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Looking for popular quotes from John Wayne? We have divided the best collection of John Wayne quotes, sayings, captions, (with images and pictures) about manhood, life, courage, grit, pilgrims, and more to inspire you.


  1. “Don’t much like quitters, son.” – John Wayne
  2. “I’m the stuff men are made of.” – John Wayne
  3. “Whoa, take’er easy there pilgrim.” – John Wayne
  4. “A big mouth don’t make a big man.” – John Wayne
  5. “COWBOYS, just like the word says.” – John Wayne
  6. “I never trust a man that doesn’t drink.” – John Wayne
  7. “It’s getting to be ri-goddamn-diculous.” – John Wayne
  8. “Get off your horse and drink your milk.” – John Wayne
  9. “You’re short on ears and long on mouth.” – John Wayne
  10. “All I’m for is the liberty of the individual.” – John Wayne
  11. “A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.” – John Wayne
  12. “Out here a man settles his own problems.” – John Wayne
  13. “A man ought to do what he thinks is right” – John Wayne
  14. “Talk low, talk slow and don’t say too much.” – John Wayne
  15. “Life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid.” – John Wayne
  16. “A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by.” – John Wayne
  17. “You have to be a man before you can be a gentleman.” – John Wayne
  18. “Gun control requires concentration and a steady hand.” – John Wayne
  19. “Nobody ever saw a cowboy on the psychiatrist’s couch.” – John Wayne
  20. “Happy birthday from one original gangster to another.” – John Wayne
  21. “Words are what men live by… words they say and mean.” – John Wayne
  22. “A man who won’t stand for what he believes isn’t a man!” – John Wayne
  23. “A man deserves a second chance, but keep an eye on him.” – John Wayne
  24. “I am old-fashioned, honest-t-goodness, flag-waving patriot.” – John Wayne
  25. “Well, there are some things a man just can’t run away from.” – John Wayne
  26. “If everything isn’t black and white, I say, ‘Why the hell not?’” – John Wayne
  27. “Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.” – John Wayne
  28. “America is the land of freedom and that’s the way I enjoy living.” – John Wayne
  29. “Nobody should come to the movies unless he believes in heroes.” – John Wayne
  30. “If you’ve got them by the balls their hearts and minds will follow.” – John Wayne
  31. “You can take everything a man has as long as you leave him his dignity.” – John Wayne
  32. “When you come against trouble, it’s never half as bad if you face up to it.” – John Wayne
  33. “I’m here to kick-a** and drink whiskey and pilgrim, I’m all out of whiskey.” – John Wayne
  34. “Give the American people a good cause, and there’s nothing they can’t lick.” – John Wayne
  35. “True grit is making a decision and standing by it, doing what must be done.” – John Wayne


  1. “A goal, a love and a dream give you total control over your body and your life.”
  2. “If you can’t be thankful for what you have, be thankful for what you have escaped.”
  3. “I am a demonstrative man, a baby picker-upper, a hugger and a kisser–that’s my nature.”
  4. “I don’t know of any of these so called liberals that listen to anything but their own mouth.”
  5. “In westerns, you meet a hardy bunch of characters. There is no jealousy on such pictures.”
  6. “I’ve had three wives, six children and six grandchildren and I still don’t understand women.”
  7. “My folks always let me go to the movies every Saturday. We were really motion-picture goers.”
  8. “Money cannot buy happiness but it’s more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.”
  9. “I was ashamed to admit I was hipped to the idea of acting. That’s why I started in with the props.”
  10. “Help someone when they are in trouble and they will remember you when they are in trouble again.”
  11. “Women have the right to work wherever they want, as long as they have dinner ready when you get home.”
  12. “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.”
  13. “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.”
  14. “In my acting, I have to identify with something in the character. The big tough boy on the side of right — that’s me.”
  15. “My hope and prayer is that everyone know and love our country for what she really is and what she stands for.”
  16. “Plains, automobiles, trains, they are great, but when it comes to getting the heart going, they can’t touch a horse.”
  17. “Nothing is so discouraging to an actor than to have to work for long hours upon hours in brightly lighted interior sets.”
  18. “We’ve made some mistakes along the way, but that’s no reason to start tearing up the best flag God ever gave to any country.”
  19. “I’m an American actor. I work with my clothes on. I have to. Riding a horse can be pretty tough on your legs and elsewheres.”
  20. “When you allow unlawful acts to go unpunished, your’re moving toward a government of men rather than a government of law.”
  21. “I stick to simple themes. Love. Hate. No nuances. I stay away from psychoanalyst’s couch scenes. Couches are good for one thing.”
  22. “Generations of American patriots have given their lives defending the Constitution. If you come for my guns, I’ll be one of them.”
  23. “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.”
  24. “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.”
  25. “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.”
  26. “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.”
  27. 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.”
  28. “What’s the secret of success? Right decisions. How do you make right decisions? Experience. How do you get experience? Wrong decisions.”
  29. “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.”


