John Wayne Quotes

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John Wayne was a movie star and American icon. He was known for his tough guy persona and macho attitude. He was also a prolific actor, appearing in over 150 movies. Wayne was a conservative Republican and a strong supporter of the Vietnam War. He was also a religious man, and was quoted as saying “I believe in God and the Bible. ”

John Wayne was an American actor who became famous for his roles in westerns. He was known for his tough guy persona and his quotable lines.

John Wayne Quotes

“Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne

“About the worst thing an honest man can do is make an honest mistake.” John Wayne”

― John Wayne, The Quotable John Wayne: The Grit and Wisdom of an American Icon

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.” – John Wayne

“Life is hard. It is harder if you are stupid!”

― John Wayne

John Wayne Funny Quotes

“A man deserves a second chance, but keep an eye on him.” – John Wayne

“And so he plays his part; the sixth age shifts’… I usually have trouble with that phrase.”

John Wayne Quotes About Life

― John Wayne, The Quotable John Wayne: The Grit and Wisdom of an American Icon

“All battles are fought by scared men who’d rather be some place else.” – John Wayne

“My name is John Wayne. When I was a kid I had ring worm. Hell, I was more worm than boy for a couple of years.”

― John Wayne, The Quotable John Wayne: The Grit and Wisdom of an American Icon

“I won’t be wronged. I won’t be insulted. I won’t be laid a hand on. I don’t do these things to other people and I require the same from them.” – John Wayne

“Fire can be our friend. Whether it’s toasting marshmallows of raining down on Charlie.”

― John Wayne

John Wayne Quotes About Life

“I have tried to live my life so that my family would love me and my friends respect me. The others can do whatever the hell they please.” – John Wayne

“Did I ever tell you my father’s last words to me?

‘Careful son, I don’t think the safety is on’.

Before that.”

― John Wayne

“When you stop fighting, that’s death.” – John Wayne

“When you side with a man you stay with him, and if you can’t do that you’re like some animal. You’re finished.”

― John Wayne

“I’m the stuff men are made of.” – John Wayne

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― John Wayne, John Wayne: The Playboy Interview

John Wayne Movie Quotes

“A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by.” – John Wayne

“I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility.”

― John Wayne

“I define manhood simply: men should be tough, fair, and courageous, never petty, never looking for a fight, but never backing down from one either.” – John Wayne

“Courage is being completely paralyzed with fear and taking the first step anyway. Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.”

― John Wayne

“I’m responsible only for what I say, not what you understand.” – John Wayne

“If everything isn’t black and white I say why the hell not.”

― John Wayne, The Quotable John Wayne: The Grit and Wisdom of an American Icon

“What’s the secret of success? Right decisions. How do you make right decisions? Experience. How do you get experience? Wrong decisions.” – John Wayne

“Courage is being scared to death and standing up anyway.”

― John Wayne

“When you come against trouble, it’s never half as bad if you face up to it.” – John Wayne

“Don’t hit your posset with a stick mister, it tends to make you cough.”

― John Wayne

John Wayne Quotes America

“I’d like to know why the well-educated idiots keep apologizing for lazing and complaining people who think the world owes them a living.” – John Wayne

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“Liberty Valance is a cancer on this fair town. He’s the cancer and I’m the, uh…what cures cancer?”

― John Wayne, The Quotable John Wayne: The Grit and Wisdom of an American Icon

“Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.” – John Wayne

“If everything isn’t black and white, I say, ‘Why the hell not?’” – John Wayne

“I haven’t had a fight since I was eleven. I only won that because she had an asthma attack.”

― John Wayne, John Wayne: The Playboy Interview

“Everybody that I was in school with had an uncle or father in the law, and I started to realize that I was going to end up writing briefs for about ten years for these fellows who I thought I was smarter than. And I was kind of losing my feeling for that.” – John Wayne

“Fear is just one of the many words I don’t know the meaning of.”

― John Wayne

John Wayne Quotes About Money

“The worst part of it has been, I think, the adverse effect on family life. It kills off family conversation. And it’s harder to get your children to read books. I became a confirmed reader when I was growing up in Glendale. I’ve loved reading all my life. Now I’ve got this daughter, Aissa, a very bright young lady — but it is a hard job to get her to read. Television’s just too easy.” ― John Wayne

John Wayne Quotes America
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“I’m not the sort to back away from a fight. I don’t believe in shrinking from anything. It’s not my speed; I’m a guy who meets adversities head on.” – John Wayne

“I suppose my best attribute, if you want to call it that, is sincerity. I can sell sincerity because that’s the way I am.” – John Wayne

“Drop that or I’ll blow ya straight to Jesus.”

