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Clint Eastwood’s 15 Best Western Quotes

SUMMARY

 Eastwood’s iconic Western movie quotes showcase the uncertain nature of life in the Wild West and the peace that comes with having money.
 Eastwood’s portrayal of aging outlaw characters adds a layer of wisdom and life experience to his insightful quotes about life and death.
 The delivery of Eastwood’s famous lines, from serious threats to hilarious quips, solidifies his reputation as one of the most important actors in filmmaking history.

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The Western movies of Clint Eastwood are packed full of iconic film quotes. As the definitive embodiment of a lone-man outlaw bandit, Eastwood is forever associated with Westerns and the Wild West as Eastwood can deliver an epic movie quote like no other. Characters such as The Man With No Name in Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy have spoken some of cinema’s most iconic phrases and have solidified Eastwood’s reputation as one of the most important actors of the past seven decades of filmmaking.
Eastwood’s best Western movie quotes are as iconic as they are varied and consist of deathly serious threats by sinister outlaws, hilarious quips by brooding bandits, and words of wisdom from aging desperados. Having played troubled criminals with tragic backstories like in The Outlaw Josey Wales, as well as retired bounty hunters coming back for one last job such as in Unforgiven, Eastwood delivers always a commited performance and adds something unique to the delivery of his famous lines. Eastwood perfected the role of a loner outlaw in Western movies and Eastwood’s quotes will go down in cinema history as some of the best ever uttered on screen.

15. “When A Man’s Got Money In His Pocket, He Begins To Appreciate Peace”
A Fistful Of Dollars (1964)
As the first film in Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy, A Fist Full of Dollars is the film that introduced Clint Eastwood’s iconic character of The Man With No Name to the world. This legendary movie quote about the peace a man feels when he knows he has some money highlights the uncertain nature of life in the Wild West. When a bandit is doing well financially, they have no reason to go out looking for trouble and start to enjoy the quiet and calm. However, when money is tight life is not as peaceful, and outlaws like The Man With No Name find themselves in the midst of conflict.

14. “We All Have It Coming, Kid”
Unforgiven (1992)

Clint Eastwood as Will Munny holding up a rifle in Unforgiven

While the Western movies of Clint Eastwood are full of insightful quotes about the nature of life and death, this assertion that “we all have it coming” from Eastwood as William Munny feels like it is being spoken from a life of experience. Unlike his earlier Western films, Eastwood was already in his 60s when Unforgiven was made, and quotes like this take on an extra layer of significance due to wisdom and life experience that can be felt from his aging character.

13. “You See, My Mule Don’t Like People Laughing. He Gets This Crazy Idea You’re Laughing At Him.”
A Fistful Of Dollars (1964)

A group of men in A Fistful of Dollars

During an epic showdown in A Fistful of Dollars that would see The Man With No Name expertly kill four bandits in the blink of an eye, Clint Eastwood’s character jokingly gives the men time to apologize for laughing, not at him, but at his mule. Eastwood’s deadpan delivery and threatening nature make this quote as sinister as it is hilarious, and the humor quickly turns to action when the bandits realize they’re not going to make it out this confrontation alive. Before the bandits have time to even draw their guns, The Man With No Name quickly shoots and they’re dead.

12. “Alive Or Dead? It’s Your Choice”
For A Few Dollars More (1965)
As the second film in Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy, In For A Few Dollars More audiences were already aware of Clint Eastwood’s The Man With No Name and his iconic portrayal of the outlaw bounty hunter. As Eastwood’s character fights to take Baby “Red” Cavanagh in for a $2,000 bounty, he tells him: “Alive or dead? It’s your choice.” The Man With No Name’s no-nonsense attitude and single-minded approach to achieving his goals make him a fearsome and difficult foe for any rival bandits, who would be wise to take his offer, give themselves up, and come out of the confrontation at least alive.

11. “It’s A Hell Of A Thing, Killin’ A Man”
Unforgiven (1992)

Will Munny from Unforgiven

In a heart-to-heart between Clint Eastwood’s character of William Munny and Jaimz Woolvett as The Schofield Kid in Unforgiven, The Kid becomes emotional from having shot and killed several men. The aging killer Munny implies past days when he was young and innocent when he tells The Kid that “it’s a hell of a thing, killin’ a man.” Over the years Munny has likely killed countless people throughout the violent past of his outlaw days, and there is a sadness in Eastwood’s delivers of this line that implies a sense of regret about his past actions.

