Clint Eastwood Quotes


There's a lot of great movies that have won the Academy Award and a lot of great movies that haven't. You just do the best you can.

We don't even know who's in the Academy.

I don't necessarily look for dark themes; they just seem to appear.

It's always appealing to play a character that has to overcome himself as well as an obstacle. It makes the drama so much deeper.

In the Bay Area there was a resurgence of Dixieland jazz in the '40s - there was the Frisco Jazz Band and Lu Watters and the Yerba Buena Jazz Band.

All I know is there's thousands of people in the Academy and a lot of them the majority of them haven't won Oscars.A lot of people are crying I guess.

I will never win an Oscar and do you know why? First of all because I'm not Jewish. Secondly I make too much money for all those old farts in the Academy.

My wife used to be an anchorwoman in Arizona so she knew John McCain and she liked him and I kinda liked him.

I'd say go ahead shoot your shot. More power to ya if you can come up with a different angle on the character.

I've had no problem harnessing anger.

The innocence of childhood is like the innocence of a lot of animals.

I don't really get into a big intellectual analysis of why I am going to do a certain script or not.

That's the secret to a movie career - just keeping an open mind.

Directing is more like you're being a psychologist and you're kind of analyzing the situation and evaluating each person for their idiosyncrasies.

I love big business!

I was always annoyed by too much explaining.

You are always hoping that movie audiences are interested in characters and interested in story values rather than just mindless special effects. But you never know.

I guess any movie actor can become a role model for audiences out there who enjoy him.

Let's put it this way: there wouldn't be much point in me attending a high-school reunion now because there wouldn't be anybody there. We'd struggle to raise a quorum.

If you don't pay attention to history you're destined to repeat it.

You should just evaluate the work and make your judgments accordingly. That's the way you do it in life and every other subject.

I'm a movie maker but I have the same feelings as the average guy out there.

My mother always told me it wasn't polite to ask what people make.

Writing is a creative art form and the acting and directing is more of an interpretive art form.

Always keep your ego in check and not be afraid to listen. Listening is a great art form.

I love every aspect of the creation of motion pictures and I guess I am committed to it for life.

I want the troops from Great Britain and the U.S. to be successful but by the same token Afghanistan has always been a screw-up.

I am certainly not politically affiliated with Mr. Obama.

The reason I still work at this stage of life is because I enjoy learning something new each day.

I love stories about women.

I've taken advantage of a few breaks that came along and moved along with them.

It's not about you. It's about them.

As you get older you're not afraid of doubt. Doubt isn't running the show. You take out all the self-agonizing.

There are certain age limits on police officers. They'd have retired me out at 65.

The best part of aging in this business is losing that obsession about work and being able to spend a little more time with family.

Am I aging? The pros and the cons? Well you know a lot more at least until the time you start forgetting it all. Actually aging can be a fun process to some degree.

I think being able to age gracefully is a very important talent. It is too late for me.

Aging can be fun if you lay back and enjoy it.

If you're afraid to take risks in anything in life it's just boredom.

I'm not afraid to look bad on the screen.

Most people are afraid of change. But if you look at it as something you can always count on then it can be a comfort.

Acting is an animal thing not an intellectual thing.

Ever notice how you come across somebody once in a while you shouldn't have messed with? That's me.

I haven't been very active in politics.

I never sympathise with the accused unless there's a chance the accused is not guilty but I certainly don't ever sympathise with the criminal.

My dad was a big admirer of Sergeant York stories from the First World War.

Actors know what actors are insecure about - and they're all insecure.

There's no real excuse for being successful enough as an actor to do what you want and then selling out. You do it pure. You don't try to adapt it make it commercial.

Improvise Adapt and Overcome!

I don't write. I usually look for material by other people. Sometimes I change things or adapt things but I don't write from scratch. I wish I had that ability.

You spend your life training to be an actor observing people's characteristics so that you can design characters around what you've seen.

I just make the pictures and where they fall is where they fall. If somebody likes them that's always nice. And if they don't like them then too bad.

Great stories teach you something. That's one reason I haven't slipped into some sort of retirement: I always feel like I'm learning something new.

Libertarian: everyone leaves everyone else alone

I'm so glad for the dozens of times I haven't listened along the way.

With people in high office the old - you go into the extreme which is absolute power and absolute power corrupts.

One day we will look back and realize that the Barack Obama Presidency was the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on the American people.

President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.

Alfred Hitchcock once told me when I was analyzing a lot of things about his pictures 'Clint you must remember it's only a movie.'

