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Inspirational Rocky Quotes About Life and Fighting

Channel your inner champion with the help of these amazing Rocky quotes!

If you’re looking for inspirational Rocky quotes, we’ve got the very best ones for you here on Everyday Power.

Sylvester Stallone introduced us to one of the most memorable and beloved fictional sports characters the world has ever known.

He wrote the script himself for the movie and played the title character Rocky Balboa, and audiences everywhere loved every moment he spent on the screen.

Rocky is arguably one of the most appreciated movie characters and definitely one of the most motivational films of all time.

It tells the rags to riches story of Rocky Balboa (played by Sylvester Stallone), an uneducated but well-meaning Italian-American boxer. 

Just as it seems he’s lost everything, he gets a shot at the world heavyweight championship.

Regarded as one of the greatest sports films ever made, Rocky became the highest-grossing film of 1976, earning $225 million in global box office receipts. It won 3 Oscars and shot Sylvester Stallone to superstardom.

The film has inspired 6 sequels, with a 7th one set to be released in the United States on November 21, 2018. Stallone portrays Rocky Balboa in all six sequels.

The story behind how Sylvester Stallone pitched the script for the movie to producers and how many times he was rejected is inspiring in itself. He pitched the movie more than 150 times before anyone even paid attention.

Rocky’s memorable script is full of motivational quotes. Let’s look at some great Rocky quotes that can inspire anyone to turn their dreams into reality.

We also have a collection of Creed II quotes to help you unleash the warrior within. Be sure to check that as well.

Inspirational Rocky quotes about life and fighting

1. “Life’s not about how hard of a hit you can give… it’s about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward.” ― Rocky Balboa

2. “Nobody owes nobody nothing.” – Rocky Balboa

3. “Everything I got has moved on and I’m here.” – Rocky Balboa

4. “Success is usually the culmination of controlling failure.” – – Rocky Balboa

5. “Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.” – Rocky Balboa

6. “Time takes everybody out. Time is undefeated.” – Rocky Balboa

7. “C’mon, champ, hit me in the face! My mom hits harder than you!” – Rocky Balboa

8. “You can’t learn anything when you’re talking. That’s a fact of life. As long as you’re talking, you’re not listening.” – Rocky Balboa

9. “To beat me, he’s going to have to kill me. He’s gonna have to have the heart to stand in front of me and to do that, he’s got to be willing to die himself.” – Rocky Balboa

10. “You see this guy staring back at you? That’s your toughest opponent. I believe that’s true in the ring and I think that’s true in life.” – Rocky Balboa

Uplifting Rocky quotes about never giving up

11. “You’re gonna have to go through hell, worse than any nightmare you’ve ever dreamed. But when it’s over, I know you’ll be the one standing. You know what you have to do. Do it.”  – Rocky Balboa

12. “I believe there’s an inner power that makes winners or losers. And the winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts.” – Rocky Balboa

13. “You, me or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life.” – Rocky Balboa

14. “One step at a time. One punch at a time. One round at a time.” – Rocky Balboa

15. “Bring back everything that’s ever hurt you, all the pain you had inside. They don’t know what we’ve been through. You belong here!” – Rocky Balboa

16. “You’re gonna take a beating, you’re gonna take this, you’re gonna get knocked down, you’re gonna get up and you’re gonna see if you got the right thing.” – Rocky Balboa

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17. “Ah come on, Adrian, it’s true. I was nobody. But that don’t matter either, you know? ‘Cause I was thinkin’, it really don’t matter if I lose this fight. It really don’t matter if this guy opens my head, either. ‘Cause all I wanna do is go the distance. Nobody’s ever gone the distance with Creed, and if I can go that distance, you see, and that bell rings and I’m still standin’, I’m gonna know for the first time in my life, see, that I weren’t just another bum from the neighborhood.” – Rocky Balboa

18. “Yeah, to you it’s Thanksgiving; to me it’s Thursday.” – Rocky Balboa

19. “How ’bout I stay here and you fight?” – Rocky Balboa

20. “If you stop this fight I’ll kill you.” – Rocky Balboa

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Inspirational Rocky quotes to inspire you to reach your full potential

