The Best John Wayne Quotes

A collection of John Wayne quotes. The ultimate mans's man, as a kid I grew up watching his movies and just wanted to be him. A real tough guy, but one that brought an honesty and dignity to the characters he played. Well most of them!

John Wayne was born in 1907, in Iowa, as Marion Robert Morrison. He is still to this day a popular American movie icon, best known for his tough guy western roles.

The Duke, named after his dog, got his first break in The Big Trail. From then he went on to appear in more than 175 films over an incredible 5 decades, starring in the critically acclaimed The Searchers and winning an Oscar for Best Actor in True Grit (1969).

In 1964 he beat lung cancer, then worked with charities to spread awareness of the need for early checkups. However, after his last film The Shootist (1976), he was diagnosed with stomach cancer and died on June 11th 1979 aged 72. The legend lives on...

A Top 10 of the

Best John Wayne Quotes


"When the road looks rough ahead, remember the 'Man upstairs'
and the word HOPE.
Hang onto both and 'tough it out'."

- John Wayne


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

- John Wayne


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

- John Wayne


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

- John Wayne


"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


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

- John Wayne


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

- John Wayne


"I'm the stuff men are made of!"

- 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


"Talk low, Talk slow, and Don't say too much."

- 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

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