On Keanu and River Phoenix

All I can say is that, I’ve never felt a thing like that before in my life. I was very sad. Something beyond sad. I don’t know what it is, you just sob and sob for hours. River was a remarkable artist and a rare human being. I miss him every day. - Keanu Reeves

                

                


We are taught to consume. And that’s what we do. But if we realized that there really is no reason to consume, that it’s just a mind set, that it’s just an addiction, then we wouldn’t be out there stepping on people’s hands climbing the corporate ladder of success. - River Phoenix

I’m quite in love with the human race and this planet that we live on, and I see life as very fresh and beautiful.
- River Phoenix

I want so badly for people to communicate with each other. With all this technology, is this the best that we can do? Pride so often gets in the way, in politics and everywhere else. It’s depressing. - River Phoenix

              
It still strikes me as strange that anyone could have any moral objection to someone else’s sexuality. It’s like telling someone else how to clean their house. - River Phoenix

                           

          

Vegetarianism is a link to perfection and peace. -River Phoenix


There’s so much going on in this world today, so much ignorance among people. That’s not to say I’m not standing amongst everybody. But the point is, what can we do now? That’s the thing about vegetarianism; it’s an individual’s decision and it’s something you have control over.
How many things do we really have control over?
- River Phoenix

Let’s assume I’m just a person and I have soul. - River Phoenix

   

In my utopic world, I’d live on a tropical island without any industrialization or pollution. I’d be able to fly up the mountain range nearby. Where there was snow and make a sled out of an old stump and ski-down the mountain to the bottom where I could bathe and swim in a running river and meet up with a group of friends. - River Phoenix

I try to lie as much as I can when I’m interviewed. It’s reverse psychology. I figure if you lie, they’ll print the truth. - River Phoenix

         

        

But, there’s the optimistic side of me too, which believes that we live in an incredible time and that if we all come together on the important issues and stand up for our rights, as Bob Marley said, we could really accomplish a lot.
I guess I’m a perfectionist. In my mind, I have all these Utopias and fantasies, but I believe they can work. I really do. - River Phoenix

           

define best friend?
River: Someone you can tell all your secrets to. For me it’s a guy you enjoy being with, a guy you love and a guy you care about. Keanu is my buddy, dude.
Keanu: I’ve always loved you, River. River is my best friend—and I don’t have many of them.
River: That’s really sweet, Keany

     

Keanu: Every moment is precious. I’m trying to travel. I want to go to Paris. It’s probably just a pipe dream. I’d like to read some books. Take some voice lessons.
Gini Sikes: To do more Shakespeare, perhaps?
Keanu: Um, who knows? I really would like to do Shakespeare with River. I think we’d have a hoot. We could do A Midsummer Night’s Dream or Romeo and Juliet.
River Phoenix: I’ll be Juliet.

          

         

I don’t have any friends in the business. Just River. Oh where, oh where has my Juliet gone?- Keanu Reeves (1994)

You can’t blame Hollywood for what happened to River. Kids are doing drugs everywhere in the world. He had his own very personal problems. I will never discuss with the press. They’re just way too personal. River had a self-destructive side to his personality. He was angry and hurt that he couldn’t have a private life once he became famous. He just couldn’t deal with having his private life on the front page all the time. - Keanu Reeves

                       

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