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Last Updated on December 19, 2022

Have you ever heard of the ‘Italian Stallion’? If not, then, firstly, where have you been? And secondly, don’t worry, you may be uncultured, but we will fix that for you! Robert ‘Rocky’ Balboa is the main character of the Rocky movie series.

Rocky is a boxer created by and played by Sylvester Stallone in eight, yes… eight Rocky movies! He is a working-class and relatable Italian American that lives in the slums of Philadelphia.

He comes from humble beginnings, guarding the doors to clubs, but eventually finds his way into boxing and very quickly picks it up, turning into a superstar!

If you have seen the Rocky movies, you will know that Sylvester has a range of classic quotes to match his legendary character, and below, we will outline 35 of them just for you!

But before we jump into Sly’s best Rocky quotes, we should probably take a little look at each of the rocky movies. Think of it as a much watch checklist, so if you see any editions of Rocky here that you haven’t seen, then what are you waiting for? Get watching!!

Each of the Rocky Movies in Order

Rocky – 1976
Rocky II – 1979
Rocky III – 1982
Rocky IV – 1985
Rocky V – 1990
Rocky Balboa – 2006
Creed – 2015
Creed II – 2018

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

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

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

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

5. “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. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya 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

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6. “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

7. “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. I don’t know, I don’t know.” – Rocky Balboa

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

9. “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? I mean 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! 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

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

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

12. “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

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

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

15. “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

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

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

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

19. “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

20. “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

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21. “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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

31. “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

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

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

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

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