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24 Tom Cruise Quotes About Acting, Life & Hard Work

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24 Tom Cruise Quotes About Acting, Life & Hard Work

Tom Cruise is an American actor and producer. He started his career at age 19 and has featured in a ridiculous number of films over the span of his career.

Here’s just a few of those amazing films:

  • Top Gun
  • Cocktail
  • War of the Worlds
  • Risky Business
  • Oblivion
  • Edge of Tomorrow

We’ve scoured the web and put together this collection of the best Tom Cruise quotes; where he talks about acting, life and hard work:


24 Tom Cruise Quotes

1. “Here’s how I’ve lived my life: I’ve never been late to a set. I make films I believe in. I feel privileged to be able to do what I love.” – Tom Cruise

2. “I disagree with people who think you learn more from getting beat up than you do from winning.” – Tom Cruise

3. “I don’t care who you are, life has challenges.” – Tom Cruise

4. “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.” – Tom Cruise

5. “When you have to cope with a lot of problems, you’re either going to sink or you’re going to swim.” – Tom Cruise

6. “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.” – Tom Cruise

7. “When you become successful in any type of life, there are people who are not contributing to the motion.” – Tom Cruise

8. “I didn’t become an actor to have power, but it just happens that I have it and so I have a lot of opportunities.” – Tom Cruise

9. “I love kids. I was a kid myself, once.” – Tom Cruise

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10. I love what I do. I take great pride in what I do. And I can’t do something halfway, three-quarters, nine-tenths. If I’m going to do something, I go all the way.” – Tom Cruise


11. “I’ve learned to relax more. Everybody feels pressure in what they do, maybe mine is just a little different because there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to accomplish what I want to.” – Tom Cruise

12. “I’ve never made a film that I didn’t believe in, you know? However the picture turns out, I’ve always given everything to it. That’s kind of how I approach life. I can’t help it. There’s no part-way with me on anything in any area of my life.” – Tom Cruise

13. “The exciting part of acting, I don’t know how else to explain it, are those moments when you surprise yourself.” – Tom Cruise

14. “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.” – Tom Cruise

15. “When I first started out all the attention could be a bit unnerving, especially when people stared. Now I find the best thing is to just relax. Being recognized is just something you have to get used to.” – Tom Cruise

16. “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.” – Tom Cruise

17. “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.” – Tom Cruise


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18. “I’ve never done work for money ever. If your choices are based on grosses and the film doesn’t do well, what does that mean? It leaves you with nothing.” – Tom Cruise


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19. “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.” – Tom Cruise

20. “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.” – Tom Cruise

21. “I always look for a challenge and something that’s different.” – Tom Cruise

22. “I want a world without war, a world without insanity. I want to see people do well, I don’t even think it’s as much as what I want for myself. It’s more what I want for the people around me. That’s what I want.” – Tom Cruise

23. “I’m passionate about learning. I’m passionate about life.” – Tom Cruise

24. “Nothing ends nicely, that’s why it ends.” – Tom Cruise



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  1. Bellaisa

    Jan 17, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    So glad that I don’t get chased by paparazzi when I go out. But, I honestly don’t see a lot of Tom Cruise in the news, so he must be dodging them well!

  2. Ray Shuler & The Doors 7/11/2017

    Jul 11, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed. You’re only as good as the people around you, and you’d better be careful about that. — Tom Cruise — 1995

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