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John Ford Quotes


"I prefer the old masters, by which I mean John Ford, John Ford, and John Ford." - Orson Welles

"[When asked which film directors he most admired:] I like the old masters, by which I mean John Ford, John Ford, and John Ford." - Orson Welles

"When How Green Was My Valley finally wrapped, I thought John Ford was a walking god." - Maureen O'Hara

"When you try to battle with John Ford, you have to give in." - Maureen O'Hara

"I love westerns. John Ford is one of the 10 best directors." - Winona Ryder

"John Ford was so funny that I couldn't wait to go to work in the morning." - Richard Widmark

"When How Green Was My Valley finally wrapped, I thought John Ford was a walking god." - Maureen Ohara

"When you try to battle with John Ford, you have to give in." - Maureen Ohara

"John Ashcroft - John Ashcrack - ibid." - Jello Biafra

"John [Ford] is half-tyrant, half-revolutionary; half-saint, half-satan; half-possible, half-impossible; half-genius, half- Irish." - Frank Capra

"I worked for John Ford, Howard Hawks, Henry Hathaway, Raoul Walsh - I worked for some real good directors." - Richard Farnsworth

"I went to Europe with Spencer Tracy. What a thrill, working with John Ford when I was a kid." - Robert Wagner

"The John Ford pictures I made are highly regarded, but at the time they didn't seem like that." - Gloria Stuart

"I don't like my movies. I prefer John Ford's movies. I've made some movies that are interesting, or that have some point, or are more or less beautiful. But I've never made anything big to me, from my point of view. "Big" like John Ford or someone of that kind. I say John Ford because he is my favorite director." - Jesus Franco

"John Toshack hates me." - Robbie Savage

"Godspeed, John Glenn." - Scott Carpenter

"You might be a redneck think that John Deere Green, Ford Blue, and Primer Gray are the three of the primary colors." - Jeff Foxworthy

"I didn't even know what a film director was. To me, Charlie Chaplin was a goofy clown, and John Ford - what? Never heard of him." - Lloyd Kaufman

"Let it be so. Sir John, To Master Brook you yet shall hold your word; For he to-night shall lie with Mistress Ford." - William Shakespeare

"The more film I watch, the more John Ford looks like a giant. His politics aren't so good, and you have to learn to accept John Wayne as an actor, but he's a poet in black and white." - Jonathan Lethem

"John Goodman's pretty dark - I love John Goodman." - Todd Phillips

"'Frogs' came because of another obscure movie I did called... well, the title when we shot it was 'Cactus.' It was released as 'Molly And Lawless John,' and it was a Western with Vera Miles. The greatest thing about that movie was, one day, John Ford showed up on the set just to see Vera. And I got to spend some time with John Ford. That was huge." - Sam Elliott

"John Wayne never wore Lycra." - Ron Kauk

"John Muir, Earth-planet, Universe." - John Muir

"You might learn as much about how to write by reading Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Wallace Stevens, Raymond Chandler, Saul Bellow, Paul Muldoon or a hundred other good novelists or poets than by seeing another round of John Ford revivals." - David Denby

"I'm really interested in experimental works, so the people that I admired the most was Dziga Vertov, Sergey Eisenstein, people from the '20s. Also, I loved John Ford and his westerns. The New Wave was not tender to women." - Babette Mangolte

"[Akiro] Kurosawa, no doubt, was a big influence. Movies sometimes more than directors have influenced me: The Grapes of Wrath, by John Ford, was an extraordinary discovery. Sergei Eisenstein, of course. Later on, [Ingmar] Bergman." - Costa-Gavras

"I'd love to do a Western. A real Western like John Ford used to do. There's not too many of them made, so I don't know if I'll ever get to do that. They're awfully hard movies to make." - Dennis Farina

"My roommate at Yale University introduced me to the auteur theory of filmmaking. I soon became a big fan of the works of John Ford, Kenji Mizoguchi, Ernst Lubitsch, and Stan Brakhage. I then decided to make my own films!" - Lloyd Kaufman

