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Quotes by Tom Hanks

A Collection of Quotes by Tom Hanks

“We are still in the position of waking up and having a choice. Do I make the world better today somehow, or do I not bother?”

“I have gone through so many examinations of what a hero is, between the World War II stuff and the astronaut stuff.”

“Help publicly. Help privately. Help make sense where sense has gone missing. Help science to solve and faith to soothe. Help, and you will abolish apathy-the void that is so quickly filled by ignorance and evil.”

“Eating everything you want is not that much fun. When you live a life with no boundaries, there’s less joy. If you can eat anything you want to, what’s the fun in eating anything you want to?”

“The cinema has the power to make you not feel lonely, even when you are.”

“A hero is somebody who voluntarily walks into the unknown.”

“The truth is that everyone pays attention to who’s number one at the box office. And none of it matters, because the only thing that really exists is the connection the audience has with a movie.”

“College isn’t necessary for everybody and it’s only from what you put into it what you go there for.”

“Never give up because you never know what the tide will bring in the next day.”

“Some people go to bed at night thinking, ‘That was a good day.’ I am one of those who worries and asks, ‘How did I screw up today?'”

“If you’re funny, if there’s something that makes you laugh, then every day’s going to be okay.”

“Even the simplest choice can make a jaw-dropping difference in our world.”

“The reason most of us go to the movies is to be involved in someone else’s moral dilemma.”

“I want to have a good time myself. I don’t want to dread going to work no matter what the gig is. I think, selfishly, I will make sure that I have a good time; how about that?”

“I understand the concept of optimism. But I think with me what you get is a lack of cynicism.”

“A story has the opportunity to enlighten us, because as we connect the extraordinary moments on film with the ordinary moments of our lives, we ask ourselves, “What am I going to do the next time I’m scared? What would it be like to say goodbye to my family for the last time?”

“Help, and you will make a huge impact in the life of the street, the town, the country and our planet. If only one out of four of each one hundred of you choose to help on any given day, in any given cause, incredible things will happen in the world you live in.”

“Show up on time. Know your lines. Have an idea of what to do in the scene. The rest will take care of itself.”

“Human beings do things for a reason, even if sometimes it’s the wrong reason.”

“I will entertain anything; it doesn’t matter. You know, it’s not obviously about the price, it’s not about who, it’s kind of about when and what. It’s material, that’s all.”

“I view my wife as my lover, and we have a bond that goes beyond words like wife or girlfriend or mother.”

“I think by and large a third of people are villains, a third are cowards, and a third are heroes. Now, a villain and a coward can choose to be a hero, but they’ve got to make that choice.”

“I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?”

“If you can feel like a good man in your 40s, you can feel like a better man in your 50s, a Superman in your 60s, and maybe a Spider-Man in your 70s.”

“Movie-making is telling a story with the best technology at your disposal.”

“My wife keeps on telling me my worst fault is that I keep things to myself and appear relaxed. But I am really in a room in my own head and not hearing a thing anyone is saying.”

“You have to adhere to a philosophy that the life unexamined is not worth living, because otherwise you’re just living from day to day and you don’t have any real sense of yourself or where you are.”

“Tweeting is like sending out cool telegrams to your friends once a week.”

“I don’t cause riots, but I do cause confusion. People freeze when they spot me.”

“If you have to have a job in this world, a high-priced movie star is a pretty good gig.”

“If things were easy to find, they wouldn’t be worth finding.”

“From now on we live in a world where man has walked on the Moon. It’s not a miracle; we just decided to go.”

“It is meant to make people think, ‘How in the world did we do that, and isn’t it a marvelous thing that we did?’”

“If they could offer up a way to go to the moon that wouldn’t kill you, I’d sign up.”

“Repertory theater is all about being part of the whole, one of the many colors in this vast palette.”

“May you live as long as you want and not want as long as you live.”

“There isn’t any great mystery about me. What I do is glamorous and has an awful lot of white-hot attention placed on it. But the actual work requires the same discipline and passion as any job you love doing, be it as a very good pipe fitter or a highly creative artist.”

“The only way you can truly control how you are seen is by being honest all the time.”

“There is something basic about protecting land by taking it off the market. People should be able to enjoy where they live while at the same time protect the plants and animals around them.”

“There’s a difference between solitude and loneliness. I can understand the concept of being a monk for a while.”

“You cannot look up at the night sky on the Planet Earth and not wonder what it’s like to be up there amongst the stars. And I always look up at the moon and see it as the single most romantic place within the cosmos.”

“My job has always been to hold a mirror up to nature.”

“I will entertain anything; it doesn’t matter. You know, it’s not obviously about the price, it’s not about who, it’s kind of about when and what. It’s material, that’s all.”

“It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together and I knew it.”

“Truth is, I’ll never know all there is to know about you just as you will never know all there is to know about me. Humans are by nature too complicated to be understood fully. So, we can choose either to approach our fellow human beings with suspicion or to approach them with an open mind, a dash of optimism and a great deal of candour.”

“I think it’s better to feel good than to look good.”

“I went to college because I didn’t have anywhere else to go and it was a fabulous hang. And while I was there I was exposed to this world that I didn’t know was possible.”

“If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great.”

“The “Toy Story” films accomplish what timeless classics aim for – innocent characters who face an endless trail of adventures.”

“I love what I do for a living, it’s the greatest job in the world, but you have to survive an awful lot of attention that you don’t truly deserve and you have to live up to your professional responsibilities and I’m always trying to balance that with what is really important.”

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