Clint Eastwood quotes

Born
May 31, 1930, San Francisco, California, U.S.

Occupation
Actor, director, producer, politician.

Clinton “Clint” Eastwood Jr. is an American actor, filmmaker, musician, and political figure. After earning success in the Western TV series Rawhide, he rose to international fame with his role as the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone’s Dollars trilogy of spaghetti Westerns during the 1960s.

What you put into life is what you get out of it.
– Clint Eastwood

I tried being reasonable, I didn’t like it.
– Clint Eastwood

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.
– Clint Eastwood

You should never give up your inner self.
– Clint Eastwood

We boil at different degrees.
– Clint Eastwood

There’s a rebel lying deep in my soul.
– Clint Eastwood

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

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

If you ever go to a music session, you’ll notice that the musicians can sit down and start playing right away, and everyone knows what to do. Of course they’re reading it, but the conductor can tweak little things, and you can take that back to directing motion pictures.
– Clint Eastwood

When you’re young, you’re very reckless. Then you get conservative. Then you get reckless again.
– Clint Eastwood

Just try not to ingest a lot of fats, and just try to eat carefully.
– Clint Eastwood

The less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.
– Clint Eastwood

If you’re really satisfied with your position on something, you just say, ‘Hey;’ you just very calmly present something.
– Clint Eastwood

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

Politicians love regulating. That’s part of the whole power structure.
– Clint Eastwood

I guess maybe when you get past 70, other people start asking you how you feel.
– Clint Eastwood

A war is a horrible thing, but it’s also a unifier of countries.
– Clint Eastwood

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

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

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

I’m not a New Age person, but I do believe in meditation, and for that reason I’ve always liked the Buddhist religion. When I’ve been to Japan, I’ve been to Buddhist temples and meditated, and I found that rewarding.
– Clint Eastwood

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.
– Clint Eastwood

Everybody accuses me of moving fast when I direct a picture. I don’t move fast, but I just keep moving.
– Clint Eastwood

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.
– Clint Eastwood

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?
– Clint Eastwood

I played a little basketball. Some football in junior high.
– Clint Eastwood

I haven’t been very active in politics.
– Clint Eastwood

They’ve got this crazy actor who’s 82 years old up there in a suit. I was a mayor, and they’re probably thinking I know how to give a speech, but even when I was mayor I never gave speeches. I gave talks.
– Clint Eastwood

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

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.
– Clint Eastwood

I’m a movie maker, but I have the same feelings as the average guy out there.
– Clint Eastwood

In ‘Gran Torino,’ I play a guy who’s racially offensive. But he learned. It shows that you’re never too old to learn and embrace people that you don’t understand to begin with. It seems like nobody else got that message, I guess.
– 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 would just like to say something, ladies and gentlemen. Something that I think is very important. It is that, you, we – we own this country. We – we own it. It is not you owning it, and not politicians owning it. Politicians are employees of ours.
– Clint Eastwood

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.
– Clint Eastwood

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?’
– 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

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

If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster.
– Clint Eastwood

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

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.
– Clint Eastwood

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.
– Clint Eastwood

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

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

I’ve always felt that if I examine myself too much, I’ll find out what I know and don’t know, and I’ll burst the bubble. I’ve gotten so lucky relying on my animal instincts, I’d rather keep a little bit of the animal alive.
– Clint Eastwood

Fate pulls you in different directions.
– Clint Eastwood

I just think it is important that you realize, that you’re the best in the world. Whether you are a Democrat or Republican or whether you’re libertarian or whatever, you are the best. And we should not ever forget that. And when somebody does not do the job, we got to let them go.
– 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

I’m not one of these guys who sits around saying, ‘Gee, I mean, the person had a strange childhood and that’s why he’s doing this horrible thing. Poor Jeffrey Dahmer. He’s just had a bad childhood and that’s why he’s eating people.’ Wait a second! This person should be removed from the planet.
– Clint Eastwood

My uncle played rugby, and my dad played football, and they used to argue which game was the roughest – and everybody agreed rugby was. It’s a great team sport, and to be successful, every person has to play in the same level.
– Clint Eastwood

The innocence of childhood is like the innocence of a lot of animals.
– Clint Eastwood

I’m not a reality-TV kind of guy. But it’s almost like we’re living in a reality show. Every day in this country, everybody keeps worrying about the deterioration of America, and it’s like a big reality show.
– Clint Eastwood

A lot of dumb pictures have made a lot of money, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to be anything cinema students will revel over in the future.
– Clint Eastwood

I think there is a lot made out of age, and what age you feel.
– Clint Eastwood

I still work out on a daily basis.
– Clint Eastwood

I loved the fact that Obama is multi-racial. I thought that was terrific, as my wife is the same racial make-up.
– Clint Eastwood

Everybody is idealistic when you’re a kid.
– Clint Eastwood

I became a Republican in 1951, the first year I could vote.
– Clint Eastwood

If you think it’s going to rain, it will.
– Clint Eastwood

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

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.
– Clint Eastwood

I’m a mentor to anybody who’s interested.
– Clint Eastwood

Actors know, with me they aren’t going to be allowed to rehearse a scene for a couple of hours and then get away with doing 25 takes before we get it right. So they come with their full bag of tricks.
– Clint Eastwood

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

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.
– Clint Eastwood

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

I don’t think I’ve met anyone with a stronger work ethic than Ray Charles.
– Clint Eastwood

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.
– Clint Eastwood