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?

β€” Robert Redford

The most unexpected Robert Redford quotes that will activate your desire to change

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


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 quote To the library. It was such a big deal,

To the library. It was such a big deal, to go in and get my own book.


The measure of our success will be the condition on which we leave the world for the next generation.


God, I just love baseball.


We've poisoned the air, the water, and the land.

In our passion to control nature, things have gone out of control. Progress from now on has to mean something different. We're running out of resources and we are running out of time.


Problems can become opportunities when the right people come together.


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.


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.


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


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


He has the attention span of a lightning bolt.


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


About Robert Redford

Quotes 166 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Actor
Birthday October 16

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.


The tough thing about adulthood is it starts before you even know it starts.


It's an honor putting art above politics.

Politics can be seductive in terms of things reductive to the soul.


San Franciscans are very proud of their city, and they should be.

It’s the most beautiful place in the world.


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.


Now is not the time to repudiate environmental balance, but rather it is the time for all of us to work together - politician, advocate, rancher, scientist, and citizen. Only by doing this will the United States move forward and be a leader in environmental issues and ensure sustainability to our delicate ecosystem.


People have been so busy relating to how I look, it's a miracle I didn't become a self-conscious blob of protoplasm.


I would see my hometown, Los Angeles, change.

Green space and orange groves gave way to cement, freeways flooded with traffic, and air pollution, all in the name of "progress." I felt like I was losing my home. It had a profound effect on me, and I realized just how important nature was to my spirit, my soul, my point of view.


Be careful of success; it has a dark side.


When I grew up, shame was used as a tool for check and balance.

If you stood a chance of hearing someone say, "Shame on you," or "You should be ashamed of yourself," you thought twice. It doesn't seem to be a factor today.


Storytelling is important. Part of human continuity.


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


Ideas aren't real estate, they grow collectively and that knocks out the egotistical loneliness that generally infects art.


Because, you know, you're in Utah. And because of its political conservatism, if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.


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


The way I deal with arthritis is to keep moving.

As long as I can play hard tennis, as long as I can ski or ride a horse - all kinds of things can come your way. As long as you can, do it. People who retire die. My dad retired and died shortly after. Just keep moving.


When I was about fifteen, I went to work at Yosemite National Park.

It changed me forever. Nature had carved its own sculpture, and I was part of it, not the other way around.


It's a creative enterprise, just like art, just like painting, music.

Creating something can be done in different categories, so to do it in film is just another expression, which is great. Because it translates so well because so many people see the work, if you're lucky.


I can't think of anything outside of having the gift yourself and creating yourself. I can't think of the next better thing to do than being able to put it back. Creative expression, I think, is vital to the success of any society.... A society without art will die.


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'.


When I became successful, I put up a caution.

I didn't think it was fair to have the shadow of that kind of success thrown on my family. And I was cautious about being taken by things that could destroy you.


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.


Utah is changing. There are good people in Utah. More people want to change the discriminatory laws than want to keep them. People should be able to marry whomever they love.


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.


There's a lot of money to be made by strip-mining and drilling the dirtiest oil on the planet. But why should the rest of us pay the price?


I had just arrived in New York from California.

I was nineteen years old and excited beyond belief. I was an art student and an acting student and behaved as most young actors did - meaning that there was no such thing as a good actor, 'cause you yourself hadn't shown up yet.


Radio, newspapers, they were normal parts of my life.

In those days, you had to go somewhere to watch television and leave something to see it.


What we are living with is the result of human choices and it can be changed by making better, wiser choices.


If you stay in Beverly Hills too long, you become a Mercedes.


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.


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.


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


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.


People are becoming more and more aware of how the dominance of development and business is altering their lives and, in particular, their own heritage.


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.


Once the festival achieved a certain level of notoriety, then people began to come here with agendas that were not the same as ours. We can't do anything about that. We can't control that.


I'm always moving forward and trying new things.