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Quotes by Matt Damon on movies, success, people, choices, effort, poverty, ideas, life, learning, focus, hope, and love.

114 Inspiring Quotes By Matt Damon For The Ones Who Need A Little Push

Famous As: Actor
Born On: October 8, 1970
Born In: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Founder / Co Founder: Water.org, H2O Africa Foundation, LivePlanet

Matt Damon is one of the top actors of all time and was also ranked as most bankable stars by the ‘Forbes Magazine.’ He has received various awards and accolades for his phenomenal performances, including two ‘Golden Globe Awards,’ and an ‘Academy Award.’ He has also been nominated for seven ‘Emmy Awards’ and three ‘British Academy Film Awards.’ ‘Mystic Pizza’ marked his professional acting debut in 1988. He gained recognition for his performance in ‘Good Will Hunting.’ Some of his other noteworthy works include ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley,’ ‘Invictus,’ ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ ‘The Departed,’ ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ‘Behind the Candelabra,’ and others. Take a look at the popular quotes by Matt Damon.

I think it's still hard for me to turn down work if it's really good because for so many years I was desperate to get a job and couldn't, so I think it's anathema for me to turn down work if I think it's really good.

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All parents are trying to balance. Look, I'm lucky in the sense that I can control my hours. I can choose my jobs, and not everybody has that choice. But I definitely, it's a family decision every time I take a job.

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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.

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If anybody wanted to photograph my life, they'd get bored in a day. 'Heres Matt at home learning his lines. Here's Matt researching in aisle six of his local library'. A few hours of that and they'd go home.

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Still, the change is nearly indescribable - going from total obscurity to walking down a street in New York and having everybody turn and look; to feel the temperature of a room change when I walked in.

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I started really young, like 12 or 13, and then I started doing school plays. We had a really good drama department, so the kind of drama-geek stigma wasn't really there in my high school.

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As somebody who makes his living in the movie business and wants to contribute to it, I think that the best chance I have of doing that is just consistently working with great directors.

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I've passed on a lot of huge-money jobs. Money doesn't enter into the decision-making. If I do a big blockbuster, it's about how big an audience you'll get and where you can take them.

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Any moron with a pack of matches can start a fire. Raining down sulfur takes a huge level of endurance. Mass genocide is the most exhausting activity one can engage in, next to soccer.

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It's an objective fact, that if you want to solve some of these huge, kind of bigger problems of extreme poverty, you have to include the women. They're the ones who will get it done.

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I was never that much a focus of interest that I became a 'thing' at an earlier point in my career. I'm aware of having become a 'thing' now, which doesn't give me a lot of pleasure.

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The director's in charge of every single decision [in film]. It's a dictatorship.It's a benevolent dictatorship, but it's true. It's every single shot. There's nothing arbitrary.

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I found myself getting more publicly shy when the gala events and big crowds started. Some people embrace it. To me, it's not worth enough to risk my private life being public.

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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.

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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.

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I'm becoming far more interested in just functionality and making sure my body is as strong as it can be so I can swing my kids around and not worry about aches and pains.

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I didn't grow up with great privilege, nor did I grow up wanting for anything. I was a middle-class kid and, relative to the rest of the world, that's great wealth.

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I never wanted to do the same kind of movies over and over anyway, so my theory on it all is I'm just gonna try and dodge the label and keep doing what I am doing.

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Success is not something I've wrapped my brain around. If people go to those movies, then yes, that's true, big-time success. If not, it's much ado about nothing.

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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.

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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.

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My heart goes out to the people of the city of Boston. My thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost loved ones in such a senseless and heartless way.

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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.

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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.

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I'm not Brad Pitt or George Clooney. Those guys walk into a room and the room changes. I think there's something more... not average, but everyman about me.

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My parents divorced when I was young but I was brought up in two really loving households. I didn't have a contentious relationship with my mom or dad.

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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?

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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.

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I think what makes a good actor's director is the same thing that makes a good director. Acting is just one of the trades necessary to make a movie.

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The ideal life is you don't sell a single magazine, nobody's interested, but they want to come see your movie. Because that gives you true freedom.

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It's pretty easy to kind of lose your way. Having kids is really helpful. They kind of disabuse you of the notion of your greatness pretty quickly.

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The first time I smoked was at home with my mother and stepfather; they were like, If you are going to do this, we'd rather you did this with us.

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As actors, we react to the material that's out there, and I probably just react more strongly to things that I feel will have some social value.

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I usually play characters that are a lot different than me. I mean, I'm never in a fight in a movie and if I'm in them, I'm usually losing.

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I honestly if I get a vacation I'm gonna go and sit on my couch in New York cause that's the one place I haven't been for a very long time.

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The better the actor, the less you know about his life. I mean, nobody's better than De Niro and you don't know anything about him, right?

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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.

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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.

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Now I feel I have an unspoken deal with the paparazzi: 'I won't do anything publicly interesting if you agree not to follow me.'

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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.'

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It was shameful and embarrassing that there were two years in a row without a single actor of color nominated. That's insane.

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Maybe if we sit out for the next few years and let Clint Eastwood get a little experience, he's going to be a good director.

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My mother is a professor of early childhood education. When I was two she would say she knew I was going to be an actor.

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If Brad Pitt walked down the street, cars would crash into each other. I'm really lucky not to have to deal with that.

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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.

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Paranoid is what people who are trying to take advantage call you in an effort to get you to drop your guard.

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

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

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

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I'd love to be a dad. I hope I'd be great at it. That's every man's fear, yet his most important job.

