Top 85 Clint Eastwood Quotes on Greatness

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Clinton Eastwood Jr. (born May 31, 1930) is an American actor, film director, composer, and producer. After achieving success in the Western TV series Rawhide, he rose to international fame with his role as the “Man with No Name” in Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone’s “Dollars Trilogy” of Spaghetti Westerns during the mid-1960s, and as antihero cop Harry Callahan in the five Dirty Harry films throughout the 1970s and 1980s. These roles, among others, have made Eastwood an enduring cultural icon of masculinity.[23][24] His accolades include four Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, three César Awards, and an AFI Life Achievement Award.
An Academy Award nominee for Best Actor, Eastwood won Best Director and Best Picture for his Western film Unforgiven (1992) and his sports drama Million Dollar Baby (2004). His greatest commercial successes are the adventure comedy Every Which Way but Loose (1978) and its action comedy sequel Any Which Way You Can (1980).[25] Other popular Eastwood films include the Westerns Hang ‘Em High (1968) and Pale Rider (1985), the action-war film Where Eagles Dare (1968), the prison film Escape from Alcatraz (1979), the war film Heartbreak Ridge (1986), the action film In the Line of Fire (1993), and the romantic drama The Bridges of Madison County (1995). More recent works are Gran Torino (2008), The Mule (2018), and the upcoming film Cry Macho (2021). Since 1967, Eastwood’s company Malpaso Productions has produced all but four of his American films.

In addition to directing many of his own star vehicles, Eastwood has also directed films in which he did not appear, such as the mystery drama Mystic River (2003) and the war film Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), for which he received Academy Award nominations, the drama Changeling (2008), and the biographical sports drama Invictus (2009). The war drama biopic American Sniper (2014) set box-office records for the largest January release ever and was also the largest opening ever for an Eastwood film.

Elected in 1986, Eastwood served for two years as the mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. In 2000, Eastwood received the Italian Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion award, honoring his lifetime achievements. Bestowed two of France’s highest civilian honors, he received the Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1994, and the Legion of Honour medal in 2007.

“Respect your efforts, respect yourself.”—Clint Eastwood

“Tomorrow is promised to no one.”—Clint Eastwood

“There’s a rebel lying deep in my soul. Anytime anybody tells me the trend is such and such, I go the opposite direction.”—Clint Eastwood

“I hate imitation; I have a reverence for individuality.”—Clint Eastwood

“They say all marriages are made in heaven, but so are thunder and lightning.”—Clint Eastwood

“Improvise, Adapt and Overcome!”—Clint Eastwood

“I’m interested in the fact that the less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.”—Clint Eastwood

“I tried being reasonable, but I didn’t like it.”—Clint Eastwood

“Let’s not go and ruin it by thinking too much.”—Clint Eastwood

“Self-respect leads to
self-discipline.”—Clint Eastwood

“I don’t wanna need you because I can’t have you.”—Clint Eastwood

“Tomorrow is promised to no one.”—Clint Eastwood

“There’s a rebel lying deep in my soul. Anytime anybody tells me the trend is such and such, I go the opposite direction. I hate the idea of trends. I hate imitation; I have a reverence for individuality.”—Clint Eastwood

“They say all marriages are made in heaven, but so are thunder and lightning.”—Clint Eastwood

“Take your work seriously, but don’t take yourself seriously.”—Clint Eastwood

“I’m interested in the fact that the less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.”—Clint Eastwood

“Let’s not go and ruin it by thinking too much.”—Clint Eastwood

“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.”—Clint Eastwood

“It’s not about you. It’s about them.”—Clint Eastwood

“I don’t wanna need you because I can’t have you.”—Clint Eastwood

“First, I blow a hole in your face; then I go back inside, and sleep like a baby… I guarantee you.”—Clint Eastwood

“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.”—Clint Eastwood

“You used to be able to disagree with people and still be friends. Now you hear these talk shows, and everyone who believes differently from you is a moron and an idiot – both on the Right and the Left.”—Clint Eastwood

“What you put into life is what you get out of it.”—Clint Eastwood

“It’s a hell of a thing; killin’ a man. You take away everything he ever had and ever would have.”—Clint Eastwood

“If a person is confident enough in the way they feel, whether it’s an art form or whether it’s just in life, it comes off—you don’t have anything to prove; you can just be who you are.”—Clint Eastwood

“Nothing wrong with shooting…as long as the right people get shot.”—Clint Eastwood

