Tom Hanks is a prominent Hollywood actor and filmmaker. Hanks is widely recognized for his dramatic and comedic roles in movies such as “Forrest Gump,” “Apollo 13,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “You’ve Got Mail” and “The Green Mile.”

Tom Hanks was born Thomas Jeffrey Hanks on July 9, 1956 in Concord, California. His movies have grossed over $9 billion worldwide, making him the third highest box office grossing actor in Hollywood.

Tom Hanks has won two Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, six Emmy Awards and numerous other awards, recognition and nominations during his illustrious and extensive move-making career in Hollywood. Tom Hanks also received a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 from President Barack Obama.

Here are 100 of the best quotes from Tom Hanks:

I’ve made over 20 movies, and 5 of them are good. — Tom Hanks

We are still in the position of waking up and having a choice. Do I make the world better today somehow, or do I not bother? — Tom Hanks

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. — Tom Hanks

If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great. — Tom Hanks

Everyone says, “You have to work at relationships.” Sometimes you’ve got to work, but if you’re working 60 percent of the time and only enjoying it 40 percent… — Tom Hanks

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. — Tom Hanks

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

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

Without question, we make choices – and those choices have consequences. So can you control your own destiny? To a degree, certainly. Must you have faith in serendipity? Without question, you’d better. Otherwise you’re foolish. — Tom Hanks

I think it’s better to feel good than to look good. — Tom Hanks

The only way you can truly control how you are seen is by being honest all the time. — Tom Hanks

A hero is somebody who voluntarily walks into the unknown. — Tom Hanks

Let’s not pretend there isn’t a huge industry driven by the choices made by editors and writers who decide what a story is. — Tom Hanks

If things were easy to find, they wouldn’t be worth finding. — Tom Hanks

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

Everybody has something that chews them up and, for me, that thing was always loneliness. The cinema has the power to make you not feel lonely, even when you are. — Tom Hanks

A lot of people would flee from what they think is award-show cheesiness, and I don’t. I often joke that my speeches are very personal moments that play themselves out in front of billions of people. — Tom Hanks

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. — Tom Hanks

The desert, when the sun comes up… I couldn’t tell where heaven stopped and the Earth began. — Tom Hanks

Tweeting is like sending out cool telegrams to your friends once a week. — Tom Hanks

I have a woman who teaches me what love is every day. Maybe that sentiment is possible to fake, but for me it’s really true. — Tom Hanks

The “Toy Story” films accomplish what timeless classics aim for – innocent characters who face an endless trail of adventures. — Tom Hanks

There’s a difference between solitude and loneliness. I can understand the concept of being a monk for a while. — Tom Hanks

Help publicly. Help privately. Help make sense where sense has gone missing. Help science to solve and faith to soothe. Help, and you will abolish apathy-the void that is so quickly filled by ignorance and evil. — Tom Hanks

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. — Tom Hanks

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? — Tom Hanks

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. — Tom Hanks

Mass-market movies have become about one thing. They kind of declare themselves right off the bat… But when I go to see (a film), I want to be surprised. I want to see something I never expected. And when you get that, it should be celebrated. — Tom Hanks

The reason most of us go to the movies is to be involved in someone else’s moral dilemma. — Tom Hanks

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

At the end of the day it’s got to be a good movie, it’s got to be a funny movie, and it’s got to make people think, ‘Hey, I couldn’t have spent my time any better.’ — Tom Hanks

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

It’s difficult to say no sometimes. I often hear, “They’ll really take care of you,” or “Someone else is going to take the role if you don’t play it.” Some of the best advice I ever received was to always ask myself: Am I going to kill myself if somebody else takes this role? The answer is almost always no. — Tom Hanks

There’s such an advantage to being involved in the day-to-day details of each other’s lives. It’s a marvelous fabric to exist in. — Tom Hanks

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

The truth is that everyone pays attention to who’s number one at the box office. And none of it matters, because the only thing that really exists is the connection the audience has with a movie. — Tom Hanks

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?” — Tom Hanks

I was never intimidated by change. I was like an army brat who had lived all around the world. — Tom Hanks

I’m not looking for anything. If you start looking for something specific, then you take providence right out of it. You can’t completely control it. Otherwise you’d make the same kind of movie over and over again, which some people say I’ve done. — Tom Hanks

I try not to lie to people – the only way to control the way you’re perceived is to tell the truth. — Tom Hanks

