Rocky scores a knockout in “Rocky Balboa” (2006) / MGM

Rocky is the ultimate underdog who, against all odds, triumphed via an unrelenting work ethic and a refusal to quit. And all along the way, through six Rocky movies and the first two Creed films, spanning more than four decades, Rocky Balboa, the character created and inhabited by Sylvester Stallone, has served up inspirational dialogue capable of fueling your next leg day, heavy bag session, or sprint up museum steps (or the StairMaster). In or out of the gym, whatever your goal, Rocky’s words can help push you ever onward and upward.

These are Rocky’s best motivational quotes.

“Remember, the mind is your best muscle. Big arms can move rocks, but big words can move mountains.”

“Because if you’re willing to go through all the battling you got to go through to get where you want to get, who’s got the right to stop you? I mean maybe some of you guys got something you never finished, something you really want to do, something you never said to someone, something, and you’re told no, even after you paid your dues? Who’s got the right to tell you that? Who? Nobody! It’s your right to listen to your gut. It ain’t nobody’s right to say no after you earned the right to be where you want to be and do what you want to do!”

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After running up the steps in “Rocky” (1976) / United Artists

“If this is something you wanna do, and if this is something you gotta do, then you do it. Fighters fight.”

“I stopped thinking the way other people think a long time ago. You gotta think like you think.”

“You’re gonna have to go through hell, worse than any nightmare you’ve ever dreamed. But when it’s over, I know you’ll be the one standing. You know what you have to do. Do it.”

“All I wanna do is go the distance.”

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Rocky delivers a body blow to Clubber Lang (Mr. T) in “Rocky III” (1982). / MGM

“Going in one more round when you don’t think you can. That’s what makes all the difference in your life.”

“Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.”

“Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not point fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that, and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!”

“Nobody owes nobody nothing.”

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Donnie (Michael B. Jordan) and Rocky in “Creed” (2015) / MGM

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place, and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward, how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth.”