  1. “You know, pity isn’t for me.” – John Wayne
  2. “When you stop fighting, that’s death.” – John Wayne
  3. “Courage is being afraid and going on the journey anyhow.” – John Wayne
  4. “Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne
  5. “Life is getting up one more time than you’ve been knocked down.” – John Wayne
  6. “TRUE Courage is when you are scared to death and STILL saddle up and ride in!” – John Wayne
  7. “Don’t pick a fight, but if you find yourself in one I suggest you make damn sure you win.” – John Wayne
  8. “When the road looks rough ahead, remember the ‘Man upstairs’ and the word HOPE. Hang onto both and ‘tough it out’.” – John Wayne
  9. “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
  10. “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


  1. “Sorry don’t get it done, Dude.” – John Wayne as John T. Chance in Rio Bravo (1959)
  2. “Everybody gets dead. It was his turn.” – John Wayne as Hondo Lane in Hondo (1953)
  3. “Fill your hands you son-of-a-bi***.” – John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit (1969)
  4. “You may need me and this Winchester, Curly.” – John Wayne as Ringo Kid in Stagecoach (1939)
  5. “Out here, due process is a bullet.” – John Wayne as Col. Mike Kirby in The Green Berets (1968)
  6. “I’m a dying man, scared of the dark.” – John Wayne as John Bernard Books in The Shootist (1976)
  7. “You have a streak of kindness a mile wide.” – John Wayne as John Bernard Books in The Shootist (1976)
  8. “I wouldn’t make it a habit of calling me that, son.” – John Wayne as Wil Andersen in The Cowboys (1972)
  9. “Young fella, if you’re looking for trouble, I’ll accommodate ya.” – John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit (1969)
  10. “Baby sister, I was born game and i intend to go out that way.” – John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit (1969)
  11. “Slap some Bacon on a biscuit and let’s go. We’re burning daylight.” – John Wayne as Wil Andersen in The Cowboys (1972)
  12. “If you say “three,” mister, you’ll never hear the man count “ten.”” – John Wayne as Sean Thorton in The Quiet Man (1952)
  13. “But if you ever call me daddy again, I’ll finish this fight.” – John Wayne as Jacob “Big Jake” McCandles in Big Jake (1971)
  14. “Never apologize, mister, it’s a sign of weakness.” – John Wayne as Captain Nathan Brittles in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
  15. “All battles are fought by scared men who’d rather be some place else.” – John Wayne as Captain “Rock” Torrey in In Harm’s Way (1965)
  16. “You can’t give the enemy a break. Send him to hell.” – John Wayne as Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Vandervoort in The Longest Day (1962)
  17. “Somebody outa belt you in the mouth…but I won’t, I won’t, the hell I won’t.” – John Wayne as George Washington McLintock in McLintock! (1963)
  18. “I want to go out in the world again and see the trees and the lakes and the hills and the sky.” – John Wayne as John Bernard Books in The Shootist (1976)
  19. “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 as John Bernard Books in The Shootist (1976)
  20. “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.” – John Wayne as John Bernard Books in The Shootist (1976)
  21. “Well I don’t favor talking to vermin, but I’ll talk to you just this once. You’re not just getting started. The line’s been drawn. What Billy did balanced the books so far. But if one of your men cross my land or even touch one of my cows, or do anything to that store, I’m not going to the sheriff, the governor, or the president of the United States. I’m coming to see you.“ – John Wayne as John Simpson Chisum in Chisum (1970)


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