"I love researching, whether it's old Western documentaries or old Western country singers or John Ford Westerns, which are heavily influenced by family values, which so many of these country songs are related to." - Clifton Collins Jr

"Frank Capra was a prop man, I think. John Ford was a prop man. It was a little bit of a father and son thing, and you kind of worked your way up." - Francis Ford Coppola

"In my time, we served with noble and ethical leaders: Gerry Ford, Bob Michael, John Rhodes, men of impeccable honesty. We didn't have anybody locked up for a violation of ethics." - Pete Mccloskey

"Six pints of bitter, said Ford Prefect. And quickly please, the world's about to end." - Douglas Adams

"It's not hard to find Gerry Ford on a golf course - you just follow the wounded." - Bob Hope

"In the Ford Motor Company, we emphasize service equally with sales." - Henry Ford

"I saw Ben Stiller's movie Walter Mitty [2013]; it's very beautiful. You look at some of the movies John Ford did with John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart, and then look at Remington and Ansel Adams, and I think you see a connection, certainly in the imagery of the West." - Owen Wilson

"When Richard M. Nixon resigned and Ford became the 38th president of the United States, the Watergate Special Prosecutor's Office, of which I was a member, was preparing for the criminal trials of Nixon's top aides - H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and John Mitchell." - Richard Benveniste

"I've always wanted to marry Elton John." - Barry Manilow

"I love everything John Carpenters ever done." - D J Cotrona

"The Tanakh says John Lennon is wrong." - Daniel Gordis

"Why can't I beat up John Cena?" - Shawn Michaels

"John McCain has already tapped me" - Sarah Palin

"John McCain was a prisoner of war." - Fred Thompson

"London now has its own John Grisham." - Mark Billingham

"And that, said John, is that." - A A Milne

"Beating John Landy was my defining race." - Roger Bannister

"I love everything John Carpenter's ever done." - D J Cotrona

"I only have one idol: John Lennon." - Michael Hirst

"Directors who have inspired me include Billy Wilder, Federico Fellini, lngmar Bergman, John Ford, Orson Welles, Werner Herzog, Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Ford Coppola and Ernst Lubitsch. In art school, I studied painters like Edward Hopper, who used urban motifs, Franz Kafka is my favorite novelist. My approach to film stems from my art background, as I go beyond the story to the sub-conscious mood created by sound and images." - David Lynch

"Martin Scorcese is probably America's greatest living director, and while he is not a titan like John Ford or Alfred Hitchcock or Federico Fellini, he is certainly consistently more interesting than Steven Spielberg, Brian de Palma, Francis Ford Coppola or Woody Allen. Even a failure like Gangs of New York or a curiosity like The Aviator is more interesting and ambitious than Munich, The Black Dahlia or Scoop." - Joe Queenan

"It's not because John McCain doesn't care. It's because John McCain doesn't get it." - Barack Obama

"John McCain and I, and our camps, are working together to get John McCain elected." - Sarah Palin

"John, what are you doing? John, my diet soda. What are you doing?" - CM Punk

"John Ashcroft is not a patriot, John Ashcroft is a descendant of Joseph McCarthy." - Howard Dean

"Gerry Ford is easy to spot on the course. He drives the cart with the red cross painted on top." - Bob Hope

"Tom Ford does everything perfect." - Rachel Zoe

"I tend to lean more towards the Westerns of the 40s and 50s as opposed to the 60s and 70s. They get a little too drab for me when you get into the Spaghetti Western era. I love the John Ford movies. I love the music. I love the scope." - Seth Macfarlane

"As a kid I watched the Academy Awards on television and always wanted one - or several - like one of my favorite directions, John Ford. He won six. On the other hand, Orson Welles, who's on the top of my list, didn't win any. Alfred Hitchcock didn't win any. Howard Hawks didn't win any." - Martin Scorsese

