Robert De Niro quotes – Niroisms

People seem to be finding my site looking for Robert De Niro quotes and since I didn’t really have anything related to that on my site, this post is to compensate for that. So enjoy some of my favourite quotes from a truly amazing actor –

  1. Robert De NiroIf you’re an actor, always be true to your character. If you are not an actor, have character and always be true to yourself.
  2. Sometimes if you have financial restraints, it’s a benefit. It forces you to come up with a more creative way.
  3. You’ll have time to rest when you’re dead.
  4. There’s nothing more ironic or contradictory than life itself.
  5. Time goes on. So whatever you’re going to do, do it. Do it now. Don’t wait.
  6. You learned the two greatest thing in life, never rat on your friends, and always keep your mouth shut.
  7. Good directors can bring certain things out of you, with their intensity or gentleness or sensitivity or understanding. They can make an actor feel he can do no wrong.
  8. I always tell actors when they go in for an audition: Don’t be afraid to do what your instincts tell you. You may not get the part, but people will take notice.
  9. In acting, I always try to go back to what would actually be the real situation, the real human behavior in life.
  10. Money makes your life easier. If you’re lucky to have it, you’re lucky.
  11. My definition of a good hotel is a place I’d stay at.
  12. When you make a drama, you spend all day beating a guy to death with a hammer, or what have you. Or, you have to take a bite out of somebody’s face. On the other hand, with a comedy, you yell at Billy Crystal for an hour, and you go home.
  13. You draw on whatever’s relevant to the part you’re playing; it makes it more personal.
  14. There is a certain combination of anarchy and discipline in the way I work.
  15. The hardest thing about being famous is that people are always nice to you. You’re in a conversation and everybody’s agreeing with what you’re saying — even if you say something totally crazy. You need people who can tell you what you don’t want to hear.
  16. Nobody has moved me from my seat yet. But, just in case, I’ve bought my own restaurants.
  17. I just can’t fake acting. I know movies are an illusion, and maybe the first rule is to fake it, but not for me. I’m too curious. I want to deal with all the facts of the character, thin or fat.

Tying the knot

After just over a year of being engaged and months of military style planning, I finally married my fiancée (now my wife) Shalomi Nirmalan 🙂

On a stormy summer afternoon, we tied the knot at our local church with friends, family and random local people cheering us on. Thank you to everyone for your lovely wishes!

Wedding picture

Wedding picture

Giving beyond the grave

Everyday thousands of Londoners scurry about in their day to day duties consciously ignoring the ever growing number of homeless and needy people who sleep rough on the entrance of tube stations or on street corners. London is touted as the richest part of Britain but on the flipside it also has the highest rates of poverty and inequality. The number of unemployed Londoners is now above 400,000, the highest number since 1996, and the rate is rising more quickly than the national average.

Stop for a moment and ask yourself when was the last time you gave your time or money selflessly in the hope it will make a difference in the life of someone less fortunate than you. The greatest happiness in life does not come from the trappings of wealth but from the power of giving.

I recently read the story of Aaron Collins who took great joy in unexpected kindness. Once after receiving exceptionally bad service at dinner, from a rude waitress, he left her a $50 tip. Things like this, given or received, were what he thought left a mark on a person’s life.

Aaron unfortunately passed away on July 7, 2012 just 3 weeks after his 30th birthday. But even in his death he wanted to make a difference, his last wish before dying was for his family and friends to have a pizza and leave a $500 tip.

Collins’s brother, Seth, set up a website and PayPal account to pay for the tip but within 24 hours, the Collins family had received more than $10,000. Enough to leave a $500 tip 20 times over.

“The stories, comments, and notes have touched my heart. They have given my mother, father, sisters, and me strength. The way my brother’s last wish has inspired people is incredible.” Seth wrote on the site.

The family went to Puccini’s in Lexington to give the first $500 tip to a random waitress and make Aaron’s wish come true. Watch the video below and I hope it inspires you to do a random act of kindness.

How to Win Friends and Influence People Online

Let’s face it, we now live in 2 worlds, the real world and the virtual online world. Being a web designer I spend equal time on both and the line dividing them has become extremely blurry. I have found skills that I use offline to be very beneficial to me online.

When I was younger, I was fortunate enough to have read a truly remarkable book by Dale Carnegie called “How to Win Friends and Influence People” first published in 1937. What Carnegie wrote in his book, I have pretty much followed religiously and have found it truly beneficial in everything I have done since. It has helped me to build a number of successful online communities and to raise my profile both online and offline.

I came across a really good blog post by J. Eddie Smith where he has adapted the techniques mentioned in Dale’s book to be more relevant to our interactions in the social media realm. Definitely worth a read!

A modern take on Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People [Photo by Aidan Jones via Flicker] Carnegie wrote his masterpiece How to Win Friends and Influence People in 1936, but he could have written it in 20,000 BC and it would have been relevant then – and today. The underlying message is that being social and cultivating respect from others is the key pathway to reaping rewards in both your business and personal life. Web 2.0 hasn’t changed a thing. In fact, Carnegie’s ideas may be more important today … Read More

via Risk + 2.0

It’s okay to hug / be hugged by other grown men.

I love hugs as long as they are from the opposite sex, which raises the question is it okay to be hugged by other men? Well, the post below (via you’re a grown man) will definitely raise a few eyebrows. Funny yet interesting read!

it's okay to hug/be hugged by other grown men. I work with a guy who cringes every time I try giving him a hug. Granted, I’m hugging him because I take great joy in his public discomfort, but that’s beside the point. The question is, why have guys gotten so weird about hugging? Grown Man, I don’t want everyone around me to think I’m gay! First, nobody thinks that and, furthermore, why would you think that? Really, stop and ponder this. If you saw two guys in a quick embrace, would you think, … Read More

via you’re a grown man

Bullfighting role reversals

Came across this picture today and felt it was very poignant. In this day and age, how is it that bullfighting which is a despicable blood sport, still allowed to be legal in Mexico, Spain, France, Portugal, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, and Ecuador?

The object of bullfighting is for the bullfighter (matador) to “conquer and kill the bull with a swift clean kill by placing a sword in a coin-sized area between the bull’s shoulders.” Advocates of bullfighting argue that if the matador aims correctly, the animal dies in a matter of seconds. This type of quick, clean death, however, is not the norm. In most cases, the matador misses the target, injuring the bull’s lungs and bronchial tubes, causing blood to flow and bubble through the animal’s mouth and nose. Causing the poor animal to suffer till it’s last breath.

What many people might not know is that there is an Indian (Tamil Nadu) style of bull fighting known as Jallikattu. Technically, it is more bull taming sport than bull fighting. In Jallikattu, the bull is not killed and the ‘matadors’ do not use any weapons. This sport is also known as “Manju Virattu”, meaning “chasing the bull”. Maybe the other bull fighting countries should adopt this style instead of killing the bulls in the end.

Bullfighting - By-Your-

Bullfight by BY-YOUR-