96+ Best Clint Eastwood Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Clinton Eastwood Jr. is an American actor, filmmaker, musician, and politician. Profoundly inspirational Clint Eastwood quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

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Famous Clint Eastwood Quotes

A lot of people are bored of all the political correctness. – Clint Eastwood

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

Just trust your instincts. There’s an old saying in golf, you’ve studied the swing many times, and you practice and practice, but when you stand over the ball, you just have to trust your swing. And you trust it. And if you don’t trust it, you’ll ruin it; your brain will take over. – Clint Eastwood

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

Fate pulls you in different directions. – Clint Eastwood

Abuse of power isn’t limited to ‘bad guys’ in other nations. It happens in our own country. Those in power get jaded, deluded, and seduced by power itself. I have a reverence for individuality. I’ve always considered myself too individualistic to be either right-wing or left-wing. I like the libertarian view, which is to leave everyone alone. People should be able to be what they want to be and do what they want – as long as they’re not harming other people. I am a libertarian. – Clint Eastwood

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. – Clint Eastwood

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

Every man has got to know his limitations. – Clint Eastwood

Take your work seriously, but don’t take yourself seriously. – 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

There are a lot of conservative people, a lot of moderate people, Republicans, Democrats, in Hollywood. It is just that the conservative people by the nature of the word itself play closer to the vest. They do not go around hot dogging it. – Clint Eastwood

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. – Clint Eastwood

I had always planned when I started directing in 1970 that after a few years I’d get tired of looking at myself on the screen and say: Hey, let’s not do that anymore. But then every once in a while, something pops up. I’m not saying it won’t happen again but probably the odds get less as you set yourself for roles that fit your age group. – Clint Eastwood

I don’t see myself as conservative, but I’m not ultra-leftist. You build a philosophy of your own. I like the libertarian view, which is to leave everyone alone. Even as a kid, I was annoyed by people who wanted to tell everyone how to live. – Clint Eastwood

The interesting thing with child actors is that kids are natural actors. They’re wonderful actors, and most kids are acting all the time. They’re imagining they’re out in the yard playing. They’re imagining that things happened, and they can get very vivid. – Clint Eastwood

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. – Clint Eastwood

I’ve always told my son Scott the same thing: Don’t rush into anything, because there’s gonna be a lot of fish in the sea. You can be one of the people that’s lucky enough not to become a loser two and three and four times over like people do, just by being a little more patient. – Clint Eastwood

You have to teach yourself to act but Michael Chekhov will give you the necessary tools – and for me, Psychological Gesture and Centers are extremely valuable They work like a charm. I’ve used them all along and still do. – Clint Eastwood

There was a stool there, and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down. When I saw the stool sitting there, it gave me the idea. I’ll just put the stool out there and I’ll talk to Mr Obama and ask him why he didn’t keep all of the promises he made to everybody. – Clint Eastwood

You’re as young as you feel. As young as you want to be. There’s an old saying I heard from a friend of mine. People ask him, Why do you look so good at your age? He’ll say, Because I never let the old man in. And there’s truth to that. It’s in your mind, how far you let him come in. – Clint Eastwood

Over the years, I realized there was a Republican philosophy that I liked. And then they lost it. And LIBERTARIANS had more of it. Because what I really believe is, let’s spend a little more time leaving everybody alone. – 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

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. – Clint Eastwood

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. – Clint Eastwood

I’m not really conservative. I’m conservative on certain things. I believe in less government. I believe in fiscal responsibility and all those things that maybe Republicans used to believe in but don’t any more. – Clint Eastwood

There are two kinds of actors — one sits in a dressing room waiting for his call and the other gets out into the business and polishes his craft by absorbing everything. I don’t know enough; I’ll never learn everything I need to learn. When a guy thinks he’s already learned it, he can only go backwards. – Clint Eastwood

When you’re making a film you start living with it, and I find myself sitting down and figuring out a sound or melody that would go with a film, or a particular period. It’s not brain surgery, you just kind of feel it along. – Clint Eastwood

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. – 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

If you’re afraid to take risks in anything in life, it’s just boredom. – Clint Eastwood

As you get older, you’re not afraid of doubt. Doubt isn’t running the show. You take out all the self-agonizing. – Clint Eastwood

Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power. – Clint Eastwood

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. – 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

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. There are many things you can go back and have regrets about. I don’t like doing that. But by the same token I do agree that when you get to a certain stage in life, you change. And you should change. – Clint Eastwood

Once a man has some money, peace begins to sound good to him. – Clint Eastwood

Maybe Im getting to the age when Im starting to be senile or nostalgic or both, but people are so angry now. 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

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

At Waco, was there really an urgency to get those people out of the compound at that particular time? Was the press going to make it look heroic for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms? At Ruby Ridge, there was one guy in a cabin at the top of the mountain. Was it necessary for federal agents to go up there and shoot a 14-year-old in the back and shoot a woman with a child in her arms? What kind of mentality does that? – Clint Eastwood

Nowadays, politically, everybody is promising everything. That’s the only way you can get elected. – Clint Eastwood

I’m trying to preach the idea that if we don’t pay attention to history, we’re destined to repeat it. – Clint Eastwood

