We're all worth it, man. We're all worth millions of planets and stars and galaxies and universes.

— River Phoenix

The most grateful River Phoenix quotes that are proven to give you inner joy

Although I can't stop all cruelty to living creatures on the planet, I can be kinder to every living creature in my life.


Run to the rescue with love/and peace will follow


It still strikes me as strange that anyone could have any moral objection to someone else's sexuality. It's like telling someone else how to clean their house.


Animals can't really voice their opinion.

We feel as though we can be on of the spokespeople on their behalf.


I don't want to die in a car accident.

When I die it'll be a glorious day. It'll probably be a waterfall.


When I was old enough to realize all meat was killed, I saw it as an irrational way of using our power, to take a weaker thing and mutilate it. It was like the way bullies would take control of younger kids in the schoolyard.


I sometimes lie, especially about personal things, because what does it matter? I am a kind of minute commodity. My name is no longer my own. I try to lie as much as I can when I’m interviewed. It’s reverse psychology. I figure if you lie, they’ll print the truth.


When I was in first grade, everyone made fun of my name, of course.

I think it's kind of a big name to hold up when you're nine years old. It seemed goofy. I used to tell people I wanted to change the world and they used to think, 'This kid's really weird'.


Music is a whole oasis in my head. The creation process is so personal and fulfilling.


We need an extreme movement because what is happening to animals is so extreme.

Some misinformed people claim that animal rights activists are terrorists, but these people are simply ignorant of who the real terrorists are - the companies and industries that torture literally billions of animals each year.


What I have got from my childhood aren't toys, but memories.

And happy memories are better than any toy.


Rich kids gave us their old clothes. They were the best clothes we ever had. We were these very pure, naive, poor children. The rich kids called us a lot of names but it never bothered us because we didn't know what the words meant.


About River Phoenix

Quotes 56 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Actor
Birthday October 16

We are taught to consume. And that's what we do. But if we realized that there really is no reason to consume, that it's just a mind set, that it's just an addiction, then we wouldn't be out there stepping on people's hands climbing the corporate ladder of success.


I like girls who are natural because I am natural in everything I do.

If I meet a girl who is snobby and wants special treatment, she's not going to get it from me because she hasn't earned it. But I've been basically lucky because I've mostly met nice girls - and that's what attracts me.


I have a lot of chameleon qualities, I get very absorbed in my surroundings.


I would never, never do anything unless I believed in it.


Acting is like a Halloween mask that you put on.


My life certainly hasn't been ordinary: different is the word.

It hasn't always been stable - except in the important things which are love and security within the family. Whenever there were strains at home, we could always communicate. The rule was that the younger you were, the louder you were allowed to scream. As the eldest, I just talked.


It's a great feeling to think that I can be a friend to so many people through my movies.


Addiction is not just for bad people or scumbags - it's a universal disease.


I really like acting because you can create a character.

You can make someone who has never existed before. That's neat.


When I was younger, I was worried about how others viewed me and if I was good enough. I realize now that you can't mold an image or try to be something that you are not. As far as being an actor is concerned, your work really speaks for itself.


Everything is ironic to me. There are moments I find hysterical, but I'm probably the only one who would find that, except for a few people.


People wonder if I'll always be a part of this family and the answer is yes.

My family has a lot of good energy going in one direction and because of it, we get a lot of things done. That's why I'll always spend a lot of time at Camp Phoenix.


I've been around the movie business, so I can play it cool and all that, but when people are different they have that off thing about them. Their whole presence is just a little innocent, I think.


Music is a hobby, because I'm not making any money out of it, but I put just as much conviction into that as I do into my acting.


Vegetarianism is a link to perfection and peace.


I did my best work in The Mosquito Coast.

I know it wasn't such a big hit, but for me it was more meaningful than anything else I'd ever done.


I'm really normal. I play football, go to the beach, drive. We have dogs. I can imagine people calling me a character, but I'm Joe Straight.


I feel that there are great minds up there who would like to see what I can do with an Oscar nomination. I guess many people would change after a nomination in the way they see things. In my case it's really irrelevant in terms of what I do. Still, it was an incredible experience which I will put in my memories, like everything else.


I try to lie as much as I can when I'm interviewed.

It's reverse psychology. I figure if you lie, they'll print the truth.


Commercials were too phony for me. I just didn't like selling products I didn't believe in.


I sometimes lie, especially about personal things, because what does it matter? I am a kind of minute commodity, my name is no longer my own.


Music is my main goal, but I'm not going to rush a record out.

There are so many actors who have come out with albums these days. I don't want to do it because it's the thing to do. I want to wait until the time is right.


Animals are not our playthings. We are on this earth to protect them. It's our duty.


I'm a minor, stupid talent compared to my brother [Joaquin].


I don't want to get so lost in thinking about me and talking about me all the time in interviews. It's so nice to unwind and just look at other things and get out of yourself. It's hard to detach myself from myself without neglecting myself. You know what I mean? I don't want to get in to the habit of thinking about my career because when it comes down to it, it's not really that important. I could die tomorrow and the world would go on.


I would rather quit while I was ahead. There’s no need in overstaying your welcome.


You feel the spirit move you. I can be possessed really well.


Sometimes I wish I wasn't as conscious as I am. It would be so much easier.


In simplicity there is truth.


After Stand By Me came out, people were telling me, 'You're so good,' 'You're going to be a star,' and things like that. You can't think about it. If you take it the wrong way, you can really get high on yourself. People get so lost when that happens to them. They may think they have everything under control, but everything is really out of control. Their lives are totally in pieces.


I've always felt somewhat out of place with other kids my own age", said River.

"I was constantly reminded by people's reaction to our names and our diet that we seemed weird to them.


I don't think I”m a very good actor.

Everything is very tentative and at a certain point you click in and just feel the spirit move you. I can be possessed really well.


I wouldn't eat a hamburger for 40,000 dollars.


I’ve learned that if you can’t get it all together to accomplish this thing called peace, you do at least your part in your life, because that’s where you can truly make an immediate difference.


People are constantly trying to make an image for you.

They`ll dress you up and tell you to pose a certain way and take all these pictures... they want a certain image, so they create that. And unless you`re spending a lot of time to create another image to counteract that image, theirs will win. So right now, I`m kind of dealing with a lot of false ideas of what I`m about.


I can't on my own change the regime in South Africa or teach the Palestinians to learn to live with the Israelies, but I can start with me.


I've been wanting to go into music ever since I can remember.

I mean even before I became an actor. I just thought it would be a tough field to break into, so I became an actor instead.