Go ahead make my day.

In recent times it just seems that women have been relegated to either romantic roles or fluff pieces. So the appeal for me is to make a picture about a real woman.

I keep working because I learn something new all the time.

When a naked man is chasing a woman through an alley with a butcher knife and a hard-on I figure he isn't out collecting for the Red Cross.

I haven't killed anybody all day. Help me keep it that way.

The U.S. military was segregated 'til the Korean War and the blacks in World War Two were totally segregated.

When I do a picture and it's 90% black like 'Bird ' I use 90% black people.

First I blow a hole in your face; then I go back inside and sleep like a baby... I guarantee you.

The stronger the participation of the female characters the better the movie. They knew that in the old days when women stars were equally as important as men.

Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country and that's what everybody needs to know.

Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better you have to take things into your own hands.

When you hang a man you better look at him.

I like working. That's when I'm feeling my best. And the people around me know that. My wife knows that.

You see in this world there's two kinds of people my friend - those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.

If you read any of the biographies on J. Edgar Hoover you find that they contradict each other more than they agree. Often times they're often told from a political perspective.

Plagiarism is always the biggest thing in Hollywood.

My whole life has been one big improvisation.

You can't stop everything from happening. But we've gotten to a point where we're certainly trying. If a car doesn't have four hundred air bags in it then it's no good.

Of course we all know Biden is the intellect of the Democratic Party. Kind of a grin with a body behind it.

What do you want me to tell Romney? I can't tell him to do that. I can't tell him to do that to himself. You're crazy. You're absolutely crazy. You're getting as bad as Biden.

The guys who won World War II and that whole generation have disappeared and now we have a bunch of teenage twits.

Everything that you do is a challenge. And acting is just building up your concentration and being able to listen and to do the ridiculous.

Buzzards got to eat same as the worms.

If you want a guarantee buy a toaster.

My father had a couple of kids at the beginning of the Depression. There was not much employment. Not much welfare. People barely got by. People were tougher then.

I take vitamins daily but just the bare essentials not what you'd call supplements. I try to stick to a vegan diet heavy on fruit vegetables tofu and other soy products.

Comedy isn't necessarily all dialogue. Think of Buster Keaton: the poker face and all this chaos going on all around him. Sometimes it's a question of timing of the proper rhythm.

I do believe in the energy and the productivity of the American business world.

Governor Romney has a great business background. He is extremely well educated. He has several degrees from Harvard including you know business and including a law degree.

Dying ain't much of a living boy

We are like boxers one never knows how much longer one has

When I was born the economy wasn't in a great state; it was the Depression and my father had to be quick to try and find work.

There's nothing like a nice piece of hickory

I can't do that to myself!

You have to go with your instincts.

If a person doesn't change there's something really wrong with him.

I knew Billy Wilder socially and would have loved to work with him.

I think Pebble Beach is kind of a unique place on the planet.

You have to be realistic about where you are in life and enjoy it.

I like the inspiration of the first take.

If you cast a film incorrectly then you're going to be fighting an uphill battle.

Once a man has some money peace begins to sound good to him.

I'm just a kid - I've got a lot of stuff to do yet.

A good man always knows his limitations.

The only black battalion on Iwo Jima was a small munitions supply unit that came to the beach.

I like a drama. And I think that's the basis of good films or good plays is to have a nice drama.

I still work out on a daily basis.

I was kind of a little disappointed when they started building a competition between Marty (Martin Scorsese) and me. I have the greatest respect for him and all the films he's done over the years.

Fate pulls you in different directions

Things always look different from higher up.

A lot of people are bored of all the political correctness.

Everybody thinks making films back to back is a big deal but they did it all the time in the old days.

I tried being reasonable I didn't like it.

Respect your efforts respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt that's real power.

An awful lot of good movies have gone unrecognized and an awful lot of bad movies have had tremendous recognition. As long as you keep that in mind you are never really disappointed.

Winning the election is a good-news bad-news kind of thing. Okay now you're the mayor. The bad news is now you're the mayor.

I don't believe in pessimism.

I do believe in self-help.

I don't wanna need you because I can't have you.

I became a Republican in 1951 the first year I could vote.

The fact is violence is not only not a beautiful thing but it's also very painful and not without consequences for the perpetrator as well as the victim.

Being comfortable is over-rated.

People love westerns worldwide. There's something fantasy-like about an individual fighting the elements. Or even bad guys and the elements. It's a simpler time. There's no organized laws and stuff.

