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37 Positive Robert Downey Jr. Quotes

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Robert Downey Jr. is one of the highest paid and most celebrated actors of our time.  However, he spent much of his life overcoming drug addiction and alcoholism before breaking out into the iconic roles that we know and recognize him for today.  Downey credits much of his success to staying humble, positive thinking, and always giving back.

Here are 37 of Robert Downey Jr’s most positive quotes:

1. “I know very little about acting.  I’m just an incredibly gifted faker” – Robert Downey Jr.

2. “The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven” – Robert Downey Jr.

3. “Remember that just because you hit bottom doesn’t mean you have to stay there” – Robert Downey Jr.

4. “There is unpanned gold in every soul you run into, no matter what walk of life they are from” – Robert Downey Jr.

5. “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” – Robert Downey Jr.

6. “There’s somewhere you’re suppoused to go, and if you get quiet enough, you’ll make it” – Robert Downey Jr.

7. “Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the f*&k you were gonna do anyway” – Robert Downey Jr.

8. “I used to be so convinced that happiness was the goal, yet all those years I was chasing after it I was unhappy in the pursuit. Maybe the goal really should be a life that values honor, duty, good work, friends and family.” – Robert Downey Jr.

9. “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” – Robert Downey Jr.

10. “There’s a little bit of asshole in every nice guy, and there’s a little bit of genius in every moron” – Robert Downey Jr.

11. “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” – Robert Downey Jr.

12. “I’ve always felt like an outsider in this industry.  Because I’m so insane I guess” – Robert Downey Jr.

13. “I have a sense of destiny that you are led to the things you are supposed to do” – Robert Downey Jr.

14. “To me, friendship means loving tolerance” – Robert Downey Jr.

15. “Nothing will serve you better than a strong work ethic. Nothing. And it’s something that you can’t teach. You have to be thrown into it, where you’re going to sink or swim. It’s amazing how self-correcting and how clarifying a good, hard, shitty job can be. Because at the end of the day, any profession I’ve seen anybody in, when you peer behind the curtains of ‘Oh, wouldn’t that be a great job? Wow, what an amazing thing, a philanthropic endeavor!’ it really just comes down to ‘It’s a f**king grind.’” – Robert Downey Jr.

16. “I want to give myself the freedom not to have to be projecting my whole life ahead” – Robert Downey Jr.

17. “It’s really not that difficult to overcome these seemingly ghastly problems…what’s hard is to decide” – Robert Downey Jr.

18. “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.

19. “Life is just so painful and messy and hard and worth it and all that stuff” – Robert Downey Jr.

20. “I think that we all do heroic things, but her is not a noun, it’s a verb” – Robert Downey Jr.

21. “Sometimes you just gotta be drop-kicked out of the nest” – Robert Downey Jr.

22. “I understand reversal of fortune; that usually has come through my own hand, but you know, you live life on life’s terms” – Robert Downey Jr.

23. “I just think it’s good to be confident.  If I’m not on my team why should anybody else be?” – Robert Downey Jr.

24. “The higher the stakes, the happier I am, the better I will be” – Robert Downey Jr.

25. “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” – Robert Downey Jr.

26. “I think it’s miraculous that anybody survives themselves” – Robert Downey Jr.

27. “It’s hard to get out of the barrel.  It’s slippery around the edges and people are happy to see you fall back in” – Robert Downey Jr.

28. “Job one is to get out of that cave.  A lot of people do get out but don’t change” – Robert Downey Jr.

29. “Look, even bad years are pretty good years I think” – Robert Downey Jr.

30. “I think you end up doing the stuff you were supposed to do at the time you were supposed to do it” – Robert Downey Jr.

31. “I’ve noticed that worrying is like praying for you don’t want to happen” – Robert Downey Jr.

32. “Do I want to be a hero to my son?  No.  I would like to be a very real human being.  That’s hard enough” – Robert Downey Jr.

33. “Nothings a break for me.  Not even the breaks are breaks” – Robert Downey Jr.

34. “Discipline for me is about respect. It’s not even about self-respect; it’s about respect for life and all it offers.” – Robert Downey Jr.

35. “Whenever I watch someone doing something, even if it doesn’t turn out so great, I at least admire their intentions and stuff” – Robert Downey Jr.

36. “I always think part of success is being able to replicate results, taking what is interesting or viable about yourself as a professional person and seeing if you bring it into different situations with similar results” – Robert Downey Jr.

37. “I think that the power is the principle.  The principle of moving forward, as though you have the confidence to move forward, eventually gives you the confidence when you look back and see what you’ve done” – Robert Downey Jr.

Which RDJ quote resonated with you the most?  Comment below!

Joe Kleckner has a passion for all things motivation & self-development.  From blogs such as Addicted2Success, to the videos of Eric Thomas and Elliott Hulse, to the lectures of legends such as Tony Robbins.  This passion has landed him an internship with Addicted2Success. Follow him on Twitter & Snapchat as he journeys towards greatness, one day at a time.

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    Oct 27, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    I really like and admire Robert Downey Jr. Thank you for sharing these great quotes!
    “Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the f*&k you were gonna do anyway” 😀 Love it!

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Michelle Obama, wife of former United States President, Barack Obama, an American lawyer and writer, a former First Lady of the United States of America, a mom, an author and a style icon. In the eight amazing years that she served as the First Lady of the United States of America, she managed to become an inspiration for women all across the globe.

She has always spoken and worked towards equal rights for women, education for girls and healthy living. She is the proper definition of the modern-day revolutionary woman. Over the last couple of years, she has been encouraging people everywhere with her incredible words of wisdom and motivation. Every single person – young or old, is sure to take inspiration and motivation from her words.

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1. “When they go low, we go high.”

2. “Success isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.”

3. “Always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.”

4. “The only limit to the height of your achievement is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them.”

5. “Being a healthy woman isn’t about getting on a scale or measuring your waistline. We need to start focusing on what matters – on how we feel, and how we feel about ourselves.”

6. “As women, we must stand up for ourselves. As women, we must stand up for each other. As women, we must stand up for justice for all.”

7. “No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are BEAUTIFUL.”

8. “Always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody says distract you from your goals.”

9. “No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contribution of half of its citizens.”

10. “You don’t have to say anything to the haters. You don’t have to acknowledge them at all. You just wake up every morning and be the best you can be. And that tends to shut them up.”

11. “Instead of letting your hardships and failures discourage or exhaust you, let them inspire you. Let them make you even hungrier to succeed.”

12.Empower yourselves with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise.”

13. “When girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous.”

14. “Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.”

15. “Choose people who lift you up.”

16. “The difference between a broken community and a thriving one is the presence of women who are valued.”

17. “Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered.”

18. “Just do what works for you because there will always be someone who thinks differently.”

19. “Every girl, no matter where she lives, deserves the opportunity to develop the promise inside of her.”

20. “Just try new things. Don’t be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar.”

21. “Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. Trust your instincts, good relationships feel good, they feel right, they don’t hurt.”

22. “The one way to get me to work my hardest was to doubt me.”

23. “Don’t ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility. Make decisions based on what should happen, not what shouldn’t.”

24. “I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values – and follow my own moral compass – then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own.”

25. “Changing the big picture takes time… and the best thing to do is focus on the things that we can make in our lives. If we’re doing all that – that becomes the collage of real change.”

26. “People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together.”

27. “We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.”

28. “You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.”

29. “I am an example of what is possible when girls from the beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.”

30. “If my future were determined just by my performance on a standardized test, I wouldn’t be here. I guarantee you that.”

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