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George Clooney Quotes


George Clooney quotes: the A-list actor and philanthropist’s best stuff.

“The only failure is not to try.”

“Failures are infinitely more instructive than successes.”

“You learn from the mistakes you make and from the mistakes other people make.  The truth is, you don’t learn from success; you learn from failure.”

“You need to have flopped quite a few times to get a sense of how little any of it has to do with you.”

“My life isn’t focused on results.  My life is really focused on the process of doing all the things I’m doing, from work to relationships to friendships to charitable work.”

“If you try desperately to hang on to something that used to be a success for you, it’s going to go away.  You have to change.”

“I think the reason why a lot of young people are such screw ups… is oftentimes they didn’t have the luxury I had of forming important relationships and opinions and life experiences before having success.”

“My father ran for Congress in 2004, and I got a sense that there is no way to achieve much success without a certain amount of compromise.”

“I don’t know if winning at any cost is wrong or not.  There are times I’ve thought that the end justified the means.”

“Love trumps hate.  Courage loves fear.  Right always trumps wrong.”

“Life’s better with company.  Everybody needs a co-pilot.”

“I don’t like to share my personal life… it wouldn’t be personal if I shared it.”

“I had to stop going to auditions thinking, ‘Oh, I hope they like me.’  I had to go in thinking I was the answer to their problem.”

“I certainly direct with confidence even if I’m not confident.  I learned early on as an actor that confidence can be faked, and it’s not always a terrible thing to do.  A lot of times if people feel you’re confident, then they’re confident.”

“It’s not about an opening weekend.  It’s about a career, building a set of films you’re proud of.  Period.”

“There’s a funny thing about fame.  The truth is you run as fast as you can towards it because it’s everything you want.  Not just the fame but what it represents, meaning work, meaning opportunity.  And then you get there, and it’s shocking how immediately you become enveloped in this world that is incredibly restricting.”

“My biggest fear is doing the same things 10 years from now.  That would be a failure.  It’s something you have to constantly reassess, and asking yourself what you are going to do next makes it a good, long, full journey.”

“As time goes on and you become more comfortable in your career path, and things are starting to make sense, and it’s not just about work, you find that you’re able to focus on other things and other people.”

“As you get older and ease your way into being a character actor you have to be comfortable with where you are in life and career, and I’m very comfortable with what I’m doing – working on projects I’m proud of.”

“I love my grey hair and wrinkles.  I love the fact that my face has more of an edge and more character than it did when I was in my 20s and 30s.  No Botox for me.”

“But I’m kind of comfortable with getting older because it’s better than the other option, which is being dead.  So I’ll take getting older.”

“Whatever you do, don’t wake up at 65 years old and think about what you should have done with your life.”

“If we turn our heads and look away and hope that it will all disappear then they will – all of them, an entire generation of people.  And we will have only history left to judge us.”

“I’ve been my most happy and my most unhappy in relationships.  I have family and friends and people I care very much about.  I’ve got a really, really, really good life.”

“I don’t believe in happy endings, but I do believe in happy travels, because ultimately, you die at a very young age, or you live long enough to watch your friends die.  It’s a mean thing, life.”

“I don’t believe in heaven and hell.  I don’t know if I believe in God.  All I know is that as an individual, I won’t allow this life – the only thing I know to exist – to be wasted.”

“There are quite a few things that the devil could tempt me with… I could be tempted by youth if I was allowed to hold on to all the wisdom that I’ve gotten.  In everything, not just sports.  In life.  In acting.  I’d be tempted by youth only so I could continue doing it a little longer.”

“When you’re young you believe it when people tell you how good you are.  And that’s the danger, you inhale.  Everyone will tell you you’re a genius, which you are not, and if you understand that, you win.”

“I have a real interest in pushing some of the limits of things that studios don’t want to make.  Because I can.  I won’t be able to at some point in the near future.  But right now I can, and while I can, I want to do it.  So when you’re 80 years old and they ask you what you did, you can go, ‘When I had the keys to the car, I drove it as fast as I could and as hard as I could.  I took it to places that the owner didn’t really want me to take it.’  That’s a fun thing to do.”

“I like owning dirt.  You know, I spent a lot of time broke when I moved to California.  So deep in my soul is still this idea of being unemployed.  To me, owning land means you could sell it at some point and have money.”

“I didn’t put money in the stock market.  To me that’s like Vegas without the dancing girls – none of the fun, no gambling or dancing or drinking – and you don’t get to participate.  So I paid off my house in cash when I could.  It’s about having a foundation for when things go bad.  I still have that mentality.  When things go badly, I’ll have this piece of land I can sell first, and then I have this piece of land I can sell second.  You always think that way.”

“I enjoy living in a nice house and having a nice life.  So I do two or three commercials overseas a year to sort of fill in, because they pay pretty well.”

“Run for office?  No.  I’ve slept with too many women, I’ve done too many drugs, and I’ve been to too many parties.”

“You have only a short period of time in your life to make your mark, and I’m there now.”

“All I will say is we get wiser as we get older.  And that what I am looking for in life is the same as I always have: happiness, peacefulness, and joy.  And that’s all I’m going to say about that because otherwise I’d get into trouble.”

“I do happen to have a good life.  But I also like to work.  I feel like I got the brass ring and I got very lucky in this.”

“I’m the flavor of the month.”

“Having ‘Oscar winner’ on your tombstone is a great thing.”

“Good night and good luck.”

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