George Clooney Funny Essay Quotes

George Clooney may be one of People’s “Sexiest Men Alive,” but the actor and activist had much humbler beginnings. Although both his aunt and father were in show business, he was never given any preference. In fact, Clooney tried acting at a young age, but suffered from a debilitating form of Bell’s palsy. Since the disease causes facial paralysis, he struggled with the expressive part of acting until eventually recovering from the illness.

In the meantime, Clooney grew up in a small town in Kentucky and made his living as both a shoe salesman and a farmhand. He didn’t make the move to pursue acting roles in Los Angeles until his late 20s. It wasn’t until his big break on the hit medical show ER in 1994 that he began to find success.

Today, Clooney is considered one of Hollywood’s “A-List” with a host of Academy Award wins and nominations to his name. He now uses his fame to advocate humanitarian issues like the Darfur conflict.

Here are the Top Most Inspiring Quotes From George Clooney.

Top 12 Most Inspiring George Clooney Quotes


“Art takes different forms… But it represents something that is basic in all of us—our history.”
— George Clooney

“Failures are infinitely more instructive than successes.”
― George Clooney

“You have only a short period of time in your life to make your mark, and I’m there now.”
― George Clooney


“You need to have flopped quite a few times to get a sense of how little any of it has to do with you.”
― George Clooney

“If we turn our heads and look away and hope that it will all disappear then they will – all of them, an entire generation of people. And we will have only history left to judge us.”
― George Clooney

“You never really learn much from hearing yourself speak.”
― George Clooney

“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.”
— George Clooney

“I had to stop going to auditions thinking, ‘Oh, I hope they like me.’ I had to go in thinking I was the answer to their problem. ”
— George Clooney

“The only failure is not to try”
― George Clooney

“Anyone would be lying if they said they didn’t get lonely at times.”
— George Clooney

“When you’re young you believe it when people tell you how good you are. And that’s the danger, you inhale. Everyone will tell you you’re a genius, which you are not, and if you understand that, you win.”
― George Clooney

“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.”
— George Clooney


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George Clooney is a Hollywood star who Time magazine named as one of the 100 “Most Influential People in the World.” In addition to being an actor, Clooney is also a filmmaker, activist, businessman and philanthropist.

George Clooney was born George Timothy Clooney on May 6, 1961 in Lexington, Kentucky. Clooney gained recognition as an actor in his role as Dr. Doug Ross on the medical drama ER. In 1997, Clooney starred as Batman in the film “Batman & Robin.”

In the early 2000’s George Clooney gained wider acclaim as an actor, taking the lead role in the box office hit movie “Ocean’s Eleven” and it’s later sequels. His other box office successes include “Syriana,” “Argo” and “Up In The Air.” Clooney has earned three Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards.

George Clooney has championed a number of humanitarian causes. His humanitarian work includes advocacy to resolve the Darfur conflict, raising funds for Haiti earthquake victims, efforts to bring recognition to the Armenian Genocide, 2004 tsunami, helping 9-11 victims and creating documentaries to bring awareness about various international conflicts.

In 2014, George Clooney married British-Lebanese human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. They have twin kids, Ella and Alexander.

Here are the greatest quotes from George Clooney:

The only failure is not to try. — George Clooney

I don’t like to share my personal life… it wouldn’t be personal if I shared it. — George Clooney

At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won’t be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black. — George Clooney

I don’t sleep much. Five to six, I’d say. You could argue that people, as they get older, sleep less – probably because they’re afraid of dying at some point. I know my parents don’t sleep much. I know that I used to be able to sleep until noon when I was younger. I couldn’t fathom staying in bed until ten now. I wouldn’t know what to do unless there’s a football game on. — George Clooney

Actors tend to get in their own way, a lot. A lot of times you will do things that will screw up your audition process. I was very bad at auditioning, and I always went in to it saying ‘God I hope I don’t screw this up.’ But at the same time, the directors are saying, ‘God, I hope this person is the savior.’ You have to remember is that the worst thing that could happen is you don’t get the job you don’t already have. — George Clooney

I don’t believe in happy endings, but I do believe in happy travels, 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. — George Clooney

You have only a short period of time in your life to make your mark, and I’m there now. — George Clooney

Life’s better with company. Everybody needs a co-pilot. — George Clooney

Peace is a full-time job. It’s protecting civilians, overseeing elections, and disarming ex-combatants. Peace, like war, must be waged. — George Clooney