I will entertain anything; it doesn’t matter. You know, it’s not obviously about the price, it’s not about who, it’s kind of about when and what. It’s material, that’s all. — Tom Hanks

Before you go into what is essentially a competition, you have to have that confidence. You have to ask yourself, “Are they looking for a guy my height? My age? I’ve got a shot.” And if there are nine guys auditioning and they’re all gorgeous, I have an advantage, because gorgeous guys are a dime a dozen. But if they need someone else – like a goofy guy with bad hair who is just okay – then that’s me. And finally, the other 2 percent who audition are geniuses that I could never touch. — Tom Hanks

You don’t necessarily go in to talk to the person to try to find some secret key to the lock. — Tom Hanks

Repertory theater is all about being part of the whole, one of the many colors in this vast palette. — Tom Hanks

It’s always a combination of physics and poetry that I find inspiring. It’s hard to wrap your head around things like the Hubble scope. — Tom Hanks

Work in the theater is more fun than fun. — Tom Hanks

Even if a story has nothing to do with my life, if I can recognize something of myself in the character and think, ‘Oh yeah, that’s what I’d do…’ Yeah, that’s what I look for. — Tom Hanks

Help, and you will make a huge impact in the life of the street, the town, the country and our planet. If only one out of four of each one hundred of you choose to help on any given day, in any given cause, incredible things will happen in the world you live in. — Tom Hanks

College isn’t necessary for everybody and it’s only from what you put into it what you go there for. — Tom Hanks

My wife and I, we met making a movie. This is not just our job, it’s our life. It’s what we do naturally whether we’re working together or not. — Tom Hanks

And then it was like, wait, you can go to college and study theater? And act in plays? This is almost a racket, you know. And then when the opportunity came along to do it professionally, I thought I’d won the lottery. — Tom Hanks

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.” — Tom Hanks

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. — Tom Hanks

Reading a script is usually as exciting as reading a boilerplate legal document, so when you read one that makes you feel as if you’re seeing the movie, you know it’s something different. — Tom Hanks

If I have no connection with the character, then it’s all fake – it’s just blah, blah, blah. — Tom Hanks

I know what I have to do now, I’ve got to keep breathing because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring? — Tom Hanks

I do not want to admit to the world that I can be a bad person. It is just that I don’t want anyone to have false expectations. Movie-making is a harsh, volatile business, and unless you can be ruthless, too, there’s a good chance that you are going to disappear off the scene pretty quickly. — Tom Hanks

My son is a gentleman and a professional who is pursuing something difficult. Yet the only thing he has ever asked me for is advice – never favors. He has just said, “What do you think I should do, Dad?” It’s extraordinary to me that my son would listen to and have faith in whatever wisdom I can offer. — Tom Hanks

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. — Tom Hanks

Movie-making is telling a story with the best technology at your disposal. — Tom Hanks

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 candor. — Tom Hanks

I would like to think I’ve reflected the audience’s lives somehow, though it’s in this big, false, glamorous arena of movies. I hope people see themselves somehow up on the screen. — Tom Hanks

That’s what’s nice about directing a film and having it done: There’s nothing more I can do about it. It’s done. That’s it. All I can do is let it go and hope that people are kind to it. — Tom Hanks

The prejudice surrounding AIDS exacts a social death which precedes the actual physical one. — Tom Hanks

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

The easiest thing to do is to rag on the media, because it isn’t doing a very good job right now. It is so much easier to profit from celebrating the worst aspects of ourselves. Acting strikes me as the antithesis of that. We can examine the worst aspects of ourselves, but we don’t have to celebrate them. — Tom Hanks

You cannot look up at the night sky on the Planet Earth and not wonder what it’s like to be up there amongst the stars. And I always look up at the moon and see it as the single most romantic place within the cosmos. — Tom Hanks

I went to college because I didn’t have anywhere else to go and it was a fabulous hang. And while I was there I was exposed to this world that I didn’t know was possible. — Tom Hanks

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. — Tom Hanks

People ask me all the time, “What kind of father are you?” I won’t know until my kids are grown. — Tom Hanks

Some people go to bed at night thinking, ‘That was a good day.’ I am one of those who worries and asks, ‘How did I screw up today?’

