After achieving great success as a film actor, Clint Eastwood gained even more popularity by becoming an Academy Award winner for directing movies like Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby.

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Clint Eastwood grew up during the Great Depression. Since desperate times call for desperate measures, Eastwood and his family had to move from town to town, and he barely managed to spend a few months in each one of the schools he was enrolled in.

During high-school and after graduation, Eastwood worked various jobs: truck driver, hay baler, logger and steel-furnace stoker, and also served in the U.S. Army. All of these roles happened before Eastwood finally moved to Hollywood.

As he was a tall and handsome young man, Eastwood landed a screen test with Universal and got a small contract despite the fact that he wasn’t an experienced actor. Clint’s first major success came with Sergio Leone’s trilogy of spaghetti westerns – The Man With No Name. The following years earned Eastwood a place among the most famous and respected Hollywood artists.

Here are the best Clint Eastwood quotes gathered from his movies and speeches.

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I’m interested in the fact that the less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.

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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.

Participating in a gun buyback program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids.

These people who are making a big deal out of gay marriage. They 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.

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.

Everybody’s got a right to be a sucker… once.

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

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

If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster.

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

Things change. They always do, it’s one of the things of nature. 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.

There’s plain few problems that can’t be solved with a little sweat and hard work.

Remember, tomorrow is promised to no one.

A good man always knows his limitations.

You want to play the game, you’d better know the rules, love.

 


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