Robert Duvall Quotes

“We’re all travelers in this world. From the sweet grass to the packing house. Birth ’til death. We travel between the eternities.” ~ Robert Duvall

“Not every successful man is a good father. But every good father is a successful man.” ~ Robert Duvall

“Never use money to measure wealth, son.” ~ Robert Duvall

Never use money to measure

“I was fortunate in the last century to be in the two biggest hits film-wise, ‘Godfather I’ and ‘Godfather II,’ and ‘Lonesome Dove.'” ~ Robert Duvall

“If you don’t daydream and kind of plan things out in your imagination, you never get there. So you have to start someplace.” ~ Robert Duvall

“If you piss your pants, you can only stay warm for so long.” ~ Robert Duvall

“When I knew nothing, I thought I could do anything.” ~ Robert Duvall

“If you don’t have heroes in the beginning, you don’t grow.” ~ Robert Duvall

“There’s no right or wrong just truthful or untruthful.” ~ Robert Duvall

“I can always grow a little bit, and try to do something different. So I’m always looking for what’s out there – the potential.” ~ Robert Duvall

“I hope I left behind a legacy that people will enjoy. But whatever they want to say, I can’t predict.” ~ Robert Duvall

I hope I left behind a legacy

“I love the smell of juice boxes in the morning.” ~ Robert Duvall

“There’s a lot of ignorance in our business… Everybody’s an authority. To have your own vision is rewarding.” ~ Robert Duvall

“You smell that? Do you smell that? Napalm, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” ~ Robert Duvall

“One thing I like about Argentina, they only cook with salt; that’s it.” ~ Robert Duvall

One thing I like about

“I love working in Texas anywhere.” ~ Robert Duvall

“When I’m at home in Virginia, I become more hermit-like. I like my own home.” ~ Robert Duvall

“It’s like kids playing house: ‘You play the father, I’ll play the mother.’ You know, you dress up, you play, they pay, you go home. It’s a game – acting’s a game.” ~ Robert Duvall

“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.” ~ Robert Duvall

The cultural contrast I saw

“I always thought of myself as a later bloomer, so I like some of my work more later than earlier.” ~ Robert Duvall

“There’s no smoking section in heaven.” ~ Robert Duvall

“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.” ~ Robert Duvall

“Way, way, way back I played a little bit, but I am definitely not a golfer. You know, it just takes too much time anyway during the course of the day.” ~ Robert Duvall

Way, way, way back I

“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.” ~ Robert Duvall

“Around my own friends, I like to mess around.” ~ Robert Duvall

“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.” ~ Robert Duvall

“I love going to black churches, and I love some of these black preachers. The best preacher I ever saw in my life was a 93-year-old in a black church in Hamilton, Virginia. What a preacher!” ~ Robert Duvall

I love going to black churches,

“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!” ~ Robert Duvall

“I’m getting good offers, as good as ever sometimes. I just finished a thing with Billy Bob Thornton that was the most unique part I’ve ever played in my life, in the most unique project.” ~ Robert Duvall

“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.” ~ Robert Duvall

“Sometimes you don’t prepare much. I mean, when I did ‘Lonesome Dove’ way back I rode horses day and night for like three or four months, and that got me ready for that.” ~ Robert Duvall

Sometimes you don't prepare

“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.” ~ Robert Duvall

“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.” ~ Robert Duvall

“You really have to soak up the culture of the people to get it right. If you’re making a fiction film, it’s entertainment, but you want it to be as real as possible.” ~ Robert Duvall

“My uncle always said that I could have been a rancher.” ~ Robert Duvall

My uncle always said that

“Too many people think that economics is this subject that should wait until the university level. But it can’t wait that long.” ~ Robert Duvall

“Although it wasn’t that easy to do, it was wonderful working with John Wayne.” ~ Robert Duvall

“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.” ~ Robert Duvall

“I like the good feeling movies.” ~ Robert Duvall