On Christmas morning, before we could open our Christmas presents, we would go to this stranger’s home and bring them presents. I remember helping clean the house up and putting up a tree. My father believed that you have a responsibility to look after everyone else. — George Clooney

The truth of the matter is the real story are the people who rise above all of this incredible cruelty. Otherwise that cruelty wins. — George Clooney

I had to stop going to auditions thinking, ‘Oh, I hope they like me.’ I had to go in thinking I was the answer to their problem. — George Clooney

I find that it’s a very odd thing to think of competition when you’re talking about what I still think of as art. I don’t think of competing with actors or filmmakers at all. You do compete, in a way, at the box office, but we’re far enough apart when both films are coming out that I’m not concerned with that either. — George Clooney

If you don’t drink coffee, I am suspicious of your character and will not invite you to my Italian lake home. — George Clooney

It is astonishing that gay and lesbian Americans are still treated as second-class citizens. I am confident that, very soon, the laws of this nation will reflect the basic truth that gay and lesbian people – like all human beings – are born equal in dignity and rights. — George Clooney

I don’t like to share my personal life… it wouldn’t be personal if I shared it. — George Clooney

There is a strange pecking order among actors. Theater actors look down on film actors, who look down on TV actors. Thank God for reality shows, or we wouldn’t have anybody to look down on. — George Clooney

As you get older and ease your way into being a character actor you have to be comfortable with where you are in life and career, and I’m very comfortable with what I’m doing – working on projects I’m proud of. — George Clooney

The only failure is not to try. — George Clooney

There are some scenes that you have to lose in order to win something at the end. A good director will keep pointing you that way, but it is also your job as an actor to understand that there are scenes that you do, particularly when you are the lead, where other people get to come in and steal and you have to let them. I understand that but a good director always reminds you where those moments are. — George Clooney

Failures are infinitely more instructive than successes. — George Clooney

If you want to protect yourself as an actor, always work with good people. — George Clooney

Directing is really exciting. In the end, it’s more fun to be the painter than the paint. — George Clooney

I certainly direct with confidence even if I’m not confident. I learned early on as an actor that confidence can be faked, and it’s not always a terrible thing to do. A lot of times if people feel you’re confident, then they’re confident. — George Clooney

My father ran for Congress in 2004, and I got a sense that there is no way to achieve much success without a certain amount of compromise. — George Clooney

Over the years, over the history of our country, liberals have stood on many of the right sides of the issues. — George Clooney

Art takes different forms… But it represents something that is basic in all of us-our history. — George Clooney

Directors are the captains of the ship, and it’s your job as the lead actor to make sure that the rest of the cast understand that by doing whatever he says. — George Clooney

I’ve worked with Woody Allen twice and he was like, “Whatever you want to change, it’s up to you. If you want to change the words, make them your own.” — George Clooney

Acting is one element in a film. Directing is sort of the painter using all of those elements – sound and music and camera and putting it all together. And that can be fun and exciting. If you fail, it’s incredibly upsetting – much more upsetting than when you’re an actor. But when you succeed it’s incredibly, incredibly exciting, so I like the risk of it all. — George Clooney

I have been directing and involved in producing and the creating of films for quite a while as well as acting. I always think in terms of what the director needs, and not just for this scene but for the film. — George Clooney

The rehearsal process in general is about trusting one another. — George Clooney

See, the first thing about actors is, you’re just trying to get a job; and you audition and audition and you finally get them. And you still consider yourself an auditioning actor. I auditioned for One Fine Day, I wasn’t offered that. So you’re still in that ‘Hey, I’m just trying to get a job’ thing. Then, you get to the point where, if you decide to do it, then they’ll make the film. That’s a different kind of responsibility, and it usually takes a couple of films to catch up. And then you have to actually pay attention to the kind of films that you’re making. — George Clooney

We try to make films for people [that are] the films that we’d like to see. They’re not easy to get made. They’re hard to get made. You have to keep the budget low to get them made. But at the end of the day, I don’t really worry about competition, because I don’t really think of it that way. I don’t feel like I’m in a race with anybody. — George Clooney

We’re always going to be a society that’s going to slow down and look at the wreck on the side if the road if there is one. We’re always going to do that because it’s still fascinating and it’s human nature. — George Clooney

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 un-reason. — George Clooney

Most of the time, I’m working in places I’m not familiar with. Sometimes it’s Slovakia, and sometimes it’s Hawaii. Not to bash on Slovakia, but I really did enjoy Hawaii. — George Clooney