Abuse of power isn't limited to bad guys in other nations. It happens in our own country if we're not vigilant.

I have a small child. Being a parent takes a lot of time. People always ask me "What movies have you watched lately?" I tell them "Finding 'Nemo' ... 'Shrek' ...

Acting gets into your blood after so many years and I just always like revisiting it. It's fun to meet new people and watch them coming along at different stages of their careers.

Just try not to ingest a lot of fats and just try to eat carefully.

I'm not really a Hollywood person. Not that I don't like L.A. but I'm just a Northern California guy.

Casting a film is to me one of the most important things next to the writing. If you cast it properly everything takes place very easily. If you cast it improperly you're fighting an uphill battle.

As you get older you change certain things.

Naturally everybody has certain things they wish they hadn't done in life. They wish they hadn't kicked their dog when they were ten or something.

Every picture has its own demands and every picture stimulates something within you to tell it a certain way. I don't know what that is; I don't think too much about that.

You change as the years go by. The more knowledge you get the more things change in your life and circumstances change.

I always thought of myself as a character actor. I never thought of myself as a leading man.

Everybody always feels that they're right even if they're wrong and that's what a whole actor's career is built around rationalizing your way into whatever character you're playing.

If you're really satisfied with your position on something you just say 'Hey;' you just very calmly present something.

I always liked characters that were more grounded in reality.

I don't think I've met anyone with a stronger work ethic than Ray Charles.

When you listen to Ray Charles there's never any doubt whose voice that is.

I am a good listener. I think that came from my schooling.

I'm not a chick-flick enthusiast.

When you work with kids especially you want to be ready to turn the camera on at a moment's notice.

I'm past doing one chin-up more than I did the day before. I just kind of do what I feel like.

To me cinema can be a much more friendly world if there's a lot of things to choose from.

Even people on the liberal side are starting to worry about going off a fiscal cliff.

My wife is my closest friend. Sure I'm attracted to her in every way possible but that's not the answer. Because I've been attracted to other people and I couldn't stand 'em after a while.

My old drama coach used to say 'Don't just do something stand there.' Gary Cooper wasn't afraid to do nothing.

Other than obvious errors like forgetting a line often I can't see any difference between take one and take 20.

I don't believe in pessimism. If something doesn't come up the way you want forge ahead. If you think it's going to rain it will.

Extremism is so easy. You've got your position and that's it. It doesn't take much thought. And when you go far enough to the right you meet the same idiots coming around from the left.

Movies are fun but they are no cure for cancer.

If the director's a communist whatever he's a communist. All I care is that he directs. For the actor the same thing. All you really care is that he comes in and performs.

Movies were invented for Jimmy Cagney and he was invented for the movies. A perfect match.

Drama usually has some sort of intense conflict.

It's a very confusing era that we're in.

When you're young you're very reckless. Then you get conservative. Then you get reckless again.

Crimes against children are the most heinous crime. That for me would be a reason for capital punishment because children are innocent and need the guidance of an adult society.

I've always been fascinated with the stealing of innocence. It's the most heinous crime and certainly a capital crime if there ever was one.

It takes tremendous discipline to control the influence the power you have over other people's lives.

If somebody's dumb enough to ask me to go to a political convention and say something they're gonna have to take what they get.

I've always said the one advantage an actor has of converting to a director is that he's been in front of the camera. He doesn't have to get in front of the camera again subliminally or otherwise.

I never considered myself a cowboy because I wasn`t. But I guess when I got into cowboy gear I looked enough like one to convince people that I was.

I just don't want to copy the current trends or do movies for teenagers. I want people to get more out of movies.

This film cost $31 million. With that kind of money I could have invaded some country.

The craving for information is so huge now and it can be marketed at such a rapid rate.

I just don't like killing creatures.

You have to steal a lot. You have to have a criminal mentality to be a film director.

Participating in a gun buy-back program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids.

On 'Mystic River ' I had to cut my salary and everyone else's to get it made.

Are you going to pull those pistols or whistle Dixie?

I've never been on a movie where they play five-dollar Friday. I must not be very observant.

Nobody I mean nobody puts ketchup on a hot dog.

Liberals are not always so liberal with people who disapprove - disapprove of their point of view.

Self-respect leads to self-discipline.

If I'd had good discipline I might have gone into music.

Hitchcock used to believe that if there were three or four memorable scenes in a film that would be enough to drive it but I don't know if that's true or not.

I think kids are natural actors. You watch most kids; if they don't have a toy they'll pick up a stick and make a toy out of it. Kids will daydream all the time.

