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Wikipedia Summary for John Wayne

Marion Robert Morrison (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), known professionally as John Wayne and nicknamed Duke, was an American actor and filmmaker who became a popular icon through his starring roles in films made during Hollywood’s Golden Age, especially in Western and war movies. His career flourished from the silent era of the 1920s through the American New Wave, as he appeared in a total of 179 film and television productions. He was among the top box office draws for three decades, and he appeared with many other important Hollywood stars of his era. In 1999, the American Film Institute selected Wayne as one of the greatest male stars of classic American cinema.

Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa, but grew up in Southern California. He lost a football scholarship to the University of Southern California as a result of a bodysurfing accident, and began working for the Fox Film Corporation. He appeared mostly in small parts, but his first leading role came in Raoul Walsh's Western The Big Trail (1930), an early widescreen film epic which was a box-office failure. He played leading roles in numerous B movies during the 1930s, most of them also Westerns, without becoming a major name. It was John Ford's Stagecoach (1939) that made Wayne a mainstream star, and he starred in 142 motion pictures altogether. According to one biographer, "John Wayne personified for millions the nation's frontier heritage."Wayne's other roles in Westerns include a cattleman driving his herd on the Chisholm Trail in Red River (1948), a Civil War veteran whose niece is abducted by a tribe of Comanches in The Searchers (1956), a troubled rancher competing with a lawyer (James Stewart) for a woman's hand in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), and a cantankerous one-eyed marshal in True Grit (1969), for which he received the Academy Award for Best Actor. He is also remembered for his roles in The Quiet Man (1952), Rio Bravo (1959) with Dean Martin, and The Longest Day (1962). In his final screen performance, he starred as an aging gunfighter battling cancer in The Shootist (1976). He made his last public appearance at the Academy Awards ceremony on April 9, 1979 before succumbing to stomach cancer two months later. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor of the United States.

Quote: You're short on ears and long on mouth. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of silhouette photography of persons raising hands while standing on island
Photo Credit: Ivana Cajina

You're short on ears and long on mouth.


Quote: I never trust a man that doesn't drink. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of person getting 1 U.S. dollar banknote in wallet
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I never trust a man that doesn't drink.


Quote: A man deserves a second chance, but keep an eye on him. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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


Quote: A man's got to do what a man's got to do. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of three women sitting on rock near body of water
Photo Credit: Courtney Cook

A man's got to do what a man's got to do.


Quote: Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of road between yellow leaf trees at daytime
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Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.


Quote: Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of gold and silver bullet on white surface
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Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid.


Quote: I want to play a real man in all my films and 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. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

I want to play a real man in all my films and 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.


Quote: Life's tough but it's tougher if you're stupid. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Life's tough but it's tougher if you're stupid.


Quote: Never apologize and never explain-it's a sign of weakness. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Never apologize and never explain-it's a sign of weakness.


Quote: Life is tough pilgrim, it is even tougher if you're stupid. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Life is tough pilgrim, it is even tougher if you're stupid.


Quote: Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.


Quote: I merely try to act naturally. If I start acting phony on the screen, you start looking at me instead of feeling with me. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

I merely try to act naturally. If I start acting phony on the screen, you start looking at me instead of feeling with me.


Quote: The difference between acting and reacting is that in a bad picture, you see them acting all over the place. In a good picture, they react in a logical way to a situation they're in, so the audience can identify with the actors. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

The difference between acting and reacting is that in a bad picture, you see them acting all over the place. In a good picture, they react in a logical way to a situation they're in, so the audience can identify with the actors.


Quote: 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. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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.


Quote: Slap some bacon on a biscuit and let's go! We're burnin' daylight! by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Slap some bacon on a biscuit and let's go! We're burnin' daylight!


Quote: Let's say I hope that I appeal to the more carefree times in a person's life rather than to his reasoning adulthood. I'd just like to be an image that reminds someone of joy rather than of the problems of the world. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Let's say I hope that I appeal to the more carefree times in a person's life rather than to his reasoning adulthood. I'd just like to be an image that reminds someone of joy rather than of the problems of the world.


