As custodians of the planet it is our responsibility to deal with all species with kindness, love, and compassion. That these animals suffer through human cruelty is beyond understanding. Please help to stop this madness.— Richard Gere
The most vibrant Richard Gere quotes that will transform you to a better person
I don't regret anything. Everything happens for a reason-it's part of the healing process. Life is a healing process.
Always walk towards open doors. And if they slam shut in your face, kick that sucker in and keep going.
I can’t remember that I was ever looking for anything.
I was waiting for something to touch me. It’s like, I’ll be open to it, and see if it moves me. There has to be a "falling in love" moment.
There are times when telling lies are not a bad thing.
It can be a compassionate thing. But to make it benign, you have to be aware of your compassionate reasons for telling that lie.
The idea that you're completing someone else in a marriage to me is death.
That to me is a false start and most of us are usually taught that ... you've got to stand on your own. Then you can build something extraordinary.
I don't meet many people that are evil.
I meet human beings who are flawed, who are mentally ill and have enormous problems, but I don't think I've ever met someone who was a totally dark energy that had no humanity or sense of love or affection for anything in their life. That's very rare.
People get offended by animal rights campaigns.
It's ludicrous. It's not as bad as mass animal death in a factory.
You've all heard some rumors about me over the years.
I guess this is the moment to do it. My name is Richard Gere and I am a l*sbian.
I have made plenty of mistakes. The key to life is to learn from them. I have been a little too introspective, but I think that stemmed from insecurity or shyness. I took a long time to grow up.
If you have a built-in level of respect and trust and openness to essentially be yourself, it allows for a deeper uncensored communication [with your partner].
I don't mean to toot my own horn, but if Jesus Christ lived in Chicago today, and he had come to me and he had five thousand dollars, let's just say things would have turned out differently.
If you can see the terrorists as a relative who's dangerously sick and we have to give them medicine and the medicine is love and compassion. There's nothing better.
There is a way of looking at an awful place from a certain angle that allows it to take on a beauty because it is what it is.
The idea of fixing of healing is an important part of any genuine spiritual approach. Kabbalah is very much about this idea of fixing of things that have been damaged. From a Buddhist point of view, things have been damaged because ignorance has intoxicated the mind.
I think most of our religious institutions are pretty corrupt, so they're not reliable. I think the Christian religion that I was brought up with has very little to do with Christ, really, and more an institutions that have built up around the church.
We've had too many World AIDS Days.
Sharon Stone. She is one of the most dedicated people I know, but also highly unedited.
I would say that the West is very young, it's very corrupt.
We're not very wise. And I think we're hopeful that there is a place that is ancient and wise and open and filled with light.
I've always said it's flattering to be desired, just as it's flattering that people accept the reality of the character you play. But it was always ridiculous to assume that because I could play a gigolo on screen I'd play anything like that role off screen.
His Holiness [the Dalai Lama] has told me, urgently and repeatedly, that he thinks my photographs are crap. His exact words were, 'These photos are of poor quality. Why is there no sharp focus? There is no clarity!' I said, 'But your Holiness, it's Goyaesque.' And he said, 'No! It's out of focus!'
Relationships are like sharks. They've got to keep going into deeper, colder water, sometimes scarier, darker territories ... to stay alive.
I'm voting for Gore because the other is unthinkable.
Which most of us will probably do. I hope all of us. I've always liked Ralph Nader and would like to see a real third party, but the thought of George Bush as president is unthinkable.
I do think that good actors can do any part. It doesn't mean that they are the best ones to do it.
I always remember what Bob Dylan said in that [Martin] Scorsese documentary on him. When he was asked about Joan Baez's complaints about the way he treated her when they were together, Dylan laughed and said, "It's impossible to be in love and wise at the same time."
On a movie set that works, you have your father figure, the director, you have your siblings, your other actors.
When I am in Tibet, I am very happy. The Tibetans radiate. They literally send out light. The Dalai Lama's holiness generates love and compassion to every human being. He has committed himself to that. I haven't made that leap yet. I haven't given up self-aspiration. I still love making movies.
If people lose their land, they have nothing.
You lose your land - you lose your culture, you lose self.
I cry every chance I get.
I've stayed good friends with most of my girlfriends.
I had a friend in the neighborhood whose father had Playboy magazines, and we would go over and look at them. I remember cutting out pictures and hiding them in my room.
My life is pretty simple and normal.
Everyone seems to think they know what acting techniques are.
Techniques just help you get to a certain place, but if the thing is happening just by itself you don't need those techniques.
Anything that's expanding the mind and heart is happiness. But it's not a goal.
I haven't worked with people who are jealous or competitive.
That's a particularly deadly attitude to have when you're working on a film.
A lot of making a movie is the comfort level of the people.
It's just feeling open. We need to get along. We have to know something about each other.
People have a different idea of how movies are made than they really are.
On a certain level, everyone throws ideas into the hopper. It's not like the actors are wind-up dolls that you push out onto the floor, play with, then put back in the box. You get people around you who you trust; the writer, the producer, the director and all the actors all contribute.
I have to admit, a manicured look works for me.
If the United States marches into Iraq without the backing of the United Nations, that will be done entirely without the backing of the American people.
It's human nature - we want to believe our children, our families, our President!
When you get up in the morning, set your motivations.
I can see the character in a photograph, in the way a guy stands or holds his hands, the way he buckles his belt. I fantasize a lot looking at photographs. I'm sure that doesn't work for many people.
Food is the only beautiful thing that truly nourishes.
(Sometimes when) someone's directing for the first time, they're afraid to include everyone - they have to prove they're the director.
The reality is, we can change. We can change ourselves. We can change our minds. We can change our hearts. And therefore the universe changes.
[on editing of the films] There is always a question of time, and the director.
I've worked with a lot of directors who don't mind my involvement. They appreciated it.
I've got a lot of opportunities, a lot of love in my life, a lot of things going for me. Still, it's not complete. I know this is not the whole thing. There's much more.
People have a different idea of how movies are made than they really are.
I honestly do not think about celebrity or image or sexual expectations on me.
It only comes up when people have a list of questions. But what I am told is that there is a quality that I have onscreen, where it's a little bit of everything.
People are expecting me to be a certain way all the time.
It's not like if I come in here with a totally different personality and right before the camera starts they see this new character. It confuses everything. Life has a consensus reality to it and if you use that to your advantage it makes it much easier.