Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American actor, filmmaker, businessman, author, former politician, and world champion bodybuilder.
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You have to remember something: Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn.
Start wide, expand further, and never look back.
If you don’t find the time, if you don’t do the work, you don’t get the results.
What we face may look insurmountable. But I learned something from all those years of training and competing. I learned something from all those sets and reps when I didn’t think I could lift another ounce of weight. What I learned is that we are always stronger than we know.
When the boys come, instead of buying Barbie dolls, all of a sudden you’re into trucks and remote controls, cars and tanks. You buy building blocks and build castles and locomotives. You get into knives and later take them shooting with pistols, shotguns, and rifles. All of which made me very happy.
The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else. I hate that.
The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character.
My fellow Americans, this is an amazing moment for me. To think that a once scrawny boy from Austria could grow up to become Governor of California and stand in Madison Square Garden to speak on behalf of the President of the United States that is an immigrant’s dream. It is the American dream.
We made, actually, history, because it was the first time ever that doctors could prove that a lifelong Republican has a heart.
Whenever I finished filming a movie, I felt my job was only half done. Every film had to be nurtured in the marketplace. You can have the greatest movie in the world, but if you don’t get it out there, if people don’t know about it, you have nothing.
I like the color red because it’s a fire. And I see myself as always being on fire.
Failure is not an option. Everyone has to succeed.
Just like in bodybuilding, failure is also a necessary experience for growth in our own lives, for if we’re never tested to our limits, how will we know how strong we really are? How will we ever grow?
You must have a sincere and burning desire to achieve what you dream, dedicate yourself to making progress, and take control of your circumstances to change your body.
If you work hard and play by the rules, this country is truly open to you. You can achieve anything.
It took many months in court, but the tabloid eventually published a total retraction and paid substantial damages in an out-of-court settlement. The money went to the Special Olympics in Great Britain.
Learned helplessness is the giving-up reaction, the quitting response that follows from the belief that whatever you do doesn’t matter.
I was also going to give a graduation speech in Arizona this weekend. But with my accent, I was afraid they would try to deport me.
Rest, let your body relax and grow. Work up gradually and don’t blow it. Sometimes you can do so much your mind gets sick of it. Remember what I said earlier: Keep your mind hungry. People have a tendency to overdo things at first and then sluff off.
You can scream at me, call me for a shoot at midnight, keep me waiting for hours – as long as what ends up on the screen is perfect.
Be hungry for success, hungry to make your mark, hungry to be seen and to be heard and to have an effect. And as you move up and become successful, make sure also to be hungry for helping others.
I never listened to anyone who said I can’t do something.
There are no shortcuts—everything is reps, reps, reps.
I was always dreaming about very powerful people – dictators and things like that. I was just always impressed by people who could be remembered for hundreds of years, or even, like Jesus, be for thousands of years remembered.
All I know is that the first step is to create a vision, because when you see the vision – the beautiful vision – that creates the want power.
None of my rules of success will work unless you do.
Money doesn’t make you happy. I now have $50 million but I was just as happy when I had $48 million.
In our society, the women who break down barriers are those who ignore limits.
Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn.
You’ll get more from being a peacemaker than a warrior.
What is the point of being on this Earth if you are going to be like everyone else?
The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.
Positive thinking can be contagious. Being surrounded by winners helps you develop into a winner.
It’s not what you get out of life that counts. Break your mirrors! In our society that is so self-absorbed, begin to look less at yourself and more at each other. you’ll get more satisfaction from having improved your neighborhood, your town, your state, your country, and your fellow human beings than you’ll ever get from your muscles, your figure, your automobile, your house, or your credit rating
The better you get, the less you run around showing off as a muscle guy. You know, you wear regular shirts – not always trying to show off what you have. You talk less about it. It’s like you have a little BMW – you want to race the hell out of this car because you know it’s just going 110. But if you see guys driving a Ferrari or a Lamborghini, they slide around at 60 on the freeway because they know if they press on that accelerator they are going to go 170. These things are the same in every field.
For me, life is about continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.
I welcome and seek your ideas, but do not bring me small ideas; bring me big ideas to match our future.
I knew I was a winner back in the late sixties. I knew I was destined for great things. People will say that kind of thinking is totally immodest. I agree. Modesty is not a word that applies to me in any way. I hope it never will.
I wasn't there to compete. I was there to win.
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