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

As an actor I am always waiting for my luck to run out. — Tom Hanks

Motion pictures are just beginning to live up to their true potential of being immersive experience – going from beyond black and white flickering images to fully immersive 3D color high-definition. You don’t even know where the real world starts and the fake world begins. And yet, none of that’s going to matter unless the story and the emotions that they allow us to become invested in are something that we can recognize. Pixar is able to do this in ways that almost defies speculation. — Tom Hanks

Larger-than-life characters make up about .01 percent of the world’s population. — Tom Hanks

I’m not interested in doing something edgy with a capital E just so everyone knows, ‘Oh, OK, now he’s showing us he can do edgy.’ — Tom Hanks

Believing is seeing and seeing is believing. — Tom Hanks

I have high blood sugars, and Type 2 diabetes is not going to kill me. But I just have to eat right, and exercise, and lose weight, and watch what I eat, and I will be fine for the rest of my life. — Tom Hanks

All that most parents hope is that their children are happy, funny, well adjusted, and have a passion for something in their lives. What would negate everything is if the next generation that we’re responsible for has a passionless existence. And that’s cause for occasional sleepless nights. — Tom Hanks

I think 80 percent of the population are really great, caring people who will help you and tell you the truth. That’s just the way it is. And I think 20 percent of the population are crooks and liars. It’s just a fact. — Tom Hanks

But television, when I was doing it, was all about scoring. You had to make these jokes bang, do whatever you could to make the material really pop. And if it didn’t, there was something wrong with the material, or with you. — Tom Hanks

As a young man, even if I was going to see a play or a film by myself, I didn’t feel like I was alone. There was something that was unfolding up there that brought me into it. And I recognized that. For those two hours, it made me feel like I belonged to something really good. — Tom Hanks

My work is really a blast. When it stops being a blast, then it ain’t no fun no more! — Tom Hanks

The nature of motion capture is only going to work for certain films. It’s not going to put any other type of movies out of business. — Tom Hanks

There was a period of time in Los Angeles when I wondered if I was just going to lose everything. — Tom Hanks

Acting still rings my bell as much as it did in high school. Plus, I can now indulge my interests as a producer as well. My work is more fun than fun but, best of all, it’s still very scary. You are always walking some kind of high wire. — Tom Hanks

If I stopped having passion, I’d be done. — Tom Hanks

But the battles against loneliness that I fought when I was 16 are very different from those I fought when I was 27, and those are very different from the ones I fight at 44. — Tom Hanks

Once humankind has been some place and found it
entrancing, they always go back, I think in the history of the
human race, the moon has been the first place we’ve gone to and said,
‘OK, we don’t need to go back there again. — Tom Hanks

As a boy Id often spend my days biking on riverbeds and arroyos and come home exhausted. I realize now how much I took for granted having the natural world so close at hand. It wasn’t until I moved away, first to New York and then to Los Angeles, that I realized how much I missed the outdoors. — Tom Hanks

I know how the Academy Awards works: It’s a card game, and I’m in the toss-up category. — Tom Hanks

We are all God’s animated cartoons. — Tom Hanks

I know the Pope is opposed to the use of condoms. All I can say is, I am a spiritual man and I’ve been happily married for 21 years. I don’t even know what a condom is anymore. — Tom Hanks

I have gone through so many examinations of what a hero is, between the World War II stuff and the astronaut stuff. — Tom Hanks

I have faith that a script is going to hit me like a ton of bricks, and when that happens, it’s undeniable that I should choose the role. — Tom Hanks

My wife keeps on telling me my worst fault is that I keep things to myself and appear relaxed. But I am really in a room in my own head and not hearing a thing anyone is saying. — Tom Hanks

I know that my work in this case is magnified by the fact that the streets of heaven are too crowded with angels. We know their names. They number a thousand for each one of the red ribbons that we wear here tonight. They finally rest in the warm embrace of the gracious creator of us all, a healing embrace that cools their fevers, that clears their skin, and allows their eyes to see the simple, self-evident commonsense truth that is made manifest by the benevolent creator of us all. — Tom Hanks

Being politically correct means always having to say you’re sorry. Believe me, the power and pleasure and the emotion of this moment is a constant speed of light. — Tom Hanks

Dear God, thank you for my life. I forgot how big and wonderful it is. — Tom Hanks

I am a lay historian by nature. I seek out an empirical reflection of what truth is. I sort of want dates and motivations and I want the whole story. But I’ve always felt, unconsciously, that all human history is that connection from person to person to person, event to event to event, and from idea to idea. — Tom Hanks

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