Clint Eastwood quotes page 1
born May 31, 1930, American actor, screenwriter and film
I'm interested in the fact that the less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme
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.
They say marriages are made in Heaven. But so is thunder and lightning.
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.
It takes tremendous discipline to control the influence, the power you have over other
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 tried being reasonable, I didn't like it.
Barack Obama was unimaginable back when I was a kid. Count Basie and a lot
of big bands
would come through Seattle when I was young. They could play at a club, but they couldn't
frequent the place.
Go ahead, punk, make my day!
As you get older, you're not afraid of doubt. Doubt
isn't running the show. You take out all
I have a very strict gun
control policy: If there's a gun around, I want to be in control of it.
Are you going to pull
those pistols or whistle Dixie?
Today, the only thing
Hollywood swears by is space adventures because that's what goes
over well. For my part, I trust my instinct and I make the films I believe in. If the public
follows me, that's wonderful. If it doesn't follow, "c'est la vie."
First, I blow a hole in
your face; then I go back inside, and sleep like a baby; I guarantee
Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline, when you have
both firmly under your belt that's real power.
In this world there are
two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who
dig, you dig.
I've actually had people come up
to me and ask me to autograph their guns.
You have to
trust your instincts. There's a moment when an actor has it, and he knows it.
Behind the camera you can feel the moment even more clearly. And once you've got it, once
you feel it, you can't second-guess yourself.
There's only one way to have a happy marriage and as
soon as I learn what it is I'll get married
My father died very
suddenly at sixty-three. Just dropped dead. For a long time afterward, I'd
ask myself, Why didn't I ask him to play golf more? Why didn't I spend more time with him? But
when you're off trying to get the brass ring, you forget and overlook those little things. It gives
you a certain amount of regret later on, but there's nothing you can do about it. So you just
You want a guarantee, buy a toaster.
Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better, you have to take things into your own
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.
Improvise, Adapt, Overcome.
The plan was, when I first started
directing in the 1970s, to get more involved in production and
directing so at some point in my life, when I decided I didn't want to act anymore, I didn't have
to suit up.
Nothing wrong with shooting - as long as the right people get shot.
Tomorrow is a promise to no one.
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'm suffering from oxygen deprivation. It's overwhelming watching
your career go by.
I know what you're thinking. "Did he fire six shots or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth, in
all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most
powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask
yourself a question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?
Whatever success I've had is due to a lot of instinct and a little luck.
Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one.
My father used to say to me, "Show them what you can
do, and don't worry about what
you're going to get. Say you'll work for free and make yourself invaluable."
Smaller details are less important. Let's get on with
the important stuff.
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.