down the Amazon.”

131. “I prefer ordinary girls—you know, college students, waitresses, that sort of thing. Most of the girls I go out with are just good friends. Just because I go out to the cinema with a girl, it doesn’t mean we are dating.”

132. “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.”

133. “I’m just starting to scratch the surface of what really makes me happy and it’s taken me a while to admit that acting like a little child and being a jerk and a punk is fun.”

134. “If I want to go to a party with a few male friends, it doesn’t mean I’m gay.”

135. “I’ve managed to keep a clear head and remain sane in this business because I remain a kid off-camera.”

136. “Most of the time, I do feel like I need someone else when I’m alone. But I can still get by with just my own company and that makes me a stronger person.”

137. “School, I never truly got the knack of. I could never focus on things I didn’t want to learn.”

138. “There are a lot of directors I’d still love to work with. Paul Thomas Anderson is someone I’d love to work with. I think Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is very talented. Ang Lee is very talented. I mean, there are a lot of people. There are many great directors out there.”

139. “You do need parental guidance and I was in a great position with both my and dad. They split when I was a but even though I stayed with my mom they were both very much involved in my upbringing.”

140. “My dad’s probably one of the kindest people in the world. When I was younger that’s not how I was—I was a little spoiled brat.”

141. “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 film-makers but cartoonists, poets, writers.”

142. “My mom, Irmelin, taught me the value of life. Her own life was saved by my during World War II.”

143. “My parents, who were split up, were so good at keeping my environment strong and keeping everything around me not focused on the fact that we were poor. They got me culture. They took me to museums. They showed art to me. They read to me. And my mother drove two hours a day to take me to University Elementary School.”

144. “No one forgets the truth—they just get better at lying.”

145. “When you kill a king, you don’t stab him in the dark. You kill him where the entire court can watch him die.”

146. “Which would be worse—to live as a monster or to die as a good man?”

147. “I am the king of the world!”

148. “I’m having a birthday party but you’re not invited, but you can come if you want.”

149. “The wind cannot defeat a tree with strong roots.”

150. “Is it possible? Is it possible to improve on perfection?”

151. “Dear Dad, you always told me that an honest man has nothing to fear, so I’m trying my best not to be afraid.”

152. “Gentlemen, you had my curiosity. But now, you have my attention.”

153. “Sin from my lips? O trespass sweetly urged! Give me my sin again.”

154. “Let me tell you something. There is no nobility in poverty. I’ve been a poor man, and I’ve been a rich man. And I choose rich every Time. ‘Cause at least as a rich man when I have to face my problems, I show up in the back of a limo wearing a 2,000 dollars suit and a 40,000 dollars gold watch.”

155. “When morals decline and good men do nothing, evil flourishes. A society unwilling to learn from the past is doomed. We must never forget our history. We must never lower our guard.”

156. “Hollywood is a very volatile place where artists come in, and they essentially say they want to belong.”

157. “If you’re gonna let the character be the story, you better set a tone that allows the actors to do the best work they can do.”

158. “It’s a tough thing—you get in a situation where you feel you have to be perfect all the time and it sucks.”

159. “When you are given an opportunity to make a film like ‘Body of Lies’—and I would put ‘Blood Diamond’ in the same category—of course you jump at these opportunities.”

160. “I am friends with Demi. Don’t believe anything you read.”

161. “I didn’t even know what I did in ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.’ I just went off with whatever I felt instinctively without a second thought.”

162. “I got attention by being funny at school, pretending to be retarded, and jumping around with a deformed hand.”

163. “My friends have named me the person they least want to do extreme adventures with, because I always seem to be very close to being part of a disaster. If a cat has nine lives, I think I’ve used a few.”

164. “Some people don’t get it when I’m being sarcastic.”

165. “I haven’t died in a movie in a while,’The Departed,’ ‘Body of Lies,’ ‘Revolutionary Road,’ ‘Shutter Island,’ and ‘Inception.’ I guess I did die in ‘The Departed.’”

166. “I play fictitious characters often solving fictitious problems. I believe mankind has looked at climate change in the same way, as if it were a fiction.”

167. “I really hate relaxing. I’ve done three movies in a row, worked for two years straight, and to me, idle time is the devil’s workshop. I like to focus on something.”

168. “I went to a concert once when I was a little kid and ran up onstage, started dancing, started saying anything that came to my head. I was like a little vaudevillian.”

169. “I remember when I first started having these interpretations of these images, these cliches 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.”

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