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

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

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

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

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I don't see as many movies as I used to. Or, I should say, as many movies as I would like to.

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For Ripley I learned to play some songs on the piano, and I never really played them again.

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If there's an idea I think is really good and I feel like I can write it, then I'll do it.

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I think marrying somebody who's not a celebrity, it just takes a lot of the pressure off.

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Right before 'The Bourne Identity' came out, I hadn't been offered a movie in a year.

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

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Generally, the bigger the budget, the less interesting the characters become.

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Clint Eastwood just runs an incredibly tight ship, but it's really laid back.

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

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

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

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If anybody wanted to photograph my life, they'd get bored in a day.

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You will never solve poverty without solving water and sanitation.

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My wife is my soul mate. I can't imagine being without her.

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If your movies don't perform, they just stop calling you.

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Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage

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It's better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody.

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History is change happening one person at a time.

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

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

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He's famous for being obsessive about details.

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Liberty is a soul’s right to breathe.

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Our problem is civil obedience

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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.

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The thing that I like about Germany is that Germans are so much like us. It's not like going to some other countries, where the differences are overwhelming and you walk around in a fog. Germans are so similar to Americans.

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The whole thrust of theatre is different, just because the writing is so much more respected in a play. Whereas in movies - and having been the writer, I can say from experience - the writer is lower down on the food chain.

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There are people who just collect a bunch of footage and then edit it later. You definitely feel more protected when a director is moving on when you've actually felt something happen and you know they're watching intently.

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I've gotten much better at multi-tasking. It's hard, though. But, writing a script is not totally focused. You're taking little breaks, all the time. If a kid runs in, you give 'em a horsey ride. It's a pretty fluid process.

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As for poker, I've stayed away from that, even though when I was in Vegas for Ocean's Eleven, I would get accosted by these guys begging me to play. They just want to take my money. They see me, think 'actor' and see some easy money.

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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.

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And you know, we were talking about American identity, and where we've come from and where we are and where we're headed. We knew that we wanted to have a hopeful ending and we wanted it to be pro-community, and a pro-democracy type of movie.

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I can't think of any more important value to instill in our children than the desire to help others. I feel strongly about setting an example for them. Real problems can be solved by the next generation if we instill in them the right values.

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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.

Matt Damon

I fell in love with a civilian. Not an actress and not a famous actress at that. Because then the attention doesn't double - it grows exponentially. Because then suddenly everybody wants to be in your bedroom. But I don't really give them anything.

Matt Damon

It's usually the exact same three things which are, the Scripts, the Director and the Role those are the three things I look for and really any two of them, If I get two of them that's usually enough, but definitely those are the things I look for.

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It's intuitive in terms of when I read a piece of material or I hear about a project. I'm a writer, so I've written movies. I've read at this point thousands and thousands and thousands of screenplays. So if something gets me, then I don't ignore that.

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If you are writing a story and trying to draw an audience to come and hear you tell it, it's got to in some way relate to them. Who wants to come and hear about your specific problems? It's not therapy - it's supposed to be a communal piece of entertainment.

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When you have a child, your relationship with every child in the world changes. It's like you're in a club you didn't know existed before a child came into your life. I believe you should make the world more beautiful for all children in any way that you can.

Matt Damon

The very first big photo shoot I ever did was with Bruce Weber. I couldn't believe this guy was taking my picture, so when he told me to get in the bathtub, I just did. It's only now, looking back, that I realise, you don't have to do everything people tell you.

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Our kids are growing up with more privilege than we had; that's true for most of my friends in L.A. I don't know any actor who grew up with any particular privilege, so everyone wrestles with this. And I think, a lot of times, it's about being patient with your kids.

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Before the days of video village a director should stand right next to the camera, look with his naked eye and if he sees something that is real to him, he'd look up at the [camera] operator and if he gives the look to indicate he'd seen it to, then you print and you'd move on.

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Oftentimes when I'm deciding to do a movie, the main thing is really, that I look at, is the director. I've come to feel that more and more. The more movies I've done and the older I've - the more experience I have, I always knew it was a director's medium, and I always said that.

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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.

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People do things in the names of good, and in the name of ideals, but the world isn't that simple. So they end up doing things that aren't necessarily good. Even if they think they're doing the right thing, but when viewed from a different perspective they can look barbaric and crazy.

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The values that I have are the values I was raised with, from where I'm from, which is a middle-class place. So that informs everything about me, my politics and all that stuff. I mean, politically, I vote against my own self-interest at every election. I actively ask these people to raise my taxes.

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Most films and directors lose their nerve and want to indicate [emotions] a bit more, to show that their story is clear. I'm not saying that's a good thing; as an actor its anathema to good acting, but to have someone with the confidence to say that should I be utterly natural and minimalist is great.

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We live in a world, it's very hard for Americans to understand that every 20 seconds a kid dies, a kid under the age of five, right, dies somewhere on the Earth because of lack of access to clean water and sanitation. Every 20 seconds that happens on our planet. It's just very hard for us to relate to.

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Poverty feeds into the clean-water crisis, which contributes to hunger, and so on. There's undeniable interconnectivity among these issues. Just one of these problems can be deadly on its own, but in the most disadvantaged areas there is a perfect storm of problems. And it takes its greatest toll on children.

Matt Damon

Fame is really strange. One day you're not famous, and then the next day you are, and the odd thing is that you know intellectually that nothing in the world is different. What mattered to you yesterday are the same things that matter today, and the rules all still apply - yet everyone looks at you differently.

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