It’s a hell of a thing; killin’ a man. You take away everything he ever had and ever would have. – Unforgiven (1992)
Nothing wrong with shooting…as long as the right people get shot. – Magnum Force (1973)
Most people who’ll remember me, if at all, will remember me as an action guy, which is OK. There’s nothing wrong with that. But there will be a certain group which will remember me for the other films, the ones where I took a few chances. At least, I like to think so. - said during an interview.
Over I went, taking the poncho with me – yeah the cape was my idea. [on 'A Fistful of Dollars']
This film cost $31 million. With that kind of money I could have invaded some country.
I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.
I tried being reasonable, I didn’t like it.
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. - during an interview.
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.
Plastic surgery used to be a thing where older people would try to go into this dream world of being 28 years old again. But now, in Hollywood, even people at 28 are having work done. Society has made us believe you should look like an 18-year-old model all your life. But I figure I might as well just be what I am.
Don’t just do something, stand there.
In the first place,I was taller than most kids in my classes. In the second, we were always moving. Redding. Sacramento. Pacific Palisades. Back to Redding. Back to Sacramento. Over to Hayward. Niles. Oakland. So we were constantly on the road, and I was always the new guy in school. The bullies always thought, Here’s this big gangly guy. We gotta take him on. You know how kids are. We gotta test him. I was a shy kid. But a lot of my childhood was spent punching the bullies out.
They say marriages are made in Heaven. But so is thunder and lightning.
Maybe I’m getting to the age when I’m 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.
Whatever success I’ve had is due to a lot of instinct and a little luck.
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.
I’ve always had the ability to say to the audience, watch this if you like, and if you don’t, take a hike.
I’ve actually had people come up to me and ask me to autograph their guns.
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.
If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster. – The Rookie (1990)
I always cry when I watch myself on screen.
People have lost their sense of humor. In former times we constantly made jokes about different races. You can only tell them today with one hand over your mouth or you will be insulted as a racist. I find that ridiculous. In those earlier days every friendly clique had a ‘Sam the Jew’ or ‘Jose the Mexican’ – but we didn’t think anything of it or have a racist thought. It was just normal that we made jokes based on our nationality or ethnicity. That was never a problem. I don’t want to be politically correct. We’re all spending too much time and energy trying to be politically correct about everything.
I don’t quite understand this obsession about doing remakes and making television series into feature films. I would rather see them encourage writers with new ideas in all different genres like they used to in the heyday of movies.
[on the Rocky (1976) movies] I loved the first one. I always admired Sylvester Stallone’s tenacity to go ahead and get that made.
Go ahead, let the tears fall in the beer. – Bronco Billy (1980)
Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk? – Dirty Harry (1971)
When a naked man is chasing a woman through an alley with a butcher’s knife and a hard-on, I figure he isn’t out collecting for the Red Cross! – Dirty Harry (1971)
I’ve been called a lot of things, but never funny. – Gran Torino (2008)
Ever notice how you come across somebody once in a while you shouldn’t have fucked with? That’s me. – Gran Torino (2008)
I’ll blow a hole in your face then go inside and sleep like a baby. – Gran Torino (2008)
I used to stack fucks likes you five feet high in Korea… use ya for sand bags. – Gran Torino (2008)
You’re going to look pretty silly with that knife sticking out of your ass. – High Plains Drifter (1973)
It’s not a joke, it’s a rope, Tuco. Now I want you to get up there and put your head in that noose. – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)
You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig. – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)
I don’t know if I can tell you exactly when the pussy generation started. Maybe when people started asking about the meaning of life.
If I’d had good discipline, I might have gone into music.
A man’s got to know his limitations. – Magnum Force (1973)
You see, my mule don’t like people laughing. He gets the crazy idea you’re laughin’ at him. Now if you apologize, like I know you’re going to, I might convince him that you really didn’t mean it. – A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
When a man’s got money in his pocket he begins to appreciate peace. – A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
Take your work seriously, but don’t take yourself seriously.
You can also check more of his quotes from Clint Eastwood imdb link.