20+ Best Leonardo DiCaprio Quotes I Wish I Had Read

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Born in 1974 in Los Angeles, California, Leonardo DiCaprio is an actor known for his edgy, unconventional roles. 

He started out in television before moving on to film, scoring an Oscar nomination for his role in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). 

In 1997, DiCaprio starred in James Cameron’s epic drama Titanic, which made him a huge star. The actor has also paired up with iconic director Martin Scorsese for several projects, including The Aviator (2004) and The Departed (2006). His more recent films include Inception (2010), Django Unchained (2012), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and The Revenant (2015), winning his first Oscar for the latter.

We have compiled a list of Leonardo DiCaprio quotes for you to read.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Quotes

My mother is a walking miracle.

 

I prefer ordinary girls – you know, college students, waitresses, that sort of thing. Most of the girls I go out with are just good friends. Just because I go out to the cinema with a girl, it doesn’t mean we are dating.

 

I’m not the kind of person who tries to be cool or trendy, I’m definitely an individual.

 

I play fictitious characters often solving fictitious problems. I believe mankind has looked at climate change in the same way, as if it were a fiction.

 

Women have been the most persecuted people throughout all of recorded history, more than any race or religion.

 

My dad’s probably one of the kindest people in the world. When I was younger that’s not how I was- I was a little spoiled brat.

 

If you can do what you do best and be happy, you’re further along in life than most people.

 

I’ve been very lucky to have achieved a lot of the things that I dreamt of achieving as a young man. But, at the end of the day – and I truly believe this – it is not about achieving great wealth or success. Because they don’t bring happiness, ultimately.

 

The best thing about acting is that I get to lose myself in another character and actually get paid for it… It’s a great outlet. I’m not really sure who I am – it seems I change every day.

 

My career should adapt to me. Fame is like a VIP pass wherever you want to go.

 

I get a friend to travel with me… I need somebody to bring me back to who I am. It’s hard to be alone.

 

I’ve never been Romeo who meets a girl and falls for her immediately. It’s been a much slower process for me each time I’ve gone into a relationship.

 

I don’t think I ever expected anything like an Oscar ever, to tell you the truth. That is not my motivation when I do these roles. I really am motivated by being able to work with great people and create a body of work that I can look back and be proud of.

 

People are always like, ‘It must be so hard for you, not to be able to leave your house. I’m like, ‘No, I go where I want and do whatever I want all the time.’ ‘No, you walk down the street?’ ‘Yeah, I do all the time.’ ‘Really?’ ‘Yeah, all the time.’

 

I remember reading the book in high school and always thinking of Gatsby as this strong, stoic, suave, mysterious man who had everything under control. But when I read it as an adult, I realised he is a hollow man, a shell of a person trying to find meaning, who is not completely in touch with reality.

 

Drugs? Everyone has a choice and I choose not to do drugs.

 

I got attention by being funny at school, pretending to be retarded, and jumping around with a deformed hand.

 

I just really love doing what I do. I know every career is fleeting and there will be time periods when I don’t get the opportunities that I’m getting right now, so I am taking advantage of them.

 

The bottom line is, when it comes to an actor and his performance, whether nominated or not, it simply has to do with whether that character had enough resonance with the audience. You know, to the filmgoers. And that something that you can’t control.

 

As a young boy, I was obsessed with endangered species and the extinct species that men killed off. Biology was the subject in school that I was incredibly passionate about.

 

I’ve never done drugs. That’s because I saw this stuff literally every day when I was 3 or 4 years old.

 

Portraying emotionally ill characters gives me the chance to really act.

 

I grew up when I was 15 when I had my first opportunity in movies. I watched every great movie for a year and a half, and since then I’ve asked myself how I can emulate such artistry. That’s really my motivation. I want to do something as good as my heroes have done.

 

I couldn’t deal with playing a character who rides motorcycles and has a leather jacket and is a tough kid, y’know?

 

School, I never truly got the knack of. I could never focus on things I didn’t want to learn.

 

I’m just starting to scratch the surface of what really makes me happy and it’s taken me a while to admit that acting like a little child and being a jerk and a punk is fun.

 

I have to say that whatever decisions I make, I really do think that movie making is a director’s medium. They are the people that ultimately shape the film, and a director can take great material and turn it into garbage if they are not capable of making a good movie.

 

The first kiss I had was the most disgusting thing in my life. The girl injected about a pound of saliva into my mouth, and when I walked away I had to spit it all out.

 

I don’t see why I can’t have friends of both sexes without wild rumors being circulated. It’s crazy.

 

I want to be a jerk like the rest of my friends, and have fun, and not care about the consequences, but I just can’t now.

 

Don’t think for a moment that I’m really like any of the characters I’ve played. I’m not. That’s why it’s called ‘acting’.

 

I really don’t know what I’m doing… I don’t. It’s terrible. I go in there and I learn how to be like the character and do the best I can, and that’s all I really do.

 

I was always the kid in school who tried to get attention, not necessarily the class clown, but I’d do little unexpected performances.

