43 Epic John Wayne Quotes

John Wayne was an American actor and filmmaker. An Academy Award-winner for True Grit (1969), Wayne was among the top box office draws for three decades.

He appeared with many important Hollywood stars of his era, and his last public appearance was at the Academy Awards ceremony on April 9, 1979.

Here are 40 epic John Wayne quotes:

1. “You’re short on ears and long on mouth.”  – John Wayne

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

3. “There’s a lot of things great about life. But I think 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.”  –  John Wayne

4. “And so he plays his part; the sixth age shifts’… I usually have trouble with that phrase.”  – John Wayne

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5. “Did I ever tell you my father’s last words to me? ‘Careful son, I don’t think the safety is on’. Before that.” –  John Wayne

6. “If everything isn’t black and white I say why the hell not.”  – John Wayne Quote True Grit

7. “Fire can be our friend. Whether it’s toasting marshmallows or raining down on Charlie.”  – John Wayne

8. “I haven’t had a fight since I was eleven. I only won that because she had an asthma attack.”  – John Wayne

9. “When you side with a man you stay with him, and if you can’t do that you’re like some animal. You’re finished.” – John Wayne

John Wayne quotes on courage

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

11. “Drop that or I’ll blow ya straight to Jesus.”  – John Wayne

12. “As we live in an insane world major, maybe it’s time we gave insane solutions a chance.”  – John Wayne

13. “Life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid.”  – John Wayne

14. “Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.” –  John Wayne

15. “A man oughta do what he thinks is best.”  – John Wayne

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

17. “Seen better fights than this at a prayer meeting.”  –  John Wayne

18. “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.”  –  John Wayne

19. “A goal, A love, and A dream give you total control over your body and your life”  – John Wayne code to live by

20. “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

21. “Thanking people is dangerous business. A name always slips your mind.”  – John Wayne

22.  “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 quote from the shootist

23. “If you’ve got them by the balls their hearts and minds will follow.”  – John Wayne

24. “All battles are fought by scared men who’d rather be someplace else.”  – John Wayne

25. “Talk low, Talk slow, and Don’t say too much.”  – John Wayne

26. “My hope and prayer are that everyone knows and loves our country for what she really is and what she stands for.”  – John Wayne

27. “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

28. “I won’t be wronged, 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 quote from “The Shootist”

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

30. “Get off your horse and drink your milk.” –  John Wayne

31. “Nobody should come to the movies unless he believes in heroes.” –  John Wayne

32. “In westerns, you meet a hardy bunch of characters. There is no jealousy in such pictures.” – John Wayne

33. “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.” – John Wayne

34. “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.” – John Wayne

35. “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.” – John Wayne

36. “Hey, stupid! Where do you think you’re going? Get back there with the herd, you muttonhead!” – John Wayne

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37. “I know those law books mean a lot to you, but not out here. Out here a man settles his own problems.”  – John Wayne

38. “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

39.  “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.” – John Wayne

40. “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.” – John Wayne Quote

41. “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 doesn’t walk away – forever more, he doesn’t walk away.” – John Wayne

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

43. “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.” – John Wayne

These John Wayne Quotes are truly epic.


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