George Clooney quotes

Born
May 6, 1961, Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.

Occupation
Actor, screenwriter, producer, director.

George Clooney is an American actor, filmmaker, and activist. He has received three Golden Globe Awards for his work as an actor and two Academy Awards, one for acting and the other for producing.

You have only a short period of time in your life to make your mark, and I’m there now.
– George Clooney
I’m only two years older than Brad Pitt, but I look a lot older, which used to greatly frustrate me. It doesn’t anymore. I don’t have to fit into that category and get trounced by Tom Cruise and Brad.
– George Clooney
‘Ides of March’ I did for scale – scale as a director, scale as an actor, scale as a writer.
– George Clooney
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.
– George Clooney
Directing is much more satisfying to me than acting.
– George Clooney
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.
– George Clooney
Directing is really exciting. In the end, it’s more fun to be the painter than the paint.
– George Clooney
I’m certainly the last person to give advice on, well, anything.
– George Clooney
After a while, you just want transportation, and things like cool cars or motorcycles are all about getting attention. I get all the attention I could ever need, so I kind of like being in a minivan and people not paying so much attention to me.
– George Clooney
I’m the old-fashioned type who prefers to meet a woman in a more normal setting. I don’t like to feel that I’m being hunted down. I’ve always liked to do my own hunting when it comes to meeting women.
– George Clooney
An acting career usually has about a shelf life of ten years before people get sick of seeing you. It’s a good thing to have a job to fall back on and I really do enjoy directing.
– George Clooney
I’m a Method actor. I spent years training for the drinking and carousing I had to do in this film.
– George Clooney
It’s not that I lead this oblivious life where I think I’ve got such a great personality that people want to spend time with me. If someone has a poster of you or asks for your autograph, clearly you can’t take them out on a date. It’s not that interesting if someone is just interested in you.
– George Clooney
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.
– George Clooney
I know what my limitations are as an actor, but my strength is putting myself into a well-written part. When I get in trouble is when I have to fix it, or when I have to carry it on personality.
– George Clooney
Yes, I slouch. My mother tells me that.
– George Clooney
For me, the definition of a patriot is someone who is willing to constantly question the government; that’s what separates us from other countries.
– George Clooney
I go on YouTube when somebody says to look something up.
– George Clooney
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.
– George Clooney
Anyone would be lying if they said they didn’t get lonely at times.
– George Clooney
It’s possible for me to make a bad movie out of a good script, but I can’t make a good movie from a bad script.
– George Clooney
I enjoy going on motorcycle trips and stopping in small towns and enjoying drinks with the locals.
– George Clooney
The simple truth is that everyone has an opinion, everyone has the right to voice it, and they should if they want to.
– George Clooney
It’s incredibly unfair. You don’t see a lot of 60-year-old women with 20-year-old men onscreen.
– George Clooney
I can’t give you 150 takes. I can’t even give you 30 different ways of doing it! I don’t have the talent or the range for it.
– George Clooney
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.
– George Clooney
I love children and I get along with them great. It’s just that I believe if you’re going to be a parent, there has to be something inside you that says, ‘I want a family.’ I don’t feel that sense of urgency.
– George Clooney
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 twenties and thirties. No Botox for me.
– George Clooney
You make a lot of films, do you? You make a lot of films yourself? Yeah, I’d like to see you make a film first before you get to talk about it. What a jerk.
– George Clooney
Who would name their kid Jack with the last words ‘off’ at the end of the last name? No wonder that guy is screwed up.
– George Clooney
I had a Tesla. I was one of the first cats with a Tesla. But I’m telling you, I’ve been on the side of the road a while in that thing.
– George Clooney
My parents were disappointed I didn’t finish college, and they were really upset when I went to Hollywood to become an actor. I was a big disappointment to them.
– George Clooney
I’ve been lucky enough to do a few films that will last longer than an opening weekend and those films are the ones I’m proud of.
– George Clooney
The problem is, we elected a manager and we need a leader. Let’s face it: Bush is just dim.
– George Clooney
I’d think, ‘In a relationship, we should never have his kind of fight.’ Then, instead of figuring out how to make it work, I looked for a way to get out of it. The truth is, you shouldn’t be married if your that kind of person.
– George Clooney
On an awards-show day, I can play basketball, go in, take a shower and put on a tux – it takes me three minutes to put on a tux – and be out the door in 15 minutes.
– George Clooney
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.
– George Clooney
I’m the least metrosexual cat you’ve ever met. I’ve never had my fingernails or toenails done, and I’ve cut my own hair longer than other people have cut my hair.
– George Clooney
I had my Aunt Rosie, who was famous and then not, so I got a lesson in fame early on. And I understood how little it has to do with you. And also how you could use it.
– George Clooney
I think people in Italy live their lives better than we do. It’s an older country, and they’ve learned to celebrate dinner and lunch, whereas we sort of eat as quickly as we can to get through it.
– George Clooney
I was in a bar and I said to a friend, ‘You know, we’ve become those 40-year-old guys we used to look at and say, ‘Isn’t it sad?’
– George Clooney