When I look back on my life I don't have regrets about what I didn't do. If I'd become a musician it could have ruined my life.

Don't look at me like I've gotten old or something like that.

I was drafted during the Korean War.

I was drafted during the Korean War. None of us wanted to go... It was only a couple of years after World War II had ended. We said 'Wait a second? Didn't we just get through with that?'

Whatever the drama of the story is you have to be true to it.

Every story has its demands.

My wife and I are both Libertarian; she was a Democrat and I was a Republican and we both met in the middle somewhere.

Hoover was a patriot in his heart but he definitely exceeded his power.

I'm suffering from oxygen deprivation. It's overwhelming watching your career go by.

You have to feel confident. If you don't then you're going to be hesitant and defensive and there'll be a lot of things working against you.

There's a rebel lying deep in my soul.

People have lost their sense of humor. In former times we constantly made jokes about different races.

I don't mind telling a dark side.

I try to stick to a vegan diet heavy on fruit and vegetables.

Everybody accuses me of moving fast when I direct a picture. I don't move fast but I just keep moving.

I like to direct the same way that I like to be directed.

I'm trying to preach the idea that if we don't pay attention to history we're destined to repeat it.

'Mystic River' just smelled interesting to me. So I read it and liked it right away. Even the dialogue in it was great.

Everybody's got a right to be a sucker ... once.

Everybody puts importance in money on a film set.

Opinions are like a**holes everybody has one.

I mean I've always been a libertarian. Leave everybody alone. Let everybody else do what they want. Just stay out of everybody else's hair.

I don't know how everybody else feels but I just long for reality rather than these made-up things.

Every man has got to know his limitations.

When I was growing up I wasn't an extrovert. If anything I was an introverted kid and a very average pupil at school. I was very quiet.

The less secure a man is the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.

I'm interested in the fact that the less secure a man is the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.

[ J. Edgar]Hoover I'm sure felt that he was right in everything he did and even the things that we don't like about his character.

The reason I don't retire is that I learn something new every day. The brain has to be exercised the same as the rest of the body. It's about expanding constantly pushing yourself.

Nobody looks like they did when they were 20 so why not take advantage of the fact that you're changing emotionally as well as physically?

You me...we own this country. Politicians are employees of ours....And when somebody does not do the job we got to let them go.

I was an Eisenhower Republican when I started out at 21 because he promised to get us out of the Korean War.

Nowadays politically everybody is promising everything. That's the only way you can get elected.

I've done a few special effects movies in my life so I've gotten that out of my system.

Our modern society - especially in the West and especially now - reveres youth.

I'm more focused on making a scene seem real as opposed to perfect.

Prime time for men is say 35 to 45. Then they level off and fall off.

I like Italian movies. I was frequently there in the '60s in Rome and the vicinity. It was a great period in life. I was very influenced by their stuff.

Do ya' feel lucky punk?

[FBI] philosophy is "Go ahead and make the story you want to make and hopefully we'll love it." So that's that.

My grandfather lived to be late 90s on one side and on the other side 70s or something. And my father died young at 63. But he didn't take very good care of himself.

My dad was fiscally conservative and I was influenced by that. He didn't believe in spending more than you had because it gets you into trouble.

I know what you're thinking 'Did he fire six shots or only five?

I'm a firm believer in research but I'm also a firm believer in utilizing the instincts that are within your soul or in your body or in your stomach wherever they reside.

When you think of a particular director you think you would have liked to be with them on one particular film and not necessarily on some other one.

You always want to quit while you are ahead. You don't want to be like a fighter who stays too long in the ring until you're not performing at your best.

Once you finish a film it doesn't belong to you anymore - it belongs to the audience to interpret it the way they feel like interpreting.

I've never met a genius. A genius to me is someone who does well at something he hates. Anybody can do well at something he loves - it's just a question of finding the subject.

I don't watch a lot of films. I'm usually involved in making them.

It would be great to be 105 and still making films.

I guess a great movie would be one that has the most great moments in it.

I think great movies have to have some great moments in them to bring them up to that level.

You make a movie and if somebody reads something into it then great more power to him.

What I think the mentor gets is the great satisfaction of helping somebody along helping somebody take advantage of an opportunity that maybe he or she did not have.

Politicians have to make unpopular decisions. Schwarzenegger is going to understand the nature of his job. I wish him good luck he's going to need it. It's going to be difficult for him.

A man's just gotta know his limits

I have a very strict gun control policy: if there's a gun around I want to be in control of it.

I guess I'm living in the present more than the past.

