Hollywood is still the mecca for good or bad, but it isn't the beginning or end for filmmaking.— Robert Duvall
The most remarkable Robert Duvall quotes that are glad to read
I take a vitamin every day; it's called a steak.
The greatest king of Israel, King David, the author of the Psalms, sent a man out to die in battle so that he could sleep with his wife.
Smell that? You smell that? Napalm, son.
Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of napalm in the morning.
Not every successful man is a good father. But every good father is a successful man.
If you don't daydream and kind of plan things out in your imagination, you never get there. So you have to start someplace.
The beginning and the end of the tango is the walk.
The idea is that one's temperament improves with age;
that you learn to deal better with people and become more benevolent and loving. That's not necessarily true. I try to stay loose but sometimes the best thing to do is get yourself away and take a good nap.
You just can't take a crash course to be a tango dancer in a movie.
We all have a cradle-to-the-grave journey to make and, in between, what do you do? There's got to be something hereafter.
Spending two years on my uncle's ranch in Montana as a young man gave me the wisdom and the thrust to do westerns.
The tango is a very interior dance. It's not an exterior - it's not flashy and all over the floor. It's a very interior dance when you see the old guys dance in the clubs. I learned everything from the old guys in the clubs.
To this day, I still think Lonesome Dove is my best part.
God does guide the lives of individuals and does fill them with the Holy Ghost.
I'll keep on acting 'til they wipe the drool.
I like the business. I like to do different parts and diverse characters. I haven't lost my enthusiasm yet!
If I ended my career, I wouldn't mind doing a TV series if it was a western and I played a mute gunfighter so I wouldn't have to remember lines every week.
Stripping away artifice - it's the constant standard I aim for in acting, to approximate life. People talk about being bigger than life - but there's nothing bigger than life.
You get below the Mason-Dixon line and you have some of the best music, culture, the two races, the literature, and it's so rich.
I wouldn't mind starting to ride some more if I had a really good horse to just work a little bit with every day.
When you shift the gear and that little needle on the tach goes into the red and reads 9,000 rpm, that's bad.
My father's people... are from Fairfax in northern Virginia, just across the Mason-Dixon line. So it was an honour to play Lee, he was a great general.
Very often some of the religious miracle plays you see on television can be very corny, I find. And so simplistic.
It's a cyclical thing. When they make one, everyone loves them. Different genres come around in succession. People always welcome the western. It's America's genre.
Today, everything has to be made by committee, and has to have special effects, but there's always room for good films.
The cultural contrast I saw between religions.
.. Catholics have a lot of mediators, going through saints and Mary or whatever. Protestants in general say things to God directly.
High Noon is a pretty corny movie.
There's no smoking section in heaven.
It suits him because way back many years ago when Nikita Mikhalkov, the great Russian director, came, I said, "I want you to meet somebody." So I get Billy Bob from Malvern, Arkansas and Nikita Mikhalkov from Moscow. It's just two big talents meet. We sat for two or three hours and talked. It was great. He's the real deal, this guy.
When you dance tango fast, you have to think slow.
The money part is one of the most difficult things.
Coppola always said I should do a tango movie. If it hadn't been for him, I don't know where we would have gotten the money.
I like the good feeling movies.
I don't have many people showing up at my door.
Very few people come out. When they do, I get a little suspicious. I live way up on a hill, way, way back in the country.
Although it wasn't that easy to do, it was wonderful working with John Wayne.
Being a star is an agent's dream, not an actor's.
If you piss your pants, you can only stay warm for so long.
The only thing that might make me stay in bed would be fear.
Once I get rest, then I can overcome the fear of a given day and then I'm ready. I'm ready to go. Not that I always have that fear, but sometimes that's the only thing that would keep me in bed more than just the laziness.
I like to do things that I develop from the ground up.
Around my own friends, I like to mess around.
Never use money to measure wealth, son.
We're all travelers in this world. From the sweet grass to the packing house. Birth 'til death. We travel between the eternities.
There was nothing wrong with shouting at God.
I like the smell of toast. Coffee is okay, but I don't drink much coffee. But toast is a nice smell. You smell some toast coming from your kitchen in the morning, you know that you're involved in a domestic situation and the operation that's going on is pleasant.
My uncle always said that I could have been a rancher.
Listening to critics is like letting Muhammad Ali decide which astronaut goes to the moon.
As long as they keep offering me some good parts and so forth - there are some parts out there that fit me pretty well - I'll keep going for a while.
We either accept weaknesses in good people or we have to tear pages out of the Bible.
It's no big thing, but you make big things out of little things sometimes.
Cows is one thing. But one man telling another man where he can go in this country is something else.
You gotta be careful with message movies.
People say "What do you want people to take away from it?" I always say its totally individual.
There's a lot of ignorance in our business.
.. Everybody's an authority. To have your own vision is rewarding.