I know what my limitations are as an actor, but my strength is putting myself into a well-written part. When I get in trouble is when I have to fix it, or when I have to carry it on personality. — George Clooney

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. — George Clooney

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. — George Clooney

I was in a bar and I said to a friend, ‘You know, we’ve become those 40-year-old guys we used to look at and say, ‘Isn’t it sad?’ — George Clooney

I’m not quite sure what the sanctity of marriage is. — George Clooney

Peace is not just a colored ribbon. It’s more than a wristband or a t-shirt. It’s not just a donation or a 5 K race. It’s not just a folk song, or a white dove. And peace is certainly more than a celebrity endorsement. Peace is a full-time job. It’s protecting civilians, overseeing elections, and disarming ex-combatants. The UN has over 100,000 Peacekeepers on the ground, in places others can’t or won’t go, doing things others can’t or won’t do. Peace, like war, must be waged. — George Clooney

I enjoy going on motorcycle trips and stopping in small towns and enjoying drinks with the locals. — George Clooney

The secret of directing is working with really good people. — George Clooney

You get better as an actor over time if you’re growing. Like singers. — George Clooney

The funniest thing is that all the things every director goes through, I thought I could shortcut, but there was no getting around those issues. — George Clooney

I think you should automatically donate your organs because that would turn the balance of organ donation in a huge way. I would donate whatever anybody would take, and I’d probably do the cremation bit. — George Clooney

I know love at first sight can work. It happened to my parents. — George Clooney

It’s incredibly unfair. You don’t see a lot of 60-year-old women with 20-year-old men onscreen. — George Clooney

I’m a Method actor. I spent years training for the drinking and carousing I had to do in this film. — George Clooney

If people see me having dinner with a beautiful woman, they immediately believe that I’m having a love affair with her. Of course that’s rubbish. I’m not a playboy! — George Clooney

I am the least qualified person to comment on anyone playing the role of Batman since I so terribly destroyed the part. — George Clooney

Even other movies I wasn’t involved with, I’d watch them edit ’cause I really enjoy watching them go through their process. It’s a very economical, educational process. — George Clooney

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. — George Clooney

I would vote for Johnny Depp. We could use a president that could swashbuckle. — George Clooney

I played a father a few times. You don’t have to shoot heroin to play a heroin addict … I’m not running for president but I could play a candidate. Most of the time, you don’t really have to have those things in your life to understand what they’re like. — George Clooney

It is rather astonishing that the United States does not play ball with the ICC, considering our country was the beacon of the idea of an international criminal court. — George Clooney

The script for this film was written 52 years ago by Edward R. Murrow, who taught us many valuable lessons about responsibility and always, always questioned authority, because without it authority often goes unchecked. — George Clooney

I’m a liberal. I’m confused when that became a bad word… — George Clooney

Things hurt me now. My knees hurt, my back hurts. But your head still thinks it’s twenty-three. — George Clooney

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. — George Clooney

People forget that I was married. I love that, Will he get married? I don’t talk about it because I don’t think about it. I don’t ever question other peoples’ versions of how they live their lives or what they do. — George Clooney

There’s ten of us, we’ve been best friends for thirty years. Ten guys. And their wives, and their kids, are all family now. I’m not big on keeping up on the phone, none of us are. Some guys I won’t talk to for two months and then you pick up the phone and hear, “So, anyway.” There’s no guilt or where have you been? or what’s been going on? or why haven’t we talked? There’s an ease to it. — George Clooney

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. — George Clooney

I resolve not to drink liquids before donning the Bat-suit. — George Clooney

Look, it’s very easy to sit here right now with some films in the bank that I like and think I have a shot and feel pretty cocky. But, you know, three years from now, I could very easily be saying, ‘Paper or plastic?’ — George Clooney

The best lesson my mom taught me was how to be scrappy. — George Clooney

The hardest thing is trying not to correct everything on the Internet. It’d be night and day – wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong. So you just have to say, All right, I’ll take it, bring it on. — George Clooney

I’ve certainly done some turkeys along the way and made some dumb choices in my career, mostly early on. I’m one of the lucky ones who got to make a lot of mistakes very early when no one was paying attention. — George Clooney

It is not lost on me that I’m spending my honeymoon at Comic Con. — George Clooney

I’m not going to let anyone make it seem like being gay is a bad thing. — George Clooney