In past generations people would try to play younger than they really are. My trick is I don't try to play younger than I really am.

No I don't have to practice that grunt. You just do it. Once you're in character you're in character. You don't sit there purposely thinking Well I'll grunt here or I'll groan there.

In school I could hear the leaves rustle and go on a journey.

There's only one way to have a happy marriage and as soon as I learn what it is I'll get married again.

You should never give up your inner self.

That's why I don't rehearse a lot and why I shoot a lot immediately. I have ideas of where I'd like to take the character but we both end up going together.

If you think it's going to rain it will.

If you feel like you've got something to offer you should do it while the iron's hot.

Keep your eyes on the horizon and your nose to the wind.

I am sort of anti-hunting. I don't put down what anyone wants to do but it seems to me that killing a creature for fun is not a progressive idea.

A Love like this happens but once in a lifetime

It's a hell of a thing killing a man. You take away all he's got and all he's ever gonna have.

Overnight stardom can be harmful to your mental health. Yeah. It has ruined a lot of people.

The thing that haunts a man the most is what he isnâ??t ordered to do.

Pose? I don't pose. What am I? Paris Hilton or something?

They say marriages are made in Heaven. But so is thunder and lightning.

They say all marriages are made in heaven but so are thunder and lightning.

You have to trust your instincts. There is a moment when an actor has it and he knows it.

Society is at odds with itself.

I would like to be interpreted as a liberal libertarian like leave everybody alone and let them do their own thing.

As I get older I tend to put more into family than I used to.

Everybody wants to make something they think is a surefire winner though nobody knows what a surefire winner is in my opinion.

At certain points if your life you like doing more. I'm not sure what causes it or for what reasons; you just do it.

It's always fun to talk about jazz.

Kids piercing themselves piercing their tongues what kind of masochism is that? Is it to show you can just take it?

My mother knew how to read music and everything. But I just kinda learned off of records. And so I was listening to records and I'd play 'em over and over.

Men must know their limitations.

You take the work seriously you don't take yourself seriously. You keep that straight and you'll do well the rest of your life.

Well if you're waitin' for a woman to make up her mind you may have a a long wait.

The country has come a long way in race relations but the pendulum swings so far back. Everyone wants to be so sensitive.

Nothing wrong with shooting...as long as the right people get shot.

Let's not go and ruin it by thinking too much.

I couldn't tell you exactly what I like about golf. Just when you think you've got it mastered it lets you know you haven't. I'm just crazy enough to do it.

Stage actors are usually much more conscious of speaking up and making sure that everyone can hear in the back of the theatre; a film actor probably thinks of that a little less.

I hate to see anybody sink. I hate to see anybody lose their dream lose their home something like that.

It's much more fun to play something you're nothing like than what you are... It's much easier to hide yourself in a character.

The more time you have to think things through the more you have to screw it up.

Every movie I make teaches me something. That's why I keep making them.

I think our politicians could learn a lot from Mandela.

The main thing is you just want to have your place in history. You hope that people will look back on it in 15 20 30 and beyond years and say "That was an exciting film.

Tomorrow is promised to no one.

When I was young there was no respect for the young and now that I am old there is no respect for the old

Let's take the work seriously and not ourselves seriously.

A lot of people are realizing they had the wool pulled over their eyes by Obama.

Politicians love regulating. That's part of the whole power structure.

A lot of people regret because we live in a society that reveres being at the prime of life and everything but you have certain primes at certain times and mine happens to be...

There are two kinds of people in this world. 'I' people and 'we' people. I've always tried to be a 'we' person.

I've had moments when I've thought about somebody picked up the phone to call them and they are on the line already and I think that maybe there's some vibration some connection.

The only reason I ever thought about retiring from the front part of the camera as opposed to the back is sometimes you think "How many roles are there for someone my age?

If you've done what you intended and if nobody tampered with it then it's yours. And if people don't like it then they just don't agree with you on that subject matter and that's life.

I've got to learn French because I've been going there for years and still the only words I know are the swear words.

I liked Vittorio De Sica a lot and I got to work with him once in a segment movie. He was a great director. He was a very charismatic character and a guy I watched a lot when he was directing.

Take your work seriously but don't take yourself seriously

I'm always trying to tackle subjects that tax me and make me think. That's the key to staying young at heart. The brain has to be exercised the same as the rest of the body.

Me llamo William Manny. He matado a hombres. He matado mujeres y niños. He matado todo tipo de seres vivientes. Y hoy he venido a matarte a ti