21. “Going in one more round when you don’t think you can. That’s what makes all the difference in your life.” – Rocky Balboa

22. “It’s your right to listen to your gut, it ain’t nobody’s right to say no after you earned the right to be where you want to be and do what you want to do!” – Rocky Balboa

23. “Remember, the mind is your best muscle. Big arms can move rocks, but big words can move mountains.” – Rocky Balboa

24. “I stopped thinking the way other people think a long time ago. You gotta think like you think.” – Rocky Balboa

25. “Every once in a while a person comes along who defies the odds, who defies logic, and fulfills an incredible dream.” – Rocky Balboa

26. “Until you start believing in yourself, you ain’t gonna have a life.” – Rocky Balboa

27. “If you’re willing to go through all the battling you got to go through to get where you want to get, who’s got the right to stop you?” – Rocky Balboa

28. “Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!” – Rocky Balboa

29. [Pointing towards Adonis’ reflection in the mirror] “That’s the toughest opponent you’re ever going to have to face.” – Rocky Balboa

30. “I don’t know if you’re special. Only you are going to know that.” – Rocky Balboa

Inspirational Rocky quotes to help you get through the hard times

31. “Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.” – Rocky Balboa

32. “You gotta work hard. I swear to God, if you’re not gonna do it, I’m out.” – Rocky Balboa

33. “I gotta problem I gotta fight!” – Rocky Balboa

34. “You knocked him down, why don’t you try knocking me down now.” – Rocky Balboa

35. “He don’t care ’bout you Tommy; he don’t care ’bout me neither!” – Rocky Balboa

36. “I gotta go out the way I gotta go out.” ― Rocky Balboa

37. “When can I fight again?” – Rocky Balboa

38. “All I wanna do is go the distance.” – Rocky Balboa

39. “I can’t see nothing, gotta open my eye. Cut me, Mick.”– Rocky Balboa

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Rocky quotes that will elevate your perspective

40. “If I can change and you can change, everybody can change.” – Rocky Balboa

41. “Ya know, they always say if you live in one place long enough, you are that place.” – Rocky Balboa

42. “You know, I think you try harder when you’re scared.” – Rocky Balboa

43. “You’re my son and you’re my blood. You’re the best thing in my life.” – Rocky Balboa

44. “You know, the older I get the more things I gotta leave behind, that’s life.” – Rocky Balboa

45. “The only thing I’m asking you guys to leave on the table… is what’s right.” – Rocky Balboa

46. “My point is, I’m pursuing something and nobody looks too happy about it.” – Rocky Balboa

47. “I’m always gonna love you, no matter what. No matter what happens.” – Rocky Balboa

48. “Yeah yeah, the Bill of Rights. Don’t it say something about going after what makes you happy?” – Rocky Balboa

49. “I am not the richest, smartest or most talented person in the world, but i succeed because i keep going, and going, and going!” – Rocky Balboa

50. “Nothing’s over ’til it’s over.” – Rocky Balboa

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Rocky quotes to motivate you on your journey

51. “You see, fear is a fighter’s best friend. You know, but it ain’t nothing to be ashamed of. See, fear keeps you sharp, it keeps you awake, you know, it makes you want to survive. You know what I mean? But the thing is, you gotta learn how to control it. All right? ‘Cause fear is like this fire, all right? And it’s burning deep inside.” – Rocky V

52. “Nothing is real if you don’t believe in who you are!” – Rocky Balboa

53. “Together, we fill gaps.” – Rocky Balboa

54. [Asked why does he want to fight] “Because I can’t sing or dance.” –
Rocky Balboa

55. “What’s so crazy about standing toe-to-toe with someone, saying ‘I am’?” – Rocky Balboa

56. “You gotta be a moron… you gotta be a moron to wanna be a fighter.” –
Rocky Balboa

