You will never solve poverty without solving water and sanitation.

— Matt Damon

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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.


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


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.


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.


Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


Bond is part of the system. He's an imperialist and a misogynist, and he laughs at killing people, and he sits there slugging martinis. It'll never be the same thing as this, because Bourne is a guy who is against the establishment, who is paranoid and on the run. I just think fundamentally they're just very different things.


About Matt Damon

Quotes 116 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Actor
Birthday October 16

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.


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?


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


Part of the American ethos is that you want to leave something better for your kids than you had and I know that my parents felt that way and I know that my grandparents felt that way and everybody worked hard so that their kids had a better chance. I just don't want to be the first generation that doesn't do that.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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 Clint Eastwood is a well oiled machine.

Everyone that works with him has the same reaction, "Can I stay with you?"


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.


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.


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.


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.


There are a lot of things that I really question - the legality of the drone strikes, these NSA revelations. Jimmy Carter came out and said we don’t live in a democracy. That’s a little intense when an ex-president says that. So you know, he’s got some explaining to do, particularly for a constitutional law professor.


Liberty is a soul’s right to breathe.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Being known as a writer did change the relationships I had with directors.

The rap on actors is that they always want to inflate their parts. But when directors know you write screenplays and have a different view of things, you really get invited into the huddle in a much fuller way. And those collaborations end in friendships.


Sending our kids in my family to private school was a big, big, big deal.

And it was a giant family discussion. But it was a circular conversation, really, because ultimately we don't have a choice. I mean, I pay for a private education and I'm trying to get the one that most matches the public education that I had, but that kind of progressive education no longer exists in the public system. It's unfair.


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.


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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