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Clint Eastwood is an American actor, film director, producer, musician, and political figure.

He has an estimated net worth of over $375 million and has won Academy Awards for best director and producer of the best picture as well as receiving Academy Award nominations for best actor.

Here are 82 excellent Clint Eastwood quotes:

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

2. “Respect your efforts, respect yourself. ” – Clint Eastwood

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

4. “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

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

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

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

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

9. “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

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

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

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

13. “God gave you a brain. Do the best you can with it. And you don’t have to be Einstein, but Einstein was mentally tough. He believed what he believed. And he worked out things. And he argued with people who disagreed with him. But I’m sure he didn’t call everybody jerks.” – Clint Eastwood

14. “We boil at different degrees.” – Clint Eastwood

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

16. “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.” – Clint Eastwood

17. “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

18. “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.’” – Clint Eastwood

19. “Fate pulls you in different directions.” – Clint Eastwood

20th Clint Eastwood Quote“If I was not a dreamer, I would have achieved nothing.” – Clint Eastwood

21. “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

22. “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

23. “Whether you like it or not, you’re forced to come to the realization 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

24. “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

25. “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.” – Clint Eastwood

26. “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

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

28. “If you’re doing a biography, you try to stay as accurate as possible to reality. But you really don’t know what was going on in the person’s mind. You just know what was going on in the minds of people around him.” – Clint Eastwood

29. “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

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

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

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

33. “Men must know their limitations.” – Clint Eastwood

34. “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.” – Clint Eastwood

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

36. “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

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

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

39. “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

40. “My whole life has been one big improvisation.” – Clint Eastwood

 

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

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

43. “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

44. “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.” – Clint Eastwood

45. “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.” – Clint Eastwood

46. “We are like boxers, one never knows how much longer one has.” – Clint Eastwood

47. “I’m just a kid – I’ve got a lot of stuff to do yet.” – Clint Eastwood

48. “I keep working because I learn something new all the time.” – Clint Eastwood

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

50th Clint Eastwood Quote – “I do believe in self-help.” – Clint Eastwood

51. “I hate to see anybody sink. I hate to see anybody lose their dream, lose their home, something like that.” – Clint Eastwood

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

53. “You have to steal a lot. You have to have a criminal mentality to be a film director.” – Clint Eastwood

54. “I guess I’m living in the present more than the past.” – Clint Eastwood

55. “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.” – Clint Eastwood

56. “Some people feel that the world owes them a living.” – Clint Eastwood

57. “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

58. “Every story has its demands.” – Clint Eastwood

59. “I’m a day-to-day-type person.” – Clint Eastwood

60. “Society is at odds with itself.” – Clint Eastwood

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

62. “Man becomes his most creative during war.” – Clint Eastwood

63. “I don’t mind telling a dark side.” – Clint Eastwood

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

65. “I like working. That’s when I’m feeling my best. And the people around me know that. My wife knows that.” – Clint Eastwood

66. “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.” – Clint Eastwood

67. “It would be great to be 105 and still making films.” – Clint Eastwood

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

69. “You know when you’re young and you see a play in high school, and the guys all have gray in their hair and they’re trying to be old men and they have no idea what that’s like? It’s just that stupid the other way around.” – Clint Eastwood

70. “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.” – Clint Eastwood

71. “Society has made us believe you should look like an 18-year-old model all your life.” – Clint Eastwood

72. “I’ve taken advantage of a few breaks that came along and moved along with them.” – Clint Eastwood

73. “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.” – Clint Eastwood

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

75. “I probably would have retired years ago if I hadn’t found interesting things to do.” – Clint Eastwood

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

77. “Why am I a star? It can’t be because of looks.” – Clint Eastwood

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

79. “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

80. “When I see a story, I ask: is this something I’d like to be in? Is this something I’d like to see? And if I’d like to see it, would I like to tell it?” – Clint Eastwood

81. “I’ve had no problem harnessing anger.” – Clint Eastwood

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

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Yale Middleton is a Revenue Specialist for Hilton Worldwide. He is passionate about personal development, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Yale also works as a team member for the top self development website Addicted2Success. You can also follow him on his Facebook.

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  1. Lawrence Berry

    Feb 11, 2016 at 3:26 am

    When you read inspirational quotes of people, you are delving into their minds and learning about who they are. Clint Eastwood seems like a very wise man and we can emulate his success by taking some of his quotes and learning from him. I have always been the type of person who wants to make my own quotes to live by, but there is never harm done learning from others.

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2. “Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work—and realising what is opportunity and what isn’t.”

Today, we are very much conditioned to expect instant gratification in all areas of life. It’s important to remember, however, that true personal and professional success is achieved through tenacity and hard work. Very seldom does “luck” play a substantial role in building a solid and promising future.

Few people may realise that beyond the laughter and crazy shenanigans that Ball is so well known for, she was a trailblazing businesswoman who mapped out her professional path and keenly took advantage of opportunities that came her way.

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Being a female owner of a film production company in the 1960s was unprecedented. But, Ball didn’t stop there. Instead, she would eventually buy out Desi and become the first female CEO of a major television and movie production company. Her hard work and perseverance created a legacy to last for generations.

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Regrets are a fact of life both personally and professionally. However, most of us would probably admit that we learned some valuable things about ourselves from past mistakes and mishaps. Most would agree that our biggest regrets are related to the opportunities and experiences that we didn’t seize when we had the chance.

Ball’s career in the entertainment world was full of various ups and downs that included many B movies and lackluster performances. However, she continued to forge ahead learning from each and every experience. She was forty years old when she finally hit her stride and began her journey with I Love Lucy. Ball didn’t let the fact that Hollywood considered her to be “old” to stop her from fulfilling her dreams.

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4. “I dyed my hair this crazy red to bid for attention. It has become a trademark, and I’ve got to keep it this way.”

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For example, Ball’s natural hair colour was a light to medium brown with reddish tones. Early in her career, she bleached it blonde in hopes of being able to compete with the plethora of bombshell blondes of the era. She eventually realised, however, she needed to stand out, not blend in!

In a past interview, Ball is quoted stating, “Not being a beauty, I hated any part in a picture which depended on beauty. I resented work where looks were that important. There are so many glamour girls that I felt it was silly for me to try to compete with them.”

Dyeing her natural brown hair the colour red was one of the greatest risks Ball took early in her career, but it became one of the late comedian’s most beautiful physical features that helped her stand out and succeed in Hollywood. She shared, “I had to learn to concentrate on developing my personality—to have an individual approach. The way you feel about yourself has a lot to do with the impression you make.”

5. “The more things you do, the more you can do.”

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6. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”

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