Growing up in northern California has had a big influence on my love and respect for the outdoors. When I lived in Oakland, we would think nothing of driving to Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz one day and then driving to the foothills of the Sierras the next day.

— Tom Hanks

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Loneliness is to be avoided, solitude is to be sought.


And I'm not apolitical - I'm very specific in my politics.

But a lot of the time it's nobody's business unless you're over at my house having dinner.


'Larry Crowne' is about as bummed out a human being as one can be when he loses his job. What he is able to enjoy is something that may not be available to everybody. But it's about the value of being willing to get and willing to give good advice.


If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. It's the hard that makes it great.


Never give up because you never know what the tide will bring in the next day.


It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together ... and I knew it.


I think it's better to feel good than to look good.


In the 1998 Oscars, I found myself in the bathroom in a stall, next to Tom Selleck. So I leaned over and I said ‘looks like we’re a couple of peeing Toms.’ His angry silence is something I’ll never forget.


Even the simplest choice can make a jaw-dropping difference in our world.


The desert, when the sun comes up...I couldn't tell where heaven stopped and the Earth began.


There's a difference between solitude and loneliness.

I can understand the concept of being a monk for a while.


I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?


About Tom Hanks

Quotes 145 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Actor
Birthday October 16

If you can feel like a good man in your 40s, you can feel like a better man in your 50s, a Superman in your 60s, and maybe a Spider-Man in your 70s.


Truth is, I'll never know all there is to know about you just as you will never know all there is to know about me. Humans are by nature too complicated to be understood fully. So, we can choose either to approach our fellow human beings with suspicion or to approach them with an open mind, a dash of optimism and a great deal of candour.


A story has the opportunity to enlighten us, because as we connect the extraordinary moments on film with the ordinary moments of our lives, we ask ourselves, "What am I going to do the next time I'm scared? What would it be like to say goodbye to my family for the last time?"


The average movie set is the least political arena on Earth.

Nobody bothers talking about politics because, one, we all love the job so much. You don't talk about current events. You talk about old show business stories and whether or not there's gonna be French onion dip at the craft services table that day.


The year I was born, 1956, was the peak year for babies being born, and there are more people essentially our age than anybody else. We could crush these new generations if we decided too.


Eating everything you want is not that much fun.

When you live a life with no boundaries, there's less joy. If you can eat anything you want to, what's the fun in eating anything you want to?


It's not a mid-life crisis. It's a mid-life disaster. A mid-life crisis is when you wake up with everything and you go "I have everything but I'm still unhappy."


Mama always said, dying was a part of life. I sure wish it wasn't.


E-mail is far more convenient than the telephone, as far as I'm concerned.

I would throw my phone away if I could get away with it.


There's no substitute for a great love who says, 'No matter what's wrong with you, you're welcome at this table.'


Mama always had a way of explaining things so I could understand them.


There is something basic about protecting land by taking it off the market.

People should be able to enjoy where they live while at the same time protect the plants and animals around them.


The reason most of us go to the movies is to be involved in someone else's moral dilemma.


May you live as long as you want and not want as long as you live.


The power of the individual is as powerful as the universe is infinite.


From now on we live in a world where man has walked on the Moon.

It's not a miracle; we just decided to go.


Help and you will abolish apathy-the void that is so quickly filled by ignorance and evil.


My favorite traditional Christmas movie that I like to watch is All Quiet on the Western Front. It's just not December without that movie in my house.


Human beings do things for a reason, even if sometimes it's the wrong reason.


Saying no to something is actually much more powerful than saying yes.


Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.


Hold the mirror up to nature. Human behavior is worthy of examination and celebration.


I understand the concept of optimism. But I think with me what you get is a lack of cynicism.


In the creative process you come to loggerheads and you just have to keep the process moving forward, even if that requires jumping on a plane and flying to London. It's a good thing it's fun, otherwise it would be too much work.


Prior to Saving Private Ryan I never worked with men.

I was always working with some babe, and it was always about falling in love, and it just got turned around. I'm not looking for any particular kind of story. I wait until it comes across my desk.


I must say that I do wrestle with the amount of money I make, but at the end of the day what am I gonna say? I took less money so Rupert Murdoch could have more?


For some people, I will be Forrest Gump for the rest of my life. But that's OK; that's a good thing.


I view my wife as my lover, and we have a bond that goes beyond words like wife or girlfriend or mother.


I don't ask for much. I don't ask to be rich, and I don't ask to be famous, and I don't ask to play center field for the New York Yankees. I just want to get married and have a wife, and a house, and I want to have a kid, and I want to go see him be a tooth in the school play!


As long as you as an individual... can convince yourself that in order to move forward as best you can you have to be optimistic, you can be described as 'one of the faithful,' one of those people who can say, 'Well, look, something's going to happen! Let's just keep trying. Let's not give up.


I try to do what I call the three E's - educate, entertain, and enlighten.

If you don't entertain, no one will show up. But you also have to educate, because people want to discover specific things about a world unlike their own - whether it's how hard it is to go to the moon or how scary it is to be on Omaha Beach.


I would not want to live in a country that would have me as a leader in any sort of political bent.


If you have to have a job in this world, a high-priced movie star is a pretty good gig.


But look, I was born in 1956, the peak year for births in US history.

I think I'm very representative of many of the thought processes my generation have been through and, by and large, people of my age have had their imprint planted on the consciousness of western society for a long time.


My TV show had been cancelled; nothing else had gone anywhere; some alliances I had made petered out and nothing came of them and I was looking at a long, long year ahead of me in which there was no work on the horizon, the phone wasn't ringing. I had two kids, one of them a brand-new baby, and I didn't know if I would be able to keep my house.


I just know that every man I kill the farther away from home I feel.


I'm not a smart man, but I know what love is.

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