10. “Every Gun Makes Its Own Tune”
The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly (1966)

Clint Eastwood as Blondie aims his revolver at unseen enemy forces in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Release DateDecember 29, 1967
DirectorSergio Leone
CastAldo Giuffrè , Eli Wallach , Clint Eastwood , Lee Van Cleef , Luigi Pistilli
Runtime178 minutes

In The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Blonde states that “every gun makes its own tune” which highlights the unique and individual nature of every firearm. While it is true no two guns are identical, this iconic quote also highlights that every gun has a story to tell, especially in the Wild West when bandits like Blondie have faced countless foes and shot at many different enemies.

9. “The Dead Can Be Very Useful Sometimes”
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

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In A Fistful of Dollars, The Man With No Name carefully places the bodies of dead soldiers by a grave in a plan to stir up conflict between two rival families. Eastwood’s character states that the dead can often be very useful and highlights that the deceased have “helped me out of tough spots more than once” as they don’t talk and if done right, they can be made to look alive. This quote showcases the cunning nature of Eastwood’s The Man With No Name and how he always thinks outside of the box and bends situations to his favor.

8. “Dying Ain’t Much Of A Living, Boy”
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

Clint Eastwood in The Outlaw Josey Wales

The 1976 revionist Western movie The Outlaw Josey Wales was directed by Clint Eastwood who also starred as the titular bandit. The film tells the story of a Missouri farmer and Confederate guerrilla who ends up on the run from Union soldiers who murdered his family. In the line “dying ain’t much of a living, boy” Josey Wales highlights the uncertain nature of life as an outlaw, but to keep afloat he is forced to persevere. While Josey’s life is one spent always on the move, the alternative is just to give up and die.

7. “I’m Here To Kill You, Little Bill”
Unforgiven (1992)

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This line delivered by Clint Eastwood as William Munny in Unforgiven signals the most pivotal moment of the entire film. The journey of Munny’s character has been building up to the moment he confronts Sherriff Bill Daggett for killing his partner in crime Ned Logan. The calm and collective demeanor in which Eastwood delivers the line highlights the seriousness of the moment feeds into the themes of morality, vengeance, and the consequences of violence seen in Unforgiven.

6. “It’s What People Know About Themselves Inside That Makes ‘Em Afraid”
High Plains Drifter (1973)

Close-up of Clint Eastwood in High Plains Drifter

In High Plains Drifter, a film that Clint Eastwood directed himself, Eastwood plays a mysterious nameless figure, known as The Stranger, who dishes out justice in a corrupt mining town. The quote perfectly encapsulates the insightful nature of Eastwood’s character who, despite not revealing much about his own life, appears to have some innate insight into what makes people tick and how the past catches up with those who have checkered histories. The quote recalls the themes of justice and revenge seen in High Plains Drifter.

5. “‘Bout Time This Town Had A New Sheriff.”
High Plains Drifter (1973)

Clint Eastwood as The Stranger in the The Sheriff and the Mayor Scene High Plains Drifter (1973)

Clint Eastwood’s character of The Stranger in High Plains Drifter is highly attuned to the corrupt nature of the mining town of Lago in the Old West. When the residents of the town hire The Stranger to protect them after he kills the three gunmen who had been tormenting them, The Stranger takes full advantage of his new role and appoints a downtrodden dwarf as both sheriff and mayor. Eastwood’s assertation that it is time the town had a new sheriff, highlights understanding that the town needs new authority figures if it is ever going to rise above its previous subjugated state.

4. “Sometimes, Trouble Just Follows A Man”
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

Clint Eastwood as the Outlaw Josey Wales

The story of The Outlaw Josey Wales starring Clint Eastwood is one constant hardship that is best summed in his quote: “Sometimes, trouble just follows a man.” The circumstances of Josey Wales’ life is one of consistent trouble and difficulties starting with the murder of his family by a band of pro-Union militants. This unasked-for torment is what sets in motion the outlaw lifestyle of Josey Wales as he continually must flee and fight in the lawless land of the Old West.

