Are you in search of John Wayne quotes? Marion Mitchell Morrison, professionally known as John Wayne and nicknamed Duke, was an American actor and filmmaker. For the record, he was an Academy Award-winner for True Grit, Wayne was among the top box office draws for three decades.

The western movie icon has acquired a reputation over time for the impact he had made during his movie career and before his death on June 11, 1979, he starred in a movie “The Shootist” and here we’ve gathered John Wayne quotes and quotes from the movie “The Shootist.”

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Famous John Wayne Quotes

John Wayne quotes 1. “Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.”

2. “Courage is being scared to death…saddling up anyway.”

3. “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.”

4. “Talk low, talk slow and don’t say too much”

5. “Get off your butt and join the Marines”

6. “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.”

7. “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.”

8. “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.”

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

10. “The reason there are so many stupid people is because it’s illegal to kill them.”

11.” Life is hard; it’s harder if you’re stupid.”

12. “Life is getting up one more time than you’ve been knocked down.”

13. “Women have the right to work wherever they want, as long as they have the dinner ready when you get home.”

14. “You don’t have to fight to be brave. Millions of good, fine, decent folks show more bravery than heavyweight champs just by getting out of bed every morning, going out to do a good day’s work and living the best life they know how against the law of odds.”

15. “A man ought to do what he thinks is right”

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

17. “If you can’t be thankful for what you have, be thankful for what you have escaped.”

18.” When you stop fighting, that’s death.”

19. “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.”

20. “When the road looks rough ahead, remember the ‘Man upstairs’ and the word HOPE. Hang onto both and ‘tough it out’.”

21. “A lot of guys make mistakes, I guess, but every one we make, a whole stack of chips goes with it. We make a mistake, and some guy don’t walk away – forever more, he doesn’t walk away.”

22. “A horse is a horse, it ain’t make a difference what color it is.”

23. “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.”

24. “I’ve had three wives, six children, and six grandchildren and I still don’t understand women.”

25. “If a man says, “I’ll call you,” and he doesn’t, he didn’t forget. . . . he didn’t lose your number. . . . he didn’t die. He just didn’t want to call you.”

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John Wayne Movie Quotes

John Wayne quotes

26. “Out here, due process is a bullet!”
– Colonel Mike Kirby in The Green Berets 1968, directed by Ray Kellogg

27. “Young fella, if you’re looking for trouble I’ll accommodate ya”
– True Grit 1969, directed by Henry Hathaway

28. “I wouldn’t make it a habit of calling me that son”
– Wil Anderson in The Cowboys 1972, directed by Mark Rydell

29. “I may sound like a bible beater yelling up a revival at a river crossing camp meeting but that doesn’t change the truth none, there’s right and there’s wrong. You gotta do one or the other. You do the one and you’re living, you do the other and you may be walking around but you’re dead as a beaver hat.”
– Col. Davy Crockett in The Alamo 1960, directed by John Wayne

30. “I’ve made over 250 pictures and have never shot a guy in the back. Change it.”
– When filming his last movie The Shootist 1976

31. “Now you understand. Anything goes wrong, anything at all… your fault, my fault, nobody’s fault… it doesn’t matter… I’m gonna blow your head off. It’s as simple as that.”
– Jacob McCandles in Big Jake 1971, directed by George Sherman

32. “All battles are fought by scared men who’d rather be some place else”
– Capt Rockwell Torrey in In Harm’s Way 1965, directed by Otto Preminger

33. “Don’t say it’s a fine morning or I’ll shoot ya”
– George Washington McLintock in McLintock 1963, directed by Andrew V McLaglen

34. “I won’t be wronged, I won’t be insulted, and I won’t be laid a hand on. I don’t do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”
– J.B Books in The Shootist 1976, directed by Don Siegel

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35. “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 quotes in a 1971 Playboy interview

36. “I know those law books mean a lot to you, but not out here. Out here a man settles his own problems.” 
— Tom Doniphon in “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962)

37. “You can call me Father, you can call me Jacob, you can call me Jake. You can call me a dirty son-of-a-bitch, but if you EVER call me Daddy again, I’ll finish this fight.”
— Jacob McCandless in “Big Jake” (1971)

38. “You left a boy out there to do a man’s job!”
— Cole Thornton in “El Dorado” (1966)

39. “Hey, stupid! Where do you think you’re going? Get back there with the herd, you muttonhead!”
— John Wyatt in “Westward Ho” (1935).

40. “True grit is making a decision and standing by it, doing what must be done.”

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John Wayne Quotes From The Shootist

John Wayne quotes 41. “I won’t be wronged, I won’t be insulted, and I won’t be laid a hand on. I don’t do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”

42. “Friend, there’s nobody up there shooting back at you. It isn’t always being fast or even accurate that counts. It’s being willing. I found out early that most men, regardless of cause or need, aren’t willing. They blink an eye or draw a breath before they pull the trigger. I won’t.”

43.  “I’m a dying man, scared of the dark.”

44.  “I’ve made over 250 pictures and have never shot a guy in the back. Change it.”

45. “Put it in a nutshell? You couldn’t put it in a barrel without a bottom. You’re the longest winded bastard I’ve ever known.”

46. “You have a streak of kindness a mile wide.”

47.”For that dumbass amateur. There’s always some six-fingered bustard that couldn’t hit a cow in the tit with a tin cup. That’s the one who usually does you in. But Masterson always was full of… sheep-dip.”

48. “Mister, this is my birthday. Gimme the best in the house.”

49. “I want to go out in the world again and see the trees and the lakes and the hills and the sky.”

50. “There – there’s one more thing I’d say. Both of us have had a lot to do with death. I’m not a brave man, but you must be. Now, now, now, this is not advice. It’s not even a suggestion. It’s just something for you to reflect on while your mind’s still clear.”

John Wayne quotes generally are wonderful. Though he was regarded as an American racist while he was alive, his legacy remains over the decades. We hope you would find John Wayne quotes as interesting as we did.

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