The best advice I got from my aunt, the great singer Rosemary Clooney, and from my dad, who was a game show host and news anchor, was: don’t wake up at seventy years old sighing over what you should have tried. Just do it, be willing to fail, and at least you gave it a shot. That’s echoed for me all through the last few years. — George Clooney

I’m like my mother, I stereotype. Its faster. — George Clooney

Whatever you do, don’t wake up at 65 years old and think about what you should have done with your life. — George Clooney

Bush, Sharon, Blair and Rice are names that history will damn. — George Clooney

I doubt anybody gets taken seriously for very long. I’ll be on some reality show in about six years going, Hey, I had a great year in 2006. — George Clooney

What did Bush do on 9/11? He ran away and hid. Even Reagan knew more about leadership than that, and he was as bad a symbol of America as I can think of, off-hand. But at least he’s been in enough cowboy movies to know he had to come out and stand on top of the rubble and be seen shaking his fist or something. — George Clooney

The first question is something immediate—and immediately, we need humanitarian aid to be allowed into the Sudan before it becomes the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. — George Clooney

Ninety percent of films are pretty mediocre, but they have a built-in audience and open on 3,000 screens. — George Clooney

I grew up in the world of bad television, on my dad’s sets and then as a young schmuck on dating shows and so on. — George Clooney

I’ve met my bride-to-be in Italy and I will be married in Italy soon, in a couple of weeks. In Venice of all places! In closing, I guess what I would like to say is to my bride-to-be, Amal, that I love you very much and I can’t wait to be your husband. — George Clooney

I bought a painting in Madrid on my first trip there too and a lot of people say, ‘Well it’s not the greatest painting’ and I say, ‘It is to me.’ OK, you can look at a beautiful painting and say, ‘That’s beautiful’ but to me, it feels warmer to fill my home with pictures of friends and family and paintings of places I’ve gone. That’s what I want to come home to. — George Clooney

I have a picture of a rainy Paris street scene which I bought when I was 33 and on my first trip to Paris. I go past it when I go upstairs every night and it reminds me of that trip and makes me happy. — George Clooney

All I will say is we get wiser as we get older. And that what I am looking for in life is the same as I always have; happiness, peacefulness and joy. And that’s all I’m going to say about that because otherwise I’d get into trouble. — George Clooney

People know everything about everybody now. — George Clooney

When you go to Detroit you see a town that is resilient, that’s just fighting to win again, and there’s an energy to that. Just watching a city really fighting to get back on its feet and watching the inner strength of a city is tremendous. — George Clooney

I want to be the George Clooney of music. — George Clooney

I’m the least metro-sexual cat you’ve ever met. I’ve never had my fingernails or toenails done, and I’ve cut my own hair longer than other people have cut my hair. — George Clooney

You can’t beat your enemy anymore through wars; instead you create an entire generation of people revenge-seeking. These days it only matters who’s in charge. Right now that’s us – for a while at least. Our opponents are going to resort to car bombs and suicide attacks because they have no other way to win. I believe (Rumsfeld) thinks this is a war that can be won, but there is no such thing anymore. We can’t beat anyone anymore. — George Clooney

I’ve been in relationships where I’ve felt terribly alone. Just because you’re with someone, it doesn’t mean you’re happy. — George Clooney

My life isn’t focused on results. My life is really focused on the process of doing all the things I’m doing, from work to relationships to friendships to charitable work. — George Clooney

Yes, I slouch. My mother tells me that. — George Clooney

Stage actors look down on movie actors, movie actors look down on TV actors, and TV actors look down on… mass murderers… — George Clooney

I didn’t have time. I was too busy breaking up Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s marriage. (on rumours he was responsible for Julia Roberts and Benjamin Bratt’s break-up) — George Clooney

Never get behind old people. Their bodies are littered with hidden metal and they never seem to appreciate how little time they have left. — George Clooney

Shutting down the government is not how you make government work. — George Clooney

Let’s face it: Bush is just dim. — George Clooney

Venice is the prettiest city I’ve ever seen. It looks like a Disneyland ride. — George Clooney

Oceans is about glamour. I can’t go looking like a slob can I? — George Clooney

It’s not that your back hurts, .. You get these horrible, ice cream brain-freeze headaches. So I would go in on the weekends and get these things called blood patches, where they’d shoot blood into your spine. It was like running a marathon to get it done. — George Clooney

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. — George Clooney

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