 

I’ve been planted here to be a vessel for acting… That’s why I’m really taking any part, regardless of how complicated it’s going to be.

 

Thing about acting is that it always keeps you on your toes… It’s not like any other job where you can go in and do the same thing as yesterday.

 

I’ve managed to keep a clear head and remain sane in this business because I remain a kid off-camera.

 

When a role for a young guy is being offered to me, I think of River Phoenix. It feels like a loss.

 

The role of Rimbaud is one of the most important roles to play for a young actor.

 

Meryl Streep does things I would never have thought possible… Her presence on screen is outstanding.

 

I’m probably not going to get married unless I live with somebody for 10 or 20 years. But these people (Romeo and Juliet) took a chance and they did it. We don’t have the balls that Romeo did.

 

If I want to go to a party with a few male friends, it doesn’t mean I’m gay.

 

With Romeo and Juliet, you’re talking about two people who meet one night, and get married the same night. I believe in love at first sight-but it hasn’t happened to me yet.

 

I am friends with Demi. Don’t believe anything you read.

 

I just want to keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully people will watch my movies.

 

Being dubbed as a hunk sort of annoys me. It gives me a yucky feeling.

 

To believe in love, to be ready to give up anything for it, to be willing to risk your life for it, is the ultimate tragedy.

 

You do need parental guidance and I was in a great position with both my mum and dad. They split when I was a baby but even though I stayed with my mom they were both very much involved in my upbringing.

 

My father, George, has also affected the choices in my life regarding films. I like films that take chances or say something different or experiment. Growing up with him, I was surrounded by different artists – not just actors or film-makers but cartoonists, poets, writers.

 

I have learned from my experiences in this industry that there is absolutely no way to control people’s opinions on your performance in your movie. You go out there, promote your film and hope people like the work you did.

 

Hoover was incredibly ambitious as a young man. He was highly motivated to succeed in Washington, primarily due to his mother’s expectations of him.

 

Money was always on my mind when I was growing up. So I was always wondering how we were going to afford this and that. Acting seemed to be a shortcut out of the mess.

 

I get unhappy doing things that I’m not passionate about. Because I feel like I’m squandering this incredible gift I’ve been given to finance films. As soon as my name alone was enough to make this happen, I vowed to myself that I was going to work with directors who were changing cinema, doing something important, you know?

 

Hopefully I’ve gotten better as an actor as the years have gone on, but the type of work I want to do has never changed.

 

I love scuba diving, and I’ve been up and down the Amazon.

 

I can remember getting rejected systematically by casting directors as a young kid. I felt like the biggest outsider there ever was; that I’d never belong in that club.

 

I was a bit of a loudmouth, and I was in an environment where the elements aligned to have kids smack the hell outta me once in a while.

 

A great white jumped into my cage when I was diving in South Africa. Half its body was in the cage, and it was snapping at me.

 

I don’t think anyone really gets used to being recognized around the world. It kind of feels like a videogame at times, especially with paparazzi and people following you and things of that nature. But it’s part of who I am now.

 

My friends have named me the person they least want to do extreme adventures with, because I always seem to be very close to being part of a disaster. If a cat has nine lives, I think I’ve used a few.

 

I certainly don’t eat raw bison liver on a regular basis.

 

Television is better than it’s ever been in history. A lot of stories are being pushed – because of how complicated they are to make – toward Netflix and other channels on cable.

 

I am completely open to doing a romantic comedy, but I will never do something just for the sake of doing a specific genre or because it’s the time or place to do a different type of movie. I think that would be a huge mistake.

 

I am completely open to doing a romantic comedy, but I will never do something just for the sake of doing a specific genre or because it’s the time or place to do a different type of movie. I think that would be a huge mistake.

 

There are a lot of directors I’d still love to work with. Paul Thomas Anderson is someone I’d love to work with. I think Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is very talented. Ang Lee is very talented. I mean, there are a lot of people. There are many great directors out there.

 

Considering all that’s happened in my life, I feel like I’m a pretty levelheaded person that has remained happy and not let my shortcomings overtake the better part of me. I’m fulfilling the things I wanted to fulfill, and I’m still sane.

 

Considering all that’s happened in my life, I feel like I’m a pretty levelheaded person that has remained happy and not let my shortcomings overtake the better part of me. I’m fulfilling the things I wanted to fulfill, and I’m still sane.

 

To be honest, I’m not really prepared to do a musical, simply because I think I have a pretty atrocious voice.

 

My parents know I was outgoing as a child, and whenever people came over, I’d automatically do impressions of them as soon as they left; it was my mom’s favorite thing. Yes, I grew up in Hollywood, but not in any rich neighborhood.

 

I took some time off after ‘Titanic’ because I needed to let the dust settle and recharge my battery. I felt, ‘OK, you’ve been given a tremendous opportunity; what are you going to do with it? Now your name can finance movies that you do want to do.’

 

I’ve always been a slow starter. My first date was with a girl called Cessi. We had a beautiful relationship over the phone all summer, and then when we met, I couldn’t look her in the eye.

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