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- I thought I might die. But then I thought, 'Other people have made it through these things before'. I kept my eyes on the lights on shore and kept swimming.
- On surviving a plane crash in 1951
- Zmijewsky, Boris; Lee Pfeiffer (1982). The Films of Clint Eastwood. p. 16. Secaucus, New Jersey: Citadel Press. ISBN 0806508639.
- I don’t know if I should present this award on behalf of all the cowboys shot in all the John Ford Westerns over the years
- Academy Awards ceremony 1973, joking before present Best Picture award after the speech of Sacheen Littlefeather (Brando's Oscar refusal as support for Native American civil rights)
- Having the security of being in a series week in, week out gives you great flexibility; you can experience with yourself, try a different scene different ways. If you make a mistake one week, you can look at it and say, 'Well, I won't do that again,' and you're still on the air next week.
- On Rawhide's impact on his beginning acting career
- Zmijewsky, Boris; Lee Pfeiffer (1982). The Films of Clint Eastwood. p. 20. Secaucus, New Jersey: Citadel Press. ISBN 0806508639.
- There's only one way to have a happy marriage and as soon as I learn what it is I'll get married again.
- Reported in Investor's Business Daily (April 9, 2001), A-4.
- I've actually had people come up to me and ask me to autograph their guns.
- Reported in Leslie Halliwell, John Walker, Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies (2003), p. 149.
- With that kind of money, I could have invaded some country.
- On the $31 million cost of making a film
- "Figures and quotes", Bristol Evening Post (June 19, 2007), p. 36.
- Everybody wonders why I continue working at this stage. I keep working because there's always new stories. … And as long as people want me to tell them, I'll be there doing them.
- Reflecting on his later career
- The Eastwood Factor (Extended Edition). [DVD]. Warner Home Video. June 1, 2010. Event occurs at 1:26:15.
- In recent times it just seems that women have been relegated to either romantic roles or fluff pieces. So the appeal, for me, is to make a picture about a real woman.
- Maher, Kevin, "Clint Eastwood the bashful legend: somebody stop me," Times Online, (2008-11-13).
- I never thought it was a good idea for attorneys to be president, anyway. ... I think it is maybe time -- what do you think -- for maybe a businessman. How about that? A stellar businessman.
- Speech at the Republican National Convention on August 30, 2012 (transcript)
- [...] secretly everybody's getting tired of political correctness, kissing up. That's the kiss-ass generation we're in right now. We're really in a pussy generation. Everybody's walking on eggshells. We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff.
- Michael Hainey, Clint and Scott Eastwood: No Holds Barred in Their First Interview Together, Esquire.com, Aug 3, 2016.
Clint: The Life and Legend (1999)
McGilligan, Patrick (1999). Clint: The Life and Legend. London: Harper Collins. ISBN 0006383548.
- 'Don't just do something, stand there.' Gary Cooper wasn't afraid to do nothing.
- In the first part, Eastwood was reportedly quoting a favored instruction from acting coach Jack Kosslyn.
- p. 112.
- I wanted to play it with an economy of words and create this whole feeling through attitude and movement. It was just the kind of character I had envisioned for a long time, keep to the mystery and allude to what happened in the past. It came about after the frustration of doing Rawhide for so long. I felt the less he said the stronger he became and the more he grew in the imagination of the audience.
- On playing the Man With No Name character
- p. 133.
- Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino play losers very well. But my audience like to be in there vicariously with a winner. That isn't always popular with critics. My characters have sensitivity and vulnerabilities, but they're still winners. I don't pretend to understand losers. When I read a script about a loser I think of people in life who are losers and they seem to want it that way. It's a compulsive philosophy with them. Winners tell themselves, I'm as bright as the next person. I can do it. Nothing can stop me.
- On his role in The Beguiled
- p. 189.
- Westerns. A period gone by, the pioneer, the loner operating by himself, without benefit of society. It usually has something to do with some sort of vengeance; he takes care of the vengeance himself, doesn't call the police. Like Robin Hood. It's the last masculine frontier. Romantic myth. I guess, though it's hard to think about anything romantic today. In a Western you can think, Jesus, there was a time when man was alone, on horseback, out there where man hasn't spoiled the land yet.
- p. 217.
About Clint Eastwood
- This is one politician who doesn't have ambitions to leave Carmel.
- "1986: Eastwood voted mayor by landslide," BBC: On This Day-8 April.
- The roles that Eastwood has played, and the films that he has directed, cannot be disentangled from the nature of the American culture of the last quarter century, its fantasies and its realities.
- Author Edward Gallafent, commenting on Eastwood's impact on film from the 1970s to 1990s
- Gallafent, Edward (1994). Clint Eastwood. p. 10. New York: Continuum. ISBN 0826406653.
- Lazy, and would cost you a morning. I never started a day with Clint Eastwood in the first scene, because you knew he was gonna be late, at least a half hour or an hour.
- Rawhide director Thomas Carr on Eastwood
- McGilligan, Patrick (1999). Clint: The Life and Legend. p. 111. London: Harper Collins. ISBN 0006383548.
- At that time I needed a mask rather than an actor, and Eastwood had only two facial expressions: one with the hat and one without it.
- He just made my day. What a guy.