Hollywood heartthrob and "La La Land" star Ryan Gosling, who has managed to impress moviegoers with his distinct on-screen roles, turns 40 on Nov. 12.

The multiple Oscar nominee began his acting career at the age of 13 by appearing on Disney Channel's "The Mickey Mouse Club." He then went on to act in several TV series including "Breaker High" and "Young Hercules" before making his big screen debut with a supporting role in the sports drama "Remember the Titans."

There has been no looking back for the talented actor since. He went on to showcase his acting prowess in movies such as "Blade Runner 2049" and "The Notebook."

To mark his birthday, here are some inspirational quotes from the iconic actor, courtesy Bustle and Brainy Quotes

  • "Falling in love is a narcissistic endeavor. You play the role of lover, and you find someone to act it out on."
  • "Sometimes I think that the one thing I love most about being an adult is the right to buy candy whenever and wherever I want."
  • "I went through puberty in a theme park. I'm grateful. That place was a landscape to me. I had adventures every day."
  • "I started reading all these men's magazines, trying to follow all the tips: what you're supposed to wear, what you're supposed to have, things you're supposed to say, and all the exercises you're supposed to do."
  • "All my characters are me. I'm not a good enough actor to become a character. I hear about actors who become the role and I think 'I wonder what that feels like.' Because for me, they're all me."
  • "I've lost perspective on what I'm doing. I think it's good for me to take a break and reassess why I'm doing it and how I'm doing it. And I think this is probably a good way to learn about that. I need a break from myself as much as I imagine the audience does."
  • "I think about death a lot, like I think we all do. I don't think of suicide as an option, but as fun. It's an interesting idea that you can control how you go. It's this thing that's looming, and you can control it."

Ryan Gosling Ryan Gosling regretted his decision to quit ballet. Pictured: Gosling attends the 89th Academy Awards on Feb. 26, 2017 at Hollywood, California. Photo: Reuters/Mike Blake