60 John Wayne Quotes from The Legendary Actor

John Wayne was a famous American actor and was known for his cowboy and soldier roles.

He got his start in films through a friendship with director John Ford leading to his first major role in 1930.

Wayne became a star after appearing in “Stagecoach” (1939).

During World War II he starred in action-adventures boosting his Hollywood status.

John Wayne Quotes

He worked with Ford and Howard Hawks post-war in “The Searchers” and “Red River.”

Wayne’s career spanned over 40 years including an Oscar for “True Grit” (1969).

Wayne is known as a Hollywood icon and received posthumous national honors.

I have listed below some of the famous quote by John Wayne.

John Wayne Quotes

Talk low, talk slow and don’t say too much. ~ John Wayne.

Nobody ever saw a cowboy on the psychiatrist’s couch. ~ John Wayne.


Men forget everything; women remember everything. ~ John Wayne.

You have to be a man before you can be a gentleman. ~ John Wayne.

I’m sure we can talk things out like civilized people. ~ John Wayne.

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. ~ John Wayne.

This kind of war, you’ve gotta believe in what you’re fighting for. ~ John Wayne.

Best John Wayne Quotes

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

Life is tough, but if you are stupid, it’s a lot tougher. ~ John Wayne.


Out here a man settles his own problems. ~ John Wayne.

I’m a greedy old man. Life’s been good to me, and I want some more of it. ~ John Wayne.

You’re short on ears and long on mouth. ~ John Wayne.

It’s getting to be ri-goddamn-diculous. ~ John Wayne.

I drink for comradeship, and when I drink for comradeship, I don’t bother to keep count. ~ John Wayne.

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

Top John Wayne Quotes

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. ~ John Wayne.

A man is no better than he has to be. ~ John Wayne.

It rankles me when somebody tries to force somebody to do something. ~ John Wayne.

We brought nothing into this world and it’s certain we can carry nothing out. ~ John Wayne.

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

I didn’t vote for him, but he’s my President, and I hope he does a good job. ~ John Wayne.

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

Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday. ~ John Wayne.

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


Cause even grown men need understanding. ~ John Wayne.

I never trust a man that doesn’t drink. ~ John Wayne.

Famous John Wayne Quotes

Get off your horse and drink your milk. ~ John Wayne.

A man ought to do what he thinks is right. ~ John Wayne.

Republic. I like the sound of the word. ~ John Wayne.

Of course I know who you are. You’re my girl. I love you. ~ John Wayne.

A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job. ~ John Wayne.

When you stop fighting, that’s death. ~ John Wayne.

All battles are fought by scared men who’d rather be some place else. ~ John Wayne.

Life is getting up one more time than you’ve been knocked down. ~ John Wayne.


The reason there are so many stupid people is because it’s illegal to kill them. ~ John Wayne.

One look that works is better than twenty lines of dialogue. ~ John Wayne.

Wise John Wayne Quotes

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

When you come slam bang up against trouble, it never looks half as bad if you face up to it. ~ John Wayne.

I’m the stuff men are made of! ~ John Wayne.

I never killed a man I didn’t have to. ~ John Wayne.

I eat as much as I ever did, I drink more than I should, and my sex life is none of your goddamned business. ~ John Wayne.

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. ~ John Wayne.

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

The fire is not discriminating. It burns anything in its path for whatever reason. ~ John Wayne.

I believe humor nullifies violence. ~ John Wayne.

If everything isn’t black and white, I say, ‘Why the hell not?’ ~ John Wayne.


The only thing they can get me for is running a funeral parlor without a license. ~ John Wayne.

America is the land of freedom and that’s the way I enjoy living. ~ John Wayne.

Thoughtful John Wayne Quotes

Well, there are some things a man just can’t run away from. ~ John Wayne.

Never apologize, mister, it’s a sign of weakness. ~ John Wayne.

Sometimes I wonder whose side God’s on. ~ John Wayne.

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

Give the American people a good cause, and there’s nothing they can’t lick. ~ John Wayne.

I’ve had three wives, six children and six grandchildren and I still don’t understand women. ~ John Wayne.

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


Life’s hard. It’s even harder when you’re stupid. ~ John Wayne.

Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. ~ John Wayne.

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

A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. ~ John Wayne.

If you can’t be thankful for what you have, be thankful for what you have escaped. ~ John Wayne.

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