― John Wayne

“Talk low, talk slow and don’t say too much.” – John Wayne

“Real art is basic emotion. If a scene is handled with simplicity – and I don’t mean simple – it’ll be good, and the public will know it.” – John Wayne

Famous John Wayne Movie Quotes Pilgrim

“I was sure I’d set the world on fire, and it was hard for a young feller like me to realize the truth – that I hadn’t set the world on fire, and I was totally unprepared to handle the consequences if ‘The Big Trail’ had been a success and launched me as a star.” – John Wayne

“All I’m for is the liberty of the individual.” – John Wayne

 “In westerns, you meet a hardy bunch of characters. There is no jealousy on such pictures.” – John Wayne

“There’s right and there’s wrong. Y’gotta do one or the other. Do the other and you may be walking around, but you’re dead as a beaver hat.”

― John Wayne

“I’d read up on the history of our country and I’d become fascinated with the story of the Alamo. To me it represented the fight for freedom, not just in America, but in all countries.” – John Wayne

John Wayne Quotes About Death

“When you come to see a picture of mine, I want you to know that I’m not going to do anything that will make you uncomfortable. I want you to know that you won’t be disappointed in me.” – John Wayne

“I never have really become accustomed to the ‘John.’ Nobody ever really calls me John… I’ve always been Duke or Marion or John Wayne. It’s a name that goes well together, and it’s like one word – John Wayne.” – John Wayne

“Nothing is so discouraging to an actor than to have to work for long hours upon hours in brightly lighted interior sets.” – John Wayne

“Never apologize and never explain – it’s a sign of weakness.” – John Wayne

“I was ashamed to admit I was hipped to the idea of acting. That’s why I started in with the props.” – John Wayne

“You’re short on ears and long on mouth.” ― John Wayne

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Famous John Wayne Movie Quotes Pilgrim

“Nobody should come to the movies unless he believes in heroes.” – John Wayne

“In my acting, I have to identify with something in the character. The big tough boy on the side of right — that’s me.” – John Wayne

“I’ve always followed my father’s advice: he told me, first to always keep my word and, second, to never insult anybody unintentionally. If I insult you, you can be goddamn sure I intend to. And, third, he told me not to go around looking for trouble. ” ― John Wayne

John Wayne Quotes About Love

“A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.” ― John Wayne

“I would like to be remembered, well … the Mexicans have a phrase, “Feo fuerte y formal”. Which means he was ugly, strong and had dignity.” ― John Wayne

“A goal, a love and a dream give you total control over your body and your life.” ― John Wayne

“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”

― John Wayne

“You’re short on ears and long on mouth.”

― John Wayne

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”

― John Wayne

“Just one more question, Pilgrim. How far up your ass do you want my boot?”

― John Wayne

“I won’t be wronged. I won’t be insulted. I won’t be laid a-hand on. I don’t do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”

― John Wayne “The Shootist”

“A man deserves a second chance, but keep an eye on him.”

― John Wayne

“Life it tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid.”

― John Wayne

“I’d like to know why well-educated idiots keep apologizing for lazy and complaining people who think the world owes them a living.”

― John Wayne

“As we live in an insane world major, maybe it’s time we gave insane solutions a chance.”

― John Wayne, The Quotable John Wayne: The Grit and Wisdom of an American Icon

“Never apologize, mister, it’s a sign of weakness.”

― John Wayne

“The hyphenated American is ridiculous. But that’s what we have to put up with. I think that any person that’s in the United States is better off here than they would be where they came from.”

― John Wayne

“My hope and prayer is that everyone know and love our country for what she really is and what she stands for.”

― John Wayne

“Talk low, Talk slow, and Don’t say too much.”

― John Wayne

“All battles are fought by scared men who’d rather be some place else.”

― John Wayne

“A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.”

― John Wayne

“We’re burnin’ daylight.”

― John Wayne

“Seen better fights than this at a prayer meeting.”

― John Wayne

“It’s getting to be ri-goddamn-diculous.”

― John Wayne

“If you’ve got them by the balls their hearts and minds will follow.”

― John Wayne

“Government has no wealth, and when a politician promises to give you something for nothing, he must first confiscate that wealth from you — either by direct taxes, or by the cruelly indirect tax of inflation.”

― John Wayne

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“Thanking people is dangerous business. A name always slips your mind.”

― John Wayne

“COWBOYS, just like the word says.”

― John Wayne

“I’ve loved reading all my life.”

― John Wayne

“I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were

selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.”

― John Wayne

John Wayne was a movie star and cowboy icon who was known for his tough guy persona. He was quoted as saying “Life is hard. It’s even harder when you’re stupid. “

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