"I'm fully aware that things that resonate and become real hits are the exception to the rule, so much so that I've wired myself for failure."
"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."Ron Perlman on Theodore Roosevelt
"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying."Ron Perlman on Michael Jordan
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."Ron Perlman on Calvin Coolidge
"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."Ron Perlman on Abraham Lincoln
"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important."Ron Perlman on Steve Jobs
"The great thing about arriving at this age is that I don't even care about my career anymore."
"Almost all of your life is lived by the seat of your pants, one unexpected event crashing into another, with no pattern or reason, and then you finally reach a point, around my age, where you spend more time than ever looking back. Why did this happen? Look where that led? You see the shape of things."
"I think there are a lot of technocrats in the business who would much rather work with just wheels and gears and machinery. Those things interest them more than humanity and I wish them the best of luck."
"Independent film is almost nonexistent right now, because all the distributers that used to love to put out these little art films are all out of business right now, because it costs so much to open a movie."
"The thing that's cool about the recording booth is that it's so perfunctory, so cut-to-the-chase."