"I remember the first film I reviewed for the Daily was a John Ford Western. I think it was My Darling Clementine, but I am not certain. And I was just impressed by, first, the story itself. I didn't know that much about films. But the acting, the director. And particularly, the cinematography, the black-and-white use of exteriors, I noted particularly." - Roger Corman

"John Milius and Francis Ford Coppola and Oliver Stone - those guys are consummate filmmakers. They believe that you don't talk it, you show it. So when I find a role now, I try to find a visual way to tell what the character is about rather than trying to speak about it." - George Hamilton

"Oh my God... I worked with George C. Scott, way before 'Chips,' in 'The New Centurion.' I co-star in that movie. It was great working with him. I worked with Charlton Heston, Glenn Ford, Robert Mitchum. Stacy Each. The old Hollywood. I met John Wayne, and that was a thrill. I was working next door to him." - Erik Estrada

"I think over the course of 14 films, I'm returning to a place that I know to tell a story... the same way Spielberg returned to fantasy, Lucas returned to the 'Star Wars' saga, or John Ford returned to the western." - Gus Van Sant

"I like how you can go back and watch David Lean and John Ford and see the influence that had on Steven Spielberg, especially David Lean, in the camerawork, and yet, you don't watch any Spielberg movie and think of David Lean. Once you're looking for it, you see it all, but it's not in your face." - Colin Trevorrow

"If the history of the American sentence were a John Ford movie, its second act would conclude with the young Ernest Hemingway walking into a saloon, finding an etiolated Henry James slumped at the bar in a haze of indecision, and shooting him dead." - Adam Haslett

"I would like to wish the England squad every success. I would also very much like to extend those wishes to Martin Johnson, Brian Smith, Mike Ford, John Wells, Graham Rowntree and the rest of the England 2011 World Cup management team who have been fantastic and deserve people to know that." - Jonny Wilkinson

"I watched a lot of silent directors who were absolutely great like John Ford and Fritz Lang, Tod Browning, and also some very modern directors like The Coen Brothers. The directors take the freedom within their own movies to be melodramatic or funny when they chose to be. They do whatever they want and they don't care about the genre." - Michel Hazanavicius

"I loved all movies, literally. I certainly loved 'Shane' and 'Roxie Hart.' Later on, when I was less of a kid, I loved 'L'Avventura' and 'Persona' and all Fellini movies and like everybody else I loved John Ford. Then and now, I loved Preston Sturges, maybe above anyone." - Mike Nichols

"One should make movies innocently - the way Adam and Eve named the animals, their first day in the garden...Learn from your own interior vision of things, as if there had never been a D.W.Griffith, or a Eisenstein, or a [John] Ford, or a [Jean] Renoir, or anybody." - Orson Welles

"To John I owed great obligation: But John unhandsomely thought fit To publish it to all the nation; Sure John and I are more than quit." - Matthew Prior

"He helped John Cusak get his girlfriend back." - Chris Martin

"My daddy, he was somewhere between God and John Wayne." - Hank Williams, Jr.

"John you are not being open with me" - Elizabeth Proctor

"If you cut him, (John Bunyan) he'd bleed Scripture!" - Charles Spurgeon

"What TV was to John Kennedy, Facebook is to Obama." - Daniel Lyons

"Little Willie John is the soul singer's soul singer." - Marvin Gaye

"John Terry wears his shirt on his sleeve" - Ray Parlour

"John Cross is feeling very boyish about Arsenal's chances" - Alan Brazil

"John Brooke is acting dreadfully, and Meg likes it!" - Louisa May Alcott

"[John] Belushi was an extreme experience even by my standards." - Keith Richards