57. “I got heart, but I ain’t got no locker. Do I, Mick?” – Rocky Balboa

58. “Do you like having a good time? Then you need-a-good-watch!” –
Rocky Balboa

59. “I guess what I’m trying to say, is that if I can change, and you can change, everybody can change!” – Rocky IV

60. “You know I couldn’t have done nothing without you… Yo Adrian we did it…” – Rocky Balboa

Other inspirational Rocky quotes

61. “When things got hard you started looking for something to blame, like a shadow.” – Rocky Balboa

62. “I am not the richest, smartest or most talented person in the world. But I succeed because I keep going and going and going.” – Rocky Balboa

63. “That’s the way I’m made.” – Rocky Balboa

64. “It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” – Rocky Balboa

65. “There’s a beast inside me.” – Rocky Balboa

66. “If this is something you wanna do, and if this is something you gotta do, then you do it. Fighters fight.” – Rocky Balboa

67. “People do because they want to do.” – Rocky Balboa

68. “Sounds like a damn monster movie.” – Apollo

69. “Maybe it’s you who ain’t got it no more.” – Rocky Balboa

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70. “It’s like an animal morgue, you know.” – Rocky Balboa

More Rocky quotes to live by

71. “I don’t know if you’re special. Only you are going to know that.” – Rocky Balboa

72. “It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” – Rocky Balboa

73. “Yeah, to you it’s Thanksgiving; to me it’s Thursday.” – Rocky Balboa

74. “How did everything that was so good get so bad?” – Rocky Balboa

75. “I must break you.” – Rocky Balboa

76. “Except for my kid being born, this is the greatest night in the history of my life.” – Rocky Balboa

77. “No, maybe I can’t win, maybe the only thing I can do is just take everything he’s got. But to beat me, he’s gonna have to kill me and to kill me, he’s gonna have to have the heart to stand in front of me, and to do that, he’s gotta be willing to die himself and I don’t know if he’s ready to do that.” – Rocky Balboa

78. “I feel like a Kentucky Fried idiot.” – Rocky Balboa

79. “I can tell the way you talk, you been to school so I figure you got some brains. Why would you want to pick a fighter’s life when you don’t have to?” – Rocky Balboa

80. “I wanna kiss ya. You don’t have to kiss me back if ya don’t wanna. I wanna kiss you.” – Rocky Balboa

More Inspirational Rocky Quotes And Sayings

81. “I didn’t hear no bell.” — Rocky Balboa

82. “The only difference between the hero and the coward, is the hero is willing to go for it, alright, willing to take the shot.” — Rocky Balboa

83. “You know the older I get, the more things I got to leave behind, that’s life. The only thing I am asking you guys to leave on the table, is what is right.” — Rocky Balboa

84. “I just want to say one thing to my wife at home. Yo Adrian… I DID IT!!!” — Rocky Balboa

85. “I think we make a real sharp couple of coconuts – I’m dumb, you’re shy, Whaddaya think, huh?” — Rocky Balboa

86. “I was wonderin’ if, uh, you wouldn’t mind marryin’ me very much.” — Rocky Balboa

87. “I think he’d rather be here, talking with you.” — Rocky Balboa

88. “There is a resemblance. I’m usually here all the time so if you’re ever in the neighborhood, come by if you need something.” — Rocky Balboa

89. “It’s always about a choice. I was in the ring; I saw how it went down. That fight should’ve been stopped, I should have stopped it.” — Rocky Balboa

90. “I don’t go there. I haven’t been there in a long time.” — Rocky Balboa

Which Rocky quotes are your favorites?

Rocky is a true hero, in and outside the ring. He is a classic example of someone who never gives up, no matter what the situation.

Even when he gets knocked down, he refuses to back down and continues to get back up. There is a lot of wisdom we can gain from Rocky about being tough, never giving up, and fighting for our dreams.

Hopefully, these Rocky quotes and lines have inspired you to fight through the hard times and reach your full potential.

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Norbert Juma, Lead Editor
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  1. Krishna

    August 16, 2018 at 3:24 AM

    Very inspiring quotes.thanks for sharing.

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