Inspirational Quotes by Robert Redford

I’m interested in that thing that happens where there’s a breaking point for some people and not for others. You go through such hardship, things that are almost impossibly difficult, and there’s no sign that it’s going to get any better, and that’s the point when people quit. But some don’t.

Robert Redford

I just wanted to paint and sketch and tell stories by drawing.

Robert Redford

All of the films that I’ve made are about the country I live in and grew up in… And I think if you’re going to put an artist’s eye to it, you’re going to put a critical eye to it. I’ve always been interested in the gray area that exists between the black and white, or the red and blue, and that’s where complexity lies.

Robert Redford

Sport is a wonderful metaphor for life. Of all the sports that I played – skiing, baseball, fishing – there is no greater example than golf, because you’re playing against yourself and nature.

Robert Redford

I have no regrets, because I’ve done everything I could to the best of my ability.

Robert Redford

Be careful of success; it has a dark side.

Robert Redford

When I was a kid, nobody told me I was good-looking. I wish they had. I would’ve had a better time.

Robert Redford

Sundance was started as a mechanism for the discovery of new voices and new talent.

Robert Redford

I’m not a left-wing person. I’m just a person interested in the sustainability of my country.

Robert Redford

The technology available for film-making now is incredible, but I am a big believer that it’s all in the story.

Robert Redford

The technology available for film-making now is incredible, but I am a big believer that it’s all in the story.

Robert Redford

Whereas money is a means to an end for a filmmaker, to the corporate mind money is the end. Right now, I think independent film is very confused, because there’s excess pressure in the marketplace for entertainment to pay off.

Robert Redford

Storytelling is important. Part of human continuity.

Robert Redford

Ambiguity is something that I really respond to. I like the complexity of it.

Robert Redford

If you want to slice into America, it’s pretty red, white, and blue in terms of how it goes about things, but there’s a gray area there, and I’ve always been interested in where things are complicated.

Robert Redford

Never revisit the past, that’s dangerous. You know, move on.

Robert Redford

It’s hard to pay attention these days because of multiple affects of the information technology nowadays. You tend to develop a faster, speedier mind, but I don’t think it’s necessarily broader or smarter.

Robert Redford

Journalism has changed tremendously because of the democratization of information. Anybody can put something up on the Internet. It’s harder and harder to find what the truth is.

Robert Redford

Part of me is drawn to the nature of sadness because I think life is sad, and sadness is not something that should be avoided or denied. It’s a fact of life, like contradictions are.

Robert Redford

I don’t know what your childhood was like, but we didn’t have much money. We’d go to a movie on a Saturday night, then on Wednesday night my parents would walk us over to the library. It was such a big deal, to go in and get my own book.

Robert Redford

I had a mild case of polio – not enough to put me in an iron lung, but enough to keep me bedridden for weeks. As I came out of it, my mom wanted to do something for me. She realized that, growing up in the city, I’d missed out on a lot of nature.

Robert Redford

I’m not a facelift person. I am what I am.

Robert Redford

Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better.

Robert Redford

I believe in mythology. I guess I share Joseph Campbell’s notion that a culture or society without mythology would die, and we’re close to that.

Robert Redford

When you get older, you learn certain life lessons. You apply that wisdom, and suddenly you say, ‘Hey, I’ve got a new lease on this thing. So let’s go.’

Robert Redford

It felt to me like America was always wanting to resolve things too quickly, without thinking through what the costs and consequences would be and how that affects an individual living in that world. Then as I grew up and went about my life, I think I just got more and more interested in that gray area where things are not so easily quantified.

Robert Redford

For me, personally, skiing holds everything. I used to race cars, but skiing is a step beyond that. It removes the machinery and puts you one step closer to the elements. And it’s a complete physical expression of freedom.

Robert Redford

Lastly get emotionally connected to your story so you can deliver it, you know, if you can’t deliver the emotions to your script there’s no point to your story. Story is the key.

Robert Redford

I believe the American people care a lot about the environment.

