Matt Damon Quotes

“I think what’s important for kids to know is that your decisions here on earth matter, your behavior matters and how you treat other people matters.”

“Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage”

Sometimes all you need

“If you can’t help people, then what is the point of being successful?”

“It’s just better to be yourself than to try to be some version of what you think the other person wants.”

“Please find out what you can do to make a difference. Take five minutes to educate yourself on an issue you didn’t know about before. Then tell somebody else.”

“As a struggling actor, youre not looking for parts that define you; youre just looking for work.”

As a struggling actor, youre

“Some people just see the glory and they don’t want to know about the story.”

“You will never solve poverty without solving water and sanitation.”

“All you have in the end is to look back and like the choices you’ve made.”

“Eventually stardom is going to go away from me. It goes away from everybody and all you have in the end is to be able to look back and like the choices you made.”

Eventually stardom is going

“Listen, here’s the thing. If you can’t spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, then you ARE the sucker.”

“I grew up in and the teachers. I think I was very lucky. I think I had a lot of social capital, and so when I found myself in this position of influence, I just – then I started to engage a bit with some of the problems in the world and realize that I could actually have an impact.”

“We’re here for such a short time. When your great-great-grandkids study history, don’t you want them to be proud that you were part of the solution?”

“[Americans] can’t understand that the water in our toilet is cleaner than 880 million have access to.”

[Americans] can't understand

“If you work at something, you get better at it.”

“I’ll play Pretty Pretty Princess with you if you just let me watch a little bit of March Madness.” –

“If I had a bucket list, I’d say raising my four girls to be strong, good women would be No. 1.”

“Clean water is only as far away as the nearest tap, and there are taps everywhere. There’s a faucet everywhere. But the reality is, the water in our toilets is cleaner than the water that most people are drinking.”

Clean water is only as far

“For a lot of actors, our biggest fear is that we’re going to start talking about things we don’t fully understand and sound like idiots.”

“I believe a solid, really strong middle-class is the key to making the country in the best way.” –

“My wife is my soul mate. I can’t imagine being without her.” – Matt Damon

“I need to know if she [Sarah Palin] thinks dinosaurs were here four thousand years ago… because she’s going to have the nuclear code.”

I need to know if she

“I love shooting, when the character is interesting and the script is interesting, but the research beforehand is really fun. The whole process makes me anxious and restless, and I have trouble sleeping, just trying to figure out the character.”

“There are people who appear in the magazines and I don’t know who they are. I’ve never seen anything they’ve done and their careers are over already. They’re famous for maybe 10 minutes. Real careers, I think, take a long time to unfold.”

“Life is on the wire. The rest is just waiting.”

“I’d had people say, ‘You’ll enjoy being famous for a week, and you’ll never enjoy it again’. But I don’t think I had that week. I may have been working and missed that moment.”

I'd had people say, 'You'll

“It’s better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody.”

“I think Clint Eastwood is a well oiled machine. Everyone that works with him has the same reaction, “Can I stay with you?””

“I’ve been really lucky. I’ll completely forget that I’m a celebrity. And then something will happen, and I’ll go, ‘Oh, right.'”

“Now that I have kids, I’m probably more overprotective than I’ve ever been. My wife’s nickname for me is “red alert.” I sometimes check just to see if the kids are breathing. But I try not to be a helicopter parent.”

Now that I have kids, I'm

“I’m always cautious about overstepping any boundaries. At the end of the day, it’s a director’s medium, and if they don’t want to hear from me I just step back.”

“Clint Eastwood expects you to know what you’re doing. He’s going to take two giant steps back and let you do it. I have such appreciation for that part of him.”

“I should have done it years ago. It’s amazing I didn’t even want cigarettes anymore.”

“I think what makes a good actor’s director is somebody who understands what I’m doing and is respectful of it, but who also has a vision and is directing me toward their vision in a way that feels productive.”

I think what makes a good

“The only way I can describe it-at the end of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, you know how his heart grows like five times? Everything is full; it’s just full all the time.”

“If we listen to the better angels of our nature, there are creative and good solutions to serious problems.”

“History is change happening one person at a time.”

“Liberty is a soul’s right to breathe.”

Liberty is a soul’s right

“Clint Eastwood enables and allows things to happen. You walk on some sets and it’s like walking into an emergency room. It’s like, “Come on guys, we’re just making a movie here.” That tension runs into the performances and into the movie.”

“It’s very frustrating [ to work under director’s control], not just because you’re getting rejected constantly, but also because you’re at a time in your life where you have an enormous amount of creative energy, and there’s no way to express it. That’s why a lot of people get into drinking or drugs or whatever.”

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