"Three more saves and he ties John the Baptist." - Hank Greenwald

"I'm John Kerry, and I'm reporting for duty," - John F Kerry

"God - the John Doe of philosophy and religion." - Elbert Hubbard

"I've met Nicole Kidman, Elton John, loads of people." - Allen Carr

"John McCain has not spoken about my Muslim faith." - Barack Obama

"My favorite short-story writer is John Cheever" - Irwin Shaw

"It's headed away by John Clark, using his head." - Derek Rae

"John McEnroe has hair like badly turned broccoli." - Clive James

"John Lee Hooker is the funkiest man alive" - Miles Davis

"John Major. He dresses so well. And so quickly." - Gyles Brandreth

"Pope John Paul didn't die - he pre-boarded." - Christopher Titus

"Imagine? Yeah I can imagine John Lennon being dead." - Thom Yorke

"Bill Clinton outshines John Adams in that regard." - Nat Hentoff

"To win the game you must kill me, John Romero!" - John Romero

"There, but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford." - John Bradford

"My daddy, he was somewhere between God and John Wayne." - Hank Williams

"John, forgive me... for what I can't help doing." - Agatha Christie

"I'm John Kerry and I'm reporting for duty." - John Kerry

"What little Jack does not learn, big John will never." - Proverbs

"I use Graf Edmonton for boots and John Wilson blades." - Oksana Baiul

"My influences are Alice in Chains and Elton John." - Christian Kane

"I never have really become accustomed to the 'John.' Nobody ever really calls me John... I've always been Duke or Marion or John Wayne. It's a name that goes well together, and it's like one word - John Wayne." - John Wayne

"I've met Nicole Kidman, Elton John, loads of people." - Allan Carr

"My first crush was on John Travolta in 'Grease.'" - Hilary Duff

"John Lennon was very irreverent and very intelligent." - Brenda Lee

"I am not John Lennon; I never will be!" - Julian Lennon

"John Lennon was definitely my favorite Beatle, hands down." - Kurt Cobain

"John McCain... looks like a fraud to me." - Young Jeezy

"John Wayne is not just an actor, and a very fine actor - John Wayne is the United States of America." - Maureen O'Hara

"If we can't get more John Rovnaks in this world, let's all support the John Rovnak we've got..." - Stephen R. Bissette

"John Howard's credibility on the entire Iraq war has been torpedoed by John Howard's own intelligence agency." - Kevin Rudd

"If we can't get more John Rovnaks in this world, let's all support the John Rovnak we've got..." - Stephen R. Bissette

"If we ca' get more John Rovnaks in this world, let's all support the John Rovnak we"ve got..." - Stephen R. Bissette

"I met John when I was 18 and I was in my first John Waters film when I was 19." - Mink Stole

"The last time I played golf with President Ford he hit a birdie. And an eagle, a moose, an elk, an aardvark..." - Bob Hope

"We have 51 golf courses in Palm Springs. He [President Ford] never decides which course he will play until after the first tee shot." - Bob Hope

"There are no crown princes at Ford." - Edsel Ford

"There are no crown princes at Ford," - Edsel Ford

"Let's go siesta In your Ford Fiesta" - Justine Frischmann

"I am a Ford, not a Lincoln." - Gerald R Ford

"President Ford used humor a great deal." - Robert Orben

"Did you know that Nuremberg courtroom was designed so that the Allies could project movies during the trial? And, also so that they could film the trial? The first movies that were shown were prepared by John Ford - a compilation of material from the liberation of Bergen-Belsen and Dachau. But here comes an interesting part. Did you know they lit (using fluorescent tubes) the defendants so they could be filmed watching the films that were shown during the trial?" - Errol Morris

"That, in part, is why the Constitution's framers gave justices life tenure ? to enable them to rule wherever the law and the Constitution led them, without obligation or fear of political reprisal. Former Republican president Gerald Ford recently paid tribute to John Paul Stevens, his only appointee to the Supreme Court, who is also far more liberal than Republicans expected. He has served his nation well, ... with dignity, intellect and without partisan political concerns." - Gerald R Ford

