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Robert De Niro quotes: Legendary actor is an inspiration to many

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Robert De Niro. Photo by: ImageCollect

Robert De Niro, thought of as one of the greatest actors of all time, has also been winning millions of hearts for his inspirational quotes.

Robert (or Mr. De Niro, as we’d call him to his face) has had a genuinely legendary career spanning almost half a century.

And if there’s one thing you can rely on him for it’s his classic lines.

So today, on his 73rd birthday, I present to you, the most famous Robert De Niro quotes.

Real life Robert De Niro quotes


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“Time goes on. So whatever you’re going to do, do it. Do it now. Don’t wait.”


“The hardest thing about being famous is that people are always nice to you.”


“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.“


“One of the things about acting is it allows you to live other people’s lives without having to pay the price.”


“I think it’s important to have had at least a few years of obscurity, where people treat you like everybody else.“


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“If it’s the right chair, it doesn’t take too long to get comfortable in it.”


“It’s important not to indicate. People don’t try to show their feelings, they try to hide them.”


“You’ll have time to rest when you’re dead.”


If you like movies you’ll love these famous Robert De Niro movie quotes. Enjoy!

Robert De Niro quotes from the movies


  • “You talkin’ to me?”

A famous movie quote from the movie Taxi Driver, where Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) looks himself in the mirror and imagines what he would do if he were to be confronted by a bad guy.


  • “Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut.”

‘Goodfellas’ has been called Martin Scorsese’s best movie — and others have called it the best movie, period.

Henry Hill’s testimony against some of the most ruthless mobsters in the Lucchese family led to roughly 50 convictions.

And as Hill learned in the very beginning of his career, rule number one in the wiseguy world is “never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut.”


  • “Most people respect the badge. Everyone respects the gun”

‘Righteous Kill’ starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, came up with some choice one-liners (“Most people respect the badge, everyone respects the gun”).

In the film, De Niro and Pacino play veteran NYPD cops hunting a serial killer who is murdering sociopathic criminals.

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  • “I grew up in a tough neighborhood, and we used to say, you can get further with a kind word and a gun that you can with just a kind word.”

During a scene in ‘The Untouchables’, Al Capone (played by Robert DeNiro) replied to a question about his reputation for using violence.