Quotes by Tom Hanks

As a boy I'd 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
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.
– 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
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
I do the work that I think is absolutely fascinating. There's not nearly as much distraction for me now as there used to be.
– Tom Hanks
I love what I do for a living, it's the greatest job in the world, but you have to survive an awful lot of attention that you don't truly deserve and you have to live up to your professional responsibilities and I'm always trying to balance that with what is really important.
– Tom Hanks
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?
– 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
I would not want to live in a country that would have me as a leader in any sort of political bent.
– Tom Hanks
If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. It's the hard that makes it great.
– Tom Hanks
If you have to have a job in this world, a high-priced movie star is a pretty good gig.
– 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
My kid could get a bad X-ray and I could get a call from the doctor saying I have something growing in my bum and that would change my perspective on everything instantaneously, on what is and what is not important.
– Tom Hanks
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.
– 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 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.
– Tom Hanks
There is a huge amount of stuff I'm simply not available for. If they want to make a movie in a certain amount of time and I just can't, I don't even want to see that stuff because if it's really great, I'd be bummed out. So actually I think I say no to a lot less stuff than I used to simply because I don't see it.
– Tom Hanks
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.
– Tom Hanks
There was nothing to react to except wind and trees [in Cast Away]. It was like making a silent movie.
– Tom Hanks
There's a difference between solitude and loneliness. I can understand the concept of being a monk for a while.
– Tom Hanks