50 Meaningful Richard Gere Quotes

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Which are your favorite Richard Gere quotes?

Richard Gere is an American producer and actor. He won a Golden Globe Award and also has been nominated for several awards. He is best known for his work in a movie called ‘American Gigolo’. Other than acting, he also campaigns for human rights in Tibet.

Gere began his career by appearing in ‘Looking for Mr. Goodbar’ playing a supporting role as ‘Tony’. He starred in many movies including ‘Pretty Woman’, ‘Hachi: A Dog’s Tale’, ‘Runaway Bride’, and ‘Unfaithful’. 

Here’s our collection of the best Richard Gere quotes:


50 Meaningful Richard Gere Quotes

1. “His Holiness [the Dalai Lama] has told me, urgently and repeatedly, that he thinks my photographs are crap. His exact words were, These photos are of poor quality. Why is there no sharp focus? There is no clarity! I said, But your Holiness, it’s Goyaesque. And he said, ‘No! It’s out of focus!” – Richard Gere

2. “The reality is, we can change. We can change ourselves. We can change our minds. We can change our hearts… and therefore the Universe changes.” – Richard Gere

3. “Mindfulness is a quality that’s always there. It’s an illusion that there’s a meditation and post-meditation period, which I always find amusing, because you’re either mindful or you’re not.” – Richard Gere

4. “When His Holiness won the Nobel Peace Prize, there was a quantum leap. He is not seen as solely a Tibetan anymore; he belongs to the world.” – Richard Gere

5. “The drive for happiness is vital; it’s what keeps us in motion.” – Richard Gere

6. “Meditation is such a more substantial reality than what we normally take to be reality.” – Richard Gere

7. “I tend to be a bit of a dreamer.” – Richard Gere

8. “I’ve lived in New York when I’ve had nothing, and I’ve lived in New York when I had money, and New York changes radically depending on how much money you have. It’s the texture of life.” – Richard Gere

9. “Billions of people don’t practice a religion at all.” – Richard Gere


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10. “I have made plenty of mistakes. The key to life is to learn from them. I have been a little too introspective, but I think that stemmed from insecurity or shyness. I took a long time to grow up.” – Richard Gere


11. “Everyone responds to kindness.” – Richard Gere

12. “I’m less needy about needing to express myself through acting. I have many different lives outside of this that are extremely fulfilling.” – Richard Gere

13. “When you work as an actor, you’ve got to feel safe even in what appears to be the simplest things.” – Richard Gere

14. “When I started acting, it was really the way for me to be able to communicate.” – Richard Gere

15. “I know who I am. No one else knows who I am. If I was a giraffe, and someone said I was a snake, I’d think, no, actually I’m a giraffe.” – Richard Gere

16. “I’m younger than I once was. Internally. Less self-conscious. Less insecure.” – Richard Gere

17. “It’s not enough to say that the Olympics is an athletic contest outside of politics, because it’s not. The Chinese clearly are using the Olympics to recreate how they are viewed in the world and how they view themselves.” – Richard Gere

18. “I think movies probably are a mirror in some way so we can see ourselves in them.” – Richard Gere

19. “I’m voting for Gore because the other is unthinkable. Which most of us will probably do. I hope all of us. I’ve always liked Ralph Nader and would like to see a real third party, but the thought of George Bush as president is unthinkable.” – Richard Gere


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20. “When someone has a strong intuitive connection, Buddhism suggests that it’s because of karma, some past connection.” – Richard Gere


21. “I don’t think that bravery is about skin. Bravery is about a willingness to show emotional need.” – Richard Gere

22. “Certainly there have been better actors than me who have had no careers. Why? I don’t know.” – Richard Gere

23. “As custodians of the planet, it is our responsibility to deal with all species with kindness, love, and compassion. That these animals suffer through human cruelty is beyond understanding. Please help to stop this madness.” – Richard Gere

24. “Even in comedies, you’ve got to feel safe for things to just happen in a way that is natural and free, and recognizable as human.” – Richard Gere

25. “What we all have in common is an appreciation of kindness and compassion; all the religions have this. We all lean towards love.” – Richard Gere