3. “When You Hang A Man, You Better Look At Him.”
Hang ‘Em High (1968)

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Clint Eastwood plays Marshal Jed Cooper in Hang ‘Em High, an innocent man who survives a hanging from a posse who accuses him of murder. In search of vengeance, Cooper hunts down one of the men and before taking his revenge shows him the scar on his next from the unsuccessful lynching. Cooper’s like of “when you hang a man, you better look at him” highlights the cold-hearted nature with which he was almost put to death, and the importance of an outlaw remembering the faces of all those they have wronged, because they might come one day.

2. “I Have A Very Strict Gun Control Policy; If There’s A Gun Around, I Want To Be In Control Of It.”
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

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Clint Eastwood’s character of Josey Wales in The Outlaw Josey Wales has experienced incredible hardship following the murder of his wife and child. As such, he is always on his guard and aware of how in the Old West bandits like him end up dead if they are not very careful. Josey Wales “gun control policy” is a humorous representation of the character’s alert and distrustful nature, and that if an outlaw wants to stay alive, they need to take control of the situations they are in and ensure all potential dangers have been addressed.

1. “You See, In This World, There’s Two Kinds Of People, My Friend. Those With Loaded Guns, And Those Who Dig.”
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Clint Eastwood’s The Man With No Name persona that is seen across Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy is encapsulated by this iconic movie quote. The outlaw attitude of the Old West is heard in the way that Eastwood’s character, known in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as Blondie, highlights the power his gun grants him and demands that the grueling work of digging for hidden treasure be done by Mexican bandit Tuco alone. It is a badass line that highlights both the serious and funny sides of the Spaghetti Western genre.

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“He was too expensive”: Clint Eastwood Starred in ‘Dollars Trilogy’ After Director Couldn’t Afford Another Oscar Winning Actor With $15000 Salary

In today’s day and age, Clint Eastwood’s name is one that echoes with terms such as legendary and brilliant. His ability to be expressive as an actor without having to say too many dialogues was one admired by many. Not only his skills as an actor, but being a talented director helped build his reputation in the best way possible.
Clint Eastwood in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)

Clint Eastwood in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
During his days as an actor, there were many films offered to him. Some he let go of, others he grabbed as soon as he could. One of his most iconic works is the Dollars Trilogy with director Sergio Leone. Despite the massive amount of fame that he got from it, there was an unfortunate yet slight chance that Eastwood would have lost out on the role because Leone wanted another actor altogether.
Sergio Leone’s Initial Choice for His Trilogy was not Clint Eastwood
One of Clint Eastwood’s biggest movie trilogies, the Dollars trilogy was something that came along his career, giving him a boost the actor never knew he needed. The year 1964 saw a rise in his fame from then on. However, as per BBC (via Farout Magazine), Eastwood was not Sergio Leone’s first choice for the film.
James Coburn
“I really wanted James Coburn, but he was too expensive,” Leone stated. “The Italian cinema is very poor. We got Clint for $15,000, Coburn wanted $25,000.”
The director revealed that because of the budgetary limitations that they had, there was no way possible for him to get James Coburn for the role. The actor wanted $10,000 more than what Eastwood had settled on, making it an absolutely impossible choice for them to hire Coburn. He elaborated on how being in the Italian cinema at that time did not give him flexibility with the budget. Due to this, Eastwood became his ideal choice and that in turn benefitted his career.
Clint Eastwood Almost did not Join Sergio Leone
Clint Eastwood’s career has been a rising climb for decades now. One of the reasons for this is his credible fame because of the Dollars trilogy. However, there was a slight chance that the actor would have given up on the role. According to a BBC documentary (via Farout Magazine), the actor was hesitant about saying yes.
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 “I was doing Rawhide, and I was coming to a hiatus,” Eastwood remembered. “I took three months off, usually around February, March and April every year, and my agent in Los Angeles called me up and asked me if I’d like to go to Europe and make an Italian, German, Spanish co-production of a remake of a Japanese film [Yojimbo] in the plains of Spain.”
The actor/director stated that he was asked to make a film in a rather peculiar setting right after he was coming back from a three-month-long break. His reply to the same had been a rejection. In the end, he warmed up to the idea.

