Tom Hanks has been inspiring us for decades. He is one of our most celebrated and beloved actors across the globe today.

And there’s a reason why. His personal quotes and those from his most beloved characters, fill us with hope and inspiration.

Enjoy these inspiring, loving and hopeful Tom Hanks quotes:

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

“Being kind always works.” – Tom Hanks

“A hero is someone who voluntarily walks into the unknown.” – Tom Hanks

“Never give up. Life can go from zero to incredible, in moments. If life gets too hard to bear, remember to keep breathing because eventually the storm will pass.” – Tom Hanks

“I think it’s better to feel good than to look good.” – Tom Hanks

“Life really is unpredictable, you never know what will happen next. So make your days count who knows how many we have left.” – Tom Hanks

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

“You learn more from getting your butt kicked than getting it kissed.” – Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks (as Forrest Gump)


“My mama always said, Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” – Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump)

“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

“I guess sometimes the past just catches up with you, whether you want it to or not.” – Tom Hanks (The Green Mile)

“There’s no greater joy than that seen through the eyes of a child, and there’s a little bit of a child in all of us.” – Tom Hanks (Saving Mr. Banks)

“Sometimes, I guess there just aren’t enough rocks.” – Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump)

“Houston, we have a problem.” – Tom Hanks (Apollo 13)

“If you sit on a shelf for the rest of your life, you’ll never find out.” – Tom Hanks (Woody, Toy Story4)

“My mama always said you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes, where they going, where they been.” – Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump)

“Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.” – Tom Hanks (The Conductor, Polar Express)

“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 knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home … only to no home I’d ever known … I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like … magic.” – Tom Hanks (Sleepless In Seattle)

Take these quotes into your day, filled with inspiration, joy and connection.

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