People never change because they are under threat or under duress. Never. They change because they see something that makes their life seem valuable enough to start moving toward a life worth living.— Robert Downey, Jr.
The most whopping Robert Downey, Jr. quotes that will inspire your inner self
Mediocrity is my biggest fear. I'm not afraid of total failure because I don't think that will happen. I'm not afraid of success because that beats the hell out of failure. It's being in the middle that scares me.
I don't need an Iron Man suit. I'm already a weapon of mass seduction.
People rise out of the ashes because, at some point, they are invested with a belief in the possibility of triumph over seemingly impossible odds.
I know who I am. I'm a dude playing a dude disguised as another dude.
I just think it's good to be confident. If I'm not on my team why should anybody else be?
I've always felt that if you're not on your side, why should anyone else be.
So I always encourage people to be confident, and sometime even a little falsely so, just so you can give yourself an opportunity.
Growing up is something that you do your whole life.
I want to always feel that I can be a kid if I want. Growing up has some negative connotations. Like, you're not supposed to roll around on the ground anymore. You're not supposed to make fun of yourself. You're not supposed to ride a bicycle. But I'm a Toys-R-Us kid.
At the end of the day, anything I think I'm sacrificing I'm just giving up because it makes me feel better.
I don't drink these days. I am allergic to alcohol and narcotics. I break out in handcuffs.
The old saying is true, behind every good man theres an incredible woman.
McDonald's being the official restaurant of the Olympics is like smoking being the official medicine of cancer.
I need a lot of support... Life is really hard, and I don't see some active benevolent force out there. I see it as basically a really cool survival game. You get on the right side of the tracks, and you now are actually working with what some people would call magic.
But I will agree that I think that things happen with people in relationships, that you might have been able to enjoy Morocco, say, if you weren't getting out of a bad marriage. You know what I mean?
I think life changes every year. This is just a little more comfortable.
It's like I have a loaded gun in my mouth and I like the taste of metal
My old man had a philosophy: peace means having a bigger stick than the other guy.
I don't like words coming out of a character's mouth that I adore because not only is he a little bit duplicitous but he's kind of practical in the way he thinks, and he thinks in terms of everyone's humanity and how quickly we can go against what we think we meant when we said it or what we believe or blah, blah, blah.
Wing Chun teaches you what to concentrate on, whether you're here or out in the world dealing with problems. It's second nature for me now. I don't even get to the point where there's a problem.
I'm a soldier who didn't know how nasty the battle was going to be, and now, I've got a purple heart and I'm back.
Everyone has a story, and the story changes, and the more I can root into the truth of things - it's so hard - I don't think anyone ever really puts it all together. But somewhere along the way it all became fused.
I'm an actor, a husband, a father of two, and a full-time Avenger.
There is unpanned gold in every soul you run into, no matter what walk of life they are from.
Tofu is the root of all evil, and there's only one thing that can change a man's mind, and that's a modified Uzi with an extra-long clip.
Job one is get out of that cave. A lot of people do get out but don't change.
Violent ground-acquisition games such as football are in fact a crypto-fascist metaphor for nuclear war.
I just don't like big guys who speak cryptically and act like they understand the language better than me.
I'm not a poster boy for good behavior and recovery in Hollywood, I'm just a guy who knows he has a lot to be grateful for.
There are some parents who have really done it right and told their kid, 'You know, we have this dough, none of this is for you. You have to get your own.
A lot of my peer group think I'm an eccentric bisexual, like I may even have an ammonia-filled tentacle somewhere on my body. That's okay.
[Addiction's] not about placating the bad dog - it's about feeding the good dog.
You still have to feed the bad dog, but only enough so that the ASPCA doesn't bring you up on charges.
I wouldn't want to see anything irreparable happen, but I also like it when seemingly irreparable thing occur and men and women find a way to move past it.
Nobody learns a German aria overnight, except Jared Harris.
Does any new parent, even if you're not a first-time parent, ever really know what to do?
You have to give people something to actually write music so that you're not just running your mouth all the time.
Sometimes you're not supposed to enjoy it [acting].
You're supposed to cooperate with misery and proceed anyway. But what I do enjoy is a sense of well-being and just participating in life and life's turns.
You know, when you're part of a comedic duo, you can take breaks.
It's kind of like having a partner that is good with a kid.
Pick a dysfunction and it's a family problem.
I did Air America for two reasons: to be in a movie with Mel Gibson and to make a bunch of money. And then underneath there was the hope that in doing this formulaic thing I would be launched into a whole new realm of opportunity to do A-list movies. By the time we were done, the only positive thing was meeting Mel Gibson.
The greatest thing my dad taught me came from when I called him from a phone booth and said, 'Hungry. No bus token. Please. Out of options.' He said, 'Pfft, get a job.
I never know when the seeds are being laid, I'm just like, "Wow, that's a pretty cool scene. Is that? Are we laying seeds here?"
I saw School of Rock, and I was like, why haven't I worked with Richard Linklater already? Then by the time I got him I was like, I'm really pissed off I feel like you owe me some retroactive swag. He gave me the 10-year anniversary "Dazed and Confused" T-shirt, which I still wear with relish.
It's become this really odd thing where even some of the folks who build the things that we wear for entertainment are contacted by DARPA-esque companies who are saying, "Yeah, we're really doing that, and we want to talk to you."
It's a very smart and heartfelt movie and that's why, I think, we're all drawn to it. We really showed up for this with this collective idea that it was really ambitious, but we felt we all really had something to gain from it.
Smoking dope and smoking coke, you are rendered defenseless.
The only way out of that hopeless state is intervention.
I think a hero is someone who, if abroad or traveling, they go to the GOOP website to see what shops to go to, what restaurants to eat at, what clothes to buy, and they do that not fearlessly but in spite of their fear.
If you're anything like me there are days when you're convinced you know more than everyone around you. Which is often confirmed by your interactions with people.
I didn't have an identity. It was manufactured. My identity now? It was written on the wall by ancient forces.
I, personally, would be shocked if we went to the end of the tape now and I didn't have at least one... Look, even if I don't get one directly, eventually they're just going to have to give me one when I get old. So no matter how you slice it, I'm getting one.