35 John Wayne Quotes On Life, Courage And Movies

35 John Wayne Quotes On Life, Courage And Movies

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John Wayne or Duke, named Marion Robert Morrison initially, was an American actor and filmmaker of the 20th century who appeared in 179 films and television productions. For three decades, he was among the box office’s top draws and won an academy award. Wayne was selected as one of the greatest male stars of classic American cinema by the American Film Institute.

He was politically inclined and vocal about the government’s policies and happenings and supported anti-communist positions. The Presidential Medal of Freedom, considered the highest civilian honor of the United States, has been awarded posthumously to him.

Let us have a look at these famous John Wayne quotes to know more!

John Wayne Quotes On Life

John Wayne believed in living a heroic and fun life, full of challenges and with new twists every day. Let’s look at some of his quotes on life!

“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.”

“Wayne’s lost world” by John Patterson in The Guardian

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

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, Carol Lea Mueller (2007). “The Quotable John Wayne: The Grit and Wisdom of an American Icon”

“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, Carol Lea Mueller (2007). “The Quotable John Wayne: The Grit and Wisdom of an American Icon”
“Life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid.”

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

John Wayne, Carol Lea Mueller (2007). “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

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

John Wayne

“Out here a man settles his own problems.”

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

“A long time ago, I made me a rule. I let people do what they want to do.”

John Wayne

“Looking back is a bad habit.”

John Wayne

John Wayne Quotes On Courage And Manhood

Wayne always used to talk a lot about manliness and courage, through his movies and in his interview speeches too. Let us go through some of his famous quotes on courage and manhood.

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

John Wayne

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

John Wayne, Carol Lea Mueller (2007). “The Quotable John Wayne: The Grit and Wisdom of an American Icon”
“When you come against trouble, it’s never half as bad if you face up to it.”

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

John Wayne in “The Big Trail”

“I’m the stuff men are made of.”

John Wayne, Carol Lea Mueller (2007). “The Quotable John Wayne: The Grit and Wisdom of an American Icon”

“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

“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
“You have to be a man before you can be a gentleman.”

“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

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

John Wayne

“You can take everything a man has as long as you leave him his dignity.”

John Wayne

“Words are what men live by… words they say and mean.”

John Wayne
Fear is just one of the many words I don’t know the meaning of.

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

John Wayne

John Wayne Quotes On Movies and Politics

John Wayne was lit both on and off-screen, his screen presence made him the top drawer of the box office for three decades and his active statements towards the government made him popular among politicians. Let us have a look at some of his quotes on movies and politics.

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

John Wayne

“Sure I wave the American flag. Do you know a better flag to wave? Sure I love my country with all her faults. I’m not ashamed of that, never have been, never will be.”

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

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

John Wayne, Carol Lea Mueller (2007). “The Quotable John Wayne: The Grit and Wisdom of an American Icon”

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

John Wayne

“I don’t go around shooting off my mouth about the problems of acting. In fact I don’t even call myself an actor. I’m a re-actor.

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

John Wayne was legendary and these quotes prove this well. He has quotes for everything in life. If you enjoyed reading these Famous quotes by John Wayne, you should also check out these 30 Amazing Dwayne The Rock Johnson Quotes!

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