Tough Guy Quotes

We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Tough Guy Quotes from Kenny Omega, Rafael dos Anjos, Chuck Liddell, Katie Kitamura, Teddy Bridgewater. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.

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I don’t like to risk – I’m actually not a tough guy at all, make no mistake about it, so I’m not going to do something that I’m scared of. So, if something looks dangerous, at the time I didn’t think it was, because I’m the first person to cower away from a risk of injury if there seems to be one.
Kenny Omega
Eddie Alvarez, man, he’s a tough guy.
Rafael dos Anjos
Anderson Silva is a tough guy, man. He’s dangerous. He’s got heavy hands, and he’s not afraid to throw them. He’s a dangerous opponent for anyone.
Chuck Liddell
I was introduced to fighting by my brother – he’s a tattooer, a tough guy – and I completely fell in love with it. I was watching fights on YouTube all the time. I would go to parties to watch UFC fights.
Katie Kitamura
My background has made me the person I am today. It’s made me a mentally and physically tough guy.
Teddy Bridgewater
It’s easy to be a tough guy when no one’s going to come knocking on your door.
Pete Hamill
Hydration is everything. Think of this: your muscles are 70-plus percent water – how are you not drinking water during a workout? I get the whole, ‘Let’s challenge ourselves; let’s do that prison, tough guy thing,’ but at the end of the day, you’re underperforming.
Gunnar Peterson
I don’t want to be remembered as just some tough guy who could take punches.
Mark Hunt
I didn’t think I was so tough until I did ‘Champion’; then I was a tough guy.
Kirk Douglas
I left the UFC after the fight with Ortiz. Tito was the last super tough guy as I had already handled all of the other guys quite handily.
Frank Shamrock
I think the simplest way to put it is to say that Donald continues to need to prove to his father that he’s the tough guy, the killer, the best, you know, that he’s winning all the time, and above all, that he’s not weak. And the ways to be weak in my family were to be kind, to admit mistakes, and to apologize.
Mary L. Trump
Most of us have been in a street fight at one point or another and it’s not always the best athlete that wins. Sometimes it’s a tough guy that surprises people and I think that still has a major role in football, which is why the numbers don’t always decide things.
Cris Collinsworth
My dad was a Marine. He was one of the Montford Point Marines. Those are the equivalent of the Tuskegee Airmen for Marines. He’s a tough, tough guy.
Larry Elder
I’m used to being the big tough guy, the bodyguard type.
Michael Clarke Duncan
I’m a very tough guy, and I fight hard, and I don’t give up. And that makes me friends and that makes me enemies, and I know that.
Alan Dershowitz
My dad was a tough man. I think that would be putting it mildly. Short on praise, short on communications. Long on leading by example. Lots of integrity, and lots of passion for things. But he was a tough guy.
Brian France
I always felt Harrison Ford looked like he’s about to shoot himself when he’s carrying his own gun. He always looked afraid; he’s not just this tough guy, you know?
Morten Tyldum
I have thin skin. I’m not a tough guy.
Tom Sizemore
I’ve always been perceived as a tough guy.
Gianluca Vialli
I played soccer my whole life. I’m kind of a heavier person, and whenever you kick and punt, no matter how limited an activity it is, my brain and shoulders are going to be OK because I didn’t play a tough guy position, but my knees took a lot of wear and tear from the kicking.
Pat McAfee
Bisping is a tough guy. You can’t write him off. He’s good at everything. He’s been able to beat some of the top guys out there because he can expose their weaknesses.
Luke Rockhold
I’m a pretty deep guy. I’m not a tough guy at all. People think I give this persona that I’m thick-skinned, but I’m not and when I’m writing songs, that comes out.
Thomas Grennan
You know, I’m the tough guy with taste, good friends, you know, describe me that I’m the tough guy, period, the way others do. But, you know, I’ll tell you, I’m a complete wuss when it comes to my own kids.
Harvey Weinstein
When I first started, it was a dare. Someone basically said, ‘You’re a tough guy… but I’ll bet you won’t get on a microphone in front of a bunch of people.’ I was terrified, but I did it. Once I broke the ice and got onstage and got some laughs, I thought, ‘That’s not so bad.’
Charlie Murphy
Salah is a tough guy. Always calm and strong, with the mentality of a hard worker. I’ll never forget his training sessions: very high rhythm, pushed like a madman, you watched him in amazement.
I’m a pretty tough guy, you know. I’m a pretty hard man. I’ve got a lot of compassion, but I don’t waste time with people.
Anthony Hopkins
Especially the young kids who don’t have any guidance, just stuck on trying to be a tough guy or trying to be a gangster – there are different ways out there to better yourself. You just need the right guy out there to push you.