"I love researching, whether it's old Western documentaries or old Western country singers or John Ford Westerns, which are heavily influenced by family values, which so many of these country songs are related to. I'm having a good time doing that, and writing some treatments and hoping to bring a new style of music video to the country genre, that is starting to become very poppy." - Clifton Collins Jr

"This is my 1963 Ford. It was the only car I could A-Ford." - Chuck Berry

"I read 'The Good Soldier' by Ford Madox Ford again every so often." - Ned Beauman

"I put headlights in Ford vans. I still drive a Ford." - James Mcbride

"John Keats / John Keats / John / Please put your scarf on." - J D Salinger

"I read the other day an account of a meeting between John Knox and John Calvin. Imagine a dialogue between a pestilence and a famine!" - Robert Green Ingersoll

"John Stowell plays jazz, but he doesn't use any of the cliches; he has an incredible originality. John is a master creator." - Larry Coryell

"Iggy: "Now what? Who you gonna call?" A quiet voice in the hallway outside: "Ghostbusters!" (Captain Perry and John groan) John: "That phrase is ruined forever," - James Patterson

"I'm not John Lennon. I'm John Lennox. Now, 'imagine a world without' Stalin. The New Atheists are often silent about [the wrong done by atheists]." - John Lennox

"It's mostly just you have to convince yourself that there's nothing else in the room but John Lennon and suddenly things start John Lennon-ing!" - Grant Morrison

"Naughty John, Naughty John, does his work with his apron on. Cuts your throat and takes your bones, sells 'em off for a coupla stones." - Libba Bray

"John Stowell plays jazz, but he does' use any of the cliches; he has an incredible originality. John is a master creator." - Larry Coryell

"I'm really influenced by Southern novelists, not many movie people. More like John Faulkner, William Faulkner, Erskine Caldwell, Flannery O'Connor, John Steinbeck, and people like that." - Billy Bob Thornton

"[Democrats] are not handling the John Lewis flap the right way, clearly. John Lewis is a hero and a civil rights hero." - Jason Chaffetz

"There's nae sorrow there, John, There's neither cauld nor care, John, The day is aye fair, In the land o' the leal." - Carolina, Baroness Nairne

"After he married TerRAHsa, didn't John Kerry begin practicing Judiasm? He also has paternal grandparents that were Jewish. What religion is John Kerry?" - Jerome Corsi

"Kurt Vonnegut speaking to John Irving while Irving was administering the Heimlich maneuver in response to Vonnegut's uncontrollable coughing..."John,stop- I am not choking. I have emphysema." - Kurt Vonnegut

"I will read anything by Laura Hillenbrand, Walter Isaacson, Barbara Kingsolver, John le Carre, John Grisham, Hilary Mantel, Toni Morrison, Anna Quindlen and Alice Walker." - Hillary Clinton

"I had such a good time working with John Woo and John Travolta, and it was so professional. I want to work with people who are real professionals." - Christian Slater

"The new moron in town is Chad Ford of" - Mark Cuban

"You won't find a vampire in a Ford Fiesta" - Charlaine Harris

"Today, you get better performance from a Ford Focus than a Ferrari from the mid-70s. [The Focus] is just as fast and with better fuel economy. It's fun to see supercar technology trickle down to everyday cars." - Jay Leno

"Jimmy Ford is the baddest white man on the planet." - Sly Stone

"God in the safe and Ford on the shelves." - Aldous Huxley

"Nixon impeached himself. He gave us Ford as his revenge." - Bella Abzug

"Vice-President Ford, possibly preparing for higher duties, assessed Kissinger's part in the Syrian-Israeli troop disengagement as the great diplomatic triumph of this century or perhaps any other." - Edwin Newman

"Harrison Ford... I love him. He's a man's man." - Sherilyn Fenn

"Harrison Ford invited me to fly on his private plane to Los Angeles, and he's great to work with. He's really down to earth, and we got to know each other quite well." - Nonso Anozie



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