47 Elite John Wayne Quotes to Inspire You

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Marion Mitchell Morrison who is known professionally as John Wayne and nicknamed Duke, was an American actor, filmmaker, Oscar winner and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient.

He was born in Winterset, Iowa but he grew up in Southern California. John Wayne studied at the ‘Wilson Middle School,’ located in Glendale, he also attended ‘Glendale High School’ and played football for his school team.

He wanted to serve the ‘US Navy’ but was rejected by the ‘US Naval Academy.’ He then took up a sporting scholarship to the ‘University of Southern California’ in 1925.
However, an injury forced him out of sports altogether and he had to quit the university after his scholarship funds were pulled.
After leaving the ‘University of South California,’ his coach Howard Jones got him the job of an extra with the help of actor Tom Mix. Wayne then acted in a number of films as an extra.

John Wayne was one of the most popular film actors of the 20th century, known for roles in films such as ‘True Grit’, ‘McLintock!’ and ‘The Alamo.’

He won the ‘Academy Award’ for ‘Best Actor’ for his 1969 film ‘True Grit.’ In 1953, Wayne was awarded the Henrietta Award for being World Film Male favorite.

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Outstanding “John Wayne quotes” to inspire you

  1. 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. – John Wayne Click To Tweet
  2. “True grit is making a decision and standing by it, doing what must be done.” – John Wayne Click To Tweet
  3. “Courage is being scared to death…saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne Click To Tweet
  4. “Talk low, talk slow and don’t say too much” – John Wayne Click To Tweet
  5. “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 Click To Tweet
  6. “A goal, a love and a dream give you total control over your body and your life.” ― John Wayne Click To Tweet
  7. “We’re burnin’ daylight.” - John Wayne Click To Tweetimage of John wayne quotes on sincerity

  8. “If you've got them by the balls their hearts and minds will follow.” ― John Wayne Click To Tweet
  9. “Nothing is so discouraging to an actor than to have to work for long hours upon hours in brightly lighted interior sets.” – John Wayne Click To Tweet
  10. All battles are fought by scared men who'd rather be some place else. ― John Wayne Click To Tweet
  11. “Nobody should come to the movies unless he believes in heroes.” – John Wayne Click To Tweet
  12. “A man's got to do what a man's got to do.” ― John Wayne Click To Tweet
  13. “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

  14. “A man deserves a second chance, but keep an eye on him.” – John Wayne Click To Tweet
  15. “I know those law books mean a lot to you, but not out here. Out here a man settles his own problems.” – John Wayne Click To Tweet
  16. “All battles are fought by scared men who’d rather be some place else.” – John Wayne Click To Tweet
  17. “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 Click To Tweet
  18. “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 Click To Tweet
  19. “When you stop fighting, that’s death.” – John Wayne Click To TweetJohn Wayne quotes: When you stop fighting thats death
  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. “A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by.” – John Wayne Click To Tweet
  22. “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 Click To Tweet
  23. “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 Click To Tweet
  24. Life is hard; it’s harder if you’re stupid.” – John Wayne Click To Tweet
  25. “I’m responsible only for what I say, not what you understand.” – John Wayne Click To Tweet
  26. “Life is getting up one more time than you’ve been knocked down.” – John Wayne Click To Tweet
  27. “What’s the secret of success? Right decisions. How do you make right decisions? Experience. How do you get experience? Wrong decisions.” – John Wayne Click To Tweet
  28. “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

  29. “When you come against trouble, it’s never half as bad if you face up to it.” – John Wayne Click To Tweet
  30. “A man ought to do what he thinks is right” – John Wayne Click To Tweet
  31. “Life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid.” – John Wayne Click To Tweet

  32. “If you can’t be thankful for what you have, be thankful for what you have escaped. – John Wayne Click To Tweet
  33. “Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.” – John Wayne Click To Tweet
  34. “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
  35. “If everything isn’t black and white, I say, ‘Why the hell not?’” – John Wayne Click To Tweet
  36. “When the road looks rough ahead, remember the ‘Man upstairs’ and the word HOPE. Hang onto both and ‘tough it out’.” – John Wayne Click To Tweet
  37. “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 don’t walk away – forever more, he doesn’t walk away.” – John Wayne

  38. “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 Click To Tweet
  39. “A horse is a horse, it ain’t make a difference what color it is.” – John Wayne Click To TweetJohn wayne quotes: A man deserves a second chance
  40. “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
  41. “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.” – John Wayne Click To Tweet
  42. “I’m a dying man, scared of the dark.” – John Wayne Click To Tweet
  43. “I was sure I’d set the world on fire, and it was hard for a young feller like me to realize the truth – that I hadn’t set the world on fire, and I was totally unprepared to handle the consequences if ‘The Big Trail’ had been a success and launched me… Click To Tweet
  44. “When you come to see a picture of mine, I want you to know that I’m not going to do anything that will make you uncomfortable. I want you to know that you won’t be disappointed in me.” – John Wayne Click To Tweet
  45. “Never apologize, mister, it’s a sign of weakness.” ― John Wayne Click To Tweet
  46. “All the screen cowboys behaved like real gentlemen. They didn’t drink, they didn’t smoke. When they knocked the bad guy down, they always stood with their fists up, waiting for the heavy to get back on his feet. I decided I was going to drag the bad guy to his feet and keep hitting him.” – John Wayne”
  47. “My hope and prayer is that everyone know and love our country for what she really is and what she stands for.” ― John Wayne Click To Tweet

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