26. “I have no sense of time, and I’m a dreamer.” – Richard Gere

27. “I’d bought a lot of really challenging, cutting-edge Joel-Peter Witkin photographs very early on. There were severed heads and amputated feet and hands in them – gruesome stuff. I had them all around the house, and if someone couldn’t relate to it in some artistic way and instead just said “Yuck,” then there probably wouldn’t have been anywhere for us to go.” – Richard Gere

28. “There’s really one character for every actor. The voyage is to find that one character.” – Richard Gere

29. “I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but if Jesus Christ lived in Chicago today, and he had come to me and he had five thousand dollars, let’s just say things would have turned out differently.” – Richard Gere


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30. “There is nothing real about film. Nothing. Even the light particles that project the film can’t be proven to exist. Nothing is there.” – Richard Gere


31. “I would rather be loved than have money and all that other stuff.” – Richard Gere

32. “Sometimes I’m kind of spacey. I’m like Ferdinand the bull, sniffing the daisy, not aware of time, of what’s going on in the real world.” – Richard Gere

33. “All of our energy should be in sacrifice and services. Suffering, at least.” – Richard Gere

34. “Always walk towards open doors. And if they slam shut in your face, kick that sucker in and keep going.” – Richard Gere

35. “Movie acting is primarily listening. If you’re really engaged, that’s all a movie audience wants to see is you processing what’s happening in your world.” – Richard Gere

36. “When I am there [Tibet], I am very happy. The Tibetans radiate. They literally send out light. His Holiness [the Dalai Lama] generates love and compassion to every human being. He has committed himself to that. I haven’t made that leap yet. I haven’t given up self-aspiration. I still love making movies.” – Richard Gere

37. “I think life is self-examination. Certainly, the voyage that one takes.” – Richard Gere

38. “From a Buddhist point of view, emotions are not real. As an actor, I manufacture emotions. They’re a sense of play. But real life is the same. We’re just not aware of it.” – Richard Gere

39. “People are always talking about freedom. Freedom to live a certain way, without being kicked around. Course the more you live a certain way, the less it feel like freedom. Me, Uhm, I can change during the course of a day. I wake and I’m one person, when I go to sleep I know for certain I’m somebody else. I don’t know who I am most of the time.” – Richard Gere


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40. “I don’t know any of us who are in relationships that are totally honest – it doesn’t exist.” – Richard Gere


41. “Western Buddhists in many ways are much serious Buddhists than Tibetans are.” – Richard Gere

42. “I do think that good actors can do any part. It doesn’t mean that they are the best ones to do it.” – Richard Gere

43. “Tibetan Buddhism had an enormous impact on me.” – Richard Gere

44. “It’s nice to have money, but the first thing I did with money was buy my father a snow-blower because my job was to shovel snow, and I wasn’t there to do it anymore, so I was able to buy him a blower.” – Richard Gere

45. “I’m a 50-year-old guy and I’m not in shape like I was when I was 30.” – Richard Gere

46. “In a situation like this, of course, you identify with everyone who’s suffering. (But we must also think about) the terrorists who are creating such horrible future lives for themselves because of the negativity of this karma. It’s all of our jobs to keep our minds as expansive as possible. If you can see (the terrorists) as a relative who’s dangerously sick and we have to give them medicine, and the medicine is love and compassion. There’s nothing better.” – Richard Gere

47. “America has never paid any attention to other people, so it’s absurd for Bush to say that it’s all in the best interests of the Iraqi people.” – Richard Gere

48. “People don’t understand what happiness is, so they have an idea of what will make them happy, but it never does.” – Richard Gere

49. “To read your own mind is to look at yourself and read your soul. Hatred becomes love and that is the path I am working on.” – Richard Gere

50. “If the work is going well and it’s something that has value with some meaning to it, it gives back a lot.” – Richard Gere



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Zisilia Alvsa
Zisilia Alvsa
Zisilia Alvsa is a writer for Wealthy Gorilla. Friends often call her Zii. She is a girl from Jakarta, Indonesia who currently lives in Bali. Zii loves photography and travelling.


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