George Clooney (born May 6, 1961) is an American actor, director, producer and filmmaker.
He is the recipient of three Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, one for acting in Syriana (2006) and the other for co-producing Argo (2012).
In 2018, he was the recipient of the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2009, Clooney was included in Time’s annual Time 100 as one of the „Most Influential People in the World“.
He is also noted for his political and economic activism, and has served as one of the United Nations Messengers of Peace since January 31, 2008.
Clooney is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
When you’re young, you tend to believe what people tell you, and that’s dangerous. As you get older, you learn that you’re never as good or as bad as they say you are. If you understand this, you win.
Whatever you do, don’t wake up at 65 years old and think about what you should have done with your life.
You learn from the mistakes you make and from the mistakes other people make. The truth is, you don’t learn from success; you learn from failure.
The truth of the matter is the real story are the people who rise above all of this incredible cruelty. Otherwise that cruelty wins.
I don’t believe in happy endings, but I do believe in happy journeys, 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.
Life’s better with company. Everybody needs a co-pilot.
We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must not walk in fear of one another. We must not be driven by fear into an age of unreason.
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 20s and 30s. No Botox for me.
What you learn after you are 40 is that it is just about plugging up holes in the boat. You just hope you have enough corks to plug enough of the holes.
I don’t believe in heaven and hell. I don’t know if I believe in God. All I know is that as an individual, I won’t allow this life – the only thing I know to exist – to be wasted.
If you try desperately to hang on to something that used to be a success for you, it’s going to go away. You have to change.
My biggest fear is doing the same things 10 years from now. That would be a failure. It’s something you have to constantly reassess, and asking yourself what you are going to do next makes it a good, long full journey.
Things hurt me now. My knees hurt, my back hurts. But your head still thinks it’s twenty-three.
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.
I know love at first sight can work. It happened to my parents.
My father taught me about having principles and how to treat people with respect. My aunt also taught me how to keep a perspective on everything that happens to you. So you learn to be humble and not take your success for granted.
My father was and is a great journalist. Thirty years ago, I was studying broadcasting in college, and the problem was I wasn’t nearly as good as my father. I wasn’t as quick or as smart as my old man, and I realized it would be a long time before I was ever going to be, and I decided to do something else.
I’m so lucky to have been raised the way I have, because my parents believed that everyone had the right to their own feelings, opinions, and existence; as long as they weren’t harming others, you had to defend those rights.
Everyone makes moral choices that better themselves and hurt someone else along the way – and whether or not the means justify the ends. And that, to me, is universal.
There are quite a few things that the devil could tempt me with… I could be tempted by youth if I was allowed to hold on to all the wisdom that I’ve gotten. In everything, not just sports. In life. In acting. I’d be tempted by youth only so I could continue doing it a little longer.
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.
Love trumps hate. Courage loves fear. Right always trumps wrong.