Quote: We're burnin' daylight. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

We're burnin' daylight.


Quote: We're burnin' daylight! by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

We're burnin' daylight!






Quote: I play John Wayne in every part regardless of the character, and I've been doing okay, haven't I? by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

I play John Wayne in every part regardless of the character, and I've been doing okay, haven't I?


Quote: Healthy, lusty sex is wonderful. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Healthy, lusty sex is wonderful.


Quote: Most men hate to shop. That's why the men's department is usually on the first floor of a department store, two inches from the door. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Most men hate to shop. That's why the men's department is usually on the first floor of a department store, two inches from the door.


Quote: You're going to think I'm being corny, but this is how I really feel: I hope my family and my friends will be able to say that I was an honest, kind and fairly decent man. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

You're going to think I'm being corny, but this is how I really feel: I hope my family and my friends will be able to say that I was an honest, kind and fairly decent man.


Quote: Courage is being scared to death -- and saddling up anyway A goal, A love and A dream give you total control over your body and your life. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Courage is being scared to death -- and saddling up anyway A goal, A love and A dream give you total control over your body and your life.


Quote: I drink for comradeship, and when I drink for comradeship, I don't bother to keep count. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

I drink for comradeship, and when I drink for comradeship, I don't bother to keep count.


Quote: Oscar and I have something in common. Oscar first came to Hollywood scene in 1928. So did I. We're both a little weather-beaten, but we're still here and plan to be around for a whole lot longer. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Oscar and I have something in common. Oscar first came to Hollywood scene in 1928. So did I. We're both a little weather-beaten, but we're still here and plan to be around for a whole lot longer.


Quote: Paul Newman would have been a much more important star if he hadn't always tried to be an anti-hero, to show the human feet of clay. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Paul Newman would have been a much more important star if he hadn't always tried to be an anti-hero, to show the human feet of clay.


Quote: We brought nothing into this world and it's certain we can carry nothing out. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

We brought nothing into this world and it's certain we can carry nothing out.


Quote: There's right and there's wrong. You got to 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. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

There's right and there's wrong. You got to 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.


Quote: Jesus Christ! I would crawl over the mountains of Beverly Hills on my hands and knees if I could do a movie with Doris Day! by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Jesus Christ! I would crawl over the mountains of Beverly Hills on my hands and knees if I could do a movie with Doris Day!


Quote: We built your fort. We will not have it used against us. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

We built your fort. We will not have it used against us.


Quote: My favorite four-letter words are 'hard work'. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

My favorite four-letter words are 'hard work'.


Quote: Give the American people a good cause, and there's nothing they can't lick. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Give the American people a good cause, and there's nothing they can't lick.


Quote: I figured I needed a gimmick, so I dreamed up this drawl, the squint and a way of moving meant to suggest that I wasn't looking for trouble but would just as soon throw a bottle at your head as not. I practiced in front of a mirror. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

I figured I needed a gimmick, so I dreamed up this drawl, the squint and a way of moving meant to suggest that I wasn't looking for trouble but would just as soon throw a bottle at your head as not. I practiced in front of a mirror.


Quote: Out here, due process is a bullet. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Out here, due process is a bullet.


Quote: 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. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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.


Quote: Life is getting up one more time than you've been knocked down. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Life is getting up one more time than you've been knocked down.


Quote: Life is tough, but if you are stupid, it's a lot tougher. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Life is tough, but if you are stupid, it's a lot tougher.


Quote: Watergate is a sad and tragic incident in our history. They were wrong, dead wrong, those men at Watergate. Men abused power, but the system still works. Men abused money, but the system still works. Men lied and perjured themselves, but the system still . by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Watergate is a sad and tragic incident in our history. They were wrong, dead wrong, those men at Watergate. Men abused power, but the system still works. Men abused money, but the system still works. Men lied and perjured themselves, but the system still .


Quote: Very few of the so-called liberals are open-minded.... They shout you down and won't let you speak if you disagree with them. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Very few of the so-called liberals are open-minded.... They shout you down and won't let you speak if you disagree with them.