“Now you’ve got to ask yourself one question. Do I feel lucky?”—Clint Eastwood

“Work hard, keep your nose clean, and just stick around.”—Clint Eastwood

“It’s halftime. Both teams are in their locker room discussing what they can do to win this game in the second half.”—Clint Eastwood

“All that matters now is what’s ahead. How do we come from behind? How do we come together? And, how do we win?”—Clint Eastwood

“If you save your breath, I feel like a man you can manage.”—Clint Eastwood

“Like most pictures that I’ve done, I’ve had no idea whether anyone would ever want to see ’em. But I figured, I’d like to see it.”—Clint Eastwood

“No man can walk away from his own story.”—Clint Eastwood

“Deserve’s got nothin’ to do with it.”—Clint Eastwood

“War pictures are always fascinating for people; they were for me growing up, even though I’m not nuts about war.”—Clint Eastwood

“War is the ultimate conflict, and conflict is the basis of drama to begin with.”—Clint Eastwood

“Overnight stardom can be harmful to your mental health. Yeah. It has ruined a lot of people.”—Clint Eastwood

“Men must know their limitations.”—Clint Eastwood

“On a scale of one to ten you’re a two, and that’s cuz I’ve never seen a one.”—Clint Eastwood

“We all have it coming.”—Clint Eastwood

“We boil at different degrees.”—Clint Eastwood

“I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.”—Clint Eastwood

“There’s a rebel lying deep in my soul.”—Clint Eastwood

“I think being able to age gracefully is a very important talent.”—Clint Eastwood

“Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better, you have to take things into your own hands.”—Clint Eastwood

“I don’t believe in pessimism. If something doesn’t come up the way you want, forge ahead.”—Clint Eastwood

“Liberals are not always so liberal with people who disapprove.”—Clint Eastwood

“As you get older, you’re not afraid of doubt.”—Clint Eastwood

“Children are innocent and need the guidance of an adult society.”—Clint Eastwood

“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.”—Clint Eastwood

“Fate pulls you in different directions.”—Clint Eastwood

“I’m not really conservative.”—Clint Eastwood

“You should never give up your inner self.”—Clint Eastwood

“A genius to me is someone who does well at something he hates.”—Clint Eastwood

“Anybody can do well at something he loves – it’s just a question of finding the subject.”—Clint Eastwood

“If a person doesn’t change, there’s something really wrong with him.”—Clint Eastwood

“Aging can be fun if you lay back and enjoy it.”—Clint Eastwood

“I have worked ever since I was 13.”—Clint Eastwood

“As I get older, I tend to put more into family than I used to.”—Clint Eastwood

“Leave everybody alone. Let everybody else do what they want. Just stay out of everybody else’s hair.”—Clint Eastwood

“I’ve always tried to be a ‘we’ person.”—Clint Eastwood

“It takes tremendous discipline to control the influence, the power you have over other people’s lives.”—Clint Eastwood

“I don’t move fast, but I just keep moving.”—Clint Eastwood

“When I was growing up, I wasn’t an extrovert.”—Clint Eastwood

“I’ve always been very liberal when it comes to people thinking for themselves.”—Clint Eastwood

“Movies are fun, but they are no cure for cancer.”—Clint Eastwood

“Every movie I make teaches me something. That’s why I keep making them.”—Clint Eastwood

“I love big business!”—Clint Eastwood

“You do it pure. You don’t try to adapt it, make it commercial.”—Clint Eastwood

“Every story has its demands.”—Clint Eastwood

“I always liked characters that were more grounded in reality.”—Clint Eastwood

“It’s always appealing to play a character that has to overcome himself as well as an obstacle.”—Clint Eastwood

“You can’t stop everything from happening.”—Clint Eastwood

“There has to be something in every role that interests you.”—Clint Eastwood

“I’m not afraid to look bad on the screen.”—Clint Eastwood

“I just think it is important that you realize, that you’re the best in the world.”—Clint Eastwood

“I am a good listener. I think that came from my schooling.”—Clint Eastwood

“I’m not a regrets-type person.”—Clint Eastwood

“I love stories about women.”—Clint Eastwood

“I tend to believe that audiences are relatively well-balanced people.”—Clint Eastwood

“I kind of make a film for myself to sort of express myself.”—Clint Eastwood

“I think our politicians could learn a lot from Mandela.”—Clint Eastwood

“I just don’t like killing creatures.”—Clint Eastwood

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