In this life, it's not what you hope for, it's not what you deserve - it's what you take!

— Tom Cruise

The most surprising Tom Cruise quotes that will activate your desire to change

The thing about film-making is I give it everything, that's why I work so hard.

I always tell young actors to take charge. It's not that hard. Sign your own cheques, be responsible.

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I look at the Samurai because they were the artists of their time.

What I think struck me when I read Bushido is compassion. 'If there's no one there to help, go out and find someone to help.' That hit me, because I try to lead my life like that.

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No dream is ever just a dream.

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Someday. That's a dangerous word. It's really just a code for 'never'.

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Perception and reality are two different things.

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Nothing ends nicely, that's why it ends.

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I had to train myself to focus my attention.

I became very visual and learned how to create mental images in order to comprehend what I read.

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I disagree with people who think you learn more from getting beat up than you do from winning.

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I'm a good listener. I think it's the one characteristic that's most important. I've always been that way. Not that I take all the advice, but you've got to listen to it and have the courage to make your own decision. Then I just go for it.

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I've gotten very good at scheduling my life, scheduling the scene and preparing myself for knowing, saving the energy, consuming the energy, knowing when to go for it and having the available reserves to be able to do that. You have to think about that, because it's endurance.

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I just want to help people. I'm a helper. For instance, I myself have helped hundreds of people get off drugs. In Scientology, we have the only successful drug rehabilitation program in the world. It's called Narconon.

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I like to work with people that I like hanging out with, that I admire, that are really smart and talented, and we can problem solve together.

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About Tom Cruise

Quotes 112 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Actor
Birthday October 16

Saddam has committed many crimes against humanity and against his own people.

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I love kids. I was a kid myself, once.

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But my friends are happy for me. The people who know me are happy. My mom is happy. My family is happy.

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What I find sometimes that is tricky is if actors are using too much of their own life in a picture, in a scene, they get locked into a particular way to play the scene, and it lacks an immediacy.

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I feel lonely at times, but I don't want to get into a relationship with someone if it is not right. I'm not the type of person who just does things to do them.

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I feel the need... the need for speed.

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Do I make mistakes? Yeah.

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When you become successful in any type of life, there are people who are not contributing to the motion.

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I have respect for what other people believe.

What I believe in my own life is that it's a search for how I can do things better, whether it's being a better man or a better father or finding ways for myself to improve.

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Today, people can say anything they want.

Suddenly it gets in the rumor mill and then it evolves and then somehow it becomes fact and you say, What is this? You know, why don't you ask me?

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I don't care what someone believes. I don't care what nationality they are. But if someone wants to get off drugs, I can help them. If someone wants to learn how to read, I can help them. If someone doesn't want to be a criminal anymore, I can give them tools that can better their life.

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It seems to me that if there were any logic to our language, trust would be a four letter word.

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When I work, I work very hard. So I look to work with people who have that level of dedication. And I depend on that from everyone. From the director to my crews that I work with.

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My childhood was extremely lonely. I was dyslexic and lots of kids make fun of me. That experience made me tough inside, because you learn to quietly accept ridicule.

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Awards are wonderful. I've been nominated many times and I've won many awards. But my journey is not towards that. If it happens it will be a blast. If it doesn't, it's still been a blast.

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The exciting part of acting, I don't know how else to explain it, are those moments when you surprise yourself.

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Who hasn't danced in their underwear?

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I feel good about the decisions that I made and I'm happy. You know, I'm really happy.

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Making a movie is like a chess game. It's about constantly changing patterns, adapting to new things. It's not just black and white, as you know.

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It's well known I'm a Scientologist, and that has helped me to find that inner peace in my life and it's something that has given me great stability and tools that I use.

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There is no such thing as a chemical imbalance.

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Of course [I believe in aliens]. Are you so arrogant as to believe we are alone in this universe?

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As a young actor, people were trying to define who I was before I really knew that for myself. But I still remember thinking, "This is what I love doing, and I hope I'm going to be able to do it forever."

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When I'm promoting a film, I'm not going to get caught up in anything else, and that includes all my personal things.

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We live in a world in which we are able to communicate very quickly in many different ways, and yet we find communicating more difficult than ever. When in fact we need communication more urgently than ever, because the enemies that threaten us are universal: drugs, illiteracy and crime. We have to fight against them together.

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I've been... chased by paparazzi, and they run lights, and they chase you and harass you the whole time. It happens all over the world, and it has certainly gotten worse. You don't know what it's like being chased by them.

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Everybody dies, Sally. The thing is to die well.

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Yes, of course. Are you really so arrogant as to believe we are alone in this universe? Millions of stars, and we're supposed to be the only living creatures? No, there are many things out there, we just don't know.

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But I think also you look at Scientology it is the fastest growing religion.

It's helped so many people.

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My name is Joel Goodson. I deal in human fulfillment. I grossed over eight thousand dollars in one night.

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On film Vanilla Sky: You're going to get the full experience of what love is.

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I love adventure movies, I just love action adventure films.

It's pure cinema and you go in and you're lost to it. To me, it's that challenge - I want to give an audience that ride, that entertainment.

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If someone doesn’t want to be a criminal anymore, I can give them tools that can better their life. You have no idea how many people want to know what Scientology is.

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I don't care if you print something nasty about me.

If it's true, fine. I don't care. But just make sure it's the truth.

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I kept looking [at Katie] and thinking, 'This woman's amazing.

' I'm happy that I'm with her. She's amazing, and I'd think the same of her even if she wasn't with me - she's just amazing.

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Where do I get my seriousness? You can't help but grow up fast when your parents get divorced. You see your mother go to get food stamps and she's making fifty dollars too much to get them, with four kids to support.

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I've spent many birthdays on a movie set, all great days.

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