Dion Waiters
I’m not a tough guy, but I’ll throw down just like the rest of them if I have to.
DJ Premier
I’m not always ‘Dominick Cruz, Tough Guy.’ Depression runs in my bloodline.
Dominick Cruz
This idea that you’re a successful tough guy if you evade taxes and deceive the state has got to change.
George Papandreou
Dad’s such a tough guy.
Neil Bush
My father was a dreamer – my hero. He was a smart, tough guy from Poland, a cutter of lady’s handbags, an old socialist-unionist who always considered himself a failure. His big line was: ‘Don’t end up like me.’
Alan King
My dad had a ‘fro, and I didn’t. So I wore his hat and it always hit me in the face, so I just turned it around and it just stuck. It wasn’t like I was trying to be a tough guy or change the way that baseball is played. It was just that my dad wore a size 7 1/2, and I had a 6 1/4. It was just too big.
Ken Griffey Jr.
Tough guy Spike was always the funnest, but I’m most proud of the more recent stuff, the last season, I think.
James Marsters
Not only is it OK for a woman to write about a tough guy, but it might even help sell him.
Ann Maxwell
I’m tough when I have to be, tender when I should be. When you find a really tough guy, he’s not a predator. He doesn’t have to prove himself. Guys who have to pretend to be tough, they ain’t. I’m tough.
Mr. T
A studio gangster dupes people into believing he’s a tough guy, but in reality he’s the former student body president and member of the National Honor Society. Once Vanilla Ice was fingered as a studio gangster, his career was over. Thank God.
Jemele Hill
I like to pretend that I’m a tough guy. It’s kind of an admission of defeat if I have to ask for help – or even kindness. But if it doesn’t come, at some point I snap and demand it.
Mary-Louise Parker
I wanna be in action movies, I wanna be the tough guy… I wanna scare people.
Richard Schiff
I ended up moving up to lightweight, which I didn’t want, and fought a really tough guy, Will Brooks, and beat him like nothing.
Charles Oliveira
One night I went over to get some dope from some Hollywood tough guy. After I left, my son Scott, who was only fifteen, went over with a baseball bat to kill him. I was laughing out of one eye and crying out of the other. I thought, Who am I kidding?
James Caan
What I look for in a role is the physical. But what’s the journey emotionally? Can I take this person who is this archetypal tough guy and find the beauty?
Frank Grillo
Chris Weidman is a tough guy; he’s well rounded. He’s known for being a wrestler. He’s very good on the ground. He can knock people out standing up.
Lyoto Machida
Tough guy moments are fun to do sometimes.
Sean Murray
I don’t know how to put on any tough guy pretensions.
Anson Mount
I am a pretty tough guy. I’m an old hockey player.
Jim Flaherty
Will Brooks is a very tough guy. He’s an ex-champ and beat very tough guys. The same way I fought very tough guys.
Charles Oliveira
Growing up in New Jersey, everyone wanted to be a tough guy. That meant baggy pants that fell down, big T- shirts, and chains. I couldn’t imagine wearing tight jeans, as I thought it was dorky. Now I look at pictures of me then and think, ‘Yeah, you looked dorky.’
Paul Wesley
My father was a very tough guy with me and my brothers. He wanted to teach us a lot of discipline and life philosophy. As I became more interested in martial arts, he started teaching a lot of fighting philosophy and karate philosophy. While he was a tough father, he also knew when to be sweet and show a softer side.
Lyoto Machida
My father was this big, tough guy, almost heroic in proportion to me as a child. It was only later that I saw how fearful he was.
John Burnside
Humility is a very tough thing to have, especially when you’re a tough guy.
Mariette Hartley
Sulecki was a tough guy. He wasn’t taking no for an answer. He came to fight, though, and I did what I had to do, and that’s look pretty. Tall, black, handsome.
Demetrius Andrade
My father was a Marine who fought in the Pacific in WW II. He was a very tough guy, but after the war, he lived his life in a quiet and reserved manner because he had nothing to prove. I know now that he internalized his war experience.
George Pelecanos
Sinatra slowly found a way to allow tenderness into the performance while remaining manly. He perfected the role of the Tender Tough Guy and passed it on to several generations of Americans. Before him, that archetype did not exist in American popular culture.
Pete Hamill
A common misperception of me is… that I am a tough, rough northerner, which I suppose I am really. But I’m pretty mild-mannered most of the time. It’s the parts that you play I guess. I don’t mind it. I’m not a tough guy. I’d like to act as a fair, easy-going, kind man at some point.
Sean Bean