Robert Redford

There is nothing I can do about this stuff and I am pretty well ok with the fact that I think Sundance is not going to be stopped by it, because he Festival is itself now, and doesn’t need me out there to talk about it like I did years ago.

Robert Redford

I was seen in earlier years by family members and people of authority as somebody wasting his time. I had trouble with the restrictions of conformity. It made me edgy.

Robert Redford

I’m not a lawyer, but I do know this: we need to protect our ability to tell controversial stories.

Robert Redford

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?

Robert Redford

Generally speaking, I went through that. I came to a place where I realised what true value was. It wasn’t money. Money is a means to achieving an end, but it’s not the end.

Robert Redford

A few years after that first visit, I applied for a job in Yosemite.

Robert Redford

For ‘Jeremiah Johnson,’ nobody wanted to make that film. I went to Sydney Pollack, and I said, ‘Sydney, I live in the mountains, and I would like to make a film about a person that had to exist in the mountains and survive in the mountains.’

Robert Redford

Golf has become so manicured, so perfect. The greens, the fairways. I don’t like golf carts. I like walking. Some clubs won’t let you in unless you have a caddy and a cart.

Robert Redford

In fact you’ve got your hands tied behind your back when somebody chooses to take a low road in to you, there is nothing you can do about it, and so you just live with it and move on.

Robert Redford

It’s an honor putting art above politics. Politics can be seductive in terms of things reductive to the soul.

Robert Redford

I’ve always liked speed. I own a car that I shouldn’t be talking about because I’m an environmentalist, but the 1955 Porsche Spyder 550 RS is the finest sports car ever made.

Robert Redford

When I started, I was an artist; I wanted to be an artist. I became an actor almost by accident. I acted for fifteen years and tried to produce. I looked for stories that were the story beneath the story that you thought you knew, like ‘The Candidate’.

Robert Redford

I haven’t seen ‘The Revenant,’ but I’m sure it was great because it has a lot of talent involved.

Robert Redford

When people start thinking of you more as a persona, they are less inclined to allow you to move into different areas. Sometimes they’re wrong. Sometimes they’re just very stereotypical or restricted in their own thinking of what they’ll allow you to do.

Robert Redford

Storytelling was a way to see the world bigger than the one you were looking at, and that had great appeal for me. I think, since that was part of my upbringing, it became part of me, and I wanted to pass it along to my kids and my grandkids.

Robert Redford

I don’t think about when it’s going to stop and what you do before it stops. You just keep moving.

Robert Redford

The Right has such antiquated ideas – if they took charge, I think they’d want to close the parks, open the land up for development. It’s an ongoing battle to keep the parks strong.

Robert Redford

The way you really find out about the performer’s seriousness about the cause is how long they stay with it when the spotlight gets turned off. You see a lot of celebrities switch gears. They go from the environment to animal rights to obesity or whatever. That I don’t have a lot of respect for.

Robert Redford

I am a cynical optimist. Big opening weekends are like cotton candy. The films you will remember over time are the films that stick in the consciousness of the audience in a good way.

Robert Redford

The important thing about a sport is the people who devote their lives to it.

Robert Redford

I was never a good student. I had to be dragged into kindergarten. It was hard to sit and listen to somebody talk. I wanted to be out, educated by experience and adventure, and I didn’t know how to express that.

Robert Redford

I have a lot of land. I bought it because I had a very strong feeling. I was in my early twenties, and I had grown up in Los Angeles and had seen that city slide off into the sea from the city I knew as a little kid. It lost its identity – suddenly there was cement everywhere and the green was gone and the air was bad – and I wanted out.

Robert Redford

I guess I don’t like the fact that my life is becoming less and less my own – the prevailing attitude that you have an obligation to deliver yourself to the public. Actually, you’re delivered to the public whether you like it or not. I guess if you don’t like it, you should stop doing what provokes it. In my case, that’s acting.

Robert Redford

He’s meant to be that classic Homer, Ulysses, Hercules – a character who goes out or has some gift of some kind. He goes on a journey of discovery and part of that is falling into darkness – the temptations of life.

Robert Redford