Rocky balboa quotes: these are the best sayings of the cult boxer

Rocky Balboa quotes: These are the best sprüche of the cult boxer

As boxing legend Rocky Balboa, Sylvester Stallone has undoubtedly made Hollywood history. Starting in the mid-70s with "Rocky," the sportsman drama was expanded into a true epic all the way to the spin-off "Creed II," which continues to thrill today. Meanwhile, it’s Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), the son of Rocky’s buddy Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), is at the center of the movies. But the series about the boxing icon not only features neatly staged fight scenes, but also some pithy sayings. We have collected for you the best quotes from Rocky Balboa.

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Rocky Balboa quotes: these are the boxer’s pithiest statements

  • "The world is not all sunshine and rainbows. It is often a mean and ugly place. And I don’t care how strong you are. It will bring you to your knees and crush you if you let it. You and I – and no one else – can hit as hard as life does. But the point is not how hard one can hit. The only thing that counts is how many punches he can take and whether he keeps going anyway. How much you can take and still keep going. That’s the only way to win!"
  • "What matters in life is not how much you dish out, but how much you can take in!"
  • "If you know what you’re worth, then go and get it. But only if you’re willing to take the beating for it! But don’t point your finger at others and say you’re not where you want to be because of him or her or anyone else. Weaklings do that! And you are not – you are better!"
  • "If I am still standing when the final bell rings, then I will know for the first time in my life that I am not just some bum, a nobody."
  • "You can do it. The difference between a hero and a coward is that the hero is willing to fight to try! Do you understand? That guy over there is scared too. Both of you are afraid."
  • "Maybe I can’t win, maybe I can’t do anything but take as many punches as he dishes out. But to beat me, he has to kill me in the ring – and to kill me, he has to have the strength to look me in the eye while doing it. And to do that, he himself must be ready to die. And I do not know if he is ready for it."
  • "If I can change, then you can change, then the whole world must be able to change."
  • "Not like I’m bragging about it." (Rocky’s job interview response when asked if he had a criminal record.)
  • "Adrian, look, I did it!"
  • "Only when you control fear, Tommy, does it really do you any good."

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