I don’t tweet, I don’t go on Facebook. I think there’s too much information about all of us out there. I’m liking the idea of privacy more and more.
– George Clooney
The first thing that I learned – and I understood it at a really young age – was that I could get a laugh. Really early. Because my mother and father are funny.
– George Clooney
I’ve walked with very famous people down red carpets over to the crowd of thousands of people, and you’ll reach out to shake their hand and they’ve got a camera in their hand. And they don’t even get their hand out, because they’re recording the whole time.
– George Clooney
It’s very easy for people to be critical of President Obama’s first term, but let’s face it, he didn’t exactly inherit the country in the best shape.
– George Clooney
There is a strange pecking order among actors. Theatre actors look down on film actors, who look down on TV actors. Thank God for reality shows, or we wouldn’t have anybody to look down on.
– George Clooney
You have to remember that in the microcosm of Cincinnati, Ohio, through northern Kentucky, my father was a big star, still is. So that made my sister and me really visible. Everybody knew us, talked about us.
– George Clooney
Hosting is work. It means you don’t get to go up to your room and disappear and take a nap. Like everybody else does after lunch. I’m talking about hosting, not hosting a dinner party, but hosting people staying in your home.
– George Clooney
In doing the screenplay for ‘Good Night, and Good Luck,’ the most important thing for me was to constantly go back to wherever the opposition would argue. So I had to keep reading all the books and articles about why McCarthy is such a good guy.
– George Clooney
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.
– George Clooney
You never really learn much from hearing yourself talk.
– George Clooney
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.
– George Clooney
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.
– George Clooney
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.
– George Clooney
I think you should automatically donate your organs because that would turn the balance of organ donation in a huge way. I would donate whatever anybody would take, and I’d probably do the cremation bit.
– George Clooney
I was very lucky to get well known much later in life. You need to have flopped quite a few times to get a sense of how little any of it has to do with you.
– George Clooney
I don’t like to share my personal life… it wouldn’t be personal if I shared it.
– George Clooney
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.
– George Clooney
I probably wouldn’t be a good spokesman for an electric car, because I’ll still get on a private jet, and one flight on a private jet undoes all my electric-car good deeds.
– George Clooney
I believe in all the qualities of being a liberal. I keep going back to all the great social events in our country’s history, starting with the Salem witch trials, where the conservative view was that they’re witches and should be burned at the stake, and the liberal view was there’s no such thing as witches.
– George Clooney
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.
– George Clooney
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.
– George Clooney
I’m not out trying to prove anything. I’m sort of finished with that, so I get to play in other sandboxes and try and figure out what I like and I’m interested in.
– George Clooney
The government itself is running exactly like the Sopranos and they sit back and they make deals. And they say okay, ‘I’m going do this: France, you’re getting the pipelines.’
– George Clooney
My grandparents back in Kentucky owned a tobacco farm. So, to make money in the summer, we could cut and chop and top and house and strip the tobacco.
– George Clooney
I’ve been working with Pat Robertson on Africa debt-relief, and we disagree on virtually everything except certain very specific, inalienable rights, and the truth is that morality and patriotism come in all shapes and sizes.
– George Clooney
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.
– George Clooney
When you first start out, you are just happy to get a job, any job. And as time goes on, either you move forward or screech to a halt.
– George Clooney
It’s not about an opening weekend. It’s about a career, building a set of films you’re proud of. Period.
– George Clooney
I watch ‘Batman & Robin’ from time to time. It’s the worst movie I ever made, so it’s a good lesson in humility.
– George Clooney
After doing One Fine Day and playing a pediatrician on ER, I’ll never have kids. I’m going to have a vasectomy.
– George Clooney
The people I’ve respected most in the industry over the years – Paul Newman, for instance. I just loved the way he handled growing old on-screen. It’s understanding that you’re now basically a character actor. Which is fine, but you have to pay attention to it.
– George Clooney
On Christmas morning, before we could open our Christmas presents, we would go to this stranger’s home and bring them presents. I remember helping clean the house up and putting up a tree. My father believed that you have a responsibility to look after everyone else.
– George Clooney
In the ’60s, when I was growing up, one of the great elements of American culture was the protest song. There were songs about the civil rights movement, the women’s rights movement, the antiwar movement. It wasn’t just Bob Dylan, it was everybody at the time.
– George Clooney
Fame can be very dangerous, because you can start to enjoy that part of it. And that’s not the good part of what I do for a living. The good part is the making of films. The unpleasant part is the fame part, if you’re not careful.
– George Clooney
I grew up in the world of bad television, on my dad’s sets and then as a young schmuck on dating shows and so on.
– George Clooney
Failures are infinitely more instructive than successes.
– George Clooney
I bought a piano once because I had the dream of playing As Time Goes By as some girl’s leaning on it drinking a martini. Great image. But none of it worked out. I can’t even play Chopsticks. But I’ve got a nice piano at my house!
– George Clooney
The only failure is not to try.
– George Clooney