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. – Clint Eastwood

These people who are making a big deal out of gay marriage? I don’t give a fuck about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?! We’re making a big deal out of things we shouldn’t be making a deal out of. hey go on and on with all this bullshit about sanctity—don’t give me that sanctity crap! Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want. – Clint Eastwood

You have to go with your instincts. – Clint Eastwood

Hillary Clinton has made a lot of dough out of being a politician. I gave up dough to be a politician. I’m sure that Ronald Reagan gave up dough to be a politician. – Clint Eastwood

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

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. – Clint Eastwood

Whether you like it or not, you’re forced to come to the realisation that death is out there. But I don’t fear death, I’m a fatalist. I believe when it’s your time, that’s it. It’s the hand you’re dealt. – Clint Eastwood

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. – Clint Eastwood

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

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

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

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

The prospect of dating someone in her twenties becomes less appealing as you get older. At some point in your fife, your tolerance level goes down and you realize that, with someone much younger, there’s nothing really to talk about. – Clint Eastwood

Nobody knows diddly. They just think they do. And the people that think they know the most know the least. – Clint Eastwood

A lot of times people get to a certain age and they quit. I always felt sorry for the Frank Capras, the Billy Wilders, directors like that, because they quit in their sixties. Why would you quit? Think of the great work they could’ve done in their sixties, seventies, and on up. – 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

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. – Clint Eastwood

Scott’s Eastwood movie Snowden sounds fascinating. I want to see it because it’s about deserting your country … for whatever reasons you have. Edward Snowden became famous for the wrong reasons, as Captain Chesley Sully Sullenberger became famous for doing something spectacular. – Clint Eastwood

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. – Clint Eastwood

Everybody is looking for a reason to not to take responsibility for their own actions in hand. – 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

Instead of calling everybody names, start being more understanding. – Clint Eastwood

I’d say people get to work and start being more understanding of everybody – instead of calling everybody names, start being more understanding. But get in there and get it done. Kick ass and take names. And this may be my dad talking, but don’t spend what you don’t have. – Clint Eastwood

A Love like this happens but once in a lifetime. – Clint Eastwood

As you get older you try to do things that please you more. You get a little more selfish. You start thinking I want to do things where I enjoy myself. – 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

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. – Clint Eastwood

Secretly everybody’s getting tired of political correctness, kissing up. That’s the kiss-ass generation we’re in right now. We’re really in a pussy generation. Everybody’s walking on eggshells. We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren’t called racist. – Clint Eastwood

I’d have to go for Donald Trump … you know, ’cause Hillary Clinton is declared that she’s gonna follow in Barack Obama’s footsteps. There’s been just too much funny business on both sides of the aisle. She’s made a lot of dough out of being a politician. – Clint Eastwood

Acting to me is a very organic art form and you just go and do it. And I like to direct the same way that I like to be directed. Let me bring in what I want to bring in, and if something’s wrong, just tell me about it and I’ll make some corrections or adjustments. And that’s what I do. – Clint Eastwood

It’s what people know about themselves inside that makes them afraid. – Clint Eastwood

The most gentle people in the world are macho males, people who are confident in their masculinity and have a feeling of well-being in themselves. They don’t have to kick in doors, mistreat women, or make fun of gays. – Clint Eastwood

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

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. – Clint Eastwood

A man’s just gotta know his limits. – Clint Eastwood

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. – Clint Eastwood

Drama usually has some sort of intense conflict. – Clint Eastwood

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

I had three points I wanted to make. That not everybody in Hollywood is on the left, that Obama has broken a lot of promises he made when he took office, and that the people should feel free to get rid of any politician who’s not doing a good job. But I didn’t make up my mind exactly what I was going to say until I said it. – Clint Eastwood

Let’s take the work seriously, and not ourselves seriously. – Clint Eastwood

If I’d had good discipline, I might have gone into music. – Clint Eastwood

Westerns. A period gone by, the pioneer, the loner operating by himself, without benefit of society. It usually has something to do with some sort of vengeance; he takes care of the vengeance himself, doesn’t call the police. Like Robin Hood. It’s the last masculine frontier. Romantic myth. I guess, though it’s hard to think about anything romantic today. In a Western you can think, Jesus, there was a time when man was alone, on horseback, out there where man hasn’t spoiled the land yet. – Clint Eastwood

You know I’ve had people come up and ask me to sign their guns. Sign my name on gun handles and holsters and stuff. I’ve done it once or twice for law enforcement officials, but when people do that — and there have been quite a few of them lately — I always tell them no. I don’t want to do that. I don’t want my name on that and I hope you use this gun, whatever its purpose is, I hope it’s used wisely. – Clint Eastwood

When I used to be a contract player in 1954 at Universal, I wasn’t getting good roles. I was getting one-liners, and then I’d be gone. But I’d hang around; I’d watch guys. And when I had days off, which was most days, I’d go down and watch other sets while they were shooting. Watch Joan Crawford or whomever. Just watch how they worked and how the director handled them. I didn’t know anything about making movies, and there’s a lot to learn. – Clint Eastwood

Nothing wrong with shooting…as long as the right people get shot. – Clint Eastwood

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

That’s one of the actor’s secrets: With everything you do, learn something new about yourself. – Clint Eastwood

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. – Clint Eastwood

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

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. – Clint Eastwood