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Quotes by John Wayne

“In my acting, I have to indentify with something in the character. The big tough boy on the side of right – that’s me. Simple themes. Same me from the nuances. All I do is sell sincerity and I’ve been selling the hell out of that ever since I started.”  — Time Magazine, June 1967

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

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

“Don’t say it’s a fine morning or I’ll shoot ya’.”

“Hurry it up. We’re burnin’ daylight.”

“It looks like it’s going to be another fine day.”

“God-damn, I’m the stuff men are made of!”

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

“Well, there are some things a man just can’t run away from.”

“Don’t pick a fight, but if you find yourself in one I suggest you make damn sure you win.”

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

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

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

“You know, pity isn’t for me.”

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

“Nobody ever saw a cowboy on the psychiatrist’s couch.”

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

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

“You tangle with me, I’ll have your hide.”

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

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

“A man oughta do what he thinks is right.”

“Figure a man’s only good for one oath at a time; I took mine to the Confederate States of America.”

“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.”

“I never trust a man who doesn’t drink.”

“When you come slam bang up against trouble, it never looks half as bad if you face up to it.”

“Out here, due process is a bullet.”

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

“Fill your hands, you son-of-a-bitch!”