50 John Wayne quotes from Your Favorite Movies Including True Grit, The Cowboys, The Shootist and The Searchers


No, a human rides a horse until it dies, then he goes on afoot. A Comanche comes along, gets that horse up, rides him 20 more miles… and then he eats him.

The Searchers

Yes sir. But if you’re wrong don’t ever give me another (order)

The Searchers

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

The Searchers

It takes a good fire to burn down the weeds… to let the flowers grow.

Dark Command

The Sioux once raided into Apache territory. Old-timers told me you can follow the line of their retreat by the bones of their dead.

Fort Apache

Half the people in the world are women. Why does it have to be you that stirs me?


Don’t try to win this war all by yourself.

Flying Tigers

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


Well, I guess you can’t break out of prison and into society in the same week.


I don’t know much about the law. Ain’t had much book learning. But the good Lord gave me a nose for smelling a horse thief a mile off. And what you need in these parts is a marshal that’s better at smelling than spelling.

Dark Command

I know, I know. I’m gonna use good judgement. I haven’t lost my temper in forty years, but pilgrim you caused a lot of trouble this morning, might have got somebody killed… and somebody oughta belt you in the mouth. But I won’t, I won’t….


John Wayne quotes about courage

Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.
All battles are fought by scared men who’d rather be some place else.
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.
When you come against trouble, it’s never half as bad if you face up to it.
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 quotes from True Grit

Looking back is a bad habit.
You can’t serve papers on a rat, baby sister. You gotta kill him or let him be.
LaBoeuf, you get cross ways of me and you’ll think a thousand of brick have fell on you!
Baby sister, I was born game and I intend to go out that way.
 I always try to be ready.
Well if I had a big horse pistol like that I wouldn’t be scared of no “boogerman”.
Young fella, if you’re looking for trouble, I’ll accommodate you. Otherwise, leave it alone.

John Wayne quotes from The Cowboys

I’m proud of ya… All of ya. Every man wants his children to be better’n he was. You are.
Slap some bacon on a biscuit and let’s go! We’re burnin’ daylight!
Big mouth don’t make a big man.
Well, it’s not how you’re buried, it’s how you’re remembered.
Death can come for ya any place, any time. It’s never welcomed. But if you’ve done all you can do, and it’s your best, in a way I guess you’re ready for it.
Well, whatever I need I’ll get.
Now I don’t hold jail against you, but I hate a liar.
John Wayne quotes from The Shootist
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.
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.
Well, you look just how I remembered the Sweeneys – mean and ugly.
I’m a dying man, scared of the dark.
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.
Friend, you better get another line of work; this one sure don’t fit your pistol.
For that dumbass amateur. There’s always some six-fingered bustard that couldn’t hit a cow in the tit with a tin cup. That’s the one who usually does you in. But Masterson always was full of… sheep-dip

Bond, I don’t believe I ever killed a man that didn’t deserve it.

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