If you're a 'Rocky' aficionado like me, then you too agree that the intensity of the character Tony "Duke" Evers is the pulse of the Rocky films. Sadly, Tony Burton, who played the corner man to both Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weathers, has died today at 78.

In just a few days, Sylvester Stallone is favored to win Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards for the 2015 Rocky spinoff, 'Creed', making the timing of his death even more dramatic. While many of us will never have such an intense and powerful trainer in our own corner, use these quotes to both honor his spirit, and to help ignite your own when you need to go another round.

  1. "All your strength, all your power, all your love. Everything you've got. Right now!"
  2. "Let's start building some hurting bombs."
  3. "You gotta punch and punch until you can't punch anymore. This is your whole life here. Do it now. NOW!"
  4. "What we'll be calling on is good ole' fashion blunt force trauma. Horsepower. Heavy duty, cast iron pile driving punches that will have to hurt so much they'll rattle his ancestors."
  5. "You cut him! You hurt him! You see? You see? He's not a machine, he's a man!"
  6. "I saw you beat that man like I've never seen no man get beat before. And the man...kept...coming...after you. Now we don't need a man like that in our lives."
  7. "You know what you've got to do. Do it. Do it."
  8. "Right! Hit the one in the middle!"
  9. "Every time you hit him with a shot, it's gotta feel like he tried kissing the express train."
  10. "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."