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“I got to take her, and I still remember that”: Clint Eastwood Had A Personal Reason To Cherish His Oscar Win Despite His Anti-Semitic Comments Against Academy

Clint Eastwood is a legendary figure in Hollywood, not only because of acting prowess but also because he is a brilliant storyteller. From countless nominations to multiple wins, the Dirty Harry star has had enough accolades to his name, proving that he is every bit deserving of the fame he has received all these years. However, despite his immense fame, the actor has said some very concerning things in the past.
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Clint Eastwood
Years ago he had made some alleged antisemitic remarks about the Academy Awards committee but when he won his first Oscar, the actor-director accepted and enjoyed the experience for a very personal reason.
Clint Eastwood’s Reason For Cherishing His First Oscar
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It has been decades since Clint Eastwood made his debut in Hollywood and ever since then he has been unstoppable. A recipient of numerous accolades and maker of multiple successful movies, the actor-director once had expressed his reservations about Academy Awards, even before he won his first-ever nomination.
While certain people labeled him as anti-semitic because of his Academy-related comments, he went on to get his first-ever nomination just sometime later at the age of 62. It was his movie Unforgiven that gave him an Oscar each for Best Picture and Best Director and a nomination for Best Actor.
Despite his earlier comments, the actor enjoyed his first nomination and win for a very personal reason which was being able to take his mother Ruth Wood to the ceremony (via Parade).
“It was nice, I guess. The nicest thing was that I got to take my mother to the Oscars. I’d been successful as a movie director and actor but not as successful in that kind of hoopla. So that was fun. I got to take her, and I still remember that. The trophies are tucked away in the house somewhere.”
Stated the director when asked if he even cared at that point about awards like the Oscars for he was already a pretty successful filmmaker at that point.
What Alleged Anti-Semitic Comments Did Clint Eastwood Make?
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Clint Eastwood was 62 when he received his first Oscar nomination. Even though he lacked an Academy Award before, he was already a successful filmmaker and actor, having acted and directed several fan-loved movies.
However, before he ever won or was nominated for an Oscar, the actor was said to have stated in the book Clint: The Life and Legend of Clint Eastwood, a biography of his life written by Patrick McGilligan,
“I will never win an Oscar and do you know why? First of all, because I’m not Jewish. Secondly, because I make too much money for those old farts in the Academy. Thirdly, and most importantly, because I don’t give a f**k.”
His comments were understood by many as anti-semitic. However, things began to change for soon he went on to earn multiple Oscar nominations in the subsequent years after his first win with Unforgiven.
Unforgiven can be streamed on HBO Max.

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Tarantino’s films, beyond the taste of each person, doses of violence and references to other titles, are in their scripts and dialogues which, in some cases, like Pulp Fiction, are more than the film itself. In the almost endless list of the best phrases in the history of cinema, Tarantino has his favorite. And this one is uttered by an expert in giving us many phrases in his films: Clint Eastwood.
This can be one of the best lines from the Dirty Harry movies, like his famous “come on, make my day” (Sudden Impact), or Clint Eastwood’s lines of dialogue in the Dirty Harry scene where he said: “I know what. you’re thinking. Did I fire all six bullets or just five. The truth is that in all this fuss and confusion I also lost count. But this is a 44 Magnum, the best revolver in the world, capable of blowing your brains out with one shot, don’t you think you’re lucky?
Or something from Unforgiven, like “when you kill someone you not only take everything they have, but also everything they can be”; When it comes to Tarantino, it’s harder for him to choose a sentimental or romantic phrase from The Bridges of Madison like “I don’t want to need you because I can’t have you.” But no.
Tarantino’s favorite phrase in the history of film belongs to the movie The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and was uttered by Clint Eastwood: “The world is divided into two categories: those with loaded guns and those who dig.” You dig.”

Tarantino has never hidden his weakness for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. In addition to recently including the film directed by Sergio Leone in his list of the 10 best westerns in history, in 2020 he chose The Good, the Bad and the Ugly among his 12 favorite films in history movie theater

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