110 Rocky Balboa Quotes on Grit, Dreams and Life

We’ve gathered the best Rocky Balboa quotes that will teach you a thing or two about determination, dreams, and fighting for what you believe in.

So, what are you waiting for? Make sure you check out our full collection below.

Rocky Balboa keeps throwing punches even decades after the release of it’s first movie.

And maybe it’s due to the fact that it’s the ultimate underdog movie that will inspire everyone who watches the film that nothing is impossible.

And that great heights can always be achieved if we work hard and believe in ourselves.

Read the full list below.

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Rocky Balboa Quotes - Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows.

1. “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

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

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

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

5. “You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” – Rocky Balboa

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

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

8. “Our greatest glory is not in falling, but rising every time we fall.” – Rocky Balboa

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

Rocky Balboa Quotes on Defying the Odds

Rocky Balboa Quotes - Every once in a while, a person comes along who defies the odds, who defies logic, and fulfills an incredible dream.

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

11. “No, maybe I can’t win, maybe the only thing I can do is just take everything he’s got.” – Rocky Balboa

12. “How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” – Rocky Balboa

13. “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

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

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

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

17. “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

18. “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

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

Rocky Balboa Quotes on Being the Best Version of Yourself

Rocky Balboa Quotes - Nobody owes nobody nothing. You owe yourself.

20. “Nobody owes nobody nothing. You owe yourself.” – Rocky Balboa

21. “Because 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

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

23. “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

24. “The toughest opponent you’re ever going to have to face is in the mirror.” – Rocky Balboa

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

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

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

28. “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

29. “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

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

31. “See, fear keeps you sharp, it keeps you awake, you know, it makes you want to survive. You know what I mean?” – Rocky Balboa

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

33. “The thing is, you gotta learn how to control it. Alright? ‘Cause fear is like this fire, alright? And it’s burning deep inside.” – Rocky Balboa

34. “You’re gonna eat lightning and you’re gonna crap thunder!” – Mickey

Rocky Balboa Quotes on Love and Support

Rocky Balboa Quotes - I'm always gonna love you, no matter what. No matter what happens.

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

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

37. “I wrecked everything by not thinking for myself.” – Rocky Balboa

38. “Yo Adrian, I did it.” – Rocky Balboa

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

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

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

42. “You know I couldn’t have done nothing without you.” – Rocky Balboa

43. “It brings me luck.” – Rocky Balboa

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

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

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

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

48. “I’ll be here waiting for you.” – Adrian

49. “Women weaken legs!” – Mickey

Rocky Balboa Quotes on Dreams and Purpose

Rocky Balboa Quotes - All I wanna do is go the distance.

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

51. “Maybe some of you guys got something you never finished, something you really want to do, something you never said to someone, something, and you’re told no, even after you paid your dues? Who’s got the right to tell you that, who? Nobody!” – Rocky Balboa

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

53. “I’m pursuing something and nobody looks too happy about it.” – Rocky Balboa

54. “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

55. “I gotta go out the way I gotta go out.” – Rocky Balboa

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

57. “You gotta be a moron. You gotta be a moron to wanna be a fighter.” – Rocky Balboa

58. “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

59. “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

60. “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

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

62. “Rocky, why do you fight?” – Adrian

63. “It’s a waste of life!” – Mickey

64. “Stay in school and use your brain. Be a doctor, be a lawyer, carry a leather briefcase. Forget about sports as a profession. Sports make ya grunt and smell. See, be a thinker, not a stinker.” – Apollo Creed

Rocky Balboa Quotes on Life

Rocky Balboa Quotes - Now, if you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth.

65. “Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth.” – Rocky Balboa

66. “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

67. “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

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

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

70. “The older I get, the more things I gotta leave behind—that’s life.” – Rocky Balboa

71. “Somewhere along the line, you changed. You stopped being you.” – Rocky Balboa

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

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

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

Rocky Balboa Quotes on Fighting and Winning

Rocky Balboa Quotes - C'mon, champ, hit me in the face! My mom hits harder than you!

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

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

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

78. “He’s just another fighter.” – Rocky Balboa

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

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

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

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

83. “I gotta problem, I gotta fight!” – Rocky Balboa

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

85. “I should’ve broken your thumb!” – Rocky Balboa

86. “You see, fear is a fighter’s best friend. You know, but it ain’t nothing to be ashamed of.” – Rocky Balboa

87. “Ain’t gonna be no rematch.” – Apollo Creed

88. “He doesn’t know it’s a damn show, he thinks it’s a damn fight!” – Apollo’s Trainer

89. “Your nose is broken.” – Mickey

Rocky Balboa Quotes on Grit and Determination

Rocky Balboa Quotes - One step at a time. One punch at a time. One round at a time.

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

91. “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

92. “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.” – Rocky Balboa

93. “Where did you get the name,’The Italian Stallion?’” – TV Interviewer

94. “Look. It’s the name, man. The Italian Stallion. The media will eat it up. Now, who discovered America? An Italian, right. What would be better than to get it on with one of its descendents?” – Apollo Creed

95. “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

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

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

98. “Why do you wear that old sweaty thing?” – Mickey

99. “You can take him okay, it’s all heart, you understand. It ain’t all muscle, it’s all heart. Heart and fire, heart and fire, Okay!” – Rocky Balboa

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Rocky Balboa Quotes - Yeah, yeah, the Bill of Rights.

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

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

102. “It’s a livin’?” – Rocky Balboa

103. “Oh I made that up one night while I was eating dinner.” – Rocky Balboa

104. “I just want to say hi to my girlfriend, okay? Yo, Adrian! It’s me, Rocky.” – Rocky Balboa

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

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

107. “Go for the ribs, don’t let that bastard breathe.” – Mickey

108. “Stay down!” – Mickey

109. “It brings you flys.” – Mickey

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

Are You Ready to Fight Countless Rounds to Achieve Your Ultimate Dream?

If there’s one thing we should take away from the movie, it’s that we should never give up—not on ourselves, on other people, and especially not on our dreams. Life is never going to be easy, but it’s up to us to keep moving and keep moving forward.

Nobody can ever force us to live a certain kind of life because our destiny is ours. Every choice we make today leads to something in the future. That’s why it’s important to know what we want and what we aspire to have, and start acting towards that now, at this very moment. It’s never too late and it’s also never too early. Take it upon your hands to succeed and do well in life.

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