101 Best Clint Eastwood Quotes from the Famous American Actor

Clint Eastwood is an American actor, director, producer, composer and politician born on May 31, 1930, catapulted to fame through roles in TV series Rawhide and Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy.

He further solidified his image as a symbol of masculinity with his portrayal of San Francisco Police Department Inspector Harry Callahan in the Dirty Harry films.

Eastwood has received Academy Awards for Best Director and Producer of the Best Picture, earning nominations for Best Actor for Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby.

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Despite having few comedies, Every Which Way but Loose and its sequel were significant commercial successes.

Eastwood has not only starred in but also directed many of his films, including ones in which he didn’t appear, such as Mystic River and Letters from Iwo Jima.

Internationally, he has been particularly appreciated in France, receiving the country’s highest honors.

He runs his own production company, Malpaso and served as the nonpartisan mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.

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Eastwood, a father of seven and an avid jazz fan, has composed and performed pieces for several films.

I have chosen the popular quotes from Clint Eastwood for you.

Best Clint Eastwood Quotes


You have to be realistic about where you are in life and enjoy it. ~ Clint Eastwood.


I like the inspiration of the first take. ~ Clint Eastwood.


Let’s not go and ruin it by thinking too much. ~ Clint Eastwood.


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


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


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

Keep your eyes on the horizon and your nose to the wind. ~ Clint Eastwood.


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

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. ~ Clint Eastwood.

Nobody, I mean nobody, puts ketchup on a hot dog. ~ 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.


Tomorrow is promised to no one. ~ Clint Eastwood.

The more time you have to think things through, the more you have to screw it up. ~ Clint Eastwood.

I was drafted during the Korean War. ~ Clint Eastwood.

Self-respect leads to self-discipline. ~ Clint Eastwood.


My whole life has been one big improvisation. ~ 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.

A good man always knows his limitations. ~ Clint Eastwood.

Famous Clint Eastwood Quotes

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.

I pay tribute to the writing always. The writer is a creative artist and the director is an interpretive artist and the actors are interpretive. You take zero and make it into something, that’s always amazing to me. ~ Clint Eastwood.

I’d like to be a bigger and more knowledgeable person ten years from now than I am today. I think that for all of us as we grow older, we must discipline ourselves to continue expanding, broadening, learning, keeping our minds active and open. ~ 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.

Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better, you have to take things into your own hands. ~ 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.

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.


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

Libertarian: everyone leaves everyone else alone. ~ 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.

There’s really no way to teach you how to act, but there is a way to teach you how to teach yourself to act. That’s kind of what it is; once you learn the little tricks that work for you, pretty soon you find yourself doing that. ~ Clint Eastwood.


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

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

Top Clint Eastwood Quotes

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.

Things always look different from higher up. ~ Clint Eastwood.

God’s not on our side because he hates idiots, also. ~ Clint Eastwood.


Let’s take the work seriously, and not ourselves seriously. ~ 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.

Dying ain’t much of a living, boy. ~ 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.

When I look back on my life, I don’t have regrets about what I didn’t do. If I’d become a musician, it could have ruined my life. ~ Clint Eastwood.

Every gun makes its own tune. ~ Clint Eastwood.

A Love like this happens but once in a lifetime. ~ 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.

Kids piercing themselves, piercing their tongues, what kind of masochism is that? Is it to show you can just take it? ~ Clint Eastwood.

When you hang a man, you better look at him. ~ Clint Eastwood.

If your friends stay out in the damp, they’re liable to catch a cold, aren’t they? Or a bullet. ~ Clint Eastwood.

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


Take your work seriously, but don’t take yourself seriously. ~ Clint Eastwood.

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

The reason I still work at this stage of life is because I enjoy learning something new each day. ~ Clint Eastwood.

I know what you’re thinking ‘Did he fire six shots or only five? ~ 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.

Are you going to pull those pistols or whistle Dixie? ~ Clint Eastwood.

If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster. ~ 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.

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.

You see, in this world, there’s two kinds of people, my friend – those with loaded guns, and those who dig. You dig. ~ 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.

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

I keep working because I learn something new all the time. ~ Clint Eastwood.

See you soon, idiots. It’s for you. ~ Clint Eastwood.

I never expect anything. I am always amazed at why anybody goes to any movie or why anybody doesn’t go to any movie. Any movie you make, you make it because you’re hoping somebody wants to see it, but you never know. ~ Clint Eastwood.

Great Clint Eastwood Quotes

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.

When you’re an actor, you’re so busy: people are always coming up to you and pulling your collar, making sure that things fit, brushing your hair and you’re always being yanked up, so finally when you’re behind a camera, you’re just a slob. ~ Clint Eastwood.

You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig. ~ 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.

I don’t wanna need you because I can’t have you. ~ Clint Eastwood.


Go ahead, make my day. ~ Clint Eastwood.

My wife and I are both Libertarian; she was a Democrat and I was a Republican, and we both met in the middle somewhere. ~ Clint Eastwood.

Most people are afraid of change. But if you look at it as something you can always count on, then it can be a comfort. ~ Clint Eastwood.

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

Powerful Clint Eastwood Quotes

To me, life is like the back nine in golf. Sometimes you play better on the back nine. You may not be stronger, but hopefully you’re wiser. And if you keep most of your marbles intact, you can add a note of wisdom to the coming generation. ~ 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.

It’s always fun to talk about jazz. ~ Clint Eastwood.

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

Politicians have to make unpopular decisions. Schwarzenegger is going to understand the nature of his job. I wish him good luck, he’s going to need it. It’s going to be difficult for him. ~ 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.

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

Fate pulls you in different directions. ~ 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.

People have lost their sense of humor. In former times, we constantly made jokes about different races. ~ 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.

Inspiring Clint Eastwood Quotes

It’s not about you. It’s about them. ~ Clint Eastwood.

Abuse of power isn’t limited to bad guys in other nations. It happens in our own country if we’re not vigilant. ~ Clint Eastwood.

You change as the years go by. The more knowledge you get, the more things change in your life and circumstances change. ~ Clint Eastwood.

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.

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.

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.

The reason I don’t retire is that I learn something new every day. The brain has to be exercised the same as the rest of the body. It’s about expanding, constantly pushing yourself. ~ Clint Eastwood.

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

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.

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

I try to stick to a vegan diet heavy on fruit and vegetables. ~ Clint Eastwood.

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

Improvise, Adapt and Overcome! ~ 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.


Aging can be fun if you lay back and enjoy it. ~ 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.

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