Quote: The West -- the very words go straight to that place of the heart where Americans feel the spirit of pride in their western heritage -- the triumph of personal courage over any obstacle, whether nature or man. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

The West -- the very words go straight to that place of the heart where Americans feel the spirit of pride in their western heritage -- the triumph of personal courage over any obstacle, whether nature or man.


Quote: 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. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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.


Quote: I want to play a real man in all my films, and 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. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

I want to play a real man in all my films, and 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.


Quote: Men forget everything; women remember everything. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Men forget everything; women remember everything.


Quote: Screw ambiguity. Perversion and corruption masquerade as ambiguity. I don't trust ambiguity. John Wayne. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Screw ambiguity. Perversion and corruption masquerade as ambiguity. I don't trust ambiguity. John Wayne.


Quote: Sometimes I wonder whose side God's on. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Sometimes I wonder whose side God's on.


Quote: Getting rid of a man without hurting his masculinity is a problem. Get out and I never want to see you again might sound like a challenge. If you want to get rid of a man, I suggest saying, I love you... I want to marry you... I want to have your children. Sometimes they leave skid marks. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of John Wayne quote: Getting rid of a man without hurting his masculinity is a problem. Get out and I never want to see you again might sound like a challenge. If you want to get rid of a man, I suggest saying, I love you... I want to marry you... I want to have your children. Sometimes they leave skid marks.- black text on quotes background

Getting rid of a man without hurting his masculinity is a problem. Get out and I never want to see you again might sound like a challenge. If you want to get rid of a man, I suggest saying, I love you... I want to marry you... I want to have your children. Sometimes they leave skid marks.


Quote: 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. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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.


Quote: Well, there are some things a man just can't run away from. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Well, there are some things a man just can't run away from.


Quote: I don't want ever to appear in a film that would embarrass a viewer. A man can take his wife, mother, and his daughter to one of my movies and never be ashamed or embarrassed for going. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

I don't want ever to appear in a film that would embarrass a viewer. A man can take his wife, mother, and his daughter to one of my movies and never be ashamed or embarrassed for going.


Quote: I read someplace that I used to make B-pictures. Hell, they were a lot farther down the alphabet than that ... but not as far down as R and X. I think any man who makes an X-rated picture ought to be made to take his own daughter to see it. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

I read someplace that I used to make B-pictures. Hell, they were a lot farther down the alphabet than that ... but not as far down as R and X. I think any man who makes an X-rated picture ought to be made to take his own daughter to see it.


Quote: Any man who'd make an X-rated movie ought to have to take his daughter to see it. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Any man who'd make an X-rated movie ought to have to take his daughter to see it.


Quote: Life's hard. It's even harder when you're stupid. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Life's hard. It's even harder when you're stupid.


Quote: There's been no top authority saying what marijuana does to you. I really don't know that much about it. I tried it once but it didn't do anything to me. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

There's been no top authority saying what marijuana does to you. I really don't know that much about it. I tried it once but it didn't do anything to me.


Quote: Republic. I like the sound of the word. It means people can live free, talk free, go or come, buy or sell, be drunk or sober, however they choose. Some words give you a feeling. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Republic. I like the sound of the word. It means people can live free, talk free, go or come, buy or sell, be drunk or sober, however they choose. Some words give you a feeling.


Quote: I stick to simple themes. Love. Hate. No nuances. I stay away from psychoanalyst's couch scenes. Couches are good for one thing. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

I stick to simple themes. Love. Hate. No nuances. I stay away from psychoanalyst's couch scenes. Couches are good for one thing.


Quote: My main object in making a motion picture is entertainment. If at the same time I can strike a blow for liberty, then I'll stick one in. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

My main object in making a motion picture is entertainment. If at the same time I can strike a blow for liberty, then I'll stick one in.


Quote: If I depended on the critics' judgment and recognition, I'd never have gone into the motion-picture business. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

If I depended on the critics' judgment and recognition, I'd never have gone into the motion-picture business.


Quote: Westerns are closer to art than anything else in the motion picture business. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Westerns are closer to art than anything else in the motion picture business.


Quote: 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. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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.


Quote: General MacArthur told me, You represent the American serviceman better than the American serviceman himself. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

General MacArthur told me, You represent the American serviceman better than the American serviceman himself.


Quote: The guy you see on the screen isn't really me. I'm Duke Morrison, and I never was and never will be a film personality like JOHN WAYNE . I know him well. I'm one of his closest students. I have to be. I made a living out of him. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

The guy you see on the screen isn't really me. I'm Duke Morrison, and I never was and never will be a film personality like JOHN WAYNE . I know him well. I'm one of his closest students. I have to be. I made a living out of him.


Quote: It's kind of a sad thing when a normal love of country makes you a super patriot. I do think we have a pretty wonderful country, and I thank God that He chose me to live here. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

It's kind of a sad thing when a normal love of country makes you a super patriot. I do think we have a pretty wonderful country, and I thank God that He chose me to live here.




Quote: I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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


Quote: If you can't be thankful for what you have, be thankful for what you have escaped. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

If you can't be thankful for what you have, be thankful for what you have escaped.


Quote: I'd like to know why well-educated idiots keep apologizing for lazy and complaining people who think the world owes them a living. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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


Quote: When the road looks rough ahead, remember the 'Man upstairs'

and the word HOPE.

Hang onto both and 'tough it out'. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

When the road looks rough ahead, remember the 'Man upstairs'

and the word HOPE.

Hang onto both and 'tough it out'.


Quote: That's why men need instant replays in sports. They've already forgotten what happened. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

That's why men need instant replays in sports. They've already forgotten what happened.


Quote: Of course I know who you are. You're my girl. I love you. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Of course I know who you are. You're my girl. I love you.


Quote: 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. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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.


Quote: Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid.


Quote: 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. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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.




Quote: Nobody ever saw a cowboy on the psychiatrist's couch. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Nobody ever saw a cowboy on the psychiatrist's couch.


Quote: Women have the right to work wherever they want, as long as they have the dinner ready when you get home. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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


Quote: Male menopause is a lot more fun than female menopause. With female menopause you gain weight and get hot flashes. Male menopause ? you get to date young girls and drive motorcycles. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Male menopause is a lot more fun than female menopause. With female menopause you gain weight and get hot flashes. Male menopause ? you get to date young girls and drive motorcycles.


Quote: Senator Joseph McCarthy was one of the greatest Americans who ever lived. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Senator Joseph McCarthy was one of the greatest Americans who ever lived.


Quote: My hope and prayer is that everyone know and love our country for what she really is and what she stands for. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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


Quote: I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to the point of responsibility. I don't believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to the point of responsibility. I don't believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.


Quote: A man ought to do what he thinks is right. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

A man ought to do what he thinks is right.


Quote: Cause even grown men need understanding. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Cause even grown men need understanding.


Quote: Republic. I like the sound of the word. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Republic. I like the sound of the word.


Quote: It's getting to be ri-goddamn-diculous. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

It's getting to be ri-goddamn-diculous.


Quote: You have to be a man before you can be a gentleman. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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


Quote: I am an old-fashioned, honest-to-goodness, flag waving patriot. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

I am an old-fashioned, honest-to-goodness, flag waving patriot.


Quote: A long time ago, I made me a rule. I let people do what they want to do. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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


Quote: Ahh, women! I never met one yet that was half as reliable as a horse! by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Ahh, women! I never met one yet that was half as reliable as a horse!


Quote: A friend of mine told me to shoot first and ask questions later. I was going to ask him why, but I had to shoot him. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

A friend of mine told me to shoot first and ask questions later. I was going to ask him why, but I had to shoot him.


Quote: It rankles me when somebody tries to force somebody to do something. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

It rankles me when somebody tries to force somebody to do something.


Quote: Sure I wave the American flag. Do you know a better flag to wave? by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Sure I wave the American flag. Do you know a better flag to wave?


Quote: I want to play a real man in all my films, and 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. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

I want to play a real man in all my films, and 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.


Quote: I didn't vote for him, but he's my President, and I hope he does a good job. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

I didn't vote for him, but he's my President, and I hope he does a good job.


Quote: The reason there are so many stupid people is because it's illegal to kill them. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

The reason there are so many stupid people is because it's illegal to kill them.


Quote: 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. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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.


Quote: All battles are fought by scared men who'd rather be some place else. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

All battles are fought by scared men who'd rather be some place else.


Quote: When you stop fighting, that's death. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

When you stop fighting, that's death.


Quote: A man's got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

A man's got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job.


Quote: True grit is making a decision and standing by it, doing what must be done. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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


Quote: There's a lot of things great about life. But I thin tomorrow is the most important thing. It comes to 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. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

There's a lot of things great about life. But I thin tomorrow is the most important thing. It comes to 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.


Quote: 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. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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.


Quote: Courage is being afraid and going on the journey anyhow. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Courage is being afraid and going on the journey anyhow.


Quote: True Grit is making a decision and standing by it, doing what must be done. No moral man can have peace of mind if he leaves undone what he knows he should have done. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

True Grit is making a decision and standing by it, doing what must be done. No moral man can have peace of mind if he leaves undone what he knows he should have done.


Quote: America is the land of freedom and that's the way I enjoy living. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

America is the land of freedom and that's the way I enjoy living.


Quote: If you've got them by the balls their hearts and minds will follow. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

If you've got them by the balls their hearts and minds will follow.


Quote: My folks always let me go to the movies every Saturday. We were really motion-picture goers. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

My folks always let me go to the movies every Saturday. We were really motion-picture goers.


Quote: 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. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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.


Quote: I've loved reading all my life. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

I've loved reading all my life.


Quote: Get off your horse and drink your milk. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Get off your horse and drink your milk.


Quote: I was ashamed to admit I was hipped to the idea of acting. That's why I started in with the props. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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


Quote: Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.


Quote: Talk low, talk slow and don't say too much. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Talk low, talk slow and don't say too much.


Quote: 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. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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.


Quote: Get off your butt and join the Marines! by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Get off your butt and join the Marines!


Quote: 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. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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.


Quote: Nothing is so discouraging to an actor than to have to work for long hours upon hours in brightly lighted interior sets. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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


Quote: Nobody should come to the movies unless he believes in heroes. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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.


Quote: When I was a sophomore at USC, I was a socialist, pretty much to the left. But not when I left the university. I quickly got wise. I'd read about what had happened to Russia in 1917 when the Communists took over. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

When I was a sophomore at USC, I was a socialist, pretty much to the left. But not when I left the university. I quickly got wise. I'd read about what had happened to Russia in 1917 when the Communists took over.


Quote: 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. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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.


Quote: All I'm for is the liberty of the individual. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

All I'm for is the liberty of the individual.


Quote: 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. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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.


Quote: In westerns, you meet a hardy bunch of characters. There is no jealousy on such pictures. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

In westerns, you meet a hardy bunch of characters. There is no jealousy on such pictures.


Quote: 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. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

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.


Quote: If everything isn't black and white, I say, 'Why the hell not?' by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

If everything isn't black and white, I say, 'Why the hell not?'


Quote: All the screen cowboys behaved like real gentlemen. They didn't drink, they didn't smoke. When they knocked the bad guy down, they always stood with their fists up, waiting for the heavy to get back on his feet. I decided I was going to drag the bad guy to his feet and keep hitting him. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of John Wayne quote: All the screen cowboys behaved like real gentlemen. They didn't drink, they didn't smoke. When they knocked the bad guy down, they always stood with their fists up, waiting for the heavy to get back on his feet. I decided I was going to drag the bad guy to his feet and keep hitting him.- black text on quotes background

All the screen cowboys behaved like real gentlemen. They didn't drink, they didn't smoke. When they knocked the bad guy down, they always stood with their fists up, waiting for the heavy to get back on his feet. I decided I was going to drag the bad guy to his feet and keep hitting him.


Quote: Life is tough, but it's tougher if you're stupid. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Life is tough, but it's tougher if you're stupid.


Quote: Never apologize, mister, it's a sign of weakness. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of photo of author John Wayne with quote